Curriculum: MSN Family Nurse Practitioner

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Speak directly to the program director about the University of Cincinnati's online MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program.

curriculum icon Curriculum at a Glance

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) curriculum at UC prepares registered nurses to take on a more specialized role in the medical field. The coursework focuses on developing an in-depth understanding of the complexities inherent within family-focused medicine. Graduates of the MSN FNP program are eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) certification exam. They are also eligible for licensure as family nurse practitioners within the state of Ohio. Other state requirements may vary. Prospective students from outside of Ohio should check with the appropriate licensing board in their state of residence before enrolling.

In total, the coursework of the MSN FNP degree program is comprised of:

  • 51 total credit hours
  • 672 hours of clinicals

To learn more about our course offerings, review a sample of our curriculum.

Course Title / Description Credit
NURS8004
Biostatistics for Evidence-based Practice
Course: NURS8004
Credit: 2-3
The focus of this course is the understanding of biostatistics for application to nursing and evidence-based practice. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation and appraisal of data analyses for the selection and use of best evidence for making practical conclusions about empirical data.
2-3
NURS8022
Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology
Course: NURS8022
Credit: 3-4
This course builds upon basic knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of disease across the life span. The emphasis is on applied physiology and pathophysiology to enable advanced practice nurses understand how and why the clinical manifestations of disease occur so that appropriate therapies can be selected.
3-4
NURS8002
Theoretical Basis for Clinical Reasoning
Course: NURS8002
Credit: 2-3
This course examines the theoretical underpinnings of nursing practice, research, and evidence-based practice. Emphasis is placed on applying a range of theories from nursing and related fields when making clinical decisions.
2-3
NURS8006
Research and Best Evidence for Clinical Reasoning
Course: NURS8006
Credit: 2-3
This course examines approaches for the translation of the best available evidence into practice for improved outcomes in healthcare.
2-3
NURS8020C
Advanced Health Assessment
Course: NURS8020C
Credit: 3
This course provides opportunities for the advanced practice nurse student to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for the performance of comprehensive and focused health assessment. This course addresses clients across the lifespan and the pediatric and family students receive additional pediatric information in their lab sessions.
3
NURS8026
Differential Diagnosis for the APN
Course: NURS8026
Credit: 3
The course focuses on the diagnostic reasoning process through analysis of present and past histories, physical findings and diagnostic studies that contribute to the formulation of differential diagnoses. An in-depth look at the clinical presentation from a symptom approach assists the student in the development of a diagnosis as well as the selection of the appropriate diagnostic testing.
3
NURS8024
Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses
Course: NURS8024
Credit: 3
This course prepares nurses for professional roles in advanced nursing practice with knowledge of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles of common drug categories used to prevent illness, and to restore and maintain health for client systems across the life span. Mechanisms of action, pharmacologic response, usual doses, adverse effects, indications, interactions, compatibilities, contraindications and routes of administration are emphasized in acute and chronic conditions. Six hours of legal, ethical and financial content related to prescribing is addressed in this course as required by the Ohio Board of Nursing.
3
AANP8062
Family Nurse Practitioner: Practicum I
Course: AANP8062
Credit:

This practicum is the first in a series of three sequential clinical courses for the advanced practice nursing student in the role of primary care provider of individuals and families across the lifespan. Students focus on history taking and physical examination, while incorporating pharmacology and evidence-based practice. Screening guidelines across the lifespan are evaluated. Students begin to apply knowledge from health assessment pharmacology, diagnostic and disease management courses, as well as the concept of family health nursing.

AANP8063
Family Nurse Practitioner: Practicum II
Course: AANP8063
Credit:

This seminar is the second of three courses that prepares nurses for professional roles in advanced nursing practice using an inter-professional approach. It is taken in conjunction with the clinical practicum and provides an opportunity to discuss clinical cases while demonstrating the ability to apply the didactic material to practice. There is emphasis placed on screening guidelines, history and physical assessment and the development of a Capstone project.

ANNP8070
Family Nurse Practitioner: Practicum I
Course: ANNP8070
Credit: 3
This practicum is the first in a series of three sequential clinical courses for the advanced practice nursing student in the role of primary care provider of individuals and families across the lifespan. Students focus on history taking and physical examination while incorporating pharmacology and evidence-based practice. Screening guidelines across the life span are evaluated. Students begin to apply knowledge from health assessment pharmacology, diagnostic and disease management courses, as well as the concept of family health nursing.
3
ANNP8080
Family Nurse Practitioner: Seminar 1
Course: ANNP8080
Credit: 1
This seminar is the first course that prepares nurses for professional roles in advanced nursing practice using an inter-professional approach. It is taken in conjunction with the clinical practicum and provides an opportunity to discuss clinical cases while demonstrating the ability to apply the didactic material to practice. There is emphasis placed on screening guidelines, history & physical assessment, and the development of a Capstone project.
1
ANNP8030
Clinical Management of Adult Health Problems for the Advance Practice Nurse I
Course: ANNP8030
Credit: 3
This is the first of two non-sequential courses which provides students with the theoretical foundation to assess, diagnose, and manage the care of client systems. Students focus on the promotion, maintenance and restoration of client health in collaboration/consultation with other members of the health care team. The role of the advanced practice nurse in developing a therapeutic relationship with the patient is used to demonstrate how culturally competent, age and gender specific, and risk stratified care can be provided. Non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic interventions are integrated throughout clinical management. Ethical considerations and role components in advanced nursing practice are addressed within the context of holistic nursing care. Analysis and critique of evidence-based practice serve as the basis for care management decision making. Systems covered include: Pulmonary, Cardiac, Neuro, Endocrine, Psychosocial, Common Problems
3
ANNP8072
Family Nurse Practitioner: Practicum II
Course: ANNP8072
Credit: 4
This practicum is the second clinical course for advanced practice nursing students pursuing role development as a primary care provider of individuals and families across the lifespan. Students build upon history taking and physical examination skills acquired in the first practicum while incorporating pharmacology and evidence-based practice. Screening guidelines across the lifespan are integrated. A clinical preceptor will supervise students in ambulatory settings which provide therapeutic interventions to diverse individual and family client systems from a variety of cultures to improve outcomes. Students synthesize knowledge from health assessment, pharmacology, diagnostic and disease management courses, as well as the study of the concept of family health nursing.
4
ANNP8082
Family Nurse Practitioner: Seminar II
Course: ANNP8082
Credit: 1
This seminar is the second course that prepares nurses for professional roles in advanced nursing practice. It is taken in conjunction with the Clinical Practicum II and provides an opportunity to discuss clinical cases. The student also develops a Capstone project plan.
1
ANNP8032
Clinical Management of Adult Health Problems for the Advance Practice Nurse II
Course: ANNP8032
Credit: 3
This is the second of two non-sequential courses which provides students with the theoretical foundation to assess, diagnose and manage the care of client systems. Students focus on the promotion, maintenance and restoration of client health in collaboration/consultation with other members of the health care team. The role of the advanced practice nurse in developing a therapeutic relationship with the patient is used to demonstrate how culturally competent, age and gender specific, and risk stratified care can be provided. Non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic interventions are integrated throughout clinical management. Ethical considerations and role components in advanced nursing practice are addressed within the context of holistic nursing care. Analysis and critique of evidence-based practice serve as the basis for care management decision making. Systems covered include: Renal/GU/GYN, GI, Hematology/Oncology, Skin, EENT,Musculoskeletal
3
ANNP8074
Family Nurse Practitioner: Practicum III
Course: ANNP8074
Credit: 5
This course is the culminating clinical experience for the advanced practice nursing student in the role of primary care provider of diverse individuals and families across the lifespan. Students integrate the skills of history taking and physical examination while incorporating pharmacology and evidence based practice into work with clients and the interprofessional and health care team. Screening guidelines across the lifespan are critiqued. Students evaluate knowledge from health assessment, pharmacology, diagnostic and disease management courses, as well as the study of the concept of family health nursing, in the care of clients from across the lifespan.
5
ANNP8084
Family Nurse Practitioner: Seminar/Capstone III
Course: ANNP8084
Credit: 2
This seminar prepares nurses for professional roles in advanced nursing practice. It provides an opportunity to discuss clinical cases while demonstrating the ability to apply the didactic material to practice. Emphasis is placed on the professional role assimilation and expectations of the new nurse practitioner.
2
NURS8008
Healthcare Policy for the Advanced Practice Nurse
Course: NURS8008
Credit: 2-3
This course guides students in exploring political, economic, ethical, and social forces that currently impact decision making in health care. Patterns of influence that derive current policy development are examined and proposal of advocacy behaviors is encouraged.
2-3
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