Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Curriculum

FNP courses

Goodwin's 47-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 health care. Learn about nursing research, physical assessment, advanced reasoning, and differential diagnosis. During Immersion Weekend I and II, you'll explore primary health care 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
Current Concepts and Professional Roles in Advanced Nursing Practice
Current Concepts and Professional Roles in Advance Nursing Practice explores contemporary concepts integral to the role of the advance practice nurse. Emphasis is placed on concepts such as evidence-based practice, population health, quality, safety and informatics. Factors influencing transition, licensure and future role(s) of the professional advance practice nurse at the local, and national levels are analyzed.
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 health care system. The course explores the principles of policy development, political engagement, and advocacy in the context of issues and trends in the health care system. Emphasis is on the role and impact of nurse activists committed to improving the health of world citizens.
3
NUR 650
Advanced Reasoning and Differential Diagnosis
Advanced Reasoning and Differential Diagnosis will prepare the family nurse practitioner student to evaluate and critically analyze complex patient health assessment data to determine appropriate differential diagnosis for common health disorders across the lifespan. The course explores the comprehensive physical and psychological assessment of signs, symptoms and pathophysiological changes of the patient across the lifespan from a holistic nursing perspective considering cultural, ethnic, social, family and community influence. The focus of the course is to develop diagnostic reasoning skills through analysis of physical assessment findings, present and past histories, and diagnostic studies that contribute to the formulation of differential diagnoses of major health problems.
3
NUR 660
FNP I: Advance Practice through the Lifespan: Primary Care of the Adult Client
FNP I: Advance Practice through the Lifespan: Primary Care of the Adult Client is the first in a sequence of three primary care courses through the lifespan for the family nurse practitioner student with an emphasis on the adult. Family theory will be discussed. The course will explore health promotion, disease prevention and wellness in the adult population. Building upon NUR 650, the family nurse practitioner student will learn principles of assessment, diagnosis, treatment and evaluation of common and chronic illness in the adult population. Interdisciplinary collaboration, the role of the family nurse practitioner as an advanced practice nurse as member of the health care team will be incorporated. The course will also explore regulatory principles and scope of practice when providing care to the adult client.

This course includes 180 hours of a precepted clinical component where the family nurse practitioner student engages with the adult client in approved primary care settings.
7
NUR 670
FNP II: Advance Practice through the Lifespan: Primary Care of the Pediatric and Women’s Health Client
FNP II: Advance Practice through the Lifespan: Primary Care of the Pediatric and Women’s Health Client is the second in a sequence of three primary care courses through the lifespan for the family nurse practitioner student, with an emphasis on pediatric primary care and women’s health care. The course will explore health promotion, disease prevention and wellness in the pediatric and women’s health populations. Building upon NUR 650 and NUR 660, the family nurse practitioner student will learn principles of assessment, diagnosis, planning, treatment and evaluation of common and chronic illness in these populations. Interdisciplinary collaboration, the role of the family nurse practitioner as an advanced practice nurse as member of the health care team will be incorporated. The course will also explore regulatory principles and scope of practice when providing care to the pediatric and women’s health clients.

This course includes 180 hours of a precepted clinical component where the family nurse practitioner student engages with the identified populations in approved health care care settings.
7
NUR 680
FNP III: Advance Practice Through the Lifespan: Primary Care of the Complex Client
FNP III: Advance Practice Through the Lifespan: Primary Care of the Complex Client is the last, in a sequence of three primary care courses through the lifespan for the family nurse practitioner student with an emphasis on the complex client. This course will explore health promotion, disease prevention and wellness in the complex patient population. Building upon NUR 650, NUR 660, and NUR 670 the family nurse practitioner student will continue to learn principles of assessment, diagnosis, planning, treatment and evaluation of common and chronic illness in more complex patient populations. Interdisciplinary collaboration, the role of the family nurse practitioner, as an advanced practice nurse, referrals and consultations will be reinforced. The course will include care of the more complex patient, those with multiple comorbidities, common mental health disorders, chronic pain, addictions, common office procedures and emergencies, care of specific populations with unique needs such as the LGBTQ client, and the role of the family nurse practitioner in specialty practices. The course explores regulatory principles and scope of practice when providing care to the complex patient and in specialty settings.

This course includes 240 hours of a precepted clinical component where the family nurse practitioner student engages with the complex client in approved health care care settings and specialty practices.
7
NUR 698 Capstone: Advance Practice Nursing 2

Total credits: 

47

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