Family Nurse Practitioner
NNU's College of Nursing offers an online Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN FNP) with four one-week campus residency requirements. Our program is designed to prepare the baccalaureate registered nurse to assume the role of Advanced Practice Clinician in nursing. Upon completion of the program, you will have earned a graduate degree in nursing and be prepared for national licensure as a FNP.
If a quality education based on flexibility and relationships is important to you, then this program will be a perfect fit. The online MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program is designed for the working professional nurse. Courses are offered in an online cohort learning environment along with clinicals in your home state with residency hours on the NNU campus. This program consists of 48 credits for the Baccalaureate in Nursing entry option. You’ll learn from caring faculty with over 160 years of experience. As your professors pass on their years of knowledge to you, they will prepare you to do the same for others.
About the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Degree
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program prepares students to assume the role of Advanced Practice Clinician in nursing. Upon completion of the program, the student will have earned a graduate degree in nursing and be prepared for national licensure as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
- Entry options: Baccalaureate in Nursing to MSN FNP.
- A cohort model is utilized for all courses that supports an interactive learning environment as well as collegiality throughout the student’s progress.
- Built upon the Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (2011), National Task Force Criteria for Advanced Practice in Nursing, the Standards for Advanced Practice Nursing from the Idaho Board of Nursing, and the institutions accrediting agencies.
The MSN FNP program track consists of 48 credits for the Baccalaureate in Nursing entry option. The core classes (first semester) provide foundational information on which the program builds prior to the commencement of the FNP track. All courses are sequential and must be taken in order.
FNP Program Goal
The Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner program at Northwest Nazarene University's goal is to provide optimal primary care to the communitites the graduates serve. The program prepares advanced practice nurses who excel in clinical practice by providing patient and family centered care in the context of Christlike behavior in the areas of assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation.
FNP Program Outcomes
Master of Science in Nursing graduates will:
- Role model Christ-like ethical behavior; be exemplars of intergrity and honesty in the role of a nurse with an advanced degree.
- Describe the foundations of care and the art and science of the nursing profession and practice as it relates to self, individuals, families and clinical populations across the lifespan.
- Demonstrate scholarly activity in utilizing evidence based practice and transferring research finding to clinical practice in order to deliver quality care.
- Role-model clinical, leadership, and educational expertise to improve health outcomes of communities served in diverse healthcare settings.
- The graduate nurse advocates for diverse populations and demonstrates social justice in healthcare delivery which promotes and preserves healthy communities through collaboration with the interprofessional healthcare team.
Role of the FNP
Northwest Nazarene University defines the FNP role as an Advanced Practice Nurse who practices independently and collaboratively with other members of the health care profession in an acute, ambulatory, or long-term care setting. The FNP utilizes the scientific process in assessing clients throughout the lifespan and formulates a diagnosis based on collected data from the physical assessment and diagnostic test results. The FNP then develops a treatment plan by ordering additional lab and diagnostic tests (if needed), prescribes pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions, and provides education specific to the clients’ needs. Finally, the FNP completes a follow up evaluation with the client and determines the success of the treatment plan and modifies the plan as needed. Additionally, NNU is committed to producing FNPs who are not only competent clinicians, but who also practice the institutional values and core themes of NNU and the Department of Nursing.
The master's degree program in nursing at Northwest Nazarene University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.