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

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3

NURS 8002 (3 Credits)
Theoretical Basis of Clinical reasoning

NDNP 9004 (3 Credits)
Biostatistics for EBP

NDNP 9001 (2 Credits)

Informatics for DNP Practice

NDNP 9010 (3 Credits)
Healthcare Policy for Doctoral Prepared Nurse

NURS 8022 (4 Credits)
Advanced Human Physiology & Pathophysiology

NDNP 8002 (3 Credits)
Role Seminar for the Doctorally Prepared APRN

NDNP 9006 (4 Credits)
Essentials of Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice

NURS 8014 (3 Credits)
Epidemiologic Methods in Healthcare

ANNP 8060 (3 Credits)
Clinical Management of Well Women & Children

Total: 8 credits Total: 10 credits Total: 10 credits
Semester 4
Semester 5
Semester 6

NURS 8020 (3 Credits)
Advanced Health Assessment

NDNP 9015 (3 Credits)
Quality improvement and patient safety

NURS 8024 (3 Credits)
Pharmacology for Advanced Practice

NDNP 9030 (4 Credits)
Planning, Management & Evaluation of Programs and Projects

NURS 8010 (3 Credits)
Finance and Economics of Health Care

NURS 8026 (3 Credits)
Differential Diagnosis for the APN

ANNP8030 (3 Credits)
Clinical Management 1

ANNP 8070 (3 Credits)
Practicum 1

ANNP 8080 (1 Credit)
Seminar 1

NDNP 9025 (3 Credits)
DNP Practicum 1

Total: 9 credits Total: 10 credits Total: 10 credits
Semester 7
Semester 8
Semester 9

NURS 8032 (3 Credits)
Clinical Management 2

NDNP 9035 (3 Credits)
DNP Practicum 2

ANNP 8072 (4 Credits)
Practicum 2

ANNP 8082 (1 Credit)
Seminar 2

NDNP 9038 (3 Credits)
DNP practicum 3

ANNP 8074 (5 Credits)
Practicum 3

ANNP 8084 (2 Credits)
Seminar 3

NDNP 9040 (2 Credits)
DNP Capstone

NDNP 9042 (3 Credits)
Capstone Writing Seminar

Total: 11 credits Total: 10 credits Total: 5 credits
Total credits: 83 credits in 9 semesters

More Information

Contact the Office of Student Affairs at or (513) 558-3600.