Family Nurse Practitioner

Stock photo of a nurse checking a young patient's breathing.

Family nurse practitioners are advanced practice nurses who offer care, promote health, and treat disease in patients ranging from children to elders. They provide comprehensive wellness care as well as management of acute and chronic illnesses. FNPs practice in hospitals, urgent care and primary care settings, federally­ qualified health centers and private practice offices

The FNP major requires 40 credit hours of coursework, plus about 600 hours of clinicals. The coursework is usually completed within four semesters for full­-time students, and courses are offered in a distance-­friendly format that requires a minimal number of trips to Cleveland.


Sample Full­-Time Curriculum: Beginning Fall 2015

Fall Semester I

Course ID Course Title Credits
NURS 405* Inquiry I - Theoretical Foundations 2
NURS 453 Advanced Pathophysiology 4
NURS 459 Advanced Physical Assessment 3
NUNP 410* Health Promotion Across the Life Span 2
NURS 444A*

Ethical Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice

1
  Total 12

Spring Semester I

Course ID Course Title Credits
NURS 425* Inquiry II - Research Process 3
NURS 430 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NUNP 419^ Family Health Nursing: Health of Adults and Older Adults 5
NURS 444B*

Health Care Delivery and Finance in Advanced Practice

1
  Total 12

Summer Semester I

Course ID Course Title Credits
NURS 451* Leadership for Quality Healthcare in Systems 3
NUNP 429^ Health Promotion & Common Reproductive Health Problems of Adolescents and Adults 4
  Total 7

Fall Semester II

Course ID Course Title Credits
NUNP 439^ Family Health Nursing: Health of Children and Adolescents 4
NURS 444C*

Health Policy, Legislation and Legal Issues in Advanced Practice

1
NURS 431* Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice 2
NURS 502* Inquiry III - Evidence-Based Practice 2
  Total 9

Accumulated Total Hours: 40

Note: The above curriculum is full-time; part-time plans are also available. The Advanced Practice Core courses (NURS 430, 453, 459) are co-requisites or pre-requisites for clinical nursing courses. Clinical nursing courses must be taken in the semester and sequence listed above. Clinical course availability is based upon enrollment.

* = Intensive Course, see MSN Intensives general schedule online for more information
^ = Clinical Course


Sample Full­-Time Curriculum: Prior to Fall 2015

First Year

Fall Semester I

Course ID Course Title Credits
NURS 405 Inquiry I: Theoretical Foundations 3
NURS 453 Advanced Pathophysiology 4
NURS 459 Assessment for Advanced Practice 3
NUNP 410 Health Promotion Across the Life Span 2
  Total 12

Spring Semester I

Course ID Course Title Credits
NURS 425 Inquiry II: The Research Process 3
NURS 430 Pharmacology and Therapeutics for the Advanced Practice Nurse 3
NUNP 419 Adult and Older Adult Clinical Management 5
NURS 444B Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Finance 1
  Total 12

Summer Semester I

Course ID Course Title Credits
NURS 502 Inquiry III Evidenced Based Nursing Practice 2
NUNP 429 Family Health Nursing: Health of the Family During Childbearing Years 4
NURS 443B Professionalism in Advanced Practice: Role Development 1
  Total 7

Second Year

Fall Semester II

Course ID Course Title Credits
NURS 503 Inquiry Practicum 1
NUNP 439 Children and Adolescent Clinical Management 4
NURS 444A Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Ethical Issues 1
NURS 444C Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Policy and Legal 1
NURS 431 Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice 2
  Total 9

Accumulated Total Hours: 40

The Advanced Practice Core courses are co­requisites or prerequisites for the clinical nursing courses. Clinical nursing courses must be taken in the semester and sequence listed above. Clinical course availability is based upon enrollment.