Objectives

The educational objectives of the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Track of the B.S.N. to D.N.P. Program are to prepare certified registered family nurse practitioners who:

  1. Monitor, educate and plan for the long-term health care needs of families they care for;
  2. Diagnose and treat primary care diseases and illnesses across the life span and address a wide range of family health care problems, in collaboration with other health care professionals;
  3. Address family health needs in a holistic way, including diet, exercise, complementary therapies, genetics, drug and alcohol use, and others;
  4. Identify patients' specialty referral needs and make such referrals as appropriate;
  5. Provide support and treatment on a long-term basis for patients with chronic illnesses; and
  6. Facilitate collaborative processes.

Curriculum

The curriculum for the FNP Track includes a total of 86 credits and 1,308 clinical hours. The program can be completed in four years taking two to three courses per semester. The full-time option is available on an individualized basis after students have demonstrated proficiency in year 1. The program begins once a year in the fall semester.

Accelerated Part-time Option

Year 1

Fall (8 credits)
NURS8050             Applied Statistics for Evidence Based Practice (3 credits)
NURS8010             Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)
HSIC8010              Clinical Teams and Teamwork I (2 credits)

Spring (7 credits, 56 clinical hours)
NURS8110             Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)
NURS8130             Advanced Physical Assessment/DX (3 credits)
NURS8135             Advanced Physical Assessment/DX/Practicum (1 credit, 56 clinical hours)

Summer (8 credits, 112 clinical hours)
NURS8120             Health Promotion/Clinical Prevention (3 credits)
NURS9150             Diagnosis and Management of Women's Health (3 credits)
NURS9155             Diagnosis and Management of Women's Health Practicum (2 credits, 112 clinical hours)

Year 2

Fall (9 credits, 168 clinical hours)
NURS9170             Diagnosis and Management of Adults I (3 credits)
NURS9175             Diagnosis and Management of Adults I Practicum (3 credits, 168 clinical hours)                                  NURS8020             Research and Theory (3 credits)

Spring (9 credits, 168 clinical hours)
NURS9270             Diagnosis and Management of Adults II (3 credits)
NURS9275             Diagnosis and Management of Adults II Practicum (3 credits, 168 clinical hours)
NURS8030             Principles of Epidemiology (2 credits)
NURS 9311             Principles of Family Practice (1 credit)

Summer (6 credits, 56 clinical hours)
NURS8150            Integrating Research and Practice (3 credits)
NURS 9120           Health Assessment of Children and Adolescents (2 credits)
NURS 9125           Health Assessment of Children and Adolescents Practicum (1 credit, 56 clinical  hours)

Year 3

Fall (7 credits, 112 clinical hours)
NURS8230            Clinical Genetics (2 credits)
NURS9140             Diagnosis and Management of Health Care Conditions in Children (3 credits)
NURS9145             Diagnosis and Management of Health Care Conditions in Children Practicum (2 credits, 112 clinical hours)

Spring (9 credits, 168 clinical hours)
NURS8140            Evidence-Based Practice for Advanced Nursing Roles (3 credits)
NURS9160            Clinical Diagnostics (3 credits)
NURS9165            Clinical Diagnostics Practicum (3 credits, 168  clinical hours)

Summer (7 credits)   
HSIC8020              Health Policy (2 credits)
NURS9130             Evidence-Based Practice and Information Systems    (3 credits)
HSIC8030              Health Care Economics (2 credits)

Year 4

Fall (8 credits, 168 clinical hours)
NURS9220             Diagnosis and Management of Geriatric Clients (3 credits)
NURS9225             Diagnosis and Management of Geriatric Clients Practicum (3 credits, 168 clinical hours)
HSIC8210               Health Law and Ethics (2 credits)

Spring (8 credits, 300 clinical hours)
NURS9610             Practice Management Issues/Role Integration (3 credits)
NURS9620             Applying Evidence-Based Practice in Health Care Settings (5 credits, 300 clinical hours)

Part-time Option

The Part-time option is individualized to meet student needs and is adapted from the Accelerated Part-time option.

Full-time Option

Selected individuals may be eligible for full time status after they have demonstrated proficiency in year 1, which may allow students to complete the program in less than 4 years.

Concentrations