MSN Students at Wildcat

Master of Science in Nursing at NMU

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.

Family Nurse Practitioner'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 750 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 can be found by clicking on the link below.

MSN Accreditation Status

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program was granted accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) at its meeting on April 25-28, 2023, for 5 years extending to June 30, 2028. The accreditation action is effective as of September 12, 2022, which is the first day of the program’s recent CCNE on-site evaluation. The next on-site evaluation will take place in the fall of 2027.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

School of Nursing MSN Application Dates


The School of Nursing will be accepting applications for the MSN program beginning April 13, 2023. The next cohort will begin coursework in August 2024. The deadline for applications is April 15, 2024