What can you learn from UND’s online Family Nurse Practitioner M.S. program?
F.N.P.s’ care expertise revolves around the family unit, which means they understand different conditions at every age — because how illness impacts an 18-year-old patient can vary considerably compared to a patient experiencing the same illness at age 80.
As an F.N.P., you’ll have the knowledge to treat each patient accordingly and counsel them about wellness and prevention, providing treatment for everything from mild ailments to serious conditions. In this role you’ll impact more than one patient at a time — you’ll influence the behavior and lifestyle choices of all members of the family.
Focus your studies on:
- Developing treatment plans for acute and chronic illnesses
- Educating and guiding patients on disease prevention and healthy lifestyle habits
- Understanding how the aging process impacts changes in health promotion
- Performing diagnostic tests and interpreting results
- Managing overall patient care regarding lifestyle and development issues
By earning your Master of Science degree, you’re eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam administered by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board or the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Outcomes, Objectives & Certification
Graduates earn a Master of Science degree and are eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam administered by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
This program meets the educational requirements for licensure in many U.S. States.
Upon completion, you will be able to:
- Integrate knowledge from science, humanities, theory and research into evidence-based advanced nursing practice.
- Utilize knowledge of organizational and systems leadership, quality improvement, health care technologies, and policy to ensure high quality patient care.
- Participate as members and leaders of interprofessional health care teams.
- Apply advanced nursing skills in order to plan, manage and coordinate culturally appropriate health care for patient populations.
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Meet Our Faculty
We’re leaders in nursing and would like to help you become one, too. There’s nothing we enjoy more than sharing our holistic approach to nursing and health care advocacy techniques with eager nurses like you. Take advantage of our experience — it can help improve your performance as a nurse.
Jana Zwilling, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., F.N.P.-C.
Family Nurse Practitioner Track Director and Clinical Assistant Professor
Jana Zwilling has been teaching in the graduate program since 2011 as a clinical assistant professor and leading the department as director of the family nurse practitioner track since 2014. Zwilling graduated from the University of North Dakota’s F.N.P. master’s program and earned her Ph.D. in Nursing through the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
She has spent the past 11 years practicing occupational medicine as an F.N.P. at Altru Health System in Grand Forks, with flex time in urgent care and women’s health. Zwilling’s research focuses on the nurse practitioner workforce, practice regulations, health care policy, nurse practitioner role and utilization.Get to Know Us
You’ve decided to earn your advanced degree in nursing, and you’re just a few steps away from completing the application process. Since each online nursing program has its own requirements, take some time to review the ones that apply to our Family Nurse Practitioner M.S. program.Review Details
“UND has given me the guidance, clinical experience, comprehensive perspective and personal touch to make a positive impact on our health care system and provide quality care to my patients.
Graduating from the University of North Dakota has given me an advantage in the industry, as UND is known for its leadership in health care and promoting extraordinary advanced practice providers.”
— Autumn Nelson, M.S., A.P.R.N., C.N.P.‑B.C.