Family Nurse Practitioner

Emory Nursing Student

Become a Family NP

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Ranked No. 8 in the nation by US News and World Report, our Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialty prepares graduates to assess and manage a broad range of health needs of individuals and families across the life span. The program has a strong community-based primary care focus. Students may complete the program’s required 49 credit hours in four semesters or pursue the program part time.

Graduates are prepared to sit for the certification exam of the American Nurse Credentialing Center or the certification exam of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Unique Highlights
The FNP program offers multidisciplinary experiences in both the classroom and in clinical settings. Students have the opportunity to work with rural and migrant populations and in urban private practice settings. Nationally certified faculty members in the program engage in both clinical practice and research.

Clinical Experience
Graduates have more than 600 hours of directly supervised clinical practice. Emphasis is on the management of acute episodic problems and long term management of stable chronic diseases. More than 40 community-based sites and private practices provide students with a rich variety of primary health care experiences with clients of all ages. Students have the opportunity to do rotations in specialty areas such as endocrinology, cardiology, neurology, dermatology, orthopedics, and palliative care. Clinical sites include public health department clinics, hospital outpatient and satellite clinics, HMO clinics, community primary health care centers, Veteran’s Administration outpatient clinics, and health clinics for the homeless as well as private practice.

Career Opportunities
FNP graduates have an opportunity to work in either primary care or specialty areas. Recent graduates have found positions in family practice/internal medicine clinics, cardiology, neurology, orthopedics, women’s health, and pediatrics.

Student Enrollment

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing has a long-standing history of educating women and men to be leaders on the forefront of the health care community. 

  • Total students: 665
    • Females: 602 (91%)
    • Males: 63 (9%)
    • Minorities: 298 (45%)
    • Total BSN students: 374
    • Total MSN students: 236
    • Total DNP students: 21
    • Total PhD students: 34

Post Graduation Placement Information

2015-2016 BSN Student Cohort

  • Of the respondents to the post graduation survey, 73 percent were employed immediately after graduation, and 88 percent were employed within three months of graduation.
  • Of the student respondents immediately employed, the average starting salary was $53,000.

2015-2016 MSN Student Cohort

  • Of the respondents to the post graduation survey, 52 percent were employed immediately after graduation, and 87 percent were employed within three months of graduation.
  • Of the student respondents immediately employed, the average starting salary was $96,000.

Academic Distinctions

  • Ranked No. 4 in the nation for graduate nursing education by US News & World Report 
  • Leader in service learning and global health 
  • Internationally recognized faculty researchers 
  • 24 faculty members are American Academy of Nursing Fellows 
  • Students work in 500+ diverse clinical sites nationwide 
  • Located in Atlanta, a leading health care center in the US

Full-Time Program of Study, 49 credit hours

Semester 1 (Fall) 

Credit Hours
NRSG 524Becoming an APRN2
NRSG 528Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology3
NRSG 575Optimal Wellness: Promoting and Maintaining Health2
NRSG 544Advanced Health Assessment  3
NRSG 544APediatric Health Assessment1
NRSG 576Introduction to Clinical Specialty: Family Nurse Practitioner1
 

Semester Credit Hours

12

Semester 2 (Spring)

NRSG 517Management of Acute and Chronic Illness I2
NRSG 505Research and Evidence-Based Practice3
NRSG 522Advanced Pharmacology3
NRSG 570Family Nurse Practitioner I4
 

Semester Credit Hours

12

Semester 3 (Summer)

NRSG 518Management of Acute and Chronic Illness II2
NRSG 572Family Nurse Practitioner II5
NRSG 652Mental Health Issues for Advanced Practice Nursing2
NRSG 591Health Care Quality and Patient Safety3
 

Semester Credit Hours

12

Semester 4 (Fall)

NRSG 657Palliative Care Across the Spectrum2
NRSG 573Family Nurse Practitioner III5
NRSG 599Business of Healthcare: Finance2
NRSG 589Leadership for Health Professions2
NRSG xxxElective2
 

Semester Credit Hours

13
 

Total Credit Hours

49

Part-Time Program of Study, 49 credit hours

Credit Hours

Semester 1 (Fall)

NRSG 524 Becoming an APRN

2

NRSG 528 Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology

3

NRSG 575 Optimal Wellness

2

 Semester Credit Hours

7

 Semester 2 (Spring)

NRSG 522 Advanced Pharmacology

3

NRSG 505 Research and Evidence-Based Practice

3

Semester Credit Hours

6

 Semester 3 (Summer)

NRSG 591 Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety

3

NRSG 652 Mental Health Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing

2

Elective

2

Semester Credit Hours

7

 Semester 4 (Fall)

NRSG 544 Advanced Health Assessment

3

NRSG 544A Pediatric Advanced Health Assessment

1

NRSG 576 Introduction to Clinical Seminar: Family

1

NRSG 589 Leadership for Health Professions

2

Semester Credit Hours

7

Semester 5 (Spring)

NRSG 517 Management of Acute and Chronic Illness I

2

NRSG 570 Family NP I

4

Semester Credit Hours

6

Semester 6 (Summer)

NRSG 518 Management of Acute and Chronic Illness II

2

NRSG 572 Family NP II

5

Semester Credit Hours

7

Semester 7 (Fall)

NRSG 559 Business and Finance

2

NRSG 573 Family NP III

5

NRSG 657 Palliative Care across the Spectrum

2

Semester Credit Hours

9

Total Credit Hours

49

To be considered for admission to the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, you must submit the following items:

Requirements for MSN admission include

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited nursing program (CCNE, NLNAC)
  • Unencumbered RN license in the state of Georgia
  • GRE Test Scores

 Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from each school attended
    • Students with international transcripts must provide an evaluation from Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (www.cgfns.org) for previous nursing coursework
    • Students with international transcripts must provide an evaluation from World Education Services (www.wes.org) for previous non-nursing coursework
  • Official GRE score report
    • The GRE must be retaken if scores are older than 5 years
    • TOEFL scores are required if English is a second language
  • Resume

The average GPA for admitted students is 3.5. Students are encouraged to submit GRE test scores that fall within the 50th-99th percentile of all test takers

The GRE requirement may be waived for applicants meeting at least ONE of the following criteria**: 

  • GPA greater than or equal to a 3.5 from an accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
  • Previous master’s degree (or higher) completed from an accredited college or university+

**It is at the discretion of the Admission Committee to request test scores despite meeting GRE waiver.

Please visit the Graduate Program Financial Aid Page for information about financial aid options.

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