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Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN Specialty Track
Complete MSN-FNP specialty track in as few as 8 semesters of year-round, full-time study
In as few as eight (8) semesters, Chamberlain’s Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner specialty track is designed to prepare students to expand their nursing practice. Through 100% online coursework, the FNP curriculum integrates theory and practical application through online discussion threads, simulation and clinical experiences.
*An FNP’s scope of practice is determined by individual State Boards of Nursing.
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A Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) who focuses on comprehensive healthcare for families and family members across all ages, body systems and diseases. They deliver a range of acute, chronic and preventive healthcare services. In addition to diagnosing and treating illness, FNPs perform routine checkups, health-risk assessments, immunization and screening tests and can offer personalized counseling on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The FNP specialty track prepares you for a variety of roles** including:
**Some careers may require several years of experience in addition to educational credentials.
What will I learn?
Chamberlain's FNP curriculum provides the foundation and support working nurses need as they prepare to expand their nursing practice. View the MSN curriculum (PDF) to learn about the MSN core courses.
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.
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How do practicum work?
Nursing practicums are courses in which you apply your knowledge and skills in real-life situations. Practicum courses are very different from core courses because they place additional responsibility on you, the learner. To be prepared for practicum courses, it is critical for you to identify and formalize arrangements for your practicum experience as early as possible.
The online learning format helps ensure that life doesn’t get in the way of school and that school doesn’t get in the way of life.
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.
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.
Once you apply, your admission representative will provide you with information on how to identify a potential practicum site and preceptor. You are responsible for identifying an appropriate practicum site and preceptor. Before starting the MSN FNP program, you do not need to identify a preceptor. However, we require you to identify a potential practicum site before you can enroll in your first class.
You may use a board certified nurse practitioner, medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy or a physician's assistant as your preceptor. You will be asked to provide a copy of their CV, medical license and board certification (for NPs only).
Tip: It is recommended to have a secondary preceptor and practicum site selected in the event that your initial selection does not meet the requirements or your practicum cannot be completed in time.
Chamberlain has a team of practicum coordinators who can assist you if you are unable to get a preceptor or practicum site on your own.
Communicating with your professors is vital to your success in your MSN program. In addition to all graduate faculty members being doctorally prepared, they also participate in an extensive training program to prepare them for online teaching and to provide you with the support and care you deserve. The following are the avenues for contacting your professors:
Clinical compliance is required prior to registering for any practicum course. You will be contacted by the Clinical Compliance Coordinator one session prior to the practicum course (during NR-509) and they will provide you with a compliance packet and instructions for submitting the required items. You must have all your compliance items submitted to the Clinical Compliance Coordinator by Friday of week seven in NR-509 or you will not be allowed to register for the practicum course. Your practicum site may have additional compliance requirements for you to meet prior to starting your practicum. If so, the Clinical Compliance Coordinator will be notified by your practicum coordinator once the contract is complete and on file with Chamberlain.
Call an admission representative at 877-751-5783.
What happens during Immersion Weekend?
You'll arrive leading into the weekend. This allows you time to check in to your hotel and get situated.
The immersion itself starts on Saturday morning. The Dean welcomes everyone with an opening keynote before you break out to the skill sessions with your professors.
During the first day, you will spend time with your professors going through five skill stations learning to gather history and physical exam data pertinent to patient complaints that might be seen in a primary care setting. The following are the complaints you will learn about:
The day ends with dinner and leaves ample time for you to prepare for your demonstration the next day.
On Sunday, you perform a full head to toe assessment of a partner in order to advance to practicum courses. Once through, your immersion is complete.
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What types of financial assistance are available to me?
Chamberlain provides you with individualized support throughout your educational journey beginning with the admissions process. Your admissions representative will work with you to build a schedule that will work with your life and finances, whether that's one class or three. Check out the Net Price Calculator for an estimate of federal and institutional aid.
View tuition and expenses information for the MSN degree program.
Chamberlain partners with healthcare institutions, community colleges and associations to provide accessible educational opportunities for registered nurses. Check to see if you qualify for a group-specific tuition rate
because of your association with one of our healthcare partners.
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.