Family Nurse Practitioner
Family nurse practitioners are advanced practice nurses who provide primary health care for individuals, groups and communities across the lifespan. The Family Nurse Practitioner clinical track prepares nurses for careers in comprehensive primary health care. The curriculum provides the basis to practice community-based, advanced nursing with children and adults within a family context. Program emphasis in on health promotion across life span, and the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic health problem. Students have clinical experiences in a variety of settings including rural clinics, family practice offices, school-based clinics, specialty ambulatory clinics and public health department sites. Collaborative care with other health care providers is integrated throughout the program. Graduates are eligible for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
Please be advised, progression in advanced practice nursing tracks requires supervised and precepted experience in specialized clinical settings. Students admitted to APN tracks are advised that they may be required to travel to clinical sites for these experiences, and that if they are unable to their progress in the curriculum will be delayed.
Family Nurse Practitioner track applicants should refer to the Doctor of Nursing Practice page for admission criteria and application process information.
Postmaster’s Family Nurse Practitioner (PM-FNP) certificate curriculum plans are developed for prospective students who have already earned an MSN and would like to pursue an additional specialty area in adult acute care. Plans are individualized based on the national certification requirements for eligibility to take the certification examination as well as previous MSN coursework completed by the prospective PM-FNP student.