Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

This top-ranked Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track within the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program focuses on providing primary care services in the community to clients of all ages. This track strongly emphasizes the broad and comprehensive preparation necessary for primary care practice.

What are FNPs prepared to do?

  • Perform comprehensive health assessments, including ordering and interpreting diagnostic procedures
  • Partner with patients and families for health promotion and disease prevention
  • Generate differential diagnoses and manage acute and chronic health problems and distressing symptoms based on a strong biological science foundation
  • Prescribe and evaluate therapies (pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic)
  • Synthesize knowledge and skills to provide care for patients of all ages, including multicultural and medically underserved individuals to promote health and treat those with serious illness
  • Demonstrate competence in utilizing nursing research to inform an evidence-based practice
  • Utilize developmental, patient-and family centered approaches
  • Act as leaders in healthcare systems
  • Advocate for nursing and the role of the Family Nurse Practitioner

Our graduates practice independently and collaboratively in a variety of settings and with a variety of populations. Examples include:

  • Primary care
  • Internal medicine
  • Urgent care
  • Gastroenterology
  • Oncology
  • Cardiology
  • Neurology
  • Dermatology
  • HIV care
  • Veteran’s Administration facilities

Why Study at UW?

  • The UW School of Nursing's FNP graduate track is one of the top ranked programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Our emphasis is evidence-based practice and leadership, with access to top nursing researchers and nurse practitioners on faculty.
  • Students have exposure to a wide range of clinical sites allowing experiences with diverse populations, including multicultural and rural settings.
  • We partner with numerous community sites across Washington State including primary care, subspecialty sites, public health, and VA administration facilities.  The FNP track clinical placement coordinator arranges all clinical rotations for students.
  • We are a large public university with access to interprofessional education opportunities with medicine, social work, pharmacy, and public health.
  • Access to a world-class library system.
  • 3-year curriculum is offered as a hybrid model that utilizes a combination of in-person and some online education.
    • Year one of courses require 1 day on campus per week
    • Years two and three typically require 1 – 2 days on campus per week plus off campus clinical experiences
    • NOTE: Clinical rotations are in addition to on campus time
  • Students prepared as Family Nurse Practitioners are eligible to sit for the FNP examination through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP).

FNP Faculty

Clinical Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor
Senior Lecturer/Clinical Instructor
Affiliate Instructor
Clinical Associate Professor
Assistant Clinical Professor
Assistant Professor Emerita