This theoretical and clinically-based curriculum prepares nurses as primary health care providers who promote health, prevent illness, and manage common health problems across the lifespan. Health care issues affecting rural and other underserved communities are integrated throughout the curriculum.
The program of study may be tailored for full-time or part-time study. Course formats are a mix of online and classroom instruction. Clinical experiences are arranged to meet program outcomes and to accommodate the needs of the student. The Graduate Program Coordinator and the student’s academic advisor will help plan a program of study and timeframe that meets the academic and clinical requirements.
The MSN-FNP curriculum meets the 2008 criteria for nurse practitioner programs published by the National Task Force on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education.
MSN-FNP graduates are eligible to take national certification examinations for Family Nurse Practitioners which are offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (http://www.nursecredentialing.org/NurseSpecialties/FamilyNP.aspx) and by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (http://aanpcertification.org). The University of Maine MSN-FNP program graduates have performed well on the national certification examinations.
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