University of North Dakota Online Nurse Practitioner Programs – FNP, AGPCNP, PMHNP

The College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines through the University of North Dakota (UND) offers an online Master of Science in Nursing program and Post-Master’s Certificate Program with three specializations: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Students complete coursework 100 percent online and are not required to come to campus. Preceptorships are also completed at approved facilities local to the student.

Family nurse practitioners (FNPs) serve patients across the lifespan in clinical settings, hospitals, long-term care facilities, government facilities and home health care situations. FNPs work with care teams, patients and their families to improve patient health care. FNPs are trained to assess, evaluate, diagnose and treat routine health issues as well as acute and chronic health conditions. The FNP focuses on the person as a whole with preventive medicine and healthcare education at the forefront of their practice.

The Adult-Gerontology MSN program is one of the few offered in the North Dakota/South Dakota/Minnesota tri-state area. In addition, this is a growing field as according to the National Institutes of Health, the world population of those 65 and older is expected to double from 8.5% to 17% by 2050, and more than double in absolute terms. Adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioners (AGPCNPs) are trained to assess, evaluate, diagnose and treat adult patients from adolescence to end of life. AGPCNPs work with healthcare teams to provide care for routine health issues as well as treatment plans for those suffering from acute and chronic illnesses.

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNPs) are trained to assess, evaluate, diagnose and treat mental illness and other mental health issues. PMHNPs work with healthcare teams to provide treatment plans for patients suffering from addiction and mental health issues. Services provided or recommended may include psychiatric therapy, mental health counseling, substance-abuse treatment programs, and psychotropic or other medications. PMHNPs may work in private practices, schools, treatment centers, correctional facilities, hospitals, domestic violence shelters and other mental health organizations.

Graduates will be eligible to sit for the respective national certification exams through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

The University of North Dakota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The online MSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The University of North Dakota is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

What to Expect from the University of North Dakota Online Nurse Practitioner Programs

Admissions Requirements: Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the most recent 60 credits of coursework or most recent degree.

Application materials include an application, application fee, official transcripts, verification of RN license, a two-page statement of goals, professional resume or CV, and three letters of recommendation. No GMAT or GRE is required. With admission, students must pass a criminal background check and drug screen, have the proper immunizations and be in good health according to the Department of Nursing policies. International students must provide proof of English language proficiency depending on where they earned their bachelor’s degree.

  • Program Specific Admission Requirements
  • MSN: Applicants must hold a BSN from an accredited institution and have at least one year of relevant RN experience, preferably in the area in which the student plans to specialize; hold a current, unencumbered RN license
  • Post-Master’s Certificate: Hold an MSN-APRN degree from an accredited nursing program; hold a current, unencumbered RN license; hold current national certification as an APRN; participate in an interview which may be required; prerequisites include Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology – Lifespan, Advanced Physical Assessment, Advanced Pharmacology, Health Promotion and/or Maintenance, and a Role Of The NP course

State Restrictions: The University of North Dakota has determined that the program meets licensure eligibility for North Dakota and Minnesota. Therefore students from other states must inquire with their state board of nursing to determine licensure eligibility. UND accepts students for online study from other states, however, students should check with the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines at UND to determine program restrictions. The University of North Dakota is an NC-SARA participant.

Study Plan: The MSN program may be completed in as few as eight semesters and has three start dates per year in the spring, fall, and summer. The Post-Master’s FNP and PMHNP certificates can be completed in six semesters, while the AGPCNP certificate can be completed in just four semesters. UND offers clinical placement assistance. Please note that clinical placements may not be available in all states, therefore students should check with the nursing department to verify placement possibilities. Students should plan extra time for clinical hours and may not be able to work full-time during their program of study.

MSN Foundation Curriculum: All three specializations complete the following courses: Theories and Concepts in Nursing; Health Promotion; Evidence For Practice; Ethical, Legal, and Health Policy Issues; Advanced Pharmacology; Advanced Health Assessment; Advanced Pathophysiology; and Independent Study/Scholarly Project.

  • MSN – FNP Curriculum: The online MSN – FNP program comprises 49 credits plus a minimum of 625 clinical hours. Courses may include Family-Centered Advanced Practice Nursing; Maternal and Child Health in Primary Care; Management of Health Conditions – Primary Care I-II; Advanced Clinical Practicum I-III; Pharmacotherapeutics for Primary Care; and Role Development of the NP.
  • MSN – AGPCNP Curriculum: The online MSN – AGPCNP program comprises 47 credits plus clinical hours. Courses may include Illness Management – Adult Gerontology I-II; Pharmacotherapeutics for Primary Care; Care of Frail Older Adults; Role Development of the NP; and Advanced Clinical Practicums I-III.
  • MSN – PMHNP Curriculum: The online MSN – PMHNP program comprises a minimum of 49 credits plus clinical hours. Courses may include Psych Diagnostic Reasoning; Role Development of the NP; Psychopharmacology; Individual Therapy; Group and Family Therapies; Management of Psychopathology I-II; and Advanced Clinical Practicums I-III.

Post-Master’s FNP Curriculum: The online Post-Master’s FNP Certificate program comprises 23 credits plus clinical hours. Courses may include Family-Centered Advanced Practice Nursing; Maternal and Child Health in Primary Care; Management of Health Conditions – Primary Care I-II; and Advanced Clinical Practicum I-III.

Post-Master’s AGPCNP Curriculum: The online Post-Master’s AGPCNP Certificate program comprises 21 credits plus clinical hours. Courses may include Illness Management – Adult-Gerontology I-II; Care of Frail Older Adults; and Clinical Practicums I-III.

Post-Master’s PMHNP Curriculum: The online Post-Master’s PMHNP Certificate program comprises a minimum of 25 credits plus clinical hours. Courses may include Psych Diagnostic Reasoning; Psychopharmacology; Individual Therapy; Group and Family Therapies; Management of Psychopathology I-II; and Advanced Clinical Practicums I-III.

Online Experience: UND delivers online courses through Blackboard. Coursework is asynchronous and 100% online. Modes of learning may include audio and video material, hands-on assignments, readings and assessments.

Student services include online library access, admissions counseling, career counseling, online tutoring services, writing help and technical support.

On-Site Requirements: There are no on-site requirements as the MSN and Post-Master’s Certificate programs feature 100% online coursework with preceptorships local to the student. Nursing students may take part in graduation on campus and visit campus as desired.

Paying for the University of North Dakota Online Nurse Practitioner Programs

The University of North Dakota charges $765 per credit hour plus fees for the online MSN and post-master’s certificate programs. Prospective students should contact UND’s Department of Nursing for current tuition costs as tuition may change from year to year.

The University of North Dakota offers federal Stafford Loans and Graduate PLUS Loans according to the FAFSA. Nursing students may wish to check with their employers to see if they qualify for a tuition reimbursement program. University of North Dakota students may also seek outside opportunities for funding such as community scholarships and grants.

University of North Dakota

The 100% online MSN and certificate programs with FNP, AGPCNP, and PMHNP specializations include local practicums and do not require any compus visits.

APRN Programs

Master of Science – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP
Master of Science – Family Nurse Practitioner
Master of Science – Psychiatric-Mental Health NP
Post-Master's Certificate – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP (not currently accepting applications)
Post-Master's Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner (not currently accepting applications)
Post-Master's Certificate – Psychiatric-Mental Health NP (not currently accepting applications)

Campus Address

Gustafson Hall – Room 103, 3264 Campus Road Stop 9021
Grand Forks, North Dakota 58202

University of North Dakota – Master of Science – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

AGNP – Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

47

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

CA, DC, PR, NC, NY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

47

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$765.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$35,955.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$765.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$35,955.00

University of North Dakota – Master of Science – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

49

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

CA, DC, PR, NC, NY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

49

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$765.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$37,485.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$765.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$37,485.00

University of North Dakota – Master of Science – Psychiatric-Mental Health NP

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

PMHNP – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

49

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

CA, DC, PR, NC, NY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

49

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$765.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$37,485.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$765.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$37,485.00

University of North Dakota – Post-Master's Certificate – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP (not currently accepting applications)

Program Essentials

Degree Level

Post-Master Certificate – Post-Graduate (Post-MSN) Nursing Certificate

Specialization

AGNP – Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

21

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (pursuing initial accreditation)

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

CA, DC, NY, NC, PR

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

21

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$765.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$16,065.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$765.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$16,065.00

University of North Dakota – Post-Master's Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner (not currently accepting applications)

Program Essentials

Degree Level

Post-Master Certificate – Post-Graduate (Post-MSN) Nursing Certificate

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

23

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (pursuing initial accreditation)

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

CA, DC, NY, NC, PR

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

23

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$765.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$17,595.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$765.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$17,595.00

University of North Dakota – Post-Master's Certificate – Psychiatric-Mental Health NP (not currently accepting applications)

Program Essentials

Degree Level

Post-Master Certificate – Post-Graduate (Post-MSN) Nursing Certificate

Specialization

PMHNP – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

25

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (pursuing initial accreditation)

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

CA, DC, NY, NC, PR

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

25

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$765.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$19,125.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$765.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$19,125.00

Tuition is calculated based on credits, at the published tuition rate. Rates may change, so please check here for the latest tuition information. For programs with variable tuition rates, we use the rates for part-time students. “Resident” and “non-resident” refer to the student’s school-recognized state residency status. Tuition number represents the cost of tuition for the entire program, not per semester or year. Estimated total tuition does not include additional fees.