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Family Nurse Practitioner Online Specialization

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Family Nurse Practitioner Online Specialization

Provide Primary Care for All Ages

The online FNP program focuses on the advanced nursing skills specific to providing clinical care to individuals and family members of all ages across the lifespan in a primary care context. As autonomous care providers, Family Nurse Practitioners can conduct physical examinations, diagnose diseases and injuries, prescribe medications, and more.

Most of the MSN FNP coursework is offered online. An on-site orientation and two onsite competency/evaluation visits are required. The program prepares you for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification exams offered by the American Nurses Association and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Core Courses Credit Hours
NU 501 Health Care Policy & Ethics for Contemporary Nursing Practice 3
NU 530 Theory and Professional Roles for Contemporary Nursing Practice 3
NU 603 Principles of Health Care Research for Contemporary Nursing Practice 3

 

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Specialization Courses Credit Hours
NU 550 Family and Community Context for Healthcare 3
NU 551 Advanced Pharmacology for the Nurse Practitioner 3
NU 552 Advanced Health Assessment for the Nurse Practitioner 3
NU 561 Primary Care I: Comprehensive Primary Care of the Adult 6
NU 556 Advanced Pathophysiology for the Nurse Practitioner 3
NU 621 Primary Care II: Advanced Primary Care of Families in Complex Systems 7
NU 631 Primary Care III: Advanced Primary Care & Health Promotion of Special Populations 8

 

Prerequisite Courses (will be added to your curriculum plan if not completed previously)

NU 325 Health Assessment for RNs – Prerequisite for all MSN specialization tracks Utilizing the conceptual framework of the nursing program, this course focuses on comprehensive health assessment. Adequate data collection and careful analysis for diagnostic and planning purposes is stressed. The student will use the diagnostic reasoning process to formulate nursing diagnoses based on the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association (NANDA) nomenclature. The nursing laboratory experience is available for students but not required. Videotaping assessment skills is a required course tool. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the RN-BSN or RN-MSN Nursing Major

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MA 131 Statistics for Decision Making – Prerequisite for NU 601 and all MSN tracks This course is geared towards liberal arts, science and health science majors. It introduces descriptive statistics, probability distributions: both discrete and normal confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and correlation. Real world applications are offered and computer statistical software may be used. Prerequisite: One college-level Mathematics course or placement by Mathematics Department

Core Courses

NU 501 Health Care Policy & Ethics for Contemporary Nursing Practice This core course focuses on history, policy, and ethics in nursing and health care. It examines health care policy, including global health considerations, health care financing, quality and safety in health care, and the ethics of health care. Current practices in nursing and health care are viewed from the past and present as a way to contemplate the future. The course builds on a framework of critical thinking, as students explore aspects of the history of nursing and medicine, analysis of current policy development, and implications of the past for present and future actions in nursing and health care.

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NU 530 Theory and Professional Roles for Contemporary Nursing Practice This course is one of the graduate core classes that provides the foundation for advanced practice nursing. The role of the advance practice nurse as a member of the profession will be emphasized. Students will be introduced to theories from nursing, natural, social, biological and organizational sciences to frame their future practice. Further, students consider issues of cultural diversity and competence to assure the delivery of culturally competent care and minimization of health disparities.

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NU 603 Principles of Health Care Research for Contemporary Nursing Practice This course studies the field of research and its relationship to problems related to nursing and health care. Each step of the research process is explored in-depth to develop the skills to apply research to practice. Students apply critical analysis to relevant research literature to determine its usefulness and application. Statistical methods and concepts are reviewed and integrated throughout the course to promote an understanding of those concepts within the context of health care research. Emphasis is on understanding the research process through proposal development. Prerequisite: MA 131

Family Nurse Practitioner Online Specialization Courses

NU 550 Family and Community Context for Healthcare This course addresses selected family, primary care, and community theories within the context of advanced practice nursing and clinical leadership roles. The family system is viewed as both unique and dynamic, existing interdependently with the community and the environment and requiring advanced nursing expertise and caring at various times across the life cycle. Particular emphasis is placed on family and community assessment strategies, the impact of culture upon the family and community systems, and the impact of various primary care-oriented health problems on family roles and functions. In addition, relevant concepts and principles of epidemiology are applied to the current and emerging health status of families and communities. Faculty members collaborate with students as they apply advanced clinical knowledge to the family system in a community setting. Students function interdependently with other health team members in the care of families and evaluate a plan of care using standards for advanced clinical practice.

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NU 551 Advanced Pharmacology for the Nurse Practitioner This class focuses on the pharmacotherapeutic principles of drugs most commonly used in the primary care setting. Topics include the pharmacologic effects and clinical uses of various drug groups and classifications. Emphasis is placed on rational drug therapy for agent selection, monitoring drug therapies, identification and avoidance of adverse drug reactions and interactions, and extensive patient education and counseling.

NU 552 Advanced Health Assessment for the Nurse Practitioner Students learn to assess in the biopsychosocial health status of clients across the life span in depth by obtaining a complete and accurate health history and by performing a thorough physical examination, then using the acquired data to formulate a working medical diagnosis. Content is designed to provide correlation of assessment strategies with an understanding of the mechanisms of illness and health problems of the main body systems, as well as to address the integration of common medical testing. Students explore role of the advanced practice nurse in the current health care delivery system. The laboratory component enables students to develop advanced assessment skills.

NU 561 Primary Care I: Comprehensive Primary Care of the Adult This is the first of three clinical courses in this online nurse practitioner program designed to enable students to learn problem-solving skills and clinical strategies necessary to socialize into the role of the Family Nurse Practitioner. Coursework introduces students to a systematic approach to understanding the delivery of primary health care to the well adult. Various principles of illness prevention and health maintenance are introduced, as well as methodologies used to diagnose and treat common primary care problems. Emphasis is on the consultation role component of the nurse practitioner as well as on the direct provision of primary care and health promotion.

NU 556 Advanced Pathophysiology for the Nurse Practitioner This course supports a comprehensive understanding of the pathophysiological disease processes mostly commonly seen afflicting patients across the lifespan. Clinical pathology content addresses alterations in major body systems that are commonly found in primary care settings, as well as common testing used in the diagnostic process.

NU 621 Primary Care II: Advanced Primary Care of Families in Complex Systems The second of three clinical courses designed to enable graduate students to learn problem-solving skills and clinical strategies necessary to diagnose and treat common and complex primary care problems found in family members, from adults to children. Emphasis is on the leadership role component of the nurse practitioner as well as on the direct provision of primary care.

NU 631 Advanced Primary Care & Health Promotion of Special Populations This final clinical course focuses on the diagnostic and management skills necessary to be effective in the role of Family Nurse Practitioner. Coursework emphasizes problems commonly found in emerging and aging families. Topics include pediatrics, women’s health, and geriatrics. Implementation and synthesis of the role, which are addressed through a focus on types of practice settings, reimbursement mechanisms, marketing strategies, employment opportunities and collaborative relationships. Students also explore future trends in advanced nursing practice are explored. And apply advanced nursing practice theory into supervised clinical practice.

Find out more about the curriculum of the online FNP specialization of Sacred Heart's Master of Science in Nursing. Call us today at 877-791-7181 or request more information online.