Curriculum: MSN Family Nurse Practitioner

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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:

  • 50 total credit hours
  • 672 hours of clinicals

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

Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice

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.

Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology

This course builds upon basic knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. It provides an in-depth consideration of molecular physiology while integrating examples of physiological principles most likely to be encountered by the advanced practice nurse. Basic and translational research into biochemical, molecular and organ system function will be emphasized. Current thought concerning age-related changes and theories of physiology across the patient’s lifespan will be included.

Theoretical Basis for Clinical Reasoning

This course examines the theoretical underpinnings of evidence-based practice. Emphasis is placed on applying a range of theories from nursing and related fields for the provision of high-quality health care.

Health Care Policy

This course guides students in exploring political, economical, ethical and social forces that currently impact decision making in health care. Patterns of influence that drive current policy development are examined and proposal of advocacy behaviors is encouraged.

Advanced Health Assessment

Students develop the knowledge and skills necessary for the performance of a comprehensive health assessment. Synthesis of data including diagnostic study interpretation is emphasized.

Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice

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 lifespan. Mechanisms of action, pharmacologic response, usual doses, adverse effects, indications, interactions, compatibilities, contraindications and routes of administration will be 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.

The Care of Well Women and Children

This course focuses on the care of well women and children across the lifespan. It prepares students to assume professional practice roles and responsibilities in health promotion, health maintenance and management of common health pattern variations pertaining to gynecological and primary care of well women and children. Emphasis is on family-centered, community-based health care for diverse client systems.

Family Nurse Practitioner: Practicum I

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.

Family Nurse Practitioner: Practicum II

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.

Family Nurse Practitioner: Practicum III

This seminar is the final 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 and physical assessment and the development of a Capstone project.

Family Nurse Practitioner: Seminar I

This seminar is the first 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.

Family Nurse Practitioner: Seminar II and Capstone

This is a culminating experience in which one of three foci are selected: (1) integration of research findings into practice with evaluation of client system outcomes, (2) evaluation of current nursing practice through examination of relevant client system clinical outcomes or (3) description of new knowledge with potential for enhancing nursing practice.

Family Nurse Practitioner: Seminar III and Capstone

This is a culminating experience in which one of three foci are selected: (1) integration of research findings into practice with evaluation of client system outcomes, (2) evaluation of current nursing practice through examination of relevant client system clinical outcomes or (3) description of new knowledge with potential for enhancing nursing practice.

Research and Best Evidence for Clinical Reasoning

This course is designed to assist the graduate student in developing knowledge and skills needed for the application of research findings to evidence-based practice and advanced nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on the analysis and application of quantitative and qualitative research methods, directed at risk reduction and health promotion.

Differential Diagnosis for the Advanced Practice Nurse

This course is the second sequential course that explores the comprehensive physical and psychological assessment of signs, symptoms and pathophysiological changes of the client system across the lifespan. The focus of the course is to develop diagnostic reasoning skill through analysis of present and past histories, physical findings and diagnostic studies that contribute to the formulation of differential diagnoses of the major health problems in the United States. The client is assessed from a holistic nursing perspective with consideration of his/her cultural, social, ethnic, family and community environments.

Clinical Management I

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 healthcare 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 and Common Problems.

Clinical Management II

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: Pulmonary, Cardiac, Neuro, Endocrine, Psychosocial and Common Problems.

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