The care of individuals and families across
the lifespan

Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner Program

Specialty Appeal

  • Family nurse practitioners are in demand. With the looming shortage of physicians entering primary care, the demand for primary care providers is naturally on the rise. The exciting trend of the patient centered medical home model requires a team of providers with increased need for nurse practitioners.
  • Family nurse practitioners can practice in multiple settings and thus have multiple opportunities throughout their careers. From settings such as school-based health centers, family practice and urgent care, graduates can apply their skills and their degree in a spectrum of clinical settings. 
  • Family nurse practitioner is a rewarding and challenging occupation. Through engaging in health promotion and following patients across the life span, FNPs utilize their skills in ways that are meaningful both to their patients and their patients' families.

Education and Practice

The Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares advanced practice nurses for the current and evolving primary health care system. The program focuses on providing students with the skills needed to deliver cutting edge, community-based primary health care to individuals and families across the lifespan. We place a strong emphasis on health promotion as well as the development of positive health behaviors as they pertain to diverse groups at different developmental and age stages. FNP students share courses with students in the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Midwife programs where relevant. This structure exposes students to a variety of expert specialty faculty and also helps the development of inter-specialty relationships that may prove fruitful in students' future practices.
Our program prepares graduates to provide the full range of primary care from the antepartum period, infancy, childhood and adolescence through the adult lifespan. This includes
  • well care to children and adults
  • age appropriate health and developmental screening across the life span
  • diagnosis and management of common acute and chronic health problems
  • prenatal and postnatal care to mother and baby

In addition to direct patient care, primary care family nurse practitioner students also participate in research, education, and policy development relevant to advanced practice nursing and diverse population health care issues. As a result of this broad preparation, our graduates are employed in a wide variety of settings, including community-based health centers, private practice, local health departments, urgent care, emergency rooms, nurse managed health centers, and retail clinics.



See the application requirements for this program.


Listed below are the required courses for the Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner (NP) Program. The Primary Care Family NP students will be placed in clinical settings appropriate to the NP role. The curriculum is offered in an on-campus format; however, a few of the core courses may be web-blended. The Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner program is offered as a fall term (September) start only. There are 2.5 year and 3 year program plans for the Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner curriculum. 

Sample Plan of Study 

Course NumberCourse Name
Course Credits
Term Offered
Core Courses
N528Models, Theories and Methods to Promote Optimal Health Outcomes
N527Promoting Optimal Models and Systems for Healthcare Delivery
N529Scientific and Analytic Approaches for Advanced Practice
Specialty Courses
Course Credits
N502Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan4
Advanced Health Assessment for Advanced Practice Nurses
Role Transition to APRN
CDM III: Advanced Primary Care Nursing of Adults and Families with Complex Systems
Advanced Primary Care Nursing: Health Promotion and Management of Acute Health Problems of Adults and Well Women/GYN Care
Critical Elements and the Study of Family and Health
Nursing Care of Childbearing Families (Antepartum Care)
N646Primary Care of Older Adults3
Advanced Primary Care Nursing of Chronic Illness in Adults and Their Families
CDM I: Infant, Child, and Adolescent Health: Wellness and Management of Common Illness
Advanced Practice Specialty Procedures and Skills for Primary Care
N589Advanced Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Clinical Practicum2
Required Cognates
Pharmacotherapeutics I
Pharmacotherapeutics II
HS505Team Based Clinical Decision Making2
Total Credits = 67
Minimum Required Clinical Hours = 616


Concentration Option 

Occupational Health Nursing Concentration 
This concentration is offered as an extension of the Adult Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner programs, and contains all content and clinical experiences required for certification as an Adult or Family Nurse Practitioner and as an Occupational Health Nurse, including over 500 hours of supervised practicum experience in primary care and occupational health services.


The University of Michigan School of Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner Program meets and exceeds the Core Competencies for Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioners outlined by the National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculties. Upon graduation and entry into practice, family nurse practitioners are proficient in the following areas:
  • Providing health promotion, health protection, disease prevention, and treatment
  • Assessing health status
  • Diagnosing health status
  • Creating a plan of care and implementation of treatment
  • Ensuring a professional, collegial, and collaborative approach to care
  • Serving as a teacher and coach to patients
  • Committing to advancing the profession
  • Assisting patients in managing and negotiating the health care delivery system
  • Monitoring and ensuring high quality health care practice
  • Demonstrating cultural competence