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Family Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

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Students may “opt out” after the final Primary Care course and receive their MSN degree in order to be eligible to sit for their national certification exam. If students choose this option, they will have 4 years to return and complete the remaining DNP courses for the DNP Degree.

Both synchronous (live, real-time) and asynchronous (on your own, not live) formats are used.  Most of the course work is asynchronous but live sessions are scheduled in selected online courses. Students should consult with individual course syllabi for specific live session requirements.

Family Nurse Practitioner Curriculum Courses
* Below is an example of the curriculum. Course offerings may change as decided by the program director*
Course SubjectCourse NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours Clinical Hours
NURS7121Theoretical Basis for Clinical Scholarship2
NURS7122Research Design and Dissemination2
NURS7123Psychodynamics of Health2
NURS7128Epidemiology2
NURS7129Role Transition for APRN2
NURS7130Health Policy Concerns in Delivery Systems3
NURS 7135Informatics3
NURS7141Pathophysiology & Differential Diagnosis3
NURS7142Advanced Pharmacology3
NURS7143Advanced Health Assessment3
NURS7710Advanced Health Assessment Clinical190
NURS8235FNP 1 – Pediatrics3
NURS8236FNP 2 – Woman's Health3
NURS8237FNP 3 – Adult & Gerontology3
NURS8620Capstone Practice and Professional Issues290
NURS8721FNP 1 – Pediatrics Clinical2180
NURS8722FNP 2 – Woman's Health Clinical2180
NURS8723FNP 3 – Adult & Gerontology Clinical2180
Total Credit Hours-MSN Opt Out43
Total Clinical Hours-MSN Opt Out720
NURS7110
Scholarly Writing at the Graduate Level
1
NURS9113
Biometrics
3
NURS9123
Biomedical Ethics
2
NURS9124
Outcomes Management
2
NURS9125Role Transition for DNP Prepared APRN’s
2
NURS9143Population Focused Collaborative Initiative
390
NURS9144
Leadership & Management in Practice Transformation
3
NURS9931Clinical Project 1
3180
NURS9932
Clinical Project 2
3180
NURS9933
Clinical Project 3
3180
Elective 1
3
Elective 2
3
Elective 3
3
Total Credit Hours-Post MSN-DNP34
Total Applied Clinical Hours630
Post BSN-DNP Total Credit Hours77
Post BSN-DNP Total Clinical Hours1350
Family Nurse Practitioner Program of Study
Note: If you are receiving grant funds or foundation scholarships, you must be a full-time graduate student with a minimum five credit load per semester.
Fall Semester

NURS 7121 Theoretical Basis for Clinical Scholarship (2)

NURS 7122 Research Design and Dissemination (2)

NURS 7123 Psychodynamics of Health (2)
Spring Semester

NURS 7141 Pathophysiology and Differential Diagnoses (3)

NURS 7142 Advanced Pharmacology (3)
Summer Semester

NURS 7135 Informatics (3)

NURS 7128 Epidemiology (2)
Total Credits 665
Fall Semester

NURS 7143 Advanced Health Assessment (3)

NURS 7710 Advanced Health Assessment Clinical
(90 clinical hours) (1)

NURS 7129 Role Transition for APRN (2)
Spring Semester

NURS 8235 FNP 1-Pediatrics (3)

NURS 8721 FNP 1-Pediatrics Clinical
(180 clinical hours) (2)
Summer Semester

NURS 8236 FNP 2-Women's Health (3)

NURS 8722 FNP 2-Women's Health Clinical
(180 clinical hours) (2)
Total Credits 655
Fall Semester

NURS 8237 FNP 3-Adult/Gero (3)

NURS 8723 FNP 3-Adult/Gero Clinical
(180 clinical hours) (2)
Spring Semester

NURS 7130 Health Policy Concerns in Delivery Systems (3)

NURS 8620 Capstone/Practice and Professional Issues
(90 clinical hours) (2)
Summer Semester

NURS 9123 Biomedical Ethics (2)

NURS 9125 Role Transition for DNP-Prepared APRNs (2)

NURS 7110 Scholarly Writing at the Doctoral Level (1)
Total Credits 55

MSN Opt-Out
MSN Comprehensive Exam
Total Credits: 43
Total Clinical Hours: 720
5
Fall Semester

NURS 9113 Biometrics (3)

NURS 9124 Outcome Mgmt (2)
Spring Semester

NURS 9143 Population Focus Collaborative Initiative (90 applied clinical hours) (3)

Elective I (3)
Summer Semester

NURS 9931 Clinical Project 1 (180 applied clinical hours) (3)

Elective 2 (3)
Total Credits 566
Fall Semester

NURS 9144 Leadership and Management in Practice Transformation (3)

NURS 9932 Clinical Project 2 (180 applied clinical hours) (3)
Spring Semester

NURS 9933 Clinical Project 3 (180 applied clinical hours) (2)

Elective 3 (3)
Total Credits 66
Completion of a minimum of 500 applied hours required for Post-MSN-DNP Degree completion
Non-Nursing Graduate Electives
Course PrefixCourse NumberCourse TitleShort Description
EDUF7130Learning Theories and ApplicationsExamines the principles and theories of learning that serve as the basis for educational models and practices.
EDUF8131Theories of AdolescenceThe rapidly changing world of today's adolescents and the ever-changing nature of the field of adolescence will be examined from three perspectives: theory, research and contemporary social forces.
EDUF8133Interaction and LearningExamine views of learning which emphasize the importance of interaction, authenticity and the social construction of knowledge. Students will also explore instructional practices and assessment issues consistent with these perspectives.
EDUF8134Models of MotivationCritically examines how contemporary models of motivation are utilized to improve the delivery of instruction.
EDUF8135Thinking and Problem SolvingExamines current conceptions and models of critical thinking and creative problem solving as they relate to learning and instruction.
EDUF8136Theories of Human DevelopmentExamines theories of human development, with a focus on infancy to adolescence.
EDUR7130
Educational Research
A comprehensive overview of topics related to research as it is applied to educational settings.
EDUR
8131
Educational Statistics I
Topics covered in this course include central tendency, variability, distributions, correlation, significance testing, t-tests, linear regression and chi-square analysis. (pre req - EDUR 7130)
EDUR
8231
Applied Qualitative Research Methods
This course will provide practical experience applying qualitative research methods in a variety of settings. (pre req - EDUR 7130)
EDUR
8331
Applied Measurement
This course will provide an introduction to concepts and practices in measurement and survey research. (pre req- EDUR 7130 & 8131)
EDLD
8431
Higher Education Law
Explores basic legal precepts and their application to institutions of higher education, primarily using the case study method and discussion.
EDLD
8432
Higher Education Finance
Fiscal management and budgeting practices applicable to higher education institutions are the focus of this course.
EDLD
8436
Grant Development / Administration
Students will learn the methods and processes of project development, funding source development, and proposal writing.
EDLD
8135
Educational Planning
This course examines concepts and theories relating to various forms and approaches of planning at the school district and postsecondary educational levels.
EDLD
8435
Higher Education Policy
Examines policy-formation processes in higher education institutions.
PUBH
5520G
Introduction to Public Health
This course is designed to give students a foundation in the core functions of the population-based public health (assessment, policy development and assurance).
PUBH
6532
Environmental Health
This course is a survey of specific environmental conditions and factors that contribute to the development of health problems in communities.
PUBH
6533
Epidemiology
This course provides an introduction to many important topics in epidemiology for public health practice.
PUBH
6534
Health Policy and Management
The course provides a comprehensive introduction and overview to public health management and administration.
PUBH
6535
Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Health
This course is designed to familiarize students with the history and current applications of social and behavioral sciences as they are applied to public health practice and research.
PUBH
6541
Bioistatistics
This course examines statistics in public health and related health sciences.
PUBH
7132
Scientific Basis of Public Health
This course explores the scientific basis of 21st century disease processes including a survey of the origins, natural history, factors influencing individual and community risk.
PUBH
9132
Public Health Perspectives in Community Based and Translational Research
This course will familiarize students with concepts, issues, and skills relevant to translational research approaches in public health.
PUBH
9134
Professionalism and Ethics in Public Health Practice Research
This course explores critical issues related to the professional development of public health practitioners and ethical responsibilities necessary to assume leadership roles in the field.

Last updated: 7/25/2019

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