Jackie Roberts will direct Family Nurse Practitioner graduate program

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University of North Dakota


Jackie Roberts, ’93,’98, has accepted the position of director of the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) graduate track with the College of Nursing at the University of North Dakota. Roberts has served as co-director for the past five years along with Dr. Liz Tyree.

“I am very excited to begin my new role as Director of the FNP,” said Roberts. “I enjoy working with students, faculty, staff and preceptors to assure that the students have the best possible educational experience. Advanced practice nurses have the opportunity to make a significant impact in health policy, leadership, and health care informatics. It is my goal to teach and mentor future nurse practitioners to provide quality, safe and cost effective care to patients of all ages in our region and nationally.”

“Jackie is highly qualified to direct the Family Nurse Practitioner as a clinical expert, great teacher and a leader. She builds on UND’s tradition of excellence in preparing nurse practitioners,” said Dr. Tyree.

Roberts is certified as an Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner (AOCNP) by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC). At the time of her certification, 2007, she was one of 409 certified AOCNP nurses internationally and the first in North Dakota. This is in addition to Roberts’ certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Nurse practitioners are important partners in the care of patients across the lifespan, and in addition to clinical services, focus on health promotion, disease prevention and health education and counseling, working to help their patients make smarter health and lifestyle choices.

The College of Nursing at the University of North Dakota currently has more than 70 graduate students taking courses to become a Family Nurse Practitioner.

There are more than 135,000 licensed nurse practitioners in the United States and more than 350 in North Dakota providing high-quality, cost-effective and personalized healthcare for citizens of our nation and state.


The UND College of Nursing offers both undergraduate and graduate programs of study in nursing, including RN-BSN and RN-MS distance delivered degrees, and undergraduate programs in dietetics and community nutrition.

The master's program, leading to a Master of Science (M.S.) degree with a major in nursing, boasts six specializations: psychiatric & mental health, family nurse practitioner, advanced public health nursing, nurse anesthesia, nursing education, and gerontological nursing. The master's program is targeted to prepare clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners, nurse educators, and nurse administrators. The focus of the masters nursing program is based on scientific knowledge of nursing practice and education through research. The College also offers a PhD program to prepare nurses for roles as nurse scientists and faculty.