Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
The 50-semester-hour Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program is designed to meet the Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies established by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) and to prepare students for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Family Nurse Practitioners specialize in general or family care under the supervision of a practicing physician. FNPs are considered primary care providers (PCP) and have the ability to diagnose disease and order a course of treatment, manage chronic disease, order and evaluate diagnostic tests on patients, prescribe medications as needed for treatment, order physical therapy and other rehabilitation, conduct physical examinations, and educate patients about healthy behaviors. FNPs serve as physician extenders and can care for patients at all stages of life, including performing well-child check-up, prenatal care, primary care for adults, and care for the aging.
The Family Nurse Practitioner program seeks to meet the following goals:
- Provide advanced graduate education and clinical training that prepared Registered Nurses to provide a wide range of health care services including the diagnosis and management of common, as well as complex, medical conditions to individuals of all ages.
- Increase the number of primary care providers to meet the healthcare needs of the local, regional, and national community.
- Graduate Registered Nurses with a Master of Science in Nursing who are eligible for national certification as Family Nurse Practitioners.
Student Learning Outcomes
(Based on the NONPF Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies of April 2011)
- Utilize a scientific foundation to develop or improve practice processes and outcomes.
- Assume the leadership role to improve access to quality and cost-effective healthcare and to advance practice.
- Utilize best available evidence to improve quality of clinical practice and healthcare, implement interventions and promote a culture of excellence.
- Translate new knowledge into practice and generate knowledge from clinical practice to improve practice and patient outcomes.
- Demonstrate technology and information literacy competencies, including clinical information systems, to improve healthcare.
- Contribute to the development of health policy through analysis of ethical, legal, and social influencing factors, and recognition of the implications of health policy across disciplines.
- Apply knowledge of organizational practices and complex systems to improve health care and health care delivery and address the needs of culturally diverse populations, providers, and other stakeholders.
- Integrate ethical principles in practice at the individual, population, and system level.
- Provide patient-centered care for previously diagnosed and undiagnosed patients as a licensed independent practitioner.
These learning outcomes will be measured through completion of specific assignments in each course and through successful completion of 630 clinical practice hours under the joint guidance of faculty and a preceptor. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to sit for certification examinations to qualify them as family nurse practitioners.
Theoretical Basis for Advanced Practice
Nursing and Healthcare Systems and Issues
Methods of Advanced Research
Pathophysiology in Advanced Nursing Practice
Statistical Techniques for Graduate Research
Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan
Geriatric Health for Advanced Nursing Practice
Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice
Primary Health Care of Adults
Primary Health Care of Adults Practicum
Primary Health Care of Women in Families
Primary Health Care of Women in Families Practicum
Primary Health Care of Children in Families
Primary Health Care of Children in Families Practicum
Nurse Practitioner Role Preparation and Transition
The FNP Program culminates in the completion of an evidence-based project during a practicum residency which results from the synthesis of prior learning and practicum experiences. The project should result in a scholarly paper that explores a problem related to nursing practice as identified in the student’s final residency and recommendations for resolution based on current best practice as evidenced by the literature.
- A Baccalaureate Degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution with a nationally accredited nursing program
- Current unrestricted licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse
- GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate work
- Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
- Transcripts of all previous college studies
- Three letters of reference
- 2 years of full time practice (one year =
- 2040 hours) in acute care over the past 3 years with a Statement of Description of work experience
- Current, official, satisfactory Criminal Background Check results from the current state of residency AND any other state lived in during the past ten years
- Immunizations as required by the university
RN applicants with a Baccalaureate Degree in another field may be considered for acceptance upon completion of required pre-requisites, including completion of a graduate or undergraduate general statistics course which included probability theory, inferential statistics, and descriptive statistics; a course in nursing health assessment; and a course in community health.
Academic Curriculum for the Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration
Required Common Core
NFNP 500 Theoretical Basis for Advanced Practice (3 SH)
NFNP 501 Nursing and Health Care Systems and Issues (3 SH)
NFNP 502 Methods of Advanced Research (3 SH)
NFNP 505 Geriatric Health for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 SH)
STAT 501 Statistical Techniques for Graduate Research (3 SH)
Required Courses for Concentration
NFNP 520 Pathophysiology in Advanced Nursing Practice (3 SH)
NFNP 521 Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (3SH)
NFNP 522 Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 SH)
NFNP 620 Primary Health Care of Adults (3 SH)
NFNP 621 Primary Health Care of Adults Practicum (4 SH)
NFNP 622 Primary Health Care of Women in Families (3 SH)
NFNP 623 Primary Health Care of Women in Families Practicum (4 SH)
NFNP 624 Primary Health Care of Children in Families (3 SH)
NFNP 625 Primary Health Care of Children in Families Practicum (4 SH)
(1) NFNP 626 Nurse Practitioner Role Preparation and Transition (2 SH)
(2) NFNP 630 Project Residency (3 SH)
FNP Curriculum for the RN with a Baccalaureate Degree in another field
The following Nursing BSN pre-requisites must be completed prior to entering the FNP Program:
(1) Completion of a graduate or undergraduate general statistics course which includes probability theory, inferential statistics, and descriptive statistics.
(2) Completion of a nursing health assessment course.
(3) Completion of a community health course.