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. This program will prepare students to take the national FNP certification exam.
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.
Learners interact with multidisciplinary representatives in multiple practice settings to explore collaborative best practices. Further role development is achieved through extensive sharing of professional experiences in discussion and writing assignments.
The MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program is completed entirely online. 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.