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Family Nurse Practitioner, MS Nursing

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #501 (ARWU) Orono, ME, United States
The family nurse practitioner is prepared to provide healthcare to individuals and families across the lifespan (newborns, infants, children, adolescents, adults, pregnant and postpartum women and older adults).  Primary care includes health promotion, disease and injury prevention, and the evaluation and management of common acute and chronic health problems.   
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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 2012 Criteria for Evaluation of  Nurse Practitioner Programs published by the National Task Force on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Families in Health and Illness
  • Advanced Health Appraisal and Physical Assessment: Nurse Practitioner
  • Theory Development in Nursing
  • Nursing Research
  • Professional Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • Advanced Pharmacology and Therapeutics: Nurse Practitioner
  • Curriculum and Course Development and Evaluation in Nursing Education
  • Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation in Nursing Education
  • Field Experience in Nursing Education or Administration
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Care: Neonate to the Adolescent
  • Nurse Practitioner Gynecologic and Reproductive Care of Women
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Care of Adults I
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Care of Adults II
  • Healthcare Leadership and Management
  • Ethical Inquiry in Health Care
  • Health Policy, Politics and Practice

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • BSN from a CCNE or NLN accredited program
  • Undergraduate GPA minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Acceptable course in Physical Assessment; minimum grade of B
  • College level statistics course; minimum grade of B
  • College level research methods course; minimum grade of B
  • Experience as a Registered Nurse
  • Licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Maine (by date of admission

Work Experience

Experience as a Registered Nurse

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1430 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1430 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1430 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1430 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    439 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 439 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Orono

  • 1216 - 1890 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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