MS in Nursing: Nurse Practitioner

A pathway that prepares skilled NPs for work in clinics, hospitals, schools, correctional facilities, local health departments, corporations and state or federal agencies.

Family Nurse Practitioner

OU College of Nursing is no longer accepting applications and/or students to the MSN FNP program.The family nurse practitioner program is now a doctoral program.  Students interested in the Family Nurse Practitioner program should click on the BSN-DNP information page under the Doctoral education link.


About the Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Practitioner Pathway

This pathway is designed to prepare skilled Nurse Practitioners for work in clinics, hospitals, schools, correctional facilities and organizations such as local health departments, corporations and state or federal agencies. Health promotion and disease prevention are integral in the NP’s practice. Graduates of this program are registered nurses with advanced education who is able to assess, make medical and nursing diagnoses, manage health care, prescribe medicines and evaluate care for persons who are ill, injured and/or have chronic diseases.

The NP pathway offers a part-time and full-time options to fit the schedules of working nurses. Many classes are offered via Internet Protocol Video (IPV) conference between various campuses. In addition, all courses are also augmented by Web / Internet based activities, reducing frequency for on-campus course instruction. Much of the learning activities are completed in the students home and transmitted electronically, versus sitting in classrooms. For additional information about this program, please contact nursing@ouhsc.edu.

Post-Graduate tracks are available. For additional information, please contact nursing@ouhsc.edu or review our Post-Graduate Certificate curriculum.

The Family Nurse Practitioner curriculum prepares graduates to apply for and sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center and/or American Association of Nurse Practitioners Family Nurse Practitioner-primary care certification exam. 

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at The Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org)




Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will be prepared to:

  • Integrate theories from nursing and support sciences to guide practice and role development
  • Use evidence-based and best practice literature to propose and initiate change.
  • Use political acumen to influence health care policy in the promotion of safe, ethical health care delivery.
  • Deliver a broad array of evidence-based, patient-centered nursing interventions to culturally diverse or at risk individuals and populations in a specialized area of practice.
  • Demonstrate expertise in a specialized area of clinical, teaching, and management/administrative practice and/or initial competence in a functional role (advanced practice registered nurse [APRN], educator and administrator).
  • Employ leadership and management skills in decision making to improve nursing care delivery and the care environment.
  • Collaborate with the interprofessional teams to improve nursing care and health care services.
  • Contribute to knowledge dissemination through scholarly activities and communication.
  • Use critical synthesis to effectively manage resources and systems.
  • Demonstrate competency in information analysis, management and technology consistent with role preparation.
  • Engage in lifelong learning and professional development.

Nurse Practitioner Track Options

A Family Nurse Practitioner provides care to persons from newborn through aging, including obstetrics, but not birthing. Students interested in the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track must apply and be accepted to the MSN at OUCN, as well as complete a specific application/interview/selection process for entry to the FNP track, due to limited enrollment.

Interviews are conducted in February/March, with notification of selection in April

Use of Technology

  • All NP students are required to own a computer with specific capabilities, be computer literate at the time of admission into the graduate program. For specific information on these requirements vist the computer requirements page.
  • All NP students are required to utilize a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) for classes and in the clinical preceptorships.
  • The NP Program continually integrates the newest technologic advances for both education and practice.

Degree Information

  • Application Deadline:
    Not accepting applications at this time
  • Program Start:
    June - Summer
  • Locations Available:
    OKC, Tulsa
  • Length of Program:
    Full-time: 2 years / Part-time: 3 years
  • Credit Hours:
    47 semester hours (MSN) / 35 semester hours (Post-Master)
  • Degree Awarded:
    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Post-Graduate Certificate
  • Part-Time Study Available?

Admission Information

Current Student Information

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