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Family Nurse Practitioner

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The School of Nursing offers Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) both online and on-campus meant to meet the needs of practicing RNs like you. A Family Nurse Practitioner provides a variety of health care services. FNPs have the ability to perform procedures, order tests, write prescriptions, and provide patient education, among other essential skills. The FNP specialization prepares you to meet the challenge of providing health care for the family unit. Learn how to assess, diagnose, and develop treatment plans for patients, with a special focus on women’s health.

A Family Nurse Practitioner is a registered nurse in advanced practice who serves as a primary healthcare provider. FNPs work with patients throughout their lives, diagnosing illness, conducting exams and prescribing medication. In this program, learn ways to improve healthcare for the whole family as you further address the unique challenges of patient care for the family unit. Study family assessment and intervention. Focus on nursing care for children and adults across their lifespan. Position yourself to improve the quality of healthcare in under-served populations and care for patients with health disparities. Further examine the role of the family nurse practitioner and your impact on progressing health services. You will acquire advanced knowledge of nursing theory and practice and understand the best practices of assessment and care delivery for primary care settings.

The MSN program at Ohio University is fully accredited through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Graduates may sit for the AANP or ANCC certification exam upon graduation to become certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. The MSN-FNP Program consists of both didactic and clinical performance courses. The didactic courses present the nursing knowledge, theoretical concepts, models, and research that inform patient care and evidence-based practice. The clinical/practice-based courses provide opportunities for students to apply knowledge, practice skills, plan and implement interventions, and learn the full scope of the role for which they are preparing. Graduates of this program are advanced practice nurses in healthcare organizations.

Ohio University graduates have achieved a 95 percent pass rate on the national FNP certification exam. After completing the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program, you will be ready to work as a primary healthcare provider in a medical office, clinic, private practice, or health department.

The MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner program curriculum focuses on evidence-based instructional strategies and teaching techniques as well as role development of the FNP. The curriculum is offered part-time and includes:

  • 41 credit hours (six semesters to complete)
  • 650 Clinical Hours
  • Three on-campus intensives (one at the beginning, one mid-way through and one at the end of the program)
  • Admits every semester (fall, spring, summer)


FNP Sample Schedule

Year 1 (MSN Program Core Courses)

Semester 1

  • NRSE 6010: Theoretical Basis for Practice (3 credit hours); 1 OCI
  • NRSE 6210: Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credit hours)

Semester 2

  • NRSE 6021: Assessment and Intervention in Family Care (3 credit hours)
  • NRSE 6230: Advanced Pharmacology (3 credit hours)

Semester 3

  • NRSE 6805: Analyzing EBP for APN (3 credit hours)
  • NRSE 6221: Advanced Health Appraisal (3 credit hours); 1 OCI

Year 2 (FNP Clinical Courses and Practicum)

Semester 4

  • NRSE 6820: Advanced Maternal and Child Care (150 clinical hours) (6 credit hours)

Semester 5

  • NRSE 6821: Primary Care of Adults and Older Adults (250 clinical hours) (8 credit hours)

Semester 6

  • NRSE 6822: FNP in Practice (250 clinical hours) (7 credit hours)
  • NRSE 6933: Capstone/Comprehensive (2 credit hours) 1 OCI

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