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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing

Family Nurse Practitioner, Masters Specialty

“We don’t just teach nurse practitioners, we invented them"


Family nurse practitioners (FNP) provide primary care to infants, children, adults and geriatric patients. This specialty is designed to meet the educational and clinical competency requirements for professional certification by either American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). FNP graduates can be placed on the Colorado Advanced Practice Registry.

A post-graduate certificate is available in this specialty.  Please see the overview of the post-graduate certificate.

Gainful Employment and Program Statistics for Post-Master's Certificate

For more information regarding graduation rates, the median debt of students completing our certificate programs and other important information, please visit the University of Colorado Denver Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness. ​  

Nursing Post Masters Certificate ‑ Family Nurse Practitioner Gainful Employment Disclosure

Program Plan

Nurse practitioners are one of several advanced practice roles in nursing. Entry into practice as a primary care nurse practitioner demands educational preparation at a minimum of a master’s degree in nursing.

Master of Science in Nursing Core Courses
Advanced Practice Core Courses Required for Specialty Option
Advanced Practice Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
Total Credits​​
Optional Electives
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Upon completion of the nursing program, students will be prepared to incorporate pertinent knowledge, values and abilities for direct and indirect provider roles to:

  • Implement caring and competent nursing practice with individuals, families and communities based on understanding the human experiences of health, illness and healing.
  • Integrate the ethical use of technology and information systems to augment the human capacity for health, facilitate decision-making, support collaboration and foster communication.
  • Promote health of local to global communities through promoting safe environments and safe and effective health care addressing the interaction among individuals, communities and their environmental contexts.
  • Manage care to achieve quality, cost-effective and ethical outcomes in the delivery of health care for individuals, families and populations.
  • Engage in leadership to promote social justice related to access, quality and socio-cultural acceptability of health care through relationship-centered caring, advocacy and empowerment.
  • Negotiate and adapt the delivery and management of health care and health care systems for diverse populations and environments.
  • Practice relationship-centered caring through self-awareness, by developing and maintaining respectful relationships, communicating effectively, and integrating the influence of the human experience of health, illness and healing.
  • Practice nursing reflectively, guided by theory, based on best evidence and integrating creative and critical thinking.
  • Participate in generating and testing knowledge regarding nursing, health care and reflective caring practice.
  • Actively engage in self-directed learning to maintain state of the art nursing practice and to facilitate the education of future practitioners, paraprofessionals and healthy communities


Faculty is one of the cornerstones of any program. Faculty members provide direction for the curriculum, incorporate their research endeavors into their teaching, provide guidance to learners, serve as mentors and create innovative learning opportunities.

Our faculty are located in Colorado, across the United States and in several European countries. Our faculty are extremely committed to the discipline of nurse practitioners and serve on many national and international boards and are leaders in several professional organizations.

Krista Estes, FNP, DNP-C
Assistant Professor, FNP Specialty Director

Jane Kass-Wolff, PhD, FNP, WHNP
Associate Professor

​Marylou Robinson, RN, PHD, CCRN, FNP
Associate Professor


How long will it take to complete the FNP program?
Do the NP programs have a clinical requirement?
Are the NP programs offered completely online or in class?
Will I be required to come to Colorado?
Will this program prepare me to sit for the national certification as a FNP?
Can I take a course before I apply?
How do I apply and get information for the CU-UNITE multidisciplinary urban underserved track?
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What is CU - UNITE?

The Colorado Urban UNderserved Interprofessional Health Training & Education track (CU-UNITE) is a new longitudinal curriculum for students at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, College of Nursing Nurse Practitioner Program and the Child Health Associate/ Physician Assistant (CHA/PA) Program. The CU-UNITE track is specially designed for students interested in working with urban underserved communities. The track will provide the skills and support needed for future health care providers serving urban underserved populations.

Note: This track is open only to students who have been accepted into the program.

Why Should I Consider CU - UNITE?

If you are passionate about working with ethnically and racially diverse populations, serving the uninsured and those with limited access to health care in urban areas, then CU-UNITE is for you. Students completing the CU-UNITE curriculum will have a thorough understanding of healthcare disparities and inequities, the multifaceted role of the health care provider in urban communities, and knowledge about health issues of specific populations of patients in urban areas.

For more information, visit the CU-UNITE page.