Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Curriculum

FNP Courses

Goodwin's 48-credit Family Nurse Practitioner program provides the path you need to tackle your professional to-do lists. With the ability to complete the FNP track in as few as 27 months year-round, you will be able to turn the career you've dreamed of into a real-life reality. Already have your BSN? Join the Goodwin family and apply to our Family Nurse Practitioner program today!

An Advanced Nursing Curriculum to Advance your Compassionate Career

In this program, introduce yourself to leadership theory, current nursing concepts, and professional practices. You will study pathophysiology, pharmacology, as well as the policy and politics of healthcare. Learn about nursing research, physical assessment, advanced reasoning, and differential diagnosis. During Immersion Weekend I and II, you'll explore primary healthcare practices for adults (complex cases included), children, and women. You will also apply all you've learned in the classroom to a cumulative 600 hours of real-world clinical experiences to prepare you for the workforce. Conclude the FNP program by designing your own captivating Capstone project on clinical applications in population health.

FNP Program curriculum:

NUR 500
Theoretical Basis for Advanced Nursing Practice and Leadership
This course provides the theoretical foundation for advanced professional nursing practice and development of a specialty focus. Concepts of self-awareness, creativity, vision, critical decision-making, communication, team building, and interprofessional collaboration are further explored for professional growth. Emphasis is placed on independent practice as well as interprofessional leadership for the future of the nursing profession. As the first course in the MSN Program, it serves as a transition course for new scholars and leaders.
3
NUR 505
Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice
This course focuses on the application of pathophysiologic concepts of disease in the management of chronic and acute onset illnesses. Disease etiology, pathogenesis, and developmental and environmental influences including genomics are examined. Selected pathophysiology and symptomatology in the assessment and management of diverse individuals across the lifespan are examined in case study presentations
3
NUR 510
Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice
Pharmacotherapeutics for advanced nursing practice is the focus of this course. Principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacogenomics are examined. An in depth understanding of classes of drugs related to administration in disease states are explored. Contemporary issues in prescribing such as formulary restrictions and avoidance of medication errors are included topics. Various cultural beliefs and practices related to medication management are analyzed and applied to complex case studies.
3
NUR 540
Physical Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice
This course builds upon health assessment skills developed by the professional nurse in the student's basic education program. It provides the student with the knowledge and proficiency to conduct a health assessment across the life span in diverse populations. This course places an emphasis on acquisition of relevant data facilitating the nurse's ability to develop a comprehensive and holistic assessment of the client. The analysis of this data allows the nurse to develop an appropriate care plan for the client and family with relevance to differential diagnoses.
3
NUR 605 3
NUR 610
Seminar in Nursing Research
This course develops the graduate students' proficiency in utilization of research-based evidence for professional nursing practice. Published research studies are critiqued. Emphasis is placed on identification of a clinical problem in the student's specialty area. An integrative review of the literature is accomplished to effect change, improve outcomes, and ultimately contribute to the advancement of nursing knowledge. Dissemination of research findings is explored.
3
NUR 620
Policy, Politics, and Organization of Healthcare
This course enhances the knowledge and understanding of the political and policy making process in order to serve as change agents in the healthcare system. The course explores the principles of policy development, political engagement, and advocacy in the context of issues and trends in the healthcare system. Emphasis is on the role and impact of nurse activists committed to improving the health of world citizens.
3
NUR 650 3
NUR 660
FNP I: Advance Practice Primary Health Care for the Adult
Course Description Needed Residency/ Immersion Weekend I (on campus), includes 180 clinical hours
7
NUR 670
FNP II: Advance Practice Primary Health Care for Children and Women
Course Description Needed Residency/ Immersion Weekend II (on campus), includes 180 clinical hours
7
NUR 680
FNP III: Advance Practice Primary Health Care of the Complex Adult
Course Description Needed Includes 240 clinical hours
7
NUR 695
Capstone: Clinical Applications in Population Health
This course focuses on the development of a comprehensive case/disease management program in the context of population health. Students will develop this special project depending on their own clinical specialty in population health settings. Concepts of interprofessional collaboration, leadership, clinical expertise, fiscal planning, computer information systems, system navigation and resource management are applied in project development with the course instructor and community mentors. Ninety clinical hours with a mentor are required.
3

Total Credits: 

48

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