The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certification program is designed for Master's 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 Family Nurse Practitioner track is completed entirely online, excluding practicum hours. Students must have completed a Master of Science in Nursing degree from an accredited college or university prior to beginning FNP certiﬁcation, as well as the 3 P courses in Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Physical Health Assessment.
The student’s area of study incorporates a blend of theory and research with an emphasis on guided practice in practicum areas. Students will complete 720 practicum hours throughout the FNP courses. Students will self-select preceptors to fulﬁll required clinical hours.