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 as reflected on the schema (below), or at a slower pace, so you can progress at your own speed with the guidance and approval of your faculty advisor. Full-time students can complete the program in five semesters (two academic years, including a summer semester). Part-time students can determine their own pace.

Full-Time Semester Schema

  • Total Credit Hours: 50
  • Total Clinical Hours: 672
  • Total Laboratory Hours: 42

Some courses (indicated in the following schema) are offered on campus during certain semesters only, which could impact your plan of study and time to degree completion.

Enrollment in these courses will be based on the satisfactory completion of the required pre-requisite courses (if applicable). The ability to enroll in an in-person section of a course depends on the course meeting a minimum student enrollment requirement necessary to offer a course section.

Semester 1
Semester 2 Semester 3

NURS 8004 (3 Credits)
Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice

NURS 8022 (4 Credits)
Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology

NURS 8002 (3 Credits)
Theoretical Basis for Clinical Reasoning

NURS 8006 (3 Credits)
Research & Best Evidence for Clinical Reasoning

NURS 8020C (3 Credits)
Advanced Health Assessment

3 Laboratory Hours per Week

NURS 8026* (3 Credits)
Differential Diagnosis for the Advanced Practice Nurse

NURS 8024* (3 Credits)
Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice

ANNP 8060 (3 Credits)
Care of Well Women & Children

Total Credits: 7
Total Credits: 9 Total Credits: 9
Semester 4   Semester 5 Semester 6

ANNP 8070 (3 Credits)
FNP Practicum I – 168 Clinical Hours Total (About 12 Hours per Week)

ANNP 8080 (1 Credit)
FNP Seminar I

ANNP 8030 (3 Credit)
Clinical Management I

ANNP 8072 (4 Credits)
FNP Practicum II – 224 Clinical Hours Total (About 16 Hours per Week)

ANNP 8082 (1 Credit)
FNP Seminar II

ANNP 8032* (3 Credits)
Clinical Management II

ANNP 8074* (5 Credits)
FNP Practicum III – 280 Clinical Hours Total (About 20 Hours per Week)

ANNP 8084* (2 Credits)
Seminar III and Capstone

NURS 8008 (3 Credits)
Health Care Policy

Total Credits: 7
Total Credits: 8 Total Credits: 10
*Offered on campus in spring semesters
†Offered on campus in summer semesters
‡Offered on campus in fall semesters

More Information

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