2020-21 Catalogs

MS in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner

The M.S. in Nursing presents a vibrant, challenging, future-oriented program of study that prepares graduates for practice in diverse health care settings. Coursework builds on the baccalaureate degree in nursing and is based on theory and research in nursing and related disciplines. The program provides the foundation for continued professional development and for doctoral study. Students are prepared to provide leadership and to initiate collaborative relationships with others for the purposes of improving nursing and health care and influencing health policy. Master's students in nursing gain skill and knowledge that builds on their clinical experience and generalist undergraduate preparation and extends their clinical expertise in working with individuals, families, and high risk populations. Master's students gain skills in clinical decision making and differential diagnosis; in case management and consultation; in client/patient teaching; in assessments and interventions; and in program design, implementation, and evaluation.

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program prepares an advanced practice nurse who functions as a primary care practitioner to individuals across the lifespan, families, groups, and communities. Graduates who complete this program are eligible to sit for national certification as a family nurse practitioner.

The Family Nurse Practitioner program is 4-6 semesters in length for students taking 9-16 credits per semester or 6-8 semesters for students taking 6-9 credits per semester. Both full-time and part-time studies are available. A total of 50 credits is required for completion of the FNP program.

The number of required clinical hours (contact hours) is based on national certification examination requirements, not on a credit hour to contact hour basis. The FNP program has a total of 600 clinical hours: 112 hours in clinical semester one, 244 hours in clinical semester two, and 244 hours in clinical semester three.

Required Courses: (50 credits)
BIO 545 Advanced Pathophysiology (required before starting clinical)
NUR 601 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics (required before starting clinical)
NUR 602 Advanced Health Assessment (required before starting clinical)
NUR 603 Nursing Theory and Knowledge Development
NUR 604 Nursing Research
NUR 606 Leadership, Health Policy, and Role
NUR 608 Behavioral and Psychosocial Health of the Family
NUR 650 Primary Care of the Adolescent
NUR 651 Women's Health in Advanced Practice
NUR 652 Pediatric Primary Care
NUR 654 Prenatal Care in Primary Care
NUR 658 Graduate Clinical Project
NUR 664 Primary Health Care of the Adult I
NUR 665 Primary Health Care of the Adult II
NUR 666 Primary Health Care of the Adult III
NUR 667 Clinical Practicum and Seminar I
NUR 668 Clinical Practicum and Seminar II
NUR 669 Clinical Practicum and Seminar III