Nurse Practitioner The nurse practitioner is a skilled health care provider who uses expert clinical judgment and decision making in conducting comprehensive health assessments, making differential diagnoses, and prescribing of pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions in the direct treatment of health problems. Nurse practitioners function as care providers, case managers, researchers, consultants, and educators. Family Nurse Practitioner Family nurse practitioners are advanced practice nurses who function as primary care providers to clients of any age, focusing on common health care problems. These skilled health care providers use expert clinical judgment and decision making in the performance of comprehensive health assessments, differential diagnoses and prescribing of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions in the direct treatment of health problems. These work in collaborative practices with primary care physicians to deliver culturally sensitive care to clients. Curriculum FALL SEMESTER I NUR 605 Advanced Health Assessment (42 lab hours) 3 SH NUR 606 Advanced Pathophysiology (Web course) 3 SH NUR 610 Family Nurse Practitioner I (168 Clinical Hours) 6 SH Total 12 SH SPRING SEMESTER NUR 602 Scholarly Inquiry for Advanced Practice (Web course) 3 SH NUR 607 Advanced Pharmacology (Web course) 3 SH NUR 611 Family Nurse Practitioner II (168 Clinical Hours) 6 SH Total 12 SH SUMMER SEMESTER NUR 698/699 Plan I (thesis) or Plan II (non-thesis elective) 3 SH NUR 698/699 Plan I (thesis) or Plan II (non-thesis elective) 3 SH NUR 612 Family Nurse Practitioner III (168 Clinical Hours) 6 SH Total 12 SH FALL SEMESTER II NUR 613 Family Nurse Practitioner IV (168 Clinical Hours) 6 SH Total 9 SH Total classroom: 42 semester hours Total clinical: 672 clinical hours Primary Care Primary Care-Family/Individual across the lifespan total clinical hours:To meet the program objectives, you are required to complete a total of 672 clinical hours. Of the total 672 hours, 500+ direct patient care clinical hours is regarded as a minimum. “It is expected the NP student provide direct patient care to multiple age groups across the lifespan (i.e. the Family Nurse Practitioner student should receive experiences with individuals/families across the lifespan). It is also expected the NP student exceed the minimum 500 hour direct patient care clinical hour requirement.” National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (2016). The 500+ direct patient care hours must be in primary care. The remaining hours would include clinical seminar, pre-approved CE’s (12 per semester), simulation experiences and other pre-approved (by Nurse Practitioner Coordinator) primary care related specialties.