Family Nurse Practitioner
**This specialty is admitting students for fall 2013 ONLY **
The Family Nurse Practitioner specialty prepares nurses for the challenges of advanced nursing practice in diversified settings. Graduates assume responsibility for assessment and management of 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 forty-eight credit hours in four semesters or may 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 over 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, nephrology, and emergency room care. Clinical sites include public health departments, hospital outpatient and satellite clinics, HMO clinics, community primary healthcare centers, emergency departments, 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 cardiology, emergency rooms, family practice, neurology, nephrology, women’s health, and pediatrics.
Full-Time Program of Study, 48 credit hours
Semester 1, Fall, 12 credit hours
NRSG528 Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology (3 hours)
NRSG544 Advanced Health Assessment (4 hours)
NRSG570 Family Nurse Practitioner I (4 hours)
NRSG576 Clinical Decision Making and Procedures for the ENP I (1 hours)
Semester 2, Spring, 12 credit hours
NRSG522 Advanced Pharmacology (3 hours)
NRSG559 Genetics and Embryology for Advanced Clinical Practice (3 hours)
NRSG571 Family Nurse Practitioner II (6 hours)
Semester 3, Summer, 12 credit hours
NRSG503 Advanced Practice Nursing: Ethical, Legal, and Leadership Issues (3 hours)
NRSG507 Theory and Research Applications (3 hours)
NRSG 572 Family Nurse Practitioner III (5 hours)
Elective (1 hour)
Semester 4, Fall, 12 credit hours
NRSG501 Health Policy and Finance for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 hours)
NRSG573R Family Nurse Practitioner IV (7 hours)