- Adult-Gerontology NP
- BSN On-campus
- Doctor of Nursing Practice
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Nurse Anesthesia
- Nurse Educator
- PhD in Nursing
- Psychiatric and Mental Health
- RN to BSN
- Nutrition and Dietetics
- Community Nutrition
- MS in Nutrition
- Social Work
- MSW Distance Concentration
- MSW On Campus Concentration
- MSW Distance Foundation
Overview and Objectives
The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program prepares nurses for advanced practice as primary care nurse practitioners. Students in the program are prepared to practice at the highest level to address the complex health care needs of patients throughout the lifespan in our state as well as the nation.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) course of study is 91 credit hours delivered over nine semesters, including 3 summer semesters. All courses are delivered online, however students are expected to come to campus once in each of 5 semesters during the program. Students complete a minimum of 1000 hours of direct patient care under the guidance of experienced nurse practitioners or physicians. Students are expected to spend clinical time in primary and specialty care settings in order to be able to provide high quality care to patients across the lifespan. Students obtain extensive knowledge in theories of primary and family advanced practice nursing.
Students who complete the required program of study are eligible for the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) examination for certification as an FNP.
The FNP Program objectives build upon the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Outcomes by expecting that upon completion the student will be able to:
1. Integrate theories, research, and experiential knowledge into advanced family nursing practice.
2. Demonstrate advanced practice nursing skills in the provision of health care for patients throughout their lifespan, consistent with ANA's Scope and Standards of Practice for advance practice nurses.
3. Manage the family patient population within a complex healthcare delivery system.
4. Contribute to the development of primary care advanced practice nursing through evidence- based practice, leadership, policy and education.
5. Integrate relationships between social, cultural, political and economic issues and health care delivery for patients throughout their lifespan and their families.
6. Collaborate with interdisciplinary team members to provide high quality health care to the family population.