FNP Curriculum

The Family Nurse Practitioner track curriculum begins with advanced health assessment across the age span, then moves to health promotion, and to illness management. The illness content is presented from single acute problems, to chronic illnesses, to complex chronic illness or multi-problem management. The health promotion course and illness management courses are "matched" to corresponding clinical seminars and clinical practicum experiences so that didactic learning is reinforced and expanded in "hands on" practice.

Course work and clinical practica emphasize:

  • systematic and comprehensive assessment of health status
  • advanced clinical decision-making necessary for the diagnosis and management of common physical and psychosocial health problems
  • management, including: health promotion, health maintenance, and health restoration
  • therapeutic strategies directed toward self-care, risk reduction, health surveillance, stress reduction, healthy nutrition, social support, healthy coping, psychological well-being and pharmacologic therapy
  • the basic principles of primary health care-continuity, collaboration, coordination, and comprehensive care
  • evidence-based clinical decision making and systems thinking to improve patient outcomes
  • principles of health education and counseling, behavior change, communication, advocacy, accountability, autonomy, and professional role development

Class size and composition vary depending on the course. Clinical courses typically involve one-on-one teaching with the nurse practitioner or other provider at the clinical site who is serving as the clinical preceptor. Clinical seminars facilitated by experienced nurse practitioner faculty provide students with an opportunity for small group discussion about actual clinical situations and exemplar cases. Many courses will include students from other tracks.

The work for a student's DNP capstone project is generally done collaboratively with an agency and overseen by the student's supervisory committee. Students can pursue an area of particular interest in the rich learning environment that the School of Nursing and partner agencies provide. On a full-time basis, the preparation of the Family Nurse Practitioner takes 12 quarters.


Curriculum Grids