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

School of Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

The 51 semester hour Family Nurse Practitioner program is designed to prepare advanced practice nurse professionals to provide primary healthcare to individuals and families across the lifespan. 

 

The Family Nurse Practitioner role includes preventative healthcare, as well as the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illness and preventative health care for individuals and families. 

 

Graduates of the Gardner-Webb University Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner program are trained in didactic and clinical courses preparing them for national certification examination. 

 

Goals

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.

 

Master of Science in Nursing Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Integrate scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings.
    • AACN Masters Essential I – Background for Practice from Sciences and Humanities 
    • NONPF Competency - Scientific Foundation
    • QSEN – Evidence-based Practice, Quality Improvement
  2. Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership to promote high quality and safe patient care that emphasizes ethical and critical decision making, effective working relationships, and a systems-perspective
    • AACN Masters Essential II – Organizational and Systems Leadership
    • NONPF Competency – Leadership, Ethics, Health Delivery System
    • QSEN – Safety, Teamwork and Collaboration
  3. Apply the methods, tools, performance measures, and standards related to quality and quality principles within an organization to promote high quality and safe patient care.
    • AACN Masters Essential III – Quality Improvement and Safety
    • NONPF Competency – Quality
    • QSEN – Quality Improvement, Safety
  4. Apply research outcomes within the practice setting to resolve practice problems, working as a change agent through dissemination of results
    • AACN Masters Essential IV – Translating and Integrating Scholarship into Practice
    • NONPF Competency – Practice Inquiry
    • QSEN – Evidence-Based Practice
  5. Integrates appropriate technologies for knowledge management to improve health care.
    • AACN Masters Essential V – Informatics and Healthcare Technologies
    • NONPF Competency – Technology and Information Literacy
    • QSEN – Informatics
  6. Intervene at the system level through a policy development process that employs advocacy strategies to influence health and healthcare.
    • AACN Masters Essential VI – Health Policy and Advocacy
    • NONPF Competency – Policy
    • QSEN – Quality Improvement
  7. Function as a professional member and leader of inter-professional teams through communication, collaboration, and consultation with other health professionals to manage and coordinate care.
    • AACN Masters Essential VII – Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes
    • NONPF Competency – Health Delivery System
    • QSEN – Teamwork and Collaboration
  8. Synthesize broad, organizational, client-centered, and culturally appropriate concepts in the planning, delivery, management, and evaluation of evidence-based clinical prevention and population care and services to individuals, families and aggregates/identified populations.
    • AACN Masters Essential VIII – Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving Health
    • NONPF Competency – Health Delivery System, Independent Practice
    • QSEN – Patient-Centered Care, Safety
  9. Articulate the understanding that master’s level nursing practice integrates advanced level understanding and approach to nursing intervention (including both direct and indirect care components) that influences healthcare outcomes for individuals, populations, or systems.
    • AACN Masters Essential IX – Master’s-Level Nursing Practice
    • NONPF Competency – Independent Practice
    • QSEN – Patient-Centered Care, Evidence-based Practice

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.

 


Semester

Course
Number

Delivery
Method

Course
Name

SH

Practicum
Hours

Fall

 

NFNP 500

Online

Theoretical Basis for Advanced Practice

3

 

 

NFNP 501

OnlineNursing and Healthcare Systems and Issues3 

Spring

 

NFNP 502

Online

Methods of Advanced Research

3

 

 

NFNP 520

Hybrid

Pathophysiology in Advanced Nursing Practice

3

 

Summer

 

NFNP 504

Online

Statistical Techniques for Graduate Research

3

 

 

NFNP 521

Hybrid

Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan

3

 

Fall

 

 

NFNP 506

Online

Professional Role Development for Advanced Nursing Practice

3

 

NFNP 522

Hybrid

Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice

3

 
 

Spring

 

NFNP 620

Hybrid

Primary Health Care of Adults

3

 

 

NFNP 621

Practicum

Primary Health Care of Adults Practicum

4

160

Summer

 

NFNP 622

Hybrid

Primary Health Care of Women in Families

3

 

 

 

NFNP 623

Practicum

Primary Health Care of Women in Families Practicum

4

160

Fall

 

NFNP 624

Hybrid

Primary Health Care of Children in Families

  

NFNP 625

Practicum

Primary Health Care of Children in Families Practicum

4

160

Spring

 

NFNP 626

 

Hybrid

Nurse Practitioner Role Preparation and Transition

 

2




NFNP 630

Online

Project

3

150

TOTAL

 

 

 

51

630

*Online courses have no on-campus sessions.  Hybrid courses meet on campus in Boiling Springs 4 to 6 times per semester.  Practicum courses are in clinical agencies. 

 

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.

 

Admissions Requirements

  • 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 active Registered Nurse practice 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
  • Completion of a graduate or undergraduate general statistics course which included probability theory, inferential statistics, and descriptive statistics;
RN applicants with a Baccalaureate Degree in another field may be considered for acceptance upon completion of additional required pre-requisites, including:
  • A course in nursing health assessment;
  • A course in community health nursing.

 

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 506 Professional Role Development for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 SH)

NFNP 504 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)

 

Capstone Experience

NFNP 626 Nurse Practitioner Role Preparation and Transition (3 SH)

NFNP 630 Project Residency (3 SH)

 

 

Contact

Graduate Admissions

P.O. Box 7308

Gardner-Webb University

Boiling Springs, NC  28017

Phone: (877) 498-4723

E-mail: gradschool@gardner-webb.edu