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 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.

MSN Accreditation Notice

This is public notice that NMU School of Nursing will undergo a site visit on September 12-14, 2022 conducted by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for initial accreditation of its Master of Science of Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner program. As part of this process, interested parties may submit written comments concerning NMU School of Nursing's qualifications for accreditation. Written third-party comments will be received by CCNE until 21 days before the accreditation visit. All comments must be received by CCNE no later than August 22, 2022.  All third-party comments submitted to the CCNE must be written in English, consistent with CCNE's policy on Conduct of Business in English. Only author-identified (signed) comments will be accepted by CCNE. CCNE shares third-party comments with members of the evaluation team, but does not share the comments with the program during the review process. During its review of the program, the evaluation team considers third-party comments, if any, that relate to accreditation standards. 

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School of Nursing MSN Application Dates


The School of Nursing is no longer accepting applications for the MSN program beginning in fall 2021. The next cohort will begin coursework in August 2024. The deadline for applications is April 15, 2024.