UNC Greensboro School of Nursing Dean Debra J. Barksdale speaks to students about being a family nurse practitioner inside the Nursing and Instructional Building.

The UNC Greensboro School of Nursing is now offering a family nurse practitioner (FNP) option to students who are interested in learning how to provide care to individuals and families across their entire lifespan.

The School of Nursing has launched a new MSN FNP concentration, starting in Fall 2023. It joins UNCG’s already nationally recognized DNP adult-gerontological primary care nurse practitioner (AGPCNP) concentration.

Students who already have a BSN degree can complete the FNP concentration in five semesters using a hybrid delivery (a combination of in-person and online classes). Students will complete 44 credit hours in the classroom as well as clinical experiences to graduate.

The School of Nursing will secure clinical sites and preceptors for FNP students to work alongside during their clinical rotations.

“It is well understood that the primary care workforce is decreasing while gaps in access are increasing. There is certainly a need for more advanced practice nurses who are well prepared to provide primary care services to the people of North Carolina. We are pleased to offer the FNP option at UNCG.”

Debra J. Barksdale, PhD, FNP-BC, dean of the UNCG School of Nursing

The FNP concentration will have both full-time and part-time plans of study, including the summer. There will be an orientation prior to classes starting that students will be required to attend.

After graduating, students will take either the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) board certification exam for FNPs with the ability to apply for state licensure.

Graduates will also have the option to apply to and seamlessly move into the School of Nursing’s post-master’s DNP concentration or the PhD program.

For more information, contact Dr. Amber Vermeesch at alvermeesch@uncg.edu.