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Nursing MS – Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Emphasis

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An APRN Master's Degree for Family Nursing PRactice

Through the Nursing Master of Science – Family Nurse Practitioner Emphasis program, you are prepared for advanced clinical practice as a family nurse practitioner (FNP). The FNP emphasis teaches primary care health promotion and disease management for patients with episodic or chronic illnesses across the life span.

You can continue your current BSN career while attending this graduate program. Courses incorporate online activities to supplement your learning and reduce the amount of time you must meet for class. Classes on the UNC campus will be held on Thursday of each week. When you begin the clinical courses, you will also need to be in clinical for the required number of clinical hours.

The program has been designed with advanced practice clinical simulations in addition to didactic coursework in order to prepare each student for the live clinical setting. The program requires a minimum of 540 clinical hours in the live clinical setting with a qualified preceptor (licensed nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, physician). Students and faculty work together to secure clinical site placements for these live clinical experiences.

Post-Master's Certificate Option: if you already have a Nursing master's degree you can obtain a post-master's certificate to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. Coursework for the certificate will depend on course you've completed in your previous master's degree. Please see the Courses and Requirements page for information about taking this as a certificate-only FNP program, and contact the Program Coordinator for more details.

Become an Advanced Practice Nurse

Nurse Practitioner Salary Benefits

The median salary for a Registered Nurse in 2014 was $66,640.

However, the median salary for a Nurse Practitioner (a role supported by this program) was $95,350.

Through this convenient MSN program, you'll be prepared to engage in advanced clinical practice. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to apply for national certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and for state licensure as an advanced practice nurse in the primary care of families.

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Credits Required:
Master's Degree = 51 credits
Certificate-only = depends on previous coursework
Time to Completion:
Master's Degree = less than 3 years
Certificate-only = varies
$620/credit hour

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Program Coordinator:

Michaela Romero, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC