MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner

The FNP Track is designed to provide the nurse with the necessary skills and knowledge to assume the role of a primary health care provider in a variety of clinical settings. Didactic and clinical course content focuses on assessment and management of health promotion and health maintenance strategies, risk reduction, common acute and chronic alterations in health status for individuals and families across the lifespan, and role development. Clinical experiences are provided in a wide variety of ambulatory and community rural and medically underserved health care settings appropriate for the Family Nurse Practitioner Track. There are approximately 690 clinical hours in the track.

The program can be completed in 24 months fulltime with summer courses. A part time program is available. Cohorts are established in September or January. All classroom courses are on Thursday. Clinical placement is arranged by faculty and will be scheduled at the convenience of the facility hosting the student.

Admission Criteria:

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Degree Requirements:

The degree requirement is 48 semester hours with a grade point average of 3.0 or better. Limit of 2 C’s in core courses. Clinical practicum is approximately 690 clock hours.

Core Courses:

Course Title Hrs.
N 506 Applied Data Analysis 3
N 512 Theory & Research I 3
N 521 Theory & Research II 3
N 532 Issues in Health Care 3
N 550 Advanced Pharmacology and Therapeutics 3
N 560 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3
N 580 Advanced Health Promotion Assessment Across the Lifespan 4*
  Nursing Elective 3

* denotes clinical course 1 credit hour = 4 clock hours

Specialty Courses:

Minimum grade of B required in all specialty courses.

Course Title Hrs.
NP 570 Applied Pharmacology 2*
NP 580 Advanced Health Assessment Clinical Lab 1*
NP 610 Primary Care of Families I 3
NP 620 Primary Care of Families II 3
NP 630 Primary Care of Women and Children 3
NP 650 Primary Care Practicum I 3*
NP 670 Primary Care Practicum II 3*
NP 680 Primary Care Advanced Practicum 4*
NP 690 Advanced NP Role Development 1

* denotes clinical course 1 credit hour = 4 clock hours