Nursing: Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner (M.S.)

Nursing: Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner (M.S.)

Master of Science in Nursing FNP at UNH

Our online Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN FNP) program is designed for nurses seeking a hands-on role in family-oriented care. Our state-of-the-art Health Sciences Simulation Center provides experience in a clinical setting with real equipment and technology.

Credit Hours: 51   |    Program Length: 27 Months  |   Tuition Cost

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Why get a Master's degree in Nursing: Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner?

The master of science in nursing: family nurse practitioner degree is designed for those who wish to advance their nursing career and provide comprehensive primary care for children and adults across the lifespan. You’ll learn a family-oriented approach that emphasizes health promotion, maintenance and restoration. You’ll combine theory, research and evidence-based practice to develop skills in advanced health assessment, illness and disease management, pathophysiology, pharmacology, epidemiology, and population health and risk reduction. You’ll complete your degree with a practicum in family primary care, and successful completion will qualify you to sit for the family nurse practitioner certification examination.

Why choose UNH's M.S. in Nursing: Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner Program?

At UNH you’ll be supported by a productive faculty and outstanding facilities as you advance your nursing career. Faculty members conduct research in family-based health issues such as women’s health, health promotion for children and adolescents, and nursing care for the elderly. Practica are available in local, regional and teaching hospitals, clinics, community health agencies, primary care and other urban and rural healthcare settings in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine and additional sites by permission.

Potential Career Areas

  • Correctional facilities
  • Government health services
  • Home health agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Military
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Primary care clinics
  • Schools
  • Workplace clinics

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Licensing Requirements

Applicants who intend to pursue licensure after completing UNH's online MSN FNP should become familiar with their state's licensure requirements. Students should contact their State Board of Nursing to confirm whether this program meets online program requirements for licensure in their state. Learn more

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Curriculum & Requirements

Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner

This program prepares family nurse practitioners (FNP) who are clinically competent and practice with cultural humility as advanced practiced registered nurse (APRN). FNPs provide patient centered health care to individuals, families, and communities across the life span.  Clinical practice includes health promotion, disease prevention, teaching, counseling, and acute and chronic disease management. At the completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for national certification as a family nurse practitioner. Upon licensure, FNPs may practice autonomously as well as in collaboration with other health professionals.

Graduate Program in Nursing Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to have an unencumbered RN license in the United States, degree in nursing or outside nursing, and successful completion of undergraduate statistics and research to be eligible to apply to this program.

  1. Unencumbered, active RN license in the United States
  2. Baccalaureate degree in nursing or another field
  3. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in associate and baccalaureate programs
  4. Minimum one year nursing experience preferred.
  5. Successful completion of undergraduate statistics course and undergraduate research course
  6. 3 letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted. References should be substantial with one academic, if available, and two current nursing professionals with graduate education background.
  7. Personal Statement. Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding:
    1. Reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives.\
    2. our specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.

Non-BSN Admission Requirements:  RNs whose baccalaureate degree is in a discipline other than nursing may apply to the master of science degree in nursing (M.S.) program and will be considered for the track that is commensurate with their clinical experience based on faculty discretion.

Degree Requirements

NURS 918Foundations of Evidence Based Practice3
NURS 969Health Systems Policy, Economics & Financial Planning3
NURS 916Health Promotion Theory & Population Health3
NURS 915Leadership, Role & Collaboration3
NURS 910Genomics & Ethics3
NURS 913Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan3
NURS 912Advanced Pharmacology & Therapeutics3
NURS 914Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan3
NURS 911Diagnosis & Management - Diagnostic Reasoning3
NURS 917Biostats and Epidemiology3
NURS 920FNP Health Management I - Didactic3
NURS 921FNP Health Management I - Clinical4
NURS 922FNP Health Management II - Didactic3
NURS 923FNP Health Management II - Clinical4
NURS 924FNP Health Management III - Didactic4
NURS 940FNP Health Management III - Clinical4
Total Credits52

The Family Nurse Practitioner builds upon the skills of the baccalaureate prepared generalist nurse.   Students entering the Masters of Science Family Nurse Practitioner program are expected to:

  • Synthesize core knowledge from the liberal arts, sciences, and nursing as the foundation of professional practice.
  • Integrate knowledge and skills to assess, design, implement, and evaluate nursing care in a safe, compassionate, culturally sensitive, evidence-based manner.
  • Engage clients, families, and communities in collaborative decision-making incorporating evidence-based knowledge and anticipatory guidance.
  • Employ team leadership and collaborative skills with other health professionals to optimize client and system outcomes.
  • Recognize the influence of complex health systems on health care practice and advocate for policies that promote a socially just, patient centered healthcare system.
  • Engage in scholarly inquiry to identify, evaluate and integrate the best current practice.
  • Integrates health promotion, clinical prevention strategies when providing care at the individual or population level.
  • Incorporates principles of patient safety and risk mitigation when using healthcare technology and therapeutics in the provision of care.
  • Uses effective written, verbal, and nonverbal communication strategies when engaged in professional practice.
  • Embrace professional values embodied in the ANA code of ethics.

At the completion of the Master's nursing program, the graduate student is prepared to:

  • Serve in a healthcare leadership and change agent role as part of a diverse, complex, and patient-centered health care system.
  • Act as a practice scholar to design, direct and evaluate system changes to promote safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient-centered care.
  • Use data analytic methods, information systems and technology to evaluate, integrate and apply knowledge that will improve programs of care, outcomes of care and care systems.
  • Use translational science and analytic methods to develop, identify, implement, and evaluate best practices to improve health care and health care systems.
  • Design and implement health promotion and clinical prevention strategies across the health/illness continuum to optimize health and disease management.
  • Systematically use improvement methods to monitor and evaluate care processes and outcomes and applies data for continuous improvement and safety
  • Advocate for social justice through policy, professional and political engagement.
  • Applies leadership principles that support inter-professional practice.

In addition to the Master's Outcomes above, the Family Nurse Practitioner graduate will:
 

  • Utilize advanced assessment, diagnostic reasoning, and evidence-based practice when partnering with individuals, families, and communities to optimize health
  • Judiciously prescribe treatment modalities to manage acute and chronic conditions within state and federal scope of practice regulations
  • Function as an independent practitioner to manage comprehensive primary care across the lifespan.

Deadlines

Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: June 1
  • Spring: Nov. 1
  • Summer: N/A
  • Special: N/A

Application fee: $65

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence Form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.

Transcripts

If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must upload an official copy of your transcript in the application form. International transcripts must be translated into English.

If admitted, you must request an official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to grad.school@unh.edu. Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Transcripts from all previous post-secondary institutions must be submitted and applicants must disclose any previous academic or disciplinary sanctions that resulted in their temporary or permanent separation from a previous post-secondary institution. If it is found that previous academic or disciplinary separations were not disclosed, applicants may face denial and admitted students may face dismissal from their academic program.

Letters of recommendation: 3 required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

References should be substantial with one academic, if available, and two current nursing professionals with graduate education background.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding:

  1. Reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives.
  2. Your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.

Additional Department Requirements

Applicants are required to have an unencumbered RN license in the United States, degree in nursing or outside nursing, and successful completion of undergraduate statistics and research to be eligible to apply to this program. 

Non-BSN Admission Requirements:
RNs whose baccalaureate degree is in a discipline other than nursing may apply to the master of science degree in nursing (M.S.) program and will be considered for the track that is commensurate with their clinical experience based on faculty discretion.

  1. Unencumbered, active RN license in the United States
  2. Baccalaureate degree in another field
  3. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in associate and baccalaureate programs
  4. Nursing experience preferred but not required
  5. Successful completion of undergraduate statistics course and undergraduate research course
  6. Interview may be requested

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program-specific application questions.

International Applicants

Some academic departments recommend that international applicants, living outside of the United States, and planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit our extended inquiry form before submitting a full application. The extended inquiry form will be reviewed by the academic faculty and a department representative will reach out if your background and qualifications are a good fit for the program. 

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

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Tuition & Fees:

Tuition for 2022-23 Academic Year*:

  • $785 per credit for New Hampshire (NH) residents
  • $865 per credit for non-NH residents                                                                  

Program Total Number of Credits: 51

Technology Fee per Semester:

  • 1-4 credits $27.00
  • 5-8 credits $53.50
  • 9-16 credits $107.00

Course Fees: Specific courses may have additional course fees. Visit the course schedule for more information. 

ADDITIONAL TUITION & FEES INFORMATION 

Financial Aid

Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loans is the form of federal financial aid available to Graduate Students. To apply, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The UNH priority deadline is March 1. This is the date by which the FAFSA must be received by the federal processor, however, if your application is received after March 1st you will still be considered for the Federal Direct Loan, which is not subject to the priority deadline.

The basic eligibility requirements to be considered for Financial Aid include:

  • Attend classes at least half-time (5 or more credits per semester).
  • Enrollment in a degree program.
  • Documentation of United States citizenship or eligible non-citizen status.
  • Must maintain satisfactory academic progress.

ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION

Our program has five 8-week e-terms per academic calendar year. 

Part-Time Sample Schedule

Full-Time Sample Schedule

The purpose of this handbook is to bring together important information and to tell you about other sources of information that are either essential or helpful. It is intended to complement, not replace, the rules and regulations as set forth in the University of New Hampshire Graduate Catalog

GRADUATE NURSING HANDBOOK

Department of Nursing Mission and Vision

 We educate leaders in nursing, engaging in reflective practice, to provide innovative and exemplary healthcare in partnership with individuals, families, groups, and communities. We transform the delivery of healthcare through the generation, dissemination, and application of evidence-based nursing knowledge.

We embrace a culture that embodies the University's and the College's vision, mission, and values of interdisciplinarity, scholarship, innovation, integrity, curiosity, openness, and sustainability. 

UNH Department of Nursing is nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Faculty & Student Spotlights

  • The Care Continuum
    “I enjoy building relationships with my patients in a partnership to achieve better health,” says Dayle Sharp, Clinical Associate Professor and Program Director of the UNH Online FNP program. “I identify patients by their names, not by their health conditions.” A nursing graduate of the University...
    The Care Continuum
    “I enjoy building relationships with my patients in a partnership to achieve better health,” says Dayle Sharp, Clinical Associate Professor and Program Director of the UNH Online FNP program. “I identify patients by their names, not by their health conditions.” A nursing graduate of the University...