Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Track

The FNP track prepares nurses to care for individuals and families across the lifespan. The FNP role includes preventative healthcare, as well as the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illness and preventative health care for individuals and families. Family nurse practitioners demonstrate a commitment to family-centered care and understand the relevance of the family’s identified community in the delivery of family-centered care. The program of study requires each student to complete 46 credit hours including 660 clinical practicum hours.

Advanced courses in advanced health assessment, pathophysiology and pharmacology provide a core of essential content for the FNP specialty courses. FNP specialty will focus on health promotion, health protection and disease prevention and commonly occurring health conditions for populations across the life span. Health management practices associated with such conditions will be emphasized with the integration of environmental factors on health.

FNP Curriculum

MSN Core Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
NU 6200 Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3
NU 6300 Informatics and Data Management 2
NU 6400 Leadership and Quality in Healthcare Systems 3
NU 6500 Promoting Health Through Policy and Finance 3
NU 6600 Translating Evidence into Practice 3
Total Credit Hours 14

Advanced Practice Nursing Core Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
NU 7040 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NU 7060 Advanced Health Assessment* 3
NU 7063 Advanced Health Assessment Lab for the Nurse Practitioner 1
NU 7080 Advanced Pharmacology 3
Total Credit Hours 10

*The course includes 30 total lab clock hours. Clock hours are calculated using a 1:2 ratio (1 credit hour = 2 clock hours) multiplied by 15 practicum weeks per semester.

FNP Specialty Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
NU 7100 Primary Care I 4
NU 7110 Primary Care I Practicum* (180 clock hours) 3
NU 7020 Family and Community Concepts 3
NU 7141 Primary Care II Pediatrics 2
NU 7142 Primary Care II Women’s Health 2
NU 7151 Primary Care II Practicum for the FNP* (120 hours of adult health, 60 hours of pediatrics or women’s health, 180 total clock hours) 3
NU 7451 Independent Primary Care Practicum for the FNP* (240 hours of adult health, 60 hours of pediatrics or women’s health, 300 total clock hours) 5
Total Credit Hours 22
Total Program Credit Hours 46

*The program includes 660 total clinical practicum clock hours. Clock hours are calculated using a 1:4 ratio (1 credit hour = 4 clock hours) multiplied by 15 practicum weeks per semester.

Sample Plan of Study

Full-time option (5 semesters + 3 summers)

Year One

Summer Credits Fall Credits Spring Credit
NU 6XXX MSN Core 3 NU 6XXX MSN Core 3 NU 7020 Family and Community Concepts *8 week 3
NU 7XXX Advanced Practice Nursing Core 3 NU 7XXX Advanced Practice Nursing Core 3
Total credits 3 Total credits 6 Total credits 6

Year Two

Summer Credits Fall Credits Spring Credit
NU 6XXX MSN Core 3 NU 7060 Adv. Assessment
NU 7063 Adv. Assessment Lab for the NP
3
1
NU 7100 Primary Care I 4
NU 6XXX MSN Core 3 NU 6XXX MSN Core
*8 week
2 NU 7110 Primary Care I Practicum 3
Total credits 6 Total credits 6 Total credits 7

Year Three

Summer Credits Fall Credits
NU 7141 Primary Care Pediatrics 2 NU 7452 Indep. Primary Care Practicum 5
NU 7142 Primary Care II Women’s Health 2    
NU 7151 Primary Care II Practicum for FNP 3    
Total credits 7 Total credits 5
Program Credits 46

Part-time option (7 semesters + 3 summers)

Year One

Fall Credits Spring Credits Summer Credit

NU 6XXX MSN Core

*8 week

3

NU 6XXX MSN Core

*8 week

3 NU 6XXX MSN Core 3
Total credits 3 Total credits 3 Total credits 3

Year Two

Fall Credits Spring Credits Summer Credit
NU 6XXX MSN Core 3 NU 7XXX Advanced Practice Nursing Core 3 NU 6XXX MSN Core 3
NU 7XXX Advanced Practice Nursing Core 3 NU 7020 Family and Community Concepts 2    
Total credits 6 Total credits 5 Total credits 3

Year Three

Fall Credits Spring Credits Summer Credit

NU 7060 Adv. Assessment

NU 7063 Adv. Assessment Lab for the NP

3

 

1

NU 7100 Primary Care I 4 NU 7151 Primary Care II for FNP 3
NU 7110 Primary Care I Practicum 3 NU 7142 Primary Care II Women’s Health 2
  NU 7141 Primary Care II Principles of Pediatric Care 2
Total credits 4 Total credits 7 Total credits 7

Year Four

Fall Credits
NU 7451 Indep. Primary Care Practicum 5
Total credits 5
Program Credits 46

FNP Curriculum (effective for class of 2022)

MSN Core Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
NU 6200

Clinical Prevention and Population Health

3

NU 6300 Informatics and Data Management 2
NU 6400 Leadership and Quality in Healthcare Systems 3
NU 6500 Promoting Health Through Policy and Finance 3
NU 6600 Translating Evidence into Practice 3
Total Credit Hours 14

Advanced Practice Nursing Core Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
NU 7040 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NU 7060 Advanced Health Assessment 3
NU 7065 Advanced Health Assessment Lab for the Nurse Practitioner* (90 total contact hours: 30 lab contact hours and 60 practicum contact hours) 2 (1 lab, 1 practicum)
NU 7080 Advanced Pharmacology 3
Total Credit Hours 11

FNP Specialty Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
NU 7105 Primary Care I 3
NU 7110 Primary Care I Practicum (180 practicum hours) 3

 

NU 7111

NU 7112

NU 7113

Choice of one elective

Community and Global Health

Older Adult/Frail Elderly Health

Specialty Care Settings for Nurse Practitioner

1
NU 7135 Advanced Clinical Practicum (60 practicum hours) 1
NU 7141 Primary Care II Children’s Health 2
NU 7145 Primary Care II 2
NU 7151 Primary Care II Practicum (180 practicum hours) 3
NU 7160 Primary Care III 2
NU 7455 Synthesis Practicum (240 practicum hours) 4
Total Credit Hours 21
Total Program Credit Hours 46

*The program includes 720 total clinical practicum contact hours. Practicum contact hours are calculated using a 1:4 ratio (1 credit hour = 4 contact hours) multiplied by 15 weeks per semester.

Post Graduate FNP Certificate

The FNP certificate program is designed for individuals prepared with an MSN who wish to gain specialty knowledge in this role. Students must proceed through the admission process including interview with other candidates for the FNP track.

The certificate consists of FNP courses. The FNP specialty course, NU 7020 Family and Community Concepts, must be taken after admission to the FNP track, but prior to clinical coursework. The program totals 22 credit hours of FNP specialty courses, and 660 clinical hours completed in 3 consecutive semesters (including summer semester).  

PLEASE NOTE: Student must complete Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Physical Assessment and Advanced Pharmacology prior to beginning clinical courses. An individual program of study will be developed by the advisor based on previous coursework.

Sample Plan of Study

Spring Credits Summer Credits Fall Credit
NU 7020 Family and Community Concepts *8 week 3        
NU 7100 Primary Care I 4 NU 7141 Primary Care II Pediatrics 2 NU 7451 Independent Primary Care Practicum for FNP 5
NU 7110 Primary Care I Practicum 3 NU 7142 Primary Care II Women’s Health 2    
    NU 7151 Primary Care II Practicum for FNP 3    
Total credits 10 Total credits 7 Total credits 5

*The program includes 660 total clinical practicum clock hours. Clock hours are calculated using a 1:4 ratio (1 credit hour = 4 clock hours) multiplied by 15 practicum weeks per semester.