MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner Program

The Family Nurse Practitioner program is designed to prepare the registered nurse as an Advanced Practice Nurse with specialized knowledge and skills to provide primary care for patients generally in the community and outpatient setting. As a primary care provider, the FNP’s focus includes comprehensive health assessment, follow-up care for health problems, and health promotion or disease management activities. These roles require advanced educational preparation in research, policy, organization, and financing of health care, ethics, professional development, human and social issues, theoretical foundations of nursing, health promotion, disease prevention and management. Coursework assists students to develop an expertise in primary care across the life span through the use of case studies, practicum experiences, and preceptored experiences with Advanced Practice Nurses. Students who successfully complete the Family Nurse Practitioner program are eligible to take national certification examinations that qualify them to assume roles as primary care providers in the community. Successful completion of the program also prepares them to assume support roles in education and research. Graduates are expected to contribute to the delivery of quality health care through their implementation of evidence-based care and their ability to foster independence in an individual’s management of health.

Objectives of the Curriculum

A core set of abilities is required for the competent clinical nurse specialist. These include the ability to:
  1. Critically analyze, interpret and use appropriate knowledge, research and theories to meet the health care needs of diverse urban and rural client populations.
  2. Collaboratively plan for the delivery of culturally acceptable healthcare within the context of client social structure and world views.
  3. Employ leadership, management and teaching skills to foster change and continual improvement in health care in order to meet changing societal and environmental needs.
  4. Evaluate theory and research findings for integration into professional nursing practice.
  5. Develop competence and accountability in an advanced practice nursing role.
  6. Model caring, sensitivity and respect in the delivery of health care to culturally diverse populations.
  7. Value commitment to the advancement of the profession and the discipline of nursing.
  8. Operationalize principles of ethical, legal, financial, and economic theories as applied to healthcare delivery systems.