Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Degree Program
The MSN Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program prepares experienced professional nurses for advanced practice as primary care providers. The family nurse practitioner (FNP) makes independent critical judgments in all levels of prevention, including health promotion, illness prevention, and diagnosis and management for individuals, families, communities and populations.
The FNP performs comprehensive health assessments, diagnoses illnesses, and prescribes pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments to manage acute and chronic health problems to achieve quality, cost-effective outcomes in a culturally sensitive context.
Earn Your MSN FNP Degree With Evening or Online Nursing Classes From GCU
The evening or online program includes 675 hours of directly supervised clinical practice with qualified preceptors and two separate on-campus experiences. A Post-Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate program is also available to those nurses who already have a Master of Science in Nursing degree.
During your MSN FNP program with GCU nursing, you will participate in two on-campus experiences designed to provide collaboration with peers, hands-on skill development with patient actors and interdisciplinary faculty. The first on-campus experience is a three-day requirement in the FNP-630 course that provides opportunities to perform health assessments, suturing and wound care, casting and splinting, EKG, radiology, male and female exams, and newborn and obstetrics assessments.
MSN FNP classroom instruction will include radiologic interpretation, chronic disease management, coding and billing, public health and case study analysis. A two-day experience in the FNP-690 course provides family nurse practitioner students an in-depth certification exam practice with individual exam review and remediation planning, systems and topic reviews. This program is designed to support collaboration, discussion and hands-on skills.
MSN FNP Professional Standards
The Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner program is built to meet standards set by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF), the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN): The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing; the Inter-Professional Collaborative Practice (IPEC) Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice; and the American Nursing Association (ANA) Scope and Standards of Practice.
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MSN FNP Degree Outcomes
Study Advanced Concepts and Nursing Case Studies to Elevate Your Standard of Care
Your preparation in the family nurse practitioner program includes a comprehensive curricula that will help you provide primary healthcare to individuals of all ages and locales, including underserved urban and rural areas. You will also analyze case studies in accordance with the guidelines of evidence based practice and current standards of care. Your MSN FNP education prepares you for professional roles including educating, consulting and collaborating with other healthcare providers, and using research to make practice decisions and influencing professional and public policies.
Gain Specialized Family Nurse Practitioner Skills and Experience
The clinical practicum experience at GCU's nursing school allows you to collaborate with faculty members to select a local primary care or family care site. This portion of the MSN FNP degree program affords you the opportunity to apply clinical decision-making skills and health management of primary problems for diverse clients across the human life span. In addition, you will interact with patients in the role of care provider and educator.
Why Become a Family Nurse Practitioner
The accredited online family nurse practitioner program curriculum focuses on preparing well-rounded primary care providers through in-depth study of the following subject areas:
- Performing comprehensive health assessments, including documentation and diagnosis
- Understanding the individual as the client, functional health patterns, community resources and the teaching-learning process
- Reviewing the research process and applying evidenced-based research to the practice setting
- Advancing physiology and pathophysiology principles; understanding normal function; and interpreting changes in normal function that result in symptoms and diagnostic markers indicative of illness
- Utilizing pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and their practical implication in clinical practice
- Recognizing and applying ethical, moral and values-based leadership
- Integrating knowledge of population health into culturally relevant health promotion and intervention
- Evaluating the implications of and healthcare informatics in strategies for managing care resources and systems
Family Nurse Practitioner Career Opportunities
FNP program graduates may choose to pursue a career in a variety of locations. Hospitals, physicians’ offices, school clinics and outpatient care centers are viable options within the healthcare profession. Additional opportunities include education-based careers where FNPs can apply their experience. This includes working in a college or classroom setting.
MSN FNP Program Frequently Asked Questions
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