Master of Science with a major in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
The Master of Science with a major in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) offered at the University of North Georgia (UNG) is a 46-semester-hour program of study that prepares experienced registered nurses to sit for national certification as a family nurse practitioner and to qualify for advanced practice authorization in the State of Georgia. The program builds on the foundation of professional nursing practice to prepare advanced practice nurses to function in collaborative practice roles in primary care settings.
What Nurse Practitioners Do
Nurse practitioners, provide and coordinate patient care and they may provide primary and specialty health care. The scope of practice varies from state to state.
The median annual wage for nurse practitioners was $104,740 in May 2015.
Employment of nurse practitioners is expected to grow 31 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur primarily because of the effects of healthcare legislation, an increased emphasis on preventative care, and demand from the large, aging baby-boom population as they live longer and more active lives than previous generations.
Nurse practitioners work in a wide variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, physicians' offices, nursing care facilities, schools, and clinics.
How to Become a Nurse Practitioner
Nurse practitioners must earn at least a master’s degree. They must also be licensed in their state and pass a national certification exam.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2015-16 Edition