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Family Nurse Practitioner

45 semester hours

Focus:  Primary Care

  • This concentration builds on medical surgical knowledge with preparation for advanced practice roles specializing in primary care.
  • Emphasis:
    • Providing students with the advanced theoretical knowledge and practice skills needed to function in increasingly complex care settings.
    • Evidence-based practice, outcomes management, clinical research, and advanced clinical decision-making.
  • Graduates are prepared to assume the role of advanced nurse leader in primary care across the human lifespan.

Objectives

The objectives of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program are to prepare graduates who can:

  • Provide health maintenance and health promotion services to individuals and families across the lifespan.
  • Diagnose and treat a variety of common health problems (actual and potential) commonly encountered in primary care settings.
  • Utilize advanced practice nursing knowledge and clinical skills to help patients to achieve and/or maintain optimal health or to manage chronic conditions.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and analysis in the provision of safe, effective, and evidence-based primary care services.
  • Provide knowledgeable and sensitive services to multicultural and diverse patient groups across the lifespan.
  • Provide holistic care and serve as a patient advocate in accordance with the Christian belief in the dignity and worth of the individual and family.

Practicum

600 minimum clinical practicum hours.  Students will gain experience in:

  • Pediatrics
  • Women's Health
  • Care of the Adult
  • Lifespan Care

Note: These clinical experiences are accomplished under the guidance of a faculty member and a community-based, faculty approved preceptor.

Plan of Study