Family Nurse Practitioner

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.