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.
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.
Kara Falk, A.P.R.N., D.N.P.
Family Nurse Practitioner Track Director, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Kara Falk is the Family Nurse Practitioner track director and a clinical assistant professor in the College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines at the University of North Dakota. She has been teaching in higher education since 2008 and has been practicing as an F.N.P. since 2006.
Dr. Falk has taught a variety of courses in both undergraduate- and graduate-level nursing programs. She has experience serving on a variety of College and University committees as well as chaired D.N.P. projects. Her areas of expertise and interest are women’s and adolescent health and access to health care.
Dr. Falk is an alum of UND’s FNP master’s program and completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Montana State University.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. Take some time to review admission requirements for the online 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.