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Family Nurse Practitioner


MSN Specialty Track

Family Nurse Practitioner Overview

Complete MSN-FNP specialty track in as few as 8 semesters of year-round, full-time study

Family Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

What will I learn?

Chamberlain's FNP curriculum provides the foundation and faculty support working nurses need as they prepare to expand their nursing practice and skill set. View the MSN curriculum (PDF) to learn about the MSN core courses and nurse practitioner school requirements.

MSN FNP Track Courses

Population Health, Epidemiology, & Statistical Principals

This course introduces students to advanced practice competencies related to population health, epidemiology, and statistical principles. Students explore, analyze, apply, and evaluate biostatistics for evidence-based practice and population-based care. Topics include the use and application of epidemiology and statistics for the delivery and monitoring of aggregate populations.

Advanced Pathophysiology

This course provides students with advanced content in pathophysiology and human physiologic responses. The student explores, analyzes, applies, and evaluates the normal and abnormal human responses to selected pathophysiologic mechanisms and conditions.

Advanced Pharmacology Fundamentals 

This course expands knowledge of pharmacological principles specific to the role of the APN. Students explore, analyze, apply, and evaluate commonly used drugs for the treatment of chronic diseases and self-limiting acute conditions.

Advanced Pharmacology for Care of the Family

Students build expanded knowledge of pharmacology across the lifespan, applying foundational principles from previous courses. Specific issues will be addressed including the effects of culture, ethnicity, age, pregnancy, gender and funding on pharmacologic management. Legal and ethical aspects of prescribing will be addressed.

Advanced Physical Assessment

This course expands the knowledge and skills of health assessment principles necessary to perform a thorough health assessment. The student will develop assessment techniques related to history and physical examination of clients across the lifespan, including psychiatric-mental health and related supportive assessments. Students will explore, analyze, apply, and evaluate these principles in the classroom and laboratory.


A Health Assessment Performance Evaluation will occur in the laboratory setting, requiring the student to visit the Chamberlain campus offering this evaluation.

Leadership and Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse

This course introduces students to the role development of today’s advanced practice nurse (APN) leader in society and healthcare organization systems from the perspective of primary and acute care. Students will explore, analyze, apply, and evaluate diverse aspects of ethical and legal decision-making standards specific to APN scope of practice. Topics include the standards and regulations governing the practice of APNs in diverse settings. The course emphasizes strategies and processes that foster implementation of visionary leadership, diffusion of innovation, and change within an organization and explores social, political, legal, legislative, regulatory, and organizational factors that influence healthcare. Principles of leadership are emphasized including ethics, negotiation, motivating others, acting as an advocate, problem-solving, managing diversity, interprofessional collaboration and multi-agency partnerships, quality improvement and safety, and organizational behavior.

Practicum

How do practicum work?

Practicum Courses

Differential Diagnosis and Primary Care

This course will provide students with content regarding formulating differential diagnoses of individuals within the primary care setting, along with an introduction to critical diagnostic skills to cultivate evidence-based behaviors. An emphasis will be placed on processing client information in a logical, progressive manner and formulating differential diagnoses for individuals across the lifespan. The course will include 125 hours of supervised clinical practicum in primary care.

Primary Care of the Maturing and Aged Family

This course continues to expand the knowledge of health-assessment principles specific to the role of the FNP, with a focus on the common health problems and healthcare needs of the middle-aged and older adult and family. The student will explore, analyze, apply, and evaluate chronic health conditions frequently encountered in the primary care of older adults. Students will further develop their skills related to patient education, protocol development, follow-up, and referral through a clinical practicum experience in a precepted primary-care setting.

Primary Care of the Childbearing and Childrearing Family Practicum

This course continues to expand the knowledge of health assessment principles specific to the role of the FNP, with a focus on the healthcare needs of women and families throughout reproductive and childrearing years. Students will further develop their skills related to health promotion, prevention of illness, diagnosis, and management of health problems commonly experienced. Care strategies will include patient education, protocol development, follow-up, and referral through a clinical practicum experience in a precepted primary care setting.

Advanced Clinical Diagnosis and Practice across the Lifespan Practicum

This course continues to expand the theoretical and practical knowledge of diagnostic principles specific to the role of the FNP, for the healthcare needs of individuals of all ages. Students will further develop their skills related to health promotion, prevention of illness, diagnosis, and management of complex acute and chronic conditions, including behavioral health. Care strategies will include patient education, protocol development, follow-up, and referral through a clinical practicum experience in a precepted advanced practice setting.

FNP Capstone Practicum and Intensive

Students synthesize all elements of clinical management skills and knowledge and continue to analyze, apply, and evaluate diverse aspects of patient assessment and care. This precepted clinical practicum is with an approved provider in an advanced practice setting. Focus topics include clinical management skills, case studies, chart reviews, and practice critique, with a capstone project evidencing increasing complex clinical management skills. An on-ground intensive review session occurs during this course.

Immersion Weekend

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Admissions

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Tuition & Expenses

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Accreditation

Accreditation, State Authorizations & Approvals

Chamberlain University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing program, master's degree in nursing program, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Chamberlain University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

For the most updated accreditation information, visit chamberlain.edu/accreditation.

See accreditation and state authorization information or view a full list of program approvals by state.

 

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