Complete a 42 credit hour, post-baccalaureate graduate degree on a part-time schedule, designed to meet the scheduling needs of employed RN's.
Undertake MSN studies as part of a small, cohesive cohort who remain together throughout the course of their graduate training.
Graduate from a highly competitive master's program. Attend an affordable, public university master's program that offers an exceptional education to graduate nursing students.
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MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner Program Highlights:
Participate in a program that includes two major learning sections:
- preclinical scholarly application courses that provide a core foundation for advanced practice
- clinical courses that build on the preclinical foundation and add knowledge and applications used during direct clinical experiences
Learn from talented nurse instructors who are highly experienced both in the classroom and the clinic.
Study in a graduate nursing program that runs year-round. The one stipulation: all MSN requirements must be completed within six years of program enrollment.
Complete 600 clinical hours under the guidance of faculty members and preceptors.
Experience a variety of family practice health care settings in keeping with the student's individual career goals and the program's learning objectives.
The graduate of the MSN degree program will be prepared to do the following:
Model excellence in nursing leadership to improve nursing practice within a complex health care system
Perform advanced nursing practice within ethical-legal guidelines, professional policies and regulations, and standards of practice associated with a specialty area of practice
Synthesize knowledge from nursing as well as biological, behavioral, social, administrative, educational, and communication sciences for application to a chosen domain of advanced practice nursing
Demonstrate scholarly inquiry and reflection that exemplifies critical, creative, and systems thinking to advance the practice of nursing
Frame problems, design interventions, specify outcomes and measure outcome achievement while balancing human, fiscal, and material resources to achieve quality health outcomes
Use information technology and knowledge-based resources to manage and transform data that informs clinical practice
Systematically apply knowledge from research findings and best evidence to answer clinical questions, solve clinical problems, and develop innovative nursing interventions and health policies for selected patient populations.
Demonstrate collaborative practice and interpret nursing science within an interdisciplinary context
Articulate the effects of culture, diversity, values, and globalization in the design, delivery, and evaluation of health services
Engage in life-long learning activities that contribute to professional development as well as the advancement of nursing
Career Outlook for Nurse Practitioners
The future looks bright for those possessing advanced nursing education, such as an MSN - family nurse practitioner degree. As the population grows and more people need health care, consumers, insurance companies, and the government are all looking for ways to meet the demand for high-quality efficient health care. The skill set of a family nurse practitioner offers a way for consumers to receive excellent care that is more accessible than otherwise might be available. For this and other reasons, the Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates an employment increase of 22 percent for nurses over a ten-year period ending in 2018. For more information about the nursing field, go to http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Registered-nurses.htm#tab-6.
The U.S. Department of Education* requires the nursing program to inform students that:
1. the curriculum for the MSN program meets the requirements for certification as a FNP in 46 of 50 states.
2. the curriculum for the MSN program does not meet the requirements for certification as a FNP in Arkansas, Kansas, and Washington.
3. we have not determined if the curriculum for the MSN program meets the requirements for certification as a FNP in Kentucky and all the U.S. territories.
Please feel welcome to respond to any questions that you may have by contacting Interim Assistant Dean of Nursing Barbara White, firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v)