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 Status

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program is in the process of being reviewed for initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The program hosted a team of CCNE onsite visitors in September 2022. 

The team report will be provided both to the Accreditation Review Committee (ARC) and to the CCNE Board of Commissioners. The ARC will meet in Spring 2023 and make a confidential recommendation to the Board. The accreditation decision will be made by the Board at its meeting in Spring 2023.

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 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.