Family Nurse Practitioner

Family, in its broadest definition, influences nearly every aspect of a person’s health. As a family nurse practitioner, you treat the family as the unit of care, rather than isolated individuals. Graduates of the FNP program care for patients of all ages, working in a wide-array of settings from an outpatient clinic to a pediatrician’s office. Family nurse practitioners provide care to individuals who are well, or who have common health problems. Responsibilities include monitoring chronic diseases, ordering and interpreting diagnostic studies, prescribing medications and other treatments, providing health maintenance care, promoting positive health behaviors and collaborating with physicians and other health professionals as needed.

Family Nurse Practitioner

Certification & Career Opportunities

Graduates are eligible to sit for either of the national certification exams for family nurse practitioner certification. Because graduates of the FNP program acquire experience in a wide variety of clinical settings, a gamut of job opportunities are available. Some common settings include private practice, school nursing, health departments, rural or hospital clinics, pediatrics, women’s health and many others.

Clinical Hours

Students spend a minimum of 672 hours of clinical time with experienced preceptors in primary adult, primary pediatrics and women's health care. The preceptors work one-on-one with students, guiding them through the clinical hours.

The remaining hours are focused on your DNP project. This quality improvement project will be grounded in a clinical problem. You will work closely with a DNP advisor to formulate your capstone project.

Prior Experience

Students must have a minimum of one year nursing experience. We encourage students to have excellent assessment skills at the generalist level before undertaking advanced practice, and offer a part-time program option to allow nurses to continue working while gaining valuable skills.

Program of Study

The program can be completed on either a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students can complete the program in nine semesters. Part-time students will receive an individualized schema.

Courses are offered in block format, in which students are required to attend on-site one week each semester.

Full-Time Semester Schema

Spring Semester 1 Summer Semester 1 Fall Semester 1

NURS 8002
Theoretical Basis of Clinical reasoning
3 credits

NDNP 9004
Biostatistics for EBP
3 credits

NDNP 9001
Informatics for DNP Practice
2 credits

NDNP 9010
Healthcare Policy for Doctoral Prepared Nurse
3 credits

NURS 8022
Advanced Human Physiology & Pathophysiology
4 credits

NURS 8002
Role Seminar for the Doctorally Prepared APRN
3 credits

NDNP 9006
Essentials of Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice
4 credits

NURS 8014
Epidemiologic Methods in Healthcare
3 credits

ANNP 8060
Clinical Management of Well Women & Children
3 credits

Total: 8 credits Total: 10 credits Total: 10 credits
Spring Semester 2
Summer Semester 2
Fall Semester 2

NURS 8020
Advanced Health Assessment
3 credits, (1 cr. = 3 lab hrs)

NDNP 9015
Quality improvement and patient safety
3 credits

NURS 8024
Pharmacology for Advanced Practice
3 credits

NDNP 9030
Planning, Management & Evaluation of Programs and Projects
4 credits

NURS 8010
Finance and Economics of Health Care
3 credits

NURS 8026
Differential Diagnosis for the APN
3 credits

Clinical Management 1
3 credits

ANNP 8070
Practicum 1
3 credits

ANNP 8080
Seminar 1
1 credit

NDNP 9025
DNP Practicum 1
3 credits

Total: 9 credits Total: 10 credits Total: 10 credits
Spring Semester 3
Summer Semester 3
Fall Semester 3

NURS 8032
Clinical Management 2
3 credits

NDNP 9035
DNP Practicum 2
4 credits

ANNP 8072
Practicum 2
4 credits

ANNP 8082
Seminar 2
1 credit

NDNP 9038
DNP practicum 3
3 credits

ANNP 8074
Practicum 3
5 credits

ANNP 8084
Seminar 3
2 credits

NDNP 9040
DNP Capstone
2 credits

NDNP 9042
Capstone Writing Seminar
3 credits

Total: 12 credits Total: 10 credits Total: 5 credits
Total credits: 84 credits in 9 semesters
This represents the proposed increase of clinical credits for the FNP.

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