Online Master of Science in Nursing—Family Nurse Practitioner Track
Prepare for an increasingly important position in health care with the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track in the online Master’s in Nursing program at Catholic University. As an FNP, you can help fill the growing national need for primary care providers by meeting the primary health care needs of children, adults, and families.
Much like a family doctor, FNPs provide comprehensive primary care to individuals across the lifespan in a variety of settings. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, changes in Medicaid, and shifts in the adult population, the demand for Family Nurse Practitioners is expected to increase. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the demand for registered nurse practitioners, including FNPs, to increase by 31% over the next decade. Combine this with the fact that experts predict a massive nursing shortage in the United States by 2020 and you can understand how advanced nursing education and an FNP certification can set you up for a long and successful health care career.
From Accredited Curriculum to Licensure
Catholic University’s CCNE-accredited School of Nursing is among the top nursing schools in the US, and the online MSN degree is designed to meet the standards required for nurse practitioner programs nationwide. The FNP track meets the curriculum guidelines and recommendations of the:
- American Association of Colleges of Nursing
- National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
- American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
- American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Program (AANP)
After passing the national certification exam, you will be eligible for licensure as an FNP. You will need to pass the FNP exam and apply for FNP state certification before you can practice as an FNP. Members of Catholic University’s online MSN program will guide you through the process and provide post-graduation support services to assist you in becoming a nurse practitioner.
Family Nurse Practitioner Track Courses
As an FNP, you’ll deal with varied patients and health problems in a number of different health care delivery settings. FNP track coursework emphasizes the skills and abilities to provide comprehensive primary for patients across the lifespan. This accredited online nurse practitioner program is taught by some of the leading experts in the field. These professionals bring years of experience in nursing, providing students with the knowledge and skills most applicable to their nursing practitioner careers.
In addition to the core nursing courses required to satisfy the MS in Nursing requirements, students in the Family Nurse Practitioner program will take classes in:
- Perinatal Health
- The 3 Ps (Pathophysiology, Physical/Health Assessment and Pharmacology)
- Family and Culture
- Discrete courses in Pediatrics and Adolescent Health
- Management of Health Problems in Adults and Geriatrics
- Biomedical Ethics
- Advanced Practice Role
The FNP track also requires 700 hours of supervised clinical experience, which will give you the hands-on skills that are an important part of the FNP role. Your faculty adviser will prompt and guide you throughout the program as you approach your clinical hours. Your clinical residency is done locally, and you may create a plan designed to allow flexibility around your work and family schedules. The local nursing residency is another way Catholic University designs their program requirements around the needs of working professionals and distance learners like you.
Discover how you can fill a need in health care today and enjoy a role with more autonomy and respect with the online Family Nurse Practitioner track of the MSN program. Call us at 855-295-5711 or request more information for details.