MS in Nursing with Emphasis in Family Nurse Practitioner

Students who pursue the Family Nurse Practitioner MS(N) will be prepared to deliver evidence-based comprehensive primary healthcare to individuals of all ages, from birth through older adulthood, including the diagnoses and treatment of common acute episodic health problems and the management of chronic diseases. The student will utilize current research to provide health education to individuals and families and demonstrate expertise in health promotion and disease prevention. The student will be prepared to work independently and collaboratively to integrate advanced knowledge in the delivery of care to all populations including rural and other underserved communities.

  • Manage clinical efforts in the primary care setting
  • Provide visionary leadership
  • Implement evidence-based practice 

Degree Requirements

The MS(N) Family Nurse Practitioner curriculum provides core Master’s coursework in combination with Family Nurse Practitioner specialty courses. The specialty courses focus on care of the individual and the family, with a special emphasis on the rural and underserved, utilizing evidence practice guidelines.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) offers certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Students who have completed a Master’s degree in Nursing in the Family Nurse Practitioner emphasis area are eligible to sit for the exam.

Students must complete the core course required of the MS in Nursing in addition to coursework for the declared emphasis area. 

Core Courses
NURSE 7110Advanced Nursing Roles and Professional Communication3
NURSE 7160Scientific Foundations for Health Sciences4
NURSE 8170Public Health, Sociocultural Issues, and Health Policy3
NURSE 8910Translational Evidence-Based Nursing Practice3
NURSE 8990Practice Inquiry1
Emphasis Area Coursework
NURSE 7120Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology3
NURSE 7130Advanced Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics3
NURSE 7140Advanced Health Assessment and Promotion3.5
NURSE 8010Family Dynamics and Intervention3
NURSE 8400Adult and Geriatric Primary Care I3.5
NURSE 8410Adult and Geriatric Primary Care II3.5
NURSE 8420Newborn Through Adolescence Primary Care3.5
NURSE 8430Reproductive and Sexual Health Primary Care3.5
NURSE 8540Advanced Diagnostics and Reasoning I3.5
NURSE 8980Advanced Clinical Nursing Practicum2-3

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Sample Plan of Study

Sample plans of study can be found on the Sinclair School of Nursing MSN webpage.


Applicants are required to meet two sets of minimum qualifications for admission: the requirements of the Master of Science program and the minimum requirements of the Graduate School. Because requirements vary, you must refer to a degree program's graduate admission page to learn about specific admission criteria, application deadlines, eligibility, and application process. Your application materials will be reviewed by both the Graduate School and the degree program to which you have applied before official admission to the University of Missouri.

Application Deadlines: After the application deadline, submitted materials will be reviewed. Applicants will receive notification of their acceptance decision within four weeks. Program application timelines vary by emphasis area. Refer to How to Apply for specific deadlines.

Admission Contact Information
School of Nursing
Columbia, MO 65211
573- 882-0200