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Family Nurse Practitioner (M.S.)

Students practice nursing skills.

Family Nurse Pracitioner — Nursing, M.S.

Overview

Master of Science programs offered in the School of Nursing include a Master of Science Family Nurse Pracitioner and a Master of Science Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

Master Of Science (Family Nurse Practitioner)

The family nurse practitioner specializes in providing care services across populations, focused on managing care for the entire family with appropriate referrals for needed services. Clinically, the nurse practitioner will assess, diagnose and prescribe treatments for individuals and families in need of care, within the legal and ethical parameters of the nurse practitioner role.

Full-time graduate students in this program may register for 9-12 credit hours per semester. Part-time students generally register for less than nine credits per semester. Summer sessions are not counted as semesters.

Coursework can be completed in two years of full-time study. Courses must be taken in the sequence indicated by the prerequisites. There are a total of 700 clinical hours of which a minimum of 100 clinical hours must be completed with a nurse practitioner preceptor.

The master of science degree and the postmaster’s certificate in family nurse practitioner may be completed on a full- or part-time basis. Classes are offered on Thursdays and Fridays. Clinical preceptorships are scheduled as available during daytime and/or evening hours on days when classes are not in session.

As a graduate of the program, students will be prepared to take the exam for board certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) to further demonstrate their expertise in the family health field.

Please refer to the general Academic Policies and Procedures section of this catalog for health, C.P.R., and malpractice insurance requirements.

Technical, professional, and behavioral standards for all Nurse Practitioner students are covered in detail in the Graduate Nursing Student Handbook. All standards apply to MS and Post-graduate APRN students.

Courses

Course Requirements

Nurse Practitioner (Family Nurse Practitioner Across the Lifespan)

Degree: M.S.

Clinical Component

Course Number Course Name Credits
NUR 631

Advanced Health Assessment

This course is designed for the graduate nursing student preparing for the family nurse practitioner role, or the community health nursing advanced clinical track. Students learn how to competently perform and document a complete history and physical for people of all ages. Opportunities to practice their developing health assessment skills are provided in the on-campus lab.

Prequisites: NUR-631L

3
NUR 631L

Advanced Health Assessment Lab

This course is designed for the graduate nursing student preparing for the family nurse practitioner role, or the community health nursing advanced clinical track. Students learn how to competently perform and document a complete history and physical for people of all ages. Opportunities to practice their developing health assessment skills are provided in the on-campus lab.

Prequisites: NUR-631

1
NUR 634

Health Promotion-Children & Families

This course was developed for the family nurse practitioner student preparing to work with children. This course provides the theoretical knowledge necessary to make sound clinical decisions. Advanced level normal growth and development will be presented, along with common variations from health. The role of the nurse practitioner. in the health promotion of children within the family system will be stressed Care of children and families from diverse ethnic backgrounds will be explored. Students must plan to take NUR 638 the following semester.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prequisites: NUR-631 NUR-631L, NUR-632 NUR-633

3
NUR 635

Health Promotion-Women

This course was developed for the family nurse practitioner student preparing to work with women and the childbearing family. The course provides the theoretical knowledge necessary to make sound clinical decisions when providing primary health care to women and childbearing families. Advanced level normal growth and development will be presented, along with common variations from health. The role of the nurse practitioner. in the health promotion of women and pregnant women within the family system will be stressed. Care of women and families from diverse ethnic backgrounds will be explored. Students must plan to take NUR-639 in the following semester.

Prequisites: NUR-631 NUR-631L, NUR-632 NUR-633

3
NUR 637

Health Promotion Adults Aging Population

This course was developed for the family N.P. student preparing to work with adults. It provides the theoretical background necessary to make sound clinical decisions. The role of the N.P. in health promotion and treatment of health problems will be stressed Nursing care of adults from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds will be explored. The special needs of aging clients will also be stressed. Students must plan to take NUR 640S in the following semester.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: NUR-631 NUR-631L, NUR-632 NUR-633

3
NUR 638

Fnp Practicum in PediatricsIn Pediatrics

Students will complete 200 hours of guided clinical experiences providing primary health care to pediatric patients. Client assessment and management skills will be stressed Health promotion of underserved populations through patient education and collaboration with other health professionals will be developed.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: NUR-631 NUR-631L NUR-632 NUR-633 NUR-634

3
NUR 639

FNP Practicum-Women Health Care

Students will complete 200 hours of guided clinical experiences providing primary health care to women of all ages. The childbearing cycle will be included in this practicum. Client assessment and management skills will be stressed Health promotion of underserved populations through patient education and collaboration with other health professionals will be developed.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: NUR-631 NUR-631L NUR-632 NUR-633 NUR-635

3
NUR

NUR 640S/640CL FNP Clinical Practicum in Adult Health and Aging Populations

5

Total: 24

Research Component

Course Number Course Name Credits
NUR 600

Theory Development in Nursing Research

This course will present a critique of theories used in nursing practice and in nursing research. Students will develop an understanding of the philosophical and historical trends that shape theories that are applied to the discipline of nursing and impact the delivery of health care services. Emphasis is placed on the process of concept analysis and the application of theory to nursing practice. Prerequisite/Co-requisite: undergraduate statistics course and student must be enrolled in a graduate program or have the permission of the instructor.

Prequisites: None

3
NUR 601

Research Methods in Nursing

This course will provide the foundational knowledge needed by masters' prepared nurses in order to design and evaluate research methodologies used for investigating clinical problems. The components of research design including settings, sampling frames, instrumentation, subject selection, and validity threats will be presented. Computer programs used for statistical analyses in nursing and health-related research will be reviewed. Emphasis is placed on the masters prepared nurse as a producer and consumer of research. Prerequisite/Co-requisite: undergraduate statistics course and student must be enrolled in a graduate program or have the permission of the instructor.

Prequisites: None

3

Supportive Component

Course Number Course Name Credits
NUR 632

Advanced Pharmacology

Designed for the graduate nursing student preparing for family nurse practitioner practice, or the community health nursing clinical track, this course provides advanced concepts of pharmacology. These include the actions, usual dosages, absorptions, distributions and side effects of commonly prescribed drugs. Legal and ethical issues related to prescription writing are included. This course meets the requirements of New York state for nurse practitioner licensure.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: None

3
NUR 633

Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology

Designed for the graduate nursing student preparing for family nurse practitioner practice, or the community health nursing advanced clinical track, this course utilizes a systems approach to the study of normal human physiology. Variations of normal physiology are explored in relation to adults and children experiencing a wide range of health concerns.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prequisites: None

3

Total: 12


Choose Either Project or Thesis Option:

Project Option Requirements

Course Number Course Name Credits
NUR 610

Project Seminar Design & Proposal

Critical discussion of current nursing practice,nursing education or nursing administration challenges or other needs of the profession,as related to gaps representing project opportunities. Students will identify and delineate a project concept,with subsequent development of the project.

Prequisites: NUR-600 NUR-601

3
NUR 629

Project Advisement: Implement andEvaluation

This course provides continuing systematic development of a clinically-based project that addresses a problem important to nursing. The problem may be related to health policy,health education,health administration,community-based initiatives or patient-population problems. During this course,the student will meet with their project director to complete the design,and implement and evaluate his or her project according to School of Nursing guidelines.

Prequisites: NUR-610

1

Subtotal: 4-6


Thesis Option Requirements:

Course Number Course Name Credits
GRA 610

Thesis Seminar

This course involves a discussion of current research in the profession. Students will identify and delineate a research problem and develop a thesis proposal.

Prequisites: GRA-601 and (NUR-603 - nursing majors)

3
GRA 629

Thesis Advisement

This course provides for a systematic investigation of a research problem selected by the student as an independent learning situation with faculty guidance. A student thesis will be completed according to the guidelines in the D'Youville College Thesis Handbook. Students must register for their thesis director's section.
0-6

Subtotal: 6-9

Total Required for M.S.: 40-42


Clinical practicum courses include:

  1. NUR 638 Family NP Clinical Practicum in Pediatrics
  2. NUR 639 Family NP Clinical Practicum in Women’s Health Care
  3. NUR 640 Family NP Clinical Practicum in Adult Health and Aging Adults

Preparation courses include:

  1. NUR 631 & 631L Advanced Health Assessment and Lab
  2. NUR 634 Health Promotion and Primary Care of Children and Families
  3. NUR 635 Health Promotion and Primary Care of Women and Families
  4. NUR 637 Health Promotion and Primary Care of Adults and Aging Populations
Students who receive grades below B in courses other than those listed above are subject to the overall policies of the graduate school. Students on probation can take other preparation or supportive courses while on probation.
 

Regulations

Academic Regulations

In addition to the general academic regulations, all matriculated students in the nurse practitioner program must fulfill these requirements:

  1. Completion of 40 credit-hours (master of science) or 30 credit-hours (postmaster’s certificate) as required.
  2. Students on academic probation are limited to six credits per semester while on probation.
  3. Students cannot register for clinical courses in the N.P. program until formally accepted into the program.
  4. Nurse practitioner students are required to receive at least a B in courses that prepare them for clinical practice and each clinical practicum (NUR 631, NUR 631L, NUR 634, NUR 635, NUR 637, NUR 638, NUR 639, NUR 640S and NUR 640 CL). Students who receive less than a B, including a B-, C+, C or lower in these courses, will have to repeat that course, will be placed on probation and cannot take any of the clinical practicum courses until they raise their grade in the applicable course to at least a B. They are also limited to six credits while on probation.
  5. Student responsibilities: The nurse practitioner program is a demanding program in coursework, time, commitment and financial obligation. Due to these responsibilities for the program, students should seriously evaluate the impact that employment may have on their clinical performance and academic progress.
Admissions

Admission Requirements — Family Nurse Practitioner

In addition to the general admission requirements for graduate programs at D’Youville College, applicants for the master of science degree in family nurse practitioner must present the following:

  1. Official transcripts from all college/ universities attended.
  2. Completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing or entry-level masters' degree from a CCNE or NLNAC (ACEN) accredited program at a college or university in the US (or by the CNO in Ontario)
  3. An overall G.P.A. of at least 3.0. Applicants with a baccalaureate degree in nursing, earned more than five years ago, with an overall G.P.A. less than 3.0 but more than or equal to 2.7, who have achieved significant professional success as documented on curricula vitae, may submit an application for consideration. Preferential admissions will be given to applicants with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher.
  4. Active unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse in New York or in Ontario for Canadian students.
  5. One year of practice as a registered nurse is recommended.
  6. An undergraduate course in computer science or its equivalent.
  7. Baccalaureate-level health assessment, pathophysiology and pharmacology courses or equivalent.
  8. Two references on clinical performance (supervisor, professor, or colleague).
  9. A student who meets the entry requirements and is currently enrolled in a nurse practitioner program at another college or university must obtain a letter from that School of Nursing stating the student is in good standing, not on probation, and able to register for classes. Students who were dismissed from a graduate nursing program will not be considered for admission.

 

Department

School of Nursing

The undergraduate and graduate programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The basic professional program leads to the bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N.) degree in four academic years and prepares the student for the NCLEX-RN Examinations. The program has a strong liberal arts foundation preparatory to and correlated with professional courses. Students begin clinical coursework in their Sophomore year and complete a variety of clinical experiences before graduation.

A special curriculum (R.N. to B.S.N.) is available for R.N. students with an associate degree or diploma in nursing. The curriculum, offered completely online, is designed to capitalize on the knowledge and experience gained from practicing as a professional nurse and from previous college coursework.

Graduate nursing programs are offered leading to a master’s of science in nursing including psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner degrees. These programs are 40 credits and a thesis or a project option is available in each.

All programs include a focus on evidence based practice, interdisciplinary health care studies and collaboration and partnerships with clients, health care professionals and agencies.

Graduates are prepared for careers in a multitude of health care settings including primary care, community and home health nursing, hospital nursing, long-term care nursing and new independent roles in managed care settings. Employment opportunities vary by specific programs.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, the master degree, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and the post-graduate APRN certificate at D’Youville College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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