Applicants to the M.S. in Family Nurse Practitioner must meet the following requirements for admission.
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Graduate Admissions Processing Center
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Canton, MA 02021
This course addresses the current professional and legal issues that influence nursing practice, nursing education and the health care delivery system. Health care policy, changes in the economics of health care, and their impact on nursing will be considered.
Fall, 3 credits
This course provides an in-depth exploration of theories and the utilization and application of theory to nursing. The relationships among philosophy, methods of inquiry and theory development are analyzed. The utilization of theoretical and conceptual models for nursing will be discussed.
Fall, 3 credits
This course provides the student with the skills to analyze the steps of the research process and to formulate a research question related to advanced practice nursing or nursing education. Students are encouraged to work collaboratively with colleagues in the workplace to identify a research problem.
Spring, 3 credits
The pathophysiology underlying diseases is studied to enable the student to form a basis for clinical judgment and diagnosis. The key principles and facts underlying present knowledge of tissue and organ systems, their specialized function and interrelationships will be studied.
Spring, 3 credits
In order to prescribe medication appropriately and safely, the advanced practice nurse must have an understanding of pharmacology, the use of therapeutic agents in specific disease states, dosage, toxicity, and monitoring parameters. This course builds on previous nursing knowledge to provide the understanding necessary to safely and effectively prescribe drug therapy. Content also includes both state and federal laws, and regulations relating to prescribing drugs in a managed care environment.
Fall, 4 credits
The student will build upon basic physical assessment skills in this course. Comprehensive physical examination of the client as well as psychosocial, spiritual developmental, occupational and cultural aspects of health assessment are studied in depth, in order to develop an evidence-based comprehensive health assessment and plan of care for clients, which includes the selection and interpretation of appropriate laboratory and other diagnostic tests. The promotion and maintenance of health management in the care of the client will be emphasized. Concurrently, students will complete a laboratory practicum where theoretical content will be integrated into the students’ experience. A case study approach will be utilized.
Spring, 2 credits
The laboratory practicum is designed to be taken concurrently with Advanced Health Assessment. The practicum experience provides the opportunity for advanced practice nursing students to integrate theoretical content into the clinical experience. Emphasis is placed on developing an evidence-based comprehensive and problem-oriented health examination of the client.
Co-requisite: NUR 606
Spring, 2 credits
This course focuses on the management of an adult client’s common complaints and/or symptoms. The student is introduced to practice protocols and competencies used to manage the client’s health care problem in a primary care setting. An emphasis is placed on a comprehensive client management plan that includes health promotion and disease prevention, as well as evidenced-based decisions that promote optimal physical and mental health. A case study format is utilized.
Co-requisite: NUR 622 and 622S
Fall, 4 credits
This course focuses on the diagnosis and management of common acute and chronic health issues found in women (gynecologic/reproductive) and children in the primary care setting. Emphasis is placed on the reinforcement and synthesis of clinical knowledge from nursing and medical sciences as a foundation for critical thinking and clinical reasoning in the management of both the pediatric patient and women in the primary care setting.
Prerequisite of NUR 606 & Co-requisite of NUR 623 & NUR 623S are required.
Spring, 4 credits
Through the exploration of family theory and the examination of cultural, social, ethical, legal and family policy issues, the student will develop a comprehensive view of issues which need to be considered in the delivery of quality health care.
Annually, 3 credits
This is the first clinical course (270 hours) of the diagnosis and management sequence wherein students are assigned preceptors (a nurse practitioner or a physician) in a primary care setting. Students are introduced to practice protocols and essential competencies necessary to provide primary health care to a diverse adult client population. Comprehensive client management, including a holistic client approach, health promotion, disease prevention, and evidence-based decisions are emphasized in this course.
Co-requisite: NUR 611 and NUR 622S
Fall, 6 credits
In conjunction with the practicum experience, a seminar component facilitates the student’s progress throughout the practicum experience.
Fall, 0 credits
This is the second clinical course (270 hours) of the diagnosis and management sequence. The preceptored clinical experience takes place in a setting that provides the opportunity for the family nurse practitioner candidate to practice / refine their skills and develop essential competencies in diagnosing and managing common acute and chronic conditions as well as complete growth and development evaluations and physical examinations on infants, children and adolescents. The preceptored clinical experience in women’s health takes place in a setting that focuses on women’s health issues (gynecologic/reproductive) and provides additional experience that are not included in the NUR 611 clinical practicum.
Co-requisite: NUR 612 and NUR 623S
Spring, 6 credits
The family nurse practitioner student is provided with a review of practical knowledge and skills needed to succeed in both the women’s health and pediatrics clinical settings. The students will attend a two-day (7hr/day) seminar prior to the start of NUR 623.
Spring, 0 credits
This course facilitates the opportunity for the student to refine and develop the research proposal that was initiated in Nursing Research I. Particular emphasis is placed on research design, data collection methods, data analysis and ethical issues. Students must register for NUR 702P and NUR 702 simultaneously.
Spring, 3 credits
The core curriculum for the master's degree includes course work in nursing theory, issues in professional nursing for advanced practice nurses and nurse educators, family issues, nursing research, advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology for advanced practice nursing and advanced health assessment. Students are required to complete a research proposal as part of their degree requirements. Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) students are required to complete 26 credits of core courses.
The 46-credit Family Nurse Practitioner program can be completed in six semesters.
FNP candidates complete three semesters of nurse practitioner or physician preceptored clinical practice — one semester in association with the advanced health assessment course and two additional semesters in settings providing primary health care to families (adults and children).
Graduates of the FNP program will be eligible for a New York State Certificate as family nurse practitioners and will be eligible for national board certification through the national certifying agencies for advanced practice nursing (American Nurses Credentialing Center, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners).
Fall I Semester
NUR 501 Issues in Professional Nursing for Advanced Practice Nurses and Nurse Educators (3)
NUR 604 Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan (3)
Spring I Semester
NUR 615 Advanced Pharmacokinetics & Pharmacotherapeutics (3)
NUR 760 Evidence-based and Translational Methods (3)
Summer I Semester
NUR 606 Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan – 90 Lab hours (4)
NUR 621 The Family: Social, Ethical and Policy Issues (3)
Fall II Semester
NUR 770 Diagnostic & Clinical Reasoning – 25 Lab hours (4)
NUR 775 Diagnostic & Clinical Reasoning Practicum – 90 hours (2)
Spring II Semester
NUR 660 Diagnosis and Management I: Adult – Geriatric Health (3)
NUR 665 FNP Practicum I: Primary Care of Families (Adults – Geriatric Health) – 180 hours (4)
Summer II Semester
NUR 670 Diagnosis and Management II: Pediatric & Women’s Health (3)
NUR 675 FNP Practicum II: Primary Care of Families (Pediatrics and Women’s Health) – 180 hours (4)
Fall III Semester
NUR 780 Diagnosis and Management III: Management of Chronic Complex Medical Conditions Across the Lifespan (3)
NUR 785 FNP Practicum III: Management of Chronic Complex Medical Conditions Across the Lifespan – 180 hours (4)
Total: 46 credits and 745 practicum hours