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Family Nurse Practitioner (MS), 2-Year

Nursing students in the high-fidelity nursing simulation lab in ALT building on the D'Youville campus

For over 70 years, D'Youville has been preparing students to be leaders in the nursing profession.

Overview & Distinctions

Overview

A family nurse practitioner meets the healthcare needs of the family by providing primary and specialty care for patients of all ages.

Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the program can be completed in two-years of full-time study. Upon graduation, you are eligible to take the examination for board certification.

If you’re interested in becoming a family nurse practitioner (FNP), D’Youville’s nursing program is an ideal place to start. Established in 1942, the School of Nursing has an excellent reputation as one of the best in the region for high-quality, student-centered education.

What You'll Learn

As a student in D'Youville's master of science FNP program, you will:

  • Learn to assess, diagnose and manage common acute and chronic illnesses;
  • Gain skills in promoting healthy habits and educating patients about disease prevention;
  • Get practical experience in women's health, pediatrics and adult settings;
  • Benefit from the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors and those from the nursing community.

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • Our faculty are clinical experts in their fields and recognized for their student-centered approach that emphasizes individualized instruction and career guidance.
  • Studies show that teamwork across clinical specialties improves patient outcomes. D'Youville's unique interdisciplinary education lab offers the opportunity for you to practice treating patients (played by actors) alongside a team of students from 7 other health care majors at D'Youville — all under the supervision of a skilled instructor.
  • D’Youville’s nursing program reflects the institution’s mission to educate professionals who contribute to the world community through leadership and service to others.
  • If you're interested in furthering your education after you complete your master's degree, D'Youville's Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP) program may be an option.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

We recommend that applicants to D'Youville's family nurse practitioner (MS) hold at least one year of practice as a registered nurse.

Requirements

  • Official transcripts from all college/universities attended
  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited college or university program
  • Evidence of capability to succeed in a graduate program based on a overall undergraduate GPA of at least a 3.0 (based on a 4.0 system)
  • A current license to practice professional nursing in New York State or Ontario
  • Two letters of recommendation that include comment on the applicant's clinical performance (preferably from a supervisor and colleague)
  • A current certification in CPR
  • Letter of intent

Prerequisites

Applicants to D'Youville's family nurse practitioner (MS) must complete the following undergraduate course prerequisites:

Undergraduate Courses
Statistics
Health Assessment (or its equivalent)
Pathophysiology (or its equivalent)
Pharmacology (or its equivalent)

Canadian students must submit a 'course-by-course' evaluation (or equivalent) of all Canadian college and/or university transcripts through the World Education Services (WES).

Use the Online Course Equivalency database to see whether the courses you've taken at other institutions can be counted towards a degree at D'Youville.

Curriculum

CURRICULUM

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.

Prerequisites: NUR-631L

3.0
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.

Prerequisites: NUR-631

1.0
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
Prerequisites: NUR-631 NUR-631L, NUR-632 NUR-633

3.0
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.

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

3.0
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
Prerequisites: NUR-631 NUR-631L, NUR-632 NUR-633

3.0
NUR 638

Fnp Practicum in Pediatrics In 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
Prerequisites: NUR-631 NUR-631L NUR-632 NUR-633 NUR-634

3.0
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: Fall Only
Prerequisites: NUR-631 NUR-631L NUR-632 NUR-633 NUR-635

3.0
NUR-640

FNP Clinical Practicum I Adult and Aging Populations

1
NUR 641

Clinical Practicum in Adult Health II

Advanced practice nursing students will complete a minimum of 240 hours of guided clinical experience with adult patients. Client assessment and management skills of patients with increasingly complex disorders will be stressed. Health promotion for all populations will be accomplished through direct care, patient education and collaboration with other health professionals.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: NUR-631 NUR-631L NUR-632 NUR-633 NUR-637 NUR-640

4.0
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.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
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.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
Total 6

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
Prerequisites: None

3.0
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
Prerequisites: None

3.0
Total 6

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.

Prerequisites: NUR-600 NUR-601

3.0
NUR 629

Project Advisement: Implement and Evaluation

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.

Prerequisites: NUR-610

1.0
Total 4

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.

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

3.0
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
Total 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 I in Adult Health and Aging Adults
  4. NUR 641 Family NP Clinical Practicum II

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

Continuing Practicum courses include:

  1. NUR 654 Continuing Practicum Peds
  2. NUR 655 Continuing Practicum Women's Health
  3. NUR 657 Continuing Practicum Adult

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.

Careers

Careers

D'Youville's two-year MS (Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner) program prepares graduates for the licensure examination.

A Family Nurse Practitioner's Role

Family Nurse Practitioners provide primary and specialty care. They assess, diagnose, plan and institute management of health care services for individuals and families in need of care.

With an advanced degree in nursing, more nurses are involved in research, consulting and private practice.

Career Outlook

Employment of Family Nurse Practitioners is projected to grow 31 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. For more information about the job prospects for Family Nurse Practitioners, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

For more information about careers in nursing, visit: www.DiscoverNursing.com and www.nln.org.

Graduate Nursing Degrees at D’Youville

The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that nursing profession will increase 19% per year until at least 2022. Denise Dunford, DNS, FNP-BC, APRN, an associate professor at D’Youville, explains why D’Youville’s graduate programs prepare students to meet demands and take leadership roles in healthcare.

 
A nursing student participating in the Interdisciplinary Education Lab.

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