Family Nurse Practitioner Program
The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) has a combined clinical and functional role. The practitioner role necessitates a strong clinical background in evaluating clients and making judgments about interventions. Therefore, applicants need to have a least one year’s full time experience (2,000 hours) as a Registered Professional Nurse before beginning FNP clinical courses. The autonomous and collaborative roles of the nurse practitioner in primary care demand socialization into those roles, knowledge of multiple practice models, and development of accountability for direct provision of health care services. Clinical experiences with faculty and preceptors include a variety of physicians and nurse practitioners, geographic locations, and clients from different social, cultural, and economic backgrounds. There are intensive clinical placements with preceptors. A total of 700 clinical hours and 48 credits are required in order to meet the changing professional expectations in this practice area, and to be eligible to take the ANCC certification exam.
(Prior to registering each semester, students need to meet with their advisor for individual program planning)
Successful completion of a Health Assessment Examination is required for entry into NSG 619.
There is a mandatory clinical lab fee.
NSG 619 is required as prerequisite for all subsequent clinical courses.