Master of Science in Nursing

NOTE: The MSN program at Northern Michigan University will pursue initial accreditation in 2022 by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Visit the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education for more information.

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).  The program provides registered nurses with advanced knowledge and clinical skills to serve as primary health care providers. Graduates assume responsibility for assessment and management of a broad range of health needs of individuals and families across the life span. FNP's typically work collaboratively with family care physicians and other professionals within the health care system. They practice in a variety of rural and urban ambulatory settings such as primary care offices, hospital outpatient clinics, health maintenance organizations, community health clinics, tribal health centers and specialty clinics.

The MSN program consists of 45 credit hours, which includes 720 supervised clinical practice hours. The program is completed in two and a-half years. Courses are delivered using a low-residency model with mostly online coursework and occasional on-campus visits. Clinical hours may be completed in the student's community with an approved preceptor. The curriculum is listed below.

The School of Nursing is currently accepting applications for the MSN program. Applicants will be accepted on a rolling admission basis. The next cohort will begin coursework in August, 2021. The deadline for applications is June 1, 2021. 



Master of Science in Nursing Curriculum

Year 1: Fall

NU 510 Theoretical and Scientific Foundations for Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)               

NU 540 Professional Role Development (2 credits)                                                      

Year 1: Winter

NU 512 Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Improvement and Safety (3 credits)                                 

NU 513 Analytic Approaches for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credits)               

Year 1: Summer

NU 541 Advanced Health Assessment (3 credits)

NU 520 Health Policy and Advocacy for Improving Rural and Population Health (3 credits)                                                                             

Year 2: Fall

NU 552 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)         

NU 554 Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)                                             

Year 2: Winter                                           

NU 542 Primary Care Management -1 (3 credits)   

NU 543 Clinical Practicum -1 (4 credits)                                                

Year 2: Summer

NU 544 Primary Care Management - 2 (3 credits)                                 

NU 545 Clinical Practicum - 2 (4 credits)                  

Year 3: Fall

NU 546 Primary Care Management - 3 (3 credits)                                    

NU 547 Clinical Practicum - 3 (4 credits)                 

Total Credits: 45