The School of Nursing provides a program of graduate study that leads to a master of science in nursing (MSN) with specialization as a family nurse practitioner (FNP). FNPs function as primary health-care providers for individuals of all ages and their families. They practice in a variety of rural and urban ambulatory settings, such as physician offices, hospital outpatient clinics, health maintenance organizations, community health clinics and specialty clinics. Graduates are eligible for state and national certification. The MSN program received full accreditation (10 years) from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in 2003, meeting nationally-mandated standards.
The FNP program is a part-time, three year, cohort-based curriculum consisting of 45 credit hours and 720 supervised clinical hours. Courses are delivered using a mix of on-campus and online methods. On-campus courses are scheduled one day per week. Clinical practicum hours may be completed in the student’s community with an approved preceptor. Students must pass a comprehensive examination during the final semester of the program.
The department also offers a post-master's family nurse practitioner (FNP) certificate. The post-master's FNP certificate is designed for nurses who already possess a nursing master's degree but who wish to pursue an FNP specialty. All candidates must make an application to the program and must meet the admission requirements for the MSN program. Course of study is individualized based upon previous course work.
Candidates who are already certified nurse practitioners and are seeking additional certification as an FNP will need to meet different requirements from those MSN graduate seeking NP certification for the first time. A portfolio must be submitted to verify previous work/clinical experiences. The portfolio will be used to individualize a program of study.
Applicants are required to comply with the regular admission requirements of the Office of Graduate Education.
Additional requirements include:
All applicants must complete both an NMU application for admission and an MSN application for admission by April 15 of the year prior to admission. The completed NMU graduate application is submitted to the Office of Graduate Education, 401 Cohodas Hall, along with a $50 application fee. The MSN application is submitted to the Department of Nursing, 2301 New Science Facility. Applications received after April 15 will be considered on a space-available basis. Admission to the FNP program will be offered every three years. Candidates for the 2011-2014 cohort have been selected.