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.
Northern Michigan University is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504. In addition, the nursing programs (practical nursing, baccalaureate and master’s degrees) are fully approved by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulation, State Board of Nursing and the baccalaureate and master’s degrees are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
International Student Requirements:
International students are encouraged to apply at least one year in advance of anticipated attendance date.