Overview

Our online Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner (MS-FNP) program is designed to provide the clinical skills and academic knowledge to promote health and treatment of physiologic and psychologic health, disease prevention, advanced physical assessment and management of common acute and chronic illnesses. While the FNP program is offered online, please note that a portion of the program requires on-campus intensives and clinical.

In many states, including Colorado, FNPs can practice independently, including the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic illness and the ordering and interpretation of diagnostic tests across the lifespan.

FNPs also practice in a variety of clinical settings such as primary care, home health, urgent care, ambulatory care, school-based clinics, retail health clinics and community health departments and clinics.

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Program at a Glance

Degree Program:

Family Nurse Practitioner (MS-FNP) Single Specialization

Offered By:

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Tuition:

Cost Per Credit:

$725

Cost Per Credit:

$1175

Application Deadline:

Credit Hours:

56

FNP Program Details

A Master of Science in Nursing — Family Nurse Practitioner degree will help you develop the knowledge and skills that are required to practice.

  • Online coursework with on-campus intensives
  • Cohort model encourages student connections and community building
  • Clinical placements provided for students who live in the Denver metro area
  • Global health opportunities and interprofessional learning activities​
  • Outstanding record of first-time pass rates on FNP national certification exam
  • Graduates find employment quickly

Successful program completion will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and eligibility to sit for national certification with ANCC or AANP, depending on which examination you choose.

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CCNE Accreditation 

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice and post-graduate APRN certificate at the University of Colorado College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is the national accreditation agency that ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing by requiring strict standards of excellence to receive accreditation. When you graduate with a BSN degree from CU Anschutz, you’ll start your nursing career with confidence knowing that you received a high-quality degree from a university with a rich history of over 100 years of nursing education. 

Timeline

The FNP program is completed full-time in a cohort, meaning in the fall and spring, students who are admitted will enroll in the program at the same time, complete all courses in a sequence together and graduate together. The FNP master's program can be completed in less than 2.5 years (8 semesters) as a full-time student.

Most students can complete the program online but will need to be able to attend on-campus intensives. It is advised students contact student affairs to discuss their specific state requirements prior to applying to the program.

This master's degree requires:

  • 42 Didactic Credits, courses taken online
  • 14 Clinical Credits, equaling 630 Clinical Hours

Admissions

Admission requirements and deadlines vary based on the program. In addition, you will have different requirements depending on if you are a first-time student, a transfer student or an international student. 

Learn more about the admissions process by filling out the form above or contacting our Enrollment Team today.

Career Outlook

Graduates with a Masters of Science in Nursing — Family Nurse Practitioner degree have a very wide range of career opportunities available to them.

The University of Colorado College of Nursing (CON) is responsible for ensuring adequate and sufficient clinical experiences for students in all programs, including students enrolled in distance programs. The University of Colorado College of Nursing arranges clinical placements for students who live in the Denver Metropolitan Seven-County area (Jefferson, Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas, Broomfield and Boulder counties). For those who live outside of the Denver Metropolitan area, the students are asked to take the primary role in identifying their preceptors.

The Specialty Director will assess the preceptor qualifications and student learning needs and will make the final determination regarding the student-preceptor match. This process can take several months to achieve an affiliation agreement, so we highly recommend providing information about an institution to your Specialty Director shortly after program admission. However, if a rural or out-of-state student is unable to find a clinical preceptor(s)/site, the CON will provide a clinical site, which may NOT be in the geographic location of the student but will provide the student an adequate experience to meet the program outcomes. Additionally, if there is a concern of a clinical practice, a student may be asked to complete the clinical time in the Denver Metropolitan area for more direct observation and assessment by the CU CON faculty/Specialty Director.

The average salary in the Denver area for an MS-FNP is $76,697 – $113,832.

Courses

The FNP program is completed full-time in a cohort, and we admit students for the MS, BS-DNP, and Post-Graduate Certificate programs every year for fall and spring semester admission. Please discuss application deadlines with your Enrollment Navigator.

Example Courses
NURS 6761 — Advanced Assessment
NURS 6009 — Theory Foundations for Advanced Nursing
NURS 6859 — Advanced Professional Role
NURS 6222 — Advanced Pharmacology and Therapeutics
NURS 6109 — Evidence-Based Practice: Evaluating
NURS 6243 — Advanced Pathophysiology

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Will I be required to travel to Colorado?

Most students can complete the program at a distance online but will need to be able to attend on-campus intensives. It is advised students contact student affairs to discuss their specific state requirements prior to applying to the program.

Does the FNP program have a clinical requirement?

The FNP program requires 14 credits of clinical experience, which equals to 630 clinical hours for the MS.

Do I have to find my own clinical placement?

The University of Colorado College of Nursing (CON) is responsible for ensuring adequate and sufficient clinical experiences for students in all programs, including students enrolled in distance programs. Clinical placements are arranged by the College of Nursing for students who live in the Denver Metropolitan Seven-County area (Jefferson, Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas, Broomfield, and Boulder counties.)

For those who live outside of the Denver Metropolitan area, the students are asked to take the primary role in identifying their preceptors. The Specialty Director will assess the preceptor qualifications and student learning needs and will make the final determination regarding student- preceptor match.

In the unusual situation that a rural or out-of-state student is unable to find a clinical preceptor, a student may be required to complete clinical experiences in the Denver Metro area to assure timely academic progression.

This process can take several months to achieve an affiliation agreement, so we highly recommend providing information about an institution to your Specialty Director shortly after program admission.

Additionally, if there is a concern of a clinical practice, a student may be asked to complete the clinical time in the Denver Metropolitan area for more direct observation and assessment by the College of Nursing faculty/Specialty Director.