MS Clinical (FNP, PMH-NP)

Graduate studies at the master’s (MS) level place primary emphasis upon advanced professional nursing practice, theory, research and health care delivery systems. MS programs provide the student with a basis for further study at the doctoral level and are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). 

Program Information

The MS Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMH-NP) programs are offered in a hybrid format. Didactic courses are distance delivered, using synchronous or asynchronous methods.  However, clinical courses (NSG A602, A660, A661, A662, A663) use a hybrid approach, with some content being offered online, while other content is offered in short intensive sessions on campus. The FNP and PMH-NP programs generally take 7-9 semesters of part-time study to complete.  They require successful completion of 50 credits, including 17 credits of core courses and 33 credits of specialty coursework.

Graduates of the FNP option are eligible to take the family nurse practitioner certification examination offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Graduates of the PMH-NP option are eligible to take the national certification for psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner-family offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. 

Note: Students who want to transfer in graduate coursework from another University should meet with a faculty advisor to determine if courses can be substituted or waived.  Waived courses need to have been taken within the last 5 years (from time of admission).

 

Major Requirements

Core Courses with one asterisk (*) may be taken prior to acceptance in the program, based on space availability and faculty approval. Only nine credits may be taken without formal acceptance to the program.

Required Core Courses

  • *NSG A613 Advanced Practice Informatics (2)
  • *NSG A618 Role Development in Advanced Nursing (2)
  • *NSG A618a Advanced Nursing Leadership (2)
  • *NSG A619 Nursing Health Policy (2)
  • *NSG A621 Knowledge Development for Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
  • NSG A627 Practice Inquiry I: The Nature of Evidence (3)
  • *NSG A633 Statistics for Advanced Practice (3)
 

Areas of Emphasis

The Master of Science (MS) in Nursing Science degree prepares licensed baccalaureate prepared RNs for an advanced practice role in one of the following emphasis areas: Family Nurse Practitioner or Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. In addition to the core courses, students will complete the courses below based on their area of emphasis (FNP or PMH-NP).

  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

    Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

    • NSG A601 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
    • NSG A602 Advanced Health Assessment in Primary Care (4)**
    • NSG A610 Pharmacology for Primary Care (3)
    • NSG A660 Family Nurse Practitioner I (5)**
    • NSG A661 Family Nurse Practitioner II (4)**
    • NSG A662 Family Nurse Practitioner III (5)**
    • NSG A663 Family Nurse Practitioner IV (6)**
    • Elective Advisor approval required (3)

    Courses with two asterisks (**) are clinical courses, using a hybrid approach that requires short intensive on campus.

  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMH-NP)

    Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMH-NP)

    • NSG A601 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
    • NSG A602 Advanced Health Assessment in Primary Care (4)**
    • NSG A610 Pharmacology for Primary Care (3)
    • NSG A611 Psychopharmacology (3)
    • NSG A670 Advanced Practice PMH Nursing I (5)**
    • NSG A671 Advanced Practice PMH Nursing II (5)**
    • NSG A672 Advanced Practice PMH Nursing III (5)**
    • NSG A673 Advanced Practice PMH Nursing IV (5)**

    Courses with two asterisks (**) are clinical courses, using a hybrid approach that requires short intensive on campus.

 

Clinical Locations

All FNP and PMH-NP clinical experiences must be completed in the state of Alaska. In most instances, clinical rotations are completed in the student’s own community. The program bases decisions for clinical sites on a preceptor’s ability and willingness to provide adequate experiences that allow students to meet the course and program outcomes. In the rare event an adequate clinical site is not available locally, the student may need to do clinical outside of their home community. We strive to make it possible for students who reside in Alaska, outside of the Anchorage bowl area, to pursue graduate study at UAA. We also encourage students to take advantage of clinical learning opportunities in rural settings.