2+ Years to Complete
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Master of Science - Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Track
Begins every Fall (August)
How Online Degrees Work
With UND College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines' online nursing programs, you can advance your education without placing your career on hold.
The full-time or part-time Family Nurse Practitioner Track is designed for working professionals who are unable to attend traditional, on-campus classes.
"Live" Web Classes
Depending on your instructor's preferences, some online courses require class discussions or chat sessions that are conducted “live” over the Internet. In these “live” Web classes, you will:
- participate in synchronous class sessions that are held at set times.
- interact with your instructors and other students using Web-conferencing technology.
- see your instructors’ materials as though you were sitting in a classroom on the UND campus.
In this manner, the class lectures, discussion, and collaboration are conducted in a very similar fashion to traditional on-campus classes.
Virtual Classroom: Learn Anytime, Anywhere
As an online student, you also will participate in many asynchronous class activities at the time and place of your choice. In your virtual classroom, you will use Web-based tools to:
- access course materials
- participate in class discussions through online message boards
- submit assignments
- receive your grades
1-Week On-Campus Visits
During each semester of your program, you will be required to come to the UND campus in Grand Forks, ND, for 1 week as part of your required course work.
With the on-campus components of the FNP Track, you will:
- participate in traditional lectures
- complete hands-on labs and simulations
- follow faculty in clinical practice settings
Local Clinical Preceptorship
Using a clinical preceptorship model, you will have the opportunity to obtain extended clinical experiences in a primary care setting. The preceptorship bridges theory and actual practice, allowing you to learn new skills and develop in the nurse practitioner role.
You will complete the clinical preceptorship at sites as close to your home community as possible by working with a preceptor. Preceptors must be master-level nurse practitioners or physicians who meet the licensing and/or certification requirements for the state in which they practice. FNP faculty will select and approve preceptor appointments, but they welcome your suggestions of possible preceptors in your area.
Throughout the Family Nurse Practitioner curriculum, you will complete a total of 697.5 clinical hours through 3 practicums.
For the first practicum, you will focus on interviewing and health assessment skills by completing 180 clinical hours (32 per week) during a 6-week summer session.
During the 4th and 5th semesters (full-time curriculum), you will complete two additional 225-hour practicums. These 13-week practicums focus on:
- acute, emergent, and chronic conditions
- health assessment
- patient education
While at your preceptor sites, you will continue in distance learning and keep in contact with your instructors via e-mail, teleconferencing, and site visits.
Refer to the UND College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines' Preceptorship Overview for more information.
IMPORTANT! UND may not be able to accommodate clinical experiences in some states due to specific state board of nursing regulations. Please contact the UND College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines for guidance on this issue.