Family Nurse Practitioner

nurse with a child and father

FNPs become primary care providers for medically stable patients across the lifespan, from infants to older adults.

The FNP program prepares graduates for community-based, lifespan primary care. With a focus on preparing primary care providers to work in underserved communities, the FNP program prepares graduates for independent practice as a member of multidisciplinary healthcare teams.

Graduates of the UIC FNP program are highly sought after by employers, and they practice in primary care settings throughout the country.

The FNP program is delivered in a blended (online/in-person) format. Foundational courses are primarily online with modest on-campus commitments, two to three times per semester. Once a student enters the FNP-specific coursework, courses are online with on-campus sessions every three to four weeks.

At UIC Nursing, DNP students are not responsible for finding their own clinical sites; practicum sites and highly qualified preceptors are arranged for students by faculty. 

  • #12 2021 rank of our FNP program among all such programs nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report

  • 100% Graduates' pass rate on certification exam

Required courses for the program

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The FNP program is fully aligned with the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Competencies for Nurse Practitioners and the APRN Consensus Model.  Upon completion of the FNP program, graduates are eligible to obtain APRN Board Certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center  or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program.

Karen Cotler, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP

Director, Family Nurse Practitioner Program

845 S. Damen Ave., 952 NURS, (MC 802), Chicago, IL 60612