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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 504 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

There are no specific requirements for prior clinical 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 six quarters (two academic years). Part-time students can progress at their own speed.

Program Courses

Year 1 Fall Semester Courses Credits
NURS8020 Advanced Health Assessment  3 (2+1) credits
NURS8022 Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology  4 credits
NURS8004 Biostatistics for EBP 3 credits
ANNP8060 Clinical Management of Well Women & Children for FNP 3 credits
TOTAL 13 credits

Year 1 Spring Semester Courses Credits
NURS8026 Differential  Diagnosis 3 credits
NURS8002 Theoretical Basis for Clinical Reasoning  3 credits
NURS8024 Pharmacology for APN  3 credits
ANNP8070 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum I  2 credits 
AANP8080 FNP Seminar I  1 credit
TOTAL 12 credits

Year 2 Fall Semester Courses Credits
ANNP8030 Clinical Management of Adult Health Problems for APN I  3 credits
NURS8006 Research and Best Evidence for Clinical Reasoning 4 credits
ANNP8072 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum II 3 credits 
AANP8082 FNP Seminar II     1 credit
TOTAL 11 credits

Year 2 Spring Semester Courses Credits
ANNP8032 Clinical Management of Adult Health Problems for APN II  3  credits
NURS8008 Health Care Policy 3 credits
AANP8084 FNP Seminar/Capstone III 2 credits 
ANNP8074 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum III 4 credits
TOTAL 12 credits

Contact Hours = 48
Practicum I = 122 clinical hours
Practicum II = 168 clinical hours
Practicum III = 224 clinical hours
Total = 504 hours

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