May 18, 2024  
Graduate Catalog | 2023-2024 
Graduate Catalog | 2023-2024

Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner Across the Lifespan, M.S.N

This concentration leads to a MSN with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner Across the Lifespan.  These Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) are prepared to function as Nurse Practitioners providing primary care to families across the lifespan.  The graduates of this program are eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) examination for Nurse Practitioner Across the Lifespan certification.  The Family Nurse Practitioner program is a full-time, campus-based program.

Admission Requirements

  1. Unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse in North Carolina
  2. BSN degree from a college or university accredited by an accepted accrediting body; the RN-to-MSN option is not available to NP applicants. 
  3. One year of professional nursing practice
  4. Overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last degree earned
  5. Completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of C or above
  6. Statement of Purpose explaining the applicant’s career goal and preparation in relation to primary care and family practice, and qualities making them a strong applicant (see t he School of Nursing website at for required elements of the Statement of Purpose).  (Note: Statement of Purpose should not exceed two double-spaced typed pages.)
  7. References should be from professional colleagues and should speak to clinical knowledge and expertise and one’s ability to function a member of the healthcare team.  At least one reference from a supervisory person is preferred.
  8. GRE is not required

Application is competitive.  Students are admitted annually in the Fall semester.  See the School of Nursing website at for application deadline. 

Degree Requirements

The program requires completion of 46 credit hours in approved courses.


* Clinical Courses require 60 hours practice for each 1 credit hour.  Clinical courses may require travel to clinical sites outside Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.

Capstone Course (3 credit hours)

Additional Requirements

  • A minimum of 600 hours of supervised clinical experience as a Nurse Practitioner
  • Faculty advising

Degree Total = 46 Credit Hours