Master of Science inNursing

MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Curriculum


Our MSN program is designed for the working nurse, with most students working a 0.5-0.8 FTE while enrolled in this traditional, on-campus program. Classes have generally been held Thursday evenings and all day Fridays, plus additional hours for practicums.   The exception to this has been summer and J-Term courses as days and times vary.  The Thursday/Friday schedule is subject to change from one year to the next, and none of the classes are offered online.  Clinical experiences are usually during the day or evening shift, depending on preceptorship requirements (which are heavier toward the end of the program).  We encourage applicants with flexible work schedules to accommodate varying class times and practicums.

Sample Curriculum

24 Months - 46 semester credits (minimum)

Summer Semester--1st Year

  • NURS 580 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)

Fall Semester--1st Year

  • NURS 523 Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse (3)
  • NURS 525 Theoretical Foundations (3)
  • NURS 526 Leadership and Management (3)

January Term--1st Year

  • NURS 524 Advanced Health Promotion (2)
  • NURS 540 Illness and Disease Management (2)

Spring Semester--1st Year

  • NURS 527 Evaluations and Outcomes Research (3)
  • NURS 530 Resource Management (3)
  • NURS 531 Care and Outcomes Manager Practicum 1 (3)

Summer Semester--2nd Year

  • NURS 582 Advanced Health Assessment (2-4)

Fall Semester--2nd Year

  • NURS 583 Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics (3)
  • NURS 584 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum I (6)

Spring Semester--2nd Year

  • NURS 585 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum II (6)
  • NURS 596 Scholarly Inquiry (2)
    NURS 599 Thesis (4)

For a one-page listing of the MSN-FNP curriculum, click here.

Course Descriptions

  • NURS 523: Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse: Facilitates the development and transition into the advanced practice role through the analysis of legal, ethical, professional, social and practice perspectives. Roles of consultant, researcher, administrator, and expert clinician are explored. (3)

  • NURS 524: Advanced Health Promotion: Identification of health risks and protective strategies for diverse populations. (2)

  • NURS 525: Theoretical Foundations: Preparation for critique, evaluation, and use of a range of relevant theories that provide guiding perspectives for the provision of client-centered, clinically measurable advanced nursing practice. (3)

  • NURS 526: Nursing Leadership and Management: Introduction to policy, organization, and financing of health care. Preparation for provision of quality cost-effective care, participation in the design and implementation of care, and assumption of the leadership role in managing resources. (3)
  • NURS 527: Evaluation and Outcomes Research: Preparation for the critique and use of new knowledge to provide, change, and evaluate advanced nursing practice focused on client-centered, clinically demonstrable care. (3)
  • NURS 530: Resource Management: Management of resources in the planning, coordination, and/or delivery of health care with an outcome perspective at the system level. Financial and human resources and systems management will be examined from a quality perspective. (3)
  • NURS 531: Care and Outcomes Manager Practicum I: Direct and/or indirect care given in a defined specialty setting with focus on evaluation and outcomes. Prerequisite: NURS 523. Variable credit with School of Nursing approval. (1 to 3)
  • NURS 540: Illness and Disease Management: Builds on the foundations of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and health assessment and focuses on the attainment of positive clinical outcomes for a cohort or population. (2)
  • NURS 580: Advanced Pathophysiology: Focuses on normal physiologic and pathologic mechanisms of disease. Primary components of the foundation for clinical assessment, decision making, and management. (3)
  • NURS 582:  Advanced Health Assessments:  Development and performance of the skills needed for advanced health assessment of individuals, families, or communities throughout the lifespan. Prerequisites: Basic health assessment skills. (2 to 4)
  • NURS 583: Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics: Focuses on the pharmacokinetic basis for and pharmacotherapeutic management of simple and complex disease processes. Includes ethical, legal, and procedural aspects of prescriptive authority. Pre- or co-requisite: NURS 580. (3)
  • NURS 584: Family Nurse Practitioner I: Application of theory and research in the management of health problems across the lifespan. Demonstration of diagnostic reasoning related to health care conditions. Seminar and clinical. Prerequisites: NURS 582, and Pre- or co-requisite: NURS 583. (6)
  • NURS 585: Family Nurse Practitioner II: Application of theory and research in the management of increasingly complex health problems across the lifespan. Demonstration of diagnostic reasoning for a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. Seminar and clinical. Prerequisite: NURS 584. (6)
  • NURS 596: Scholarly Inquiry in Nursing Practice: Development and submission of professional paper or project related to one’s area of specialization based on an evaluation and outcomes model. Cross-listed with NURS 599. (2)
  • NURS 599: Thesis: Faculty-guided application of the research process. May involve replication of previous study, secondary analysis of research data, an evaluation project, or an original investigation. Prerequisites: Completion of core courses, approval by School of Nursing. Minimum program requirement is four credits. Once enrolled, must continue to enroll for at least one credit each semester of the academic year until thesis is completed. Capstone course. Course may be taken more than once; this is a 4credit course; if repeated, credits may vary. (1 to 4)

Note:  The School of Nursing reserves the right to add, amend, delete, or deviate from the above specifications and to apply such changes to registered and accepted students.