Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner (M.S.)

Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner (M.S.)

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Why get your master’s in nursing: 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 of all ages.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 the primary care of families, and successful completion will qualify you to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination.

Why choose UNH’s graduate nursing 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

Contact

Department of Nursing
Hewitt Hall, 4 Library Way
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-2271
Email: nursing.department@unh.edu

Curriculum & Requirements

Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner

This program prepares primary care family nurse practitioners (PC-FNPs) with specialized knowledge and clinical competency to practice as licensed independent practitioners across the life span. PC-FNPs practice in ambulatory and long-term care as primary providers to individuals, families, and groups. The UNH program prepares these advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to diagnose and manage acute episodic and chronic illnesses across the life span and simple-to-complex continuum. Health promotion, disease prevention, teaching, counseling, and coaching are emphasized. At the completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for national certification as a family nurse practitioner. Students are also prepared to enter doctoral study. Upon licensure, PC-FNPs may practice autonomously as well as in collaboration with other health professionals.

Degree Requirements

NURS 810Families in Health and Illness3
NURS 901Health Policy3
NURS 907Advanced Pharmacology3
NURS 908Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 909Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning3
NURS 925Health Care Systems and Leadership3
NURS 935Primary Care of Families I3
NURS 936Practicum in the Primary Care Families I3
NURS 937Primary Care of Families II3
NURS 938Practicum in the Primary Care of Families II3
NURS 939Seminar and Practicum in the Primary Care of Families III6
NURS 944Population Health Promotion and Risk Reduction3
NURS 963Advanced Clinical Epidemiology3
NURS 968Nursing Science and Evidence Based Practice3
Total Credits45

Deadlines

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

  • Fall: April 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 request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. 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.

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

The University of New Hampshire recommends that international applicants who are living outside of the United States, and are planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit a preapplication form before submitting a full application. Your preapplication request will be carefully reviewed and a decision usually provided within 3 weeks. If your preapplication is approved then it is recommended you then submit a full application. If you are currently living in the United States (on a H1B visa, etc.), or you plan on pursuing a professional master’s degree, then you do not need to submit a preapplication.

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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