Family Nurse Practitioner
Why study to be a Family Nurse Practitioner at the University of Florida?
Family nurse practitioners are advanced practice nurses who provide primary health care for individuals, groups and communities across the lifespan. Graduates from the University of Florida Family Nurse Practitioner track will be able to help meet the growing demand for primary care and preventive care in settings where the services of a health care professionals are needed.
Family nurse practitioners provide primary care to families and persons of all ages and work in collaboration with physicians and other health care providers to treat common health problems, manage chronic illnesses and perform, interpret common screening and diagnostic tests and educate patients and their families about preventive health care.
The family nurse practitioner typically works collaboratively with family primary care physicians and other professionals within the health care system. In addition to conventional practice in an office, clinic, or ambulatory care center, the family nurse practitioner may follow families in a variety of settings, such as school, home, work place, or hospital, dependent upon client need.
As part of a world-class health science center, the UF College of Nursing offers Family Nurse Practitioner track students access to a unique variety of clinical experiences in family health care settings such as family practice clinics and hospitals as well as a wealth of expert family nursing faculty and technological resources. Students at UF have excellent opportunities to explore nursing research and science, be professionally involved with student and professional governance, and have access to clinical experiences with patients across the life and cultural span.
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.
Application deadline for the graduate program is March 15. (See below for more details)*
*Note: The March 15 deadline for the DNP program indicates the earliest date when the College will begin accepting students. After March 15, applications to the DNP program will be accepted until May 31st and students will be accepted on a space-available basis.
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.
Master of Science in Nursing Only Option
During the national transition from the MSN to the DNP, an option will be available for those students whose circumstances prevent completion of the DNP curriculum.
Students can elect to complete only the courses required to earn the MSN degree rather than complete the total DNP curriculum. This will require 5 semesters for full-time study or 8 semesters for part-time study. All DNP students are encouraged to continue in the program and earn the DNP, but if some students elect to exit after earning the MSN, they can return as a postmaster’s student to complete the DNP at a later time.
Please note that the option to exit with an MSN is temporary.
All general program inquiries should be directed to:
Coordinator, Academic Support Services
UF College of Nursing
PO Box 100197
Gainesville, FL 32610-0197
For specific information regarding this clinical track, contact:
Dr. Susan Schaffer
Family Nurse Practitioner Track