Master of Science in Nursing

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Track

The Family Nurse Practitioner option prepares nurses for advanced practice as direct providers of primary health care to individuals and families in their communities. Health maintenance, health promotion, disease prevention, disease management and health restoration are central goals of FNP practice. The FNP option is designed to address the core competencies for nurse practitioner practice and meet the certification guidelines for the educational preparation of Family Nurse Practitioners (American Nurses Credentialing Center; American Academy of Nurse Practitioners).

In addition to the 27 credit hours of core and supportive courses, FNP students complete 20 credit hours in specialty courses that provide the scientific foundation and clinical base for advanced nursing practice as an FNP. Clinical practice experiences (600 hours) focus on the development of competencies required for the management of individuals and families in primary care settings.

Program of Study for the Family Nurse Practitioner Track

I. Core and Supportive Courses (27 credit hours)

II. Specialty Courses (20 credit hours)