Family Nurse Practitioner Roles

The DNP Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) core coursework focuses on client-centered clinical practice, and prepares nurses to respond to the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s health care consumers, to manage direct care based on advanced assessment and diagnostic reasoning, to incorporate health promotion and disease prevention interventions into health care delivery. The Family Nurse Practitioner cares for the whole family, throughout the lifespan.

There is a well-documented shortage or primary care providers in the the US, with Pierce and Mason counties designated as “medically under-served” as well as many other counties across the state. The PLU FNP program is designed to meet the demand for additional primary care providers in the region and state.

The DNP Family Nurse Practitioner program qualifies students to sit for national certification examinations for Family Nurse Practitioner, making them eligible under Washington State law for Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) licensure. In the State of Washington, ARNPs have independent practice and prescribing authority.