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 a clinic in a hospital 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.

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 from all specialties. The preceptors work one-on-one with students, guiding them through the clinical hours.

Prior Experience

At least one year of RN work experience is preferred. 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 five semesters (two academic years, including a summer semester). Part-time students can progress at their own speed.

Program Courses

*   Courses are available online or face to face.
** Courses are offered in a hybrid format and meet bi-weekly.

Year 1 Fall Semester Courses
NURS8020C Advanced Health Assessment
3 (2+1) credits
* NURS8022 Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology
4 credits
* NURS8004 Biostatistics
3 credits
10 credits


Year 1 Spring Semester Courses Credits
* NURS8002 Theoretical Basis for Clinical Reasoning 3 credits
* NURS8026 Differential Diagnosis 3 credits
* NURS8024 Pharmacology for APN 3 credits
ANNP8060 Clinical Management of Well Women and Children for FNP 3 credits
TOTAL 12 credits


Year 1 Summer Semester Courses Credits
* NURS8008 Health Care Policy 3 credits
* NURS8006 Research and Best Evidence for Clinical Reasoning 3 credits
ANNP8070 FNP Practicum I 3 credits (12 clinical hrs/wk)
ANNP8080 FNP Seminar I 1 credit
TOTAL 10 credits


Year 2 Fall Semester Courses Credits
** ANNP8030 Clinical Management I 3 credits
ANNP8072 FNP Practicum II 4 credits (16 clinical hrs/wk)
ANNP8082 FNP Seminar II 1 credit
TOTAL 8 credits


Year 2 Spring Semester Courses Credits
** ANNP8032 Clinical Management II 3 credits
ANNP8074 FNP Practicum III 5 credits (20 clinical hrs/wk)
ANNP8084 FNP Seminar III 2 credits
TOTAL 10 credits

Total Credit Hours = 50
Practicum I = 168 clinical hours
Practicum II = 224 clinical hours
Practicum III = 280 clinical hours
Total Clinical Hours = 672 hours

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