The Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program is designed for baccalaureate-prepared registered nurses who want to broaden their theoretical and practical knowledge base in preparation to become a family nurse practitioner.
The FNP specialty courses will prepare the RN to care for individuals and families in a wide variety of health care settings, including clinics, community-based settings, long-term care facilities and hospitals. Family Nurse Practitioners are trained to provide a wide range of care to a diverse group of patients. They focus on health promotion and disease prevention beginning in childhood and continuing throughout the aging process, and are trained to diagnose and develop treatment plans for acute and chronic diseases.
The MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program is completed in a blended format of online and on-site courses. Designed for the adult learner, the first year of class work is completed online, while the FNP courses are completed on ground. Students must first complete the MSN core courses before beginning the FNP courses.
The student’s area of study incorporates a blend of theory and research with an emphasis on guided practice in clinical areas. After successful completion of the MSN core courses, students will complete a 720 clinical hour practicum throughout the FNP courses. Students will self-select preceptors to fulfill required clinical hours. An evidence-based practice (EBP) project will also be threaded throughout the FNP section.
An onsite ANCC review course for the FNP certification exam will be provided to students at the end of the program. Students will then be eligible to sit for boards.