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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.

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.

School of Nursing MSN Application Materials


Application to the Master of Science in Nursing Program

Recommendation Letter Form (Three Required)

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. 


Year 1: Fall

NU 510 Theoretical and Scientific Foundations for Evidence-Based Practice (4 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 520 Health Policy and Advocacy for Improving Rural and Population Health (3 credits)         

Year 1: Summer

NU 541 Advanced Health Assessment (3 credits)

NU 513 Analytic Approaches for Advanced Nursing Practice (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  

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission to the Graduate Studies Office and submit the application electronically along with a $50.00 application fee. Students must be admitted by the Graduate Studies Office and by the School of Nursing for the MSN Program.
  2. Send official transcripts from all universities previously attended (with the exception of NMU) directly to the Graduate Studies Office. Transcripts can be sent electronically or by mail. More information about transcripts and Graduate Studies Office requirements can be found at:
  3. Must have a BSN from an accredited nursing program with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  1. Download and complete the School of Nursing Application for Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing Program. This application and all other application materials are available at the bottom of this page. 
  2. Other requirements include:

  • Current RN license within the United States.
  • A current resume
  • Three recommendations: - one academic (candidates who have graduated within the last three years must include a faculty recommendation) and two clinical colleagues or manager. Please use the recommendation form provided on the bottom of this page. 
  •  One-page written description of your goals for graduate study. This is completed and submitted with the application materials. The document should be typed using a computer with Times New Roman,12 pt. font, and double-spaced. 
  1. Upload all of the application materials to the Graduate Studies Office application webpage: 
  2. Email Melissa Romero ( to confirm that all application materials have been received.
  3. Application materials will be reviewed by faculty and the applicant will receive a letter from the School of Nursing informing him/her of their admission status.
  1. Completion of an undergraduate or graduate level statistics course (preferred but not required).
  2. Completion of a health assessment course in undergraduate program with a B or better.
  3. Completion of courses in anatomy and physiology in an undergraduate or graduate program with a B or better.

Students are encouraged to participate in NMU’s laptop program and must have access to a high-speed Internet connection. Student should be proficient in using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, e-mail and accessing the Internet.

Students must provide the School of Nursing with current evidence of the following prior to their clinical rotations:

  1. An unrestricted RN license
  2. Two-step TB skin test, MMR, hepatitis B, varicella, and Tdap
  3. CPR certification
  4. Nurse practitioner student malpractice insurance
  5. Criminal background check
  6. Urine drug screen