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.
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.
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 2||Semester 3|
NURS 8004 (3 Credits)
NURS 8022 (4 Credits)
NURS 8002 (3 Credits)
NURS 8006 (3 Credits)
NURS 8020C‡ (3 Credits)
3 Laboratory Hours per Week
NURS 8026* (3 Credits)
NURS 8024* (3 Credits)
AANP 8060 (3 Credits)
|Total Credits: 7
||Total Credits: 9||Total Credits: 9|
|Semester 4||Semester 5||Semester 6|
AANP 8070† (3 Credits)
AANP 8080† (1 Credit)
AANP 8030‡ (3 Credit)
AANP 8072‡ (4 Credits)
AANP 8082‡ (1 Credit)
AANP 8032* (3 Credits)
AANP 8074* (5 Credits)
AANP 8084* (2 Credits)
NURS 8008 (3 Credits)
|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