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Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) (Primary Care)
Introduction to the Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration

This concentration provides graduates with advanced practice role preparation, knowledge and skills in the care of children and adults across all ages within a family framework.  Health promotion, disease prevention and management of common acute and chronic long-term health alterations in primary care settings are the foci of this concentration. 

 

The Family Nurse Practitioner curriculum requires a total of 43 credit hours (49 credit hours beginning Fall 2012). The program generally follows a part-time format of study.  The curriculum contains a minimum of 600 hours of required clinical practice, most of which may be arranged by the student in her or his own community.  Attainment of competencies may require more than 600 hours. Practicum experiences occur in health department clinics, private practice offices, HMO clinics, community-based health centers, hospital clinics and other settings providing primary health care. 
 
Graduates of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program are eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
 


In keeping with Florida Atlantic University's philosophy as a distributed university, courses may be held on varying campuses over the program of study with various modes of delivery. This may include live classes/weekend format classes/TV classes/web-assisted classes/ and/or on-line offerings. Campuses include Boca Raton, Broward County/Davie, and the Treasure Coast.
 
*Live (on campus) courses are usually on Thursdays anytime between 8:00am and 8:00pm.  Most core courses are available online, in person, or by videoconference.

 

 



Admission timelines may be found here.

Nurse Practitioner Fall 2015 Admission Information Session
DATE Campus /Time/ Location
Monday, November 17, 2014
November session RSVP 
*Please RSVP by November 7, 2014
HBOI, 4-6pm, MC 209
Boca, 6-8pm, NU 201
Monday, January 12, 2015
January session RSVP
*Please RSVP by January 2, 2015
HBOI, 4-6pm, LE 246
Boca, 6-8pm, NU 201

MSN and BSN-DNP Nurse Practitioner Applicants: Save the Dates for Fall 2015 Admission Interviews

Individual interviews will be scheduled for select applicants on the following Mondays and Tuesdays in March 2014:

Mondays March 9th, 16th, 23rd   2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Tuesdays March 10th, 17th, 24th  9:00 am to 5:00 pm 


A breakdown of FAU Tuition and fees is located online:

Fee for Lab and Practicum Courses (Effective Beginning Fall Semester 2009)
There is a $150.00/credit fee for all lab and nurse practitioner practicum courses. The purpose of the fee is to cover the higher cost of instruction for these courses due to lower faculty-student ratios, travel for site visits, and increasing use of simulation and standardized patients.
 
 
The following courses carry this fee:
 
  • NGR 6002L - 1 credit, $150 fee
  • NGR 6200L - 3 credits, $450 fee
  • NGR 6605L - 3 credits, $450 fee
  • NGR 6619L - 4 credits, $600 fee
  • NGR 6607L- 4 credits, $600 fee

Curriculum Plan changes for Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration

Course Information
Class
Credits
Graduate Core Courses (12 credits)


Advanced Nursing Practice Grounded in Caring
NGR 6110
3
Philosophical & Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice Roles
NGR 6811
3
Nursing Research & Evidence Based Practice
NGR 6812
3
Leadership, Policy & Finance in Advanced Nursing Practice
NGR 6891
3
Direct Care Core Courses (9 credits)


Advanced Health Assessment
NGR 6002
2
Advanced Health Assessment Lab
NGR 6002L
1
Advanced Pathophysiology
NGR 6141
3
Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
NGR 6172
3
Concentration Courses (28 credits)
   
Care of the Family Across the Lifespan: Advanced Nursing Situations
NGR 6611
3
Primary Care 1: Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice
NGR 6200
3
Primary Care 1 Practicum: Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice (180 supervised clinical hours)
NGR 6200L
3
Care of Children: Nursing Situations in Advanced Practice NGR 6301 3
Women's Health: Nursing Situations in Advanced Practice NGR 6342 3
Primary Care 2: Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice NGR 6605 3
Primary Care 2 Practicum: Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice (180 supervised clinical hours)
NGR 6605L

Primary Care of Families: Comprehensive Advanced Nursing Practice
NGR 6619

Primary Care of Families Practicum (240 supervised clinical hours)
NGR 6619L

Total Hours   49
A minimum of 600 supervised clinical hours is required.

PMC Option
Applicants with an MSN in a NP concentration seeking specialization in another NP concentration requiring less than 30 credit hours should consider applying for a Post Master’s Certificate (PMC).  

PMC applicants may be considered for a Fall or Spring admission and are accepted on a space available basis. PMC applicants complete the FAU application and submit supplementary application materials to the Student Services instead of NursingCAS.  

Once accepted, a gap analysis will be completed to determine the required courses for each student. A minimum of 12 credits are required to earn a PMC from FAU.  Students must provide syllabi from other institutions for all transfer courses.  


Second MSN Degree Option
Applicants that have a Master’s degree in concentrations such as Education, Clinical Nurse Leader, or Administration requiring 30 credits or more to complete required courses in a NP concentration should consider applying for a second Master’s degree.  Second MSN degree applicants  should complete the 2 step application process (FAU and NursingCAS)  by the Feb 15th annual deadline to be considered as part of the Fall NP entry admission cohort.  A minimum of 30 credit hours is required to earn a second MSN  degree from FAU.  

Once accepted, an analysis will be completed to determine each student’s plan of study. Students must provide syllabi from other institutions for all transfer courses.  

                           Courses Typically Completed in Direct Care Focus Concentrations at FAU*

*(Courses may vary by graduation year)

MSN CORE COURSES 

CREDITS

NGR 6110     Advanced Nursing Practice:  Grounded in Caring

3

NGR 6811     Philosophy & Theoretical Foundations of  Advanced    

                       Nursing Practice Roles

3

NGR 6812     Nursing Research Evidence Based Practice

3

NGR 6891     Leadership , Policy and Finance: Advanced Nursing Practice

3

MSN DIRECT CARE  CORE COURSES 

CREDITS

NGR 6002     Advanced Health Assessment

2

NGR 6002L  Advanced Health Assessment  Lab

1

NGR 6141     Advanced Pathophysiology

3

NGR 6172    Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics

3

 

Sample Plan of Study Plan for 2nd MSN Degree with NP Concentration*

*(Courses may vary by admission year)

NURSE PRACTITIONER CONCENTRATIONS

Credits

Clinical
Hours

NGR 6761       Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics II (new course)

3

 

NGR 6905     Advanced Health Assessment Review

3

 

NGR 6200     Primary Care 1: Foundations of Advanced Practice

3

 

NGR 6200L  Primary Care 1 Practicum: Foundations of Advanced Practice                      (12 hours per week)

3

180

NGR 6251     Perspectives of Aging (AGNP  only)

3

 

NGR 6342    Women’s Health: Nursing Situations in Advanced  Practice  (FNP and AGNP)

3

 

NGR 6301    Care of  Children: Nursing Situations in Advanced  Practice  (FNP only)

3

 

NGR 6605     Primary Care 2: Foundations of Advanced Practice

3

 

NGR 6605L   Primary Care 2 Practicum: Foundations of Advanced  Practice                       (12 hours per week)

3

180

NGR 6619     Primary Care of Families: Comprehensive Advanced Nursing Practice (FNP)

3

 

NGR 6619L  Primary Care of Families Practicum (16 hours/week)  (FNP)

4

240

NGR 6607     Comprehensive Care of Adolescents through Older Adults (AGNP)

3

 

NGR 6607L  Comprehensive Care of Adolescents through Older Adults Practicum (AGNP)                    (16 hours/week)

4

240

TOTAL    CREDITS/CLINICAL HOURS

 

31

 

600

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