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Become the primary-care practitioner you were meant to be

Whether you select the online or the hybrid program, our MSN FNP consists of 49 credits of coursework: 38 credits of theory and 11 credits of clinical practicum experience. The online program takes as little as 20 months to complete and the hybrid program is spread over three years. The programs allow you to build on your knowledge and experience to prepare for primary care practice, state FNP licensure and national certification. View sample schedules.

Course Descriptions

MSN core curriculum

MS 500 – Statistics for Teachers: A course that covers collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data, hypothesis testing, non parametric methods, regression, correlation, binomial distributions and analysis of variance. Qualitative statistics is also introduced.

NG 731 – Advanced Nursing Research (may be taken instead of MS 500): This course emphasizes both quantitative and qualitative research designs. Research methods, data collection and analysis, ethical issues, reliability and validity, and interpretation of findings are discussed. Critique and utilization of research is emphasized. Students are given the opportunity to explore a research area of interest.

NG 701 – Theoretical Foundations: This course introduces the student to the significance and process of concept analysis and theory development. Current nursing theories, family theories and community health theories as well as theories from other disciplines are critically examined for their relevance to nursing practice, education and management. The impact of differing world views is examined, and the interrelationships among theory, research and practice are discussed.

NG 707 – Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning: This course focuses on advanced health assessment and diagnostic reasoning as frameworks for the synthesis of knowledge of comprehensive care of patients across the life span. This course provides foundational knowledge for the master’s prepared nurse to diagnose and perform appropriate histories and physical examinations. The foci of the course include developing decision trees, using diagnostic reasoning and critical-thinking skills and performing focused assessments and histories.

HS 771 – Advanced Pathophysiology: This course provides advanced content in pathophysiology. Alternations in physiology at the cellular, organ and system level are discussed and selected pathophysiologic mechanisms that occur throughout the life cycle are explored.

NG 711 – Advanced Clinical Pharmacology: This course provides theoretical and practical knowledge of advanced pharmacology, pharmacodynamics and common complications of categories of medications and prototype pharmacologic agents. Calculation of dosages dependent on age and co-morbidity will be discussed. The action, common side effects, drug interactions and prototype agents for categories of medications including cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, reproductive, antimicrobials, gastrointestinal, endocrine, central nervous system and dermatologic will be emphasized.

NG 760 – Principles and Practice of Nursing Leadership and Management I: This course explores principles of nursing management and leadership. Principles are considered in relation to diverse systems of care and within a variety of health care settings. Knowledge and skills gained from business, nursing and health-care management are synthesized for application by the nurse manager. Decision options are considered for future and present nursing management challenges. Instructional approaches selected for the course are designed to build learning pathways that lead to future knowledge acquisition and appropriate decisions for clinical application.

FNP specialization courses

NG 734 – Research Utilization Project: This course provides an opportunity for the student to analyze and synthesize the research literature related to a clinical problem. Utilizing knowledge gained in Statistics, Advanced Nursing Research, and clinical practicums, students will identify a clinical problem that they are interested in solving. The student will work with a faculty member who shares an interest in the clinical problem. Prerequisite(s): NG 731

NG 739 – Professional Seminar: This course explores the role of the family nurse practitioner as students apply knowledge from previous courses. Role dimensions and expectations are explored with emphasis placed on the role as a primary-care provider. Prerequisite(s): HS 771, NG 711

NG 740 – Clinical Practicum I: This course is designed to provide a concentrated, primary-care experience integrating knowledge and skills in all previous courses.

NG 742 – Population Health for Advanced Practice Nursing: This course examines the conceptual foundations of culturally sensitive population health in advanced nursing practice. Theories, principles and strategies of population-based health care are used to design, implement and evaluate services and plans of care to promote, maintain and restore health in a defined population.

NG 743 – Clinical Practicum – Skills & Advanced Role I: This clinical practicum provides introductory experiences that allow application and integration of knowledge and skills acquired in corequisite courses related to advanced practice. Corequisite(s): NG 742

NG 744 – Health Care of the Adult: This course is designed to provide students with a focus on the diagnosis and management of common health problems of adults. The course focuses on health promotion, disease prevention and illness management, and epidemiology of the health needs of adults and the impact on families. The course incorporates knowledge and skills gained from prerequisite and co-requisite courses for the health care of adults. Co-requisite: Prerequisite(s): HS 771, NG 701, NG 711, NG 713, NG 742 Corequisite(s): NG 746

NG 745 – Health Care of the Older Adult: This course is designed to provide students with a focus on the diagnosis and management of common health problems of older adults. The course focuses on health needs of older adults and the impact on families. The course incorporates knowledge and skills gained from prerequisite and co-requisite courses for the health care of older adults. Prerequisite(s): NG 744 Corequisite(s): NG 746

NG 746 – Clinical Practicum of the Adult: This course is designed to provide a concentrated, adult primary-care practice experience integrating knowledge and skills acquired in all previous and current courses. Students provide care to adults in internal medicine or family practices and long-term care organizations. Emphasis will be placed on refining skills necessary to function as a family nurse practitioner. Prerequisite(s): HS 771, NG 711, NG 713, NG 742 Corequisite(s): NG 744

NG 747 – Health Care of Women: This course focuses on providing health care for women from their reproductive years through menopause. It includes strategies for health promotion, prevention and illness, as well as assessment, diagnosis and management of health problems commonly experienced by women. Specific content includes, preconception planning, obstetrics, gynecologic care, screening based on age and risk factors, cancer affecting women, family planning, management of menopause symptoms and disorders. Prerequisite(s): HS 771 711, NG 711, NG 746 Corequisite(s): NG 749

NG 748 – Health Care of Children: This course provides the nurse practitioner student with theoretical and practical knowledge of growth and development, health promotion and common health problems of children from birth through college age. The student applies the content to develop the diagnosis and management of child health issues. Integration of culture, environment and epidemiology are considered in the optimal outcomes for the child and family unit. Prerequisite(s): HS 771, NG 711, NG 746

NG 749 – Clinical Practicum in Women and Children: This clinical practicum provides a broad experience that allows application and integration of knowledge and skills acquired in prerequisite and corequisite courses for the health care of women, infants, children and adolescents. The student applies the theoretical knowledge from the classroom to caring for women and children in the clinical settings. Prerequisite(s): HS 771, NG 746 Corequisite(s): NG 747, NG 748

NG 780 – Clinical Practicum: Students refine skills necessary to function as a family nurse practitioner by providing care to clients of all ages in a clinical practice setting. Prerequisite(s): NG 746, NG 749

Hybrid MSN FNP Sample Course Schedule Plan

YearFall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHoursSummer SemesterHours
IHS 771 Advanced Pathophysiology3NG 701 Theoretical Foundations2NG 731 Advanced Nursing Research3
NG 707 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning3NG 711 Pharmacology3NG 760 Principles & Practices of Nursing Leadership and Management I3
NG 743 Clinical Practicum – Skills & Adv. Role I1
Credits666
IING 744 Healthcare of the Adult3NG 745 Healthcare of the Older Adult4NG 734 Research Utilization Project3
NG 746 Clinical Practicum of Adults3NG 740 Clinical Practicum2
NG 742 Population Health for APN2
Credits68
IIING 747 Healthcare of Women3NG 739 Professional Seminar2
NG 748 Healthcare of the Child3NG 780 Clinical Practicum4
NG 749 Clinical Practicum with Women and Children2
Credits86

Online MSN FNP Sample Course Schedule Plan

YearSemester 1HoursSemester 2HoursSemester 3Hours
IHS 771 Advanced Pathophysiology3NG 701 Theoretical Foundations2NG 760 Principles & Practices of Nursing Leadership and Management I3
NG 711 Pharmacology3NG 744 Healthcare of the Adult3NG 745 Healthcare of the Older Adult4
NG 743 Clinical Practicum – Skills & Adv. Role I1NG 746 Clinical Practicum of Adults3NG 740 Clinical Practicum2
NG 707 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning3NG 731 Advanced Nursing Research3NG 742 Population Health for APN2
Credits101111
YearSemester 4HoursSemester 5Hours
IING 734 Research Utilization Project3NG 739 Professional Seminar2
NG 747 Healthcare of Women3NG 780 Clinical Practicum4
NG 748 Healthcare of the Child3
NG 749 Clinical Practicum with Women and Children2
Credits116

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