Program Highlights

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program at the University of Miami leads to a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and eligibility to take the FNP specialty certification examination.  Registered nurses with bachelor’s degrees are eligible to apply. Certified FNP’s provide a range of healthcare services to individuals and families in a variety of clinical settings.  Such services include health maintenance, disease prevention, assessment, and healthcare management. The FNP program offers an excellent educational foundation in advanced practice nursing and substantial clinical experience.  Graduates of the program are prepared to make independent and collaborative decisions, sound clinical judgments, and be leaders in their profession.

The University of Miami is located at the crossroads of the Caribbean and the Americas in tropical Miami-Dade County, Florida. This location provides a unique multicultural environment in which to study and practice. The program benefits from its relationship to the University of Miami’s Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, a major international academic health center. Clinical instruction is taught by highly skilled faculty in a variety of settings.

The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  Graduates of this program are eligible to take a national certification examination in the family nurse practitioner specialty area offered by either the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

  • Students complete a total of 37 credits in either one year or two years of study.  The tuition is listed on our “Cost of Study” site.  Opportunities for financial assistance are available.  Plans of study are “lock-step” and students begin and end their programs with a cohort of students.

  • Classes are taught by the University of Miami’s prestigious faculty who are unique because they are also in clinical practice.  Their level of clinical expertise translates into education that is scientific, evidence-based, and patient-centered.

  • FNP students complete a minimum of 616 hours in clinical rotations during their education, clinical rotations occur at various clinical sites in Miami and Broward Counties, ranging from academic teaching centers to private community practices. Additionally, clinical rotations are completed in a number of general and specialized areas. The multiplicity of clinical sites allows students to gain exposure and experience in numerous practice settings and with a wide variety of patients. For clinical rotations, FNP faculty assigns the student a clinical practice site and preceptor. Students’ sites vary for each clinical course, so that each student is exposed to different population-focused competencies over the course of their FNP education.

  • The program starts each Fall Semester (full-time) or Spring (part-time).  However, new graduate students participate in an online “boot camp” prior to starting classes to prepare them to take graduate advanced pathophysiology and pharmacology courses.


The MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Miami School of Nursing & Health Studies is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.