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.
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.
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|
|Total: 8 credits||Total: 10 credits||Total: 10 credits|
|Spring Semester 2
||Summer Semester 2
||Fall Semester 2
|Total: 9 credits||Total: 10 credits||Total: 10 credits|
|Spring Semester 3
||Summer Semester 3
||Fall Semester 3
|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.