Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner Across the Lifespan


The Family Nurse Practitioner Across the Lifespan concentration offer nurses the opportunity to provide primary care in family practice settings. FNPs provide care to individuals and families across the lifespan, promote wellness and disease prevention, meet tomorrow’s health care challenges, and provide leadership in the delivery of quality health care. Upon graduation, individuals will be qualified to sit for exams leading to Board Certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and/or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Family Nurse Practitioner Across the Lifespan graduates are prepared to work as primary care providers in:

  • Primary Care Practices
  • Community-based Clinics
  • Public Health Departments
  • Rural/Urban Settings

The program consists of 46 credit hours and can be completed in 27 months of full-time, campus based study. Students are admitted once per year for the Fall term.

FNP Fact Sheet

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, the following are required for admission to the MSN in Advanced Clinical Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner:

  1. Unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse in North Carolina.
  2. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited university.
  3. Overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last degree earned.
  4. Completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of C or better.
  5. A statement of purpose, describing the applicant's experience and objective in undertaking graduate study in the chosen specialty. The statement of purpose should explain the applicant’s career goal in relation to primary care and family practice. (not to exceed 2 double spaced pages)
  6. The three letters of recommendation required by the Graduate School should be from professional colleagues and should speak to clinical knowledge and expertise and one’s ability to function as a member of the health care team. At least one reference from a supervisor is preferred.
  7. One year of experience as a professional nurse at the time of application.


Application Instructions

Application Deadline: December 1st for Annual Fall Admission.


Graduate Admissions
UNC Charlotte
Cato 210
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
704-687-5503 (phone)
704-687-1668 (fax)


Degree Requirements

The Family Nurse Practitioner program consists of 46 semester hours that can be completed in two years.

Additional Degree Requirements

  1. A minimum of 600 hours of supervised clinical experience as a Nurse Practitioner student is required.
  2. Students may receive no more than one “C” grade in any graduate course. The second “C” will result in suspension from the program.
  3. In order to progress in the specialty, a grade of “B” is required in the following courses:

    a. BIOL 6274 Advanced Human Pathophysiology (3)
    b. NURS 6220 Pharmacotherapeutics in Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
    c. NURS 6230 Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning for Advanced Practice (3)
    d. NURS 6430 Advanced Health Assessment Practicum (1)
    e. All required courses with a NUNP prefix.
  4. Faculty advising is required.



 All courses are offered once a year and must be taken in sequence as shown below.

Year One


STAT 6127 - Introduction to Biostatistics (3hrs)
NURS 6220 - Pharmacotherapeutics in Advanced Nursing Practice (3hrs)
BIOL 6274 - Advanced Human Pathophysiology (3hrs)
NURS 6230 - Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning for Advanced Practice (3hrs)
NURS 6430 - Advanced Health Assessment Practicum (1hr)
NURS 6210 - Family Theory for Advanced Practice Nursing (2hrs)
NURS 6101 - Theoretical Basis for Nursing Practice (3hrs)
NURS 6160 - Research in Nursing and Health Professionals (3hrs)

NURS 6115 - Health Policy and Planning in the US (3hrs)

Year Two

NUNP 6250 - Advanced Primary Care of Adults (3hrs)
NUNP 6450 - Primary Care of Adults Practicum (2hrs)
NUNP 6240 - Advanced Reproductive Care (3hrs)
NURS 6603 - Synthesis in Advanced Nursing Practice (3hrs)

NUNP 6260 - Advanced Primary Care Children and Adolescents (3hrs)
NUNP 6460 - Primary Care Children and Adults Practicum (2hrs)
NUNP 6440 - Reproductive Care Practicum (2hrs)
NUNP 6400 - Internship (+ hrs)


Contact information

Advanced Clinical Nursing Coordinator
Tonya Anderson, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNE

UNC Charlotte School of Nursing
Charlotte, North Carolina



Interim Associate Director for Graduate Programs
David Langford, PhD, RN

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