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Master of Science in Nursing


Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Track

The Family Nurse Practitioner serves as a specialist in the delivery of primary care services to individuals and families in a wide variety of settings. The program emphasizes health promotion and wellness as well as the management of common and complex health problems. Graduates are eligible to take the FNP certification exam.

In addition to the 27 credit hours of core and supportive courses, FNP students complete 20 credit hours in specialty courses that provide the scientific foundation and clinical base for advanced nursing practice as an FNP. Clinical practice experiences (600 hours) focus on the development of competencies required for the management of individuals and families in primary care settings.

Program of Study for the Family Nurse Practitioner Track

I. Core Courses (18 credit hours)

  • NURSG 504: Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
  • NURSG 557: Information Technology and Health Care Outcomes Evaluation (3)
  • NURSG 509: Nursing Inquiry (3)
  • NURSG 544: Epidemiology and Population Based Health Care (3)
  • NURSG 517: Health Care Systems and Financing (3)
  • NURSG 553: Collaboration, Culture, Conflict and Communication in Health Care (3)

II. Supportive Courses (9 credit hours)

  • NURSG 503: Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
  • NURSG 505: Advanced Health Assessment for FNPs (3)
  • NURGL 505: Advanced Health Assessment Lab for FNPs
  • NURSG 512: Advanced Pharmacology (3)

III. Specialty Courses (20 credit hours)

  • NURSG 519: Primary Care of Women and Children (3)
  • NURGP 519: Primary Care of Women and Children Practicum (2)
  • NURSG 525: Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice (1)
  • NURSG 535: Management of Common Health Problems in Primary Care (3)
  • NURGP 535: Management of Common Health Problems in Primacy Care Practicum (3)
  • NURSG 536: Management of Complex Health Problems in Primary Care (3)
  • NURGP 536: Management of Complex Health Problems in Primary Care Practicum (3)
  • NURSG 537: FNP Role Synthesis (2)

The School of Nursing reserves the right to amend policies and procedures, and other program information as necessary. All changes will be communicated promptly.