Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner

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Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner

Fast Facts

  • 100% online, with on campus intensives
  • 63 Credits, Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Complete in 7 semesters full time, 10 semesters part-time
  • Eight-week and 16-week courses
  • Three intakes per year

Walsh University Recognition

  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
  • #49 in Regional Universities Midwest (U.S. News and World Report)
  • #29 in Best Colleges for Veterans (U.S. News and World Report)

Take a Leadership Role

Explore the dynamics of the role of the Family Nurse Practitioner as you prepare to provide care for individuals and families throughout the lifespan. The online MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares graduates to sit for their certification as an advanced practice nurse. As a Family Nurse Practitioner, graduates will expand their scope of practice, work collaboratively with other health care professionals, and manage patient care across the lifespan.

Online FNP Program Delivery

The online Family Nurse Practitioner MSN is a 63-credit advanced nursing practice program. The degree can be completed in as little as 7 semesters. Courses are offered in eight-week and sixteen-week blocks. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Walsh University’s online programs offer the flexibility to learn in an asynchronous environment. You will work one-on-one with preceptors who will guide you through the clinical experiences in the program which include:

  • Care of Adults/Gerontology
  • Care of Children/Adolescents
  • Care of Women
  • Clients with Multiple Chronic Conditions
  • Care of Families in Primary Care
Online FNP Program Admissions
  1. Submission of a completed Walsh University application.
  2. A current unencumbered Registered Nurse license(s). One year of experience as a Registered Nurse is preferred.
  3. Official transcripts documenting a baccalaureate degree in Nursing from a program accredited by a national organization responsible for nursing accreditation (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACNE), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or their equivalent. Transcripts should document a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale on all undergraduate coursework. Transcripts must be in English and credentials evaluated when appropriate.
  4. Completion of an Undergraduate or Graduate Statistics course.
  5. Two professional letters of recommendation supporting the applicant’s potential for success in the Master’s program from graduate prepared nurses or faculty members who can address the applicant’s potential or ability for functioning in the FNP or Nurse Educator role (clinical skills, critical thinking, independent decision making, collaborative skills with other health professionals, and nursing leadership). Applicants currently enrolled in a nursing program must submit at least one (1) recommendation from a faculty member in that program.
  6. A resume or CV with your application that includes work experience, educational, leadership and professional organization activities, and scholarly activities, including publications, presentations, research, honors and awards.
  7. A 1,000-word essay that will serve as the basis for the admission interview with faculty and will be reviewed for writing style and content. It should address the following areas:
    • Reasons for seeking advanced education in the MSN program at this time in your career.
    • Academic and career goals and how the MSN education will help you to realize those goals.
    • Personal and professional attributes that will contribute to your success in the program.
    • The essay should be typed in APA format and will be evaluated on both the quality of writing and the congruence between stated goals and those of the program.

Upon completion of the application, those who meet the admission criteria will be invited to the interview with the Graduate Nursing Admissions Committee.

Language Requirements

TOEFL score of 500 or higher on the paper-based test, 173 or higher on the computer-based test, or 61 or higher on the Internet-based test.

IELTS score of 5.5 or higher.

Online FNP Program Tuition and Financial Aid

Online FNP Tuition

$685 per credit hour. To learn more about our tuition breakdown, click here.

Online FNP Financial Aid

Financial aid may be available to qualified individuals. To learn more about financial aid for Walsh University’s online MSN-FNP program, click here.

Online FNP Program Curriculum
Careers and Outcomes

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals 25 and older with a master’s degree earned approximately $10,000 more a year than their counterparts with a bachelor’s degree. The nursing profession is expected to grow by 31% by 2024, leading to the creation of more than 50,000 jobs.

Family Nurse Practitioners work in a variety of environments, including:

  • Primary care settings
  • Ambulatory care centers
  • Clinics
  • Hospitals

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing report that nurse practitioners earn average salaries of $97,000-$100, 000. The National Governor’s Association notes that by 2019, the demand for primary care in the United States will increase by between 15 million and 25 million visits per year. This creates a need for 4,000-7,000 more physicians which if unfulfilled will leave more than 32.5 million people without suitable primary care resources. To meet the primary care demand, nurse practitioners will be pivotal in filling the need for primary care services.

NURS 600 – Theoretical Development of Nursing Science 3 sem. hrs.

This course explores the development of nursing knowledge, theory and their relationship to nursing education, practice and research. A historical overview of concept and theory development in nursing and related disciplines is explored as well as the process of critiquing, evaluating, and utilizing nursing theories. Students will examine the relationship between the components of theory and the role that theory plays in research, practice and education. Projections for the future of theory development in nursing are also discussed.

NURS 601 – Research Methods/Evidence Based Practice 3 sem. hrs.

This course focuses on emerging methodologies for the study of advanced nursing. Students will discuss evaluation, utilization and application of current research pertaining to nursing education and practice. The role of the nurse researcher in promoting evidence-based practice is emphasized. Processes for implementation and evaluation of evidence-based nursing practice are included.

Pre- or Corequisite: NURS 600.

NURS 603 – Prof Role Development/Ethical Issues 3 sem. hrs.

This course explores the professional role of the masters prepared nurse in health care delivery, research, and education. Emphasis will be placed on common core skills necessary to improve patient health outcomes, advance nursing education and promote population health. National health care objectives will be used to target specific areas of interest. Ethical requirements related to the practice of advanced nursing will be appraised, with an emphasis on understanding how to promote health and prevent community based illnesses within appropriate ethical boundaries. The context of practicing within an interprofessional setting will be accentuated.

NURS 605 – Epi Methods for Health Promotion 2 sem. hrs.

This course explores the determinants and distribution of health and illness and the application of statistical and epidemiological principles to advanced nursing practice and health care delivery. The natural history of common diseases and conditions and the relationship of disease states to levels of prevention are emphasized. Levels of prevention, screening tests, diagnostic tests, guideline uses, and evidence-based care are explored. Ethical and legal aspects of epidemiology as well as related health promotion, health protection, and disease prevention as a basis for clinical decision-making are examined.

NURS 606 – Health Care Policy, Organizational/ Financial 2 sem. hrs.

This course focuses on the analysis of organizational theories within the healthcare environment and the impact of ethics, values, politics, and market forces on the structure and function of nursing and health care organizations. The application of economic and financial theories in understanding the strategic impact of market dynamics, utilities, incentive structures, and driving and restraining forces in health care change are explored. The emphasis is on analyzing the actual and potential impact of these dynamics on the structure and function of the health care system.

NURS 610 – Advanced Pathophysiology 3 sem. hrs.

This course focuses on the interrelationships of human biological systems, biochemical, genetic and cellular concepts, providing the framework for the study of advanced pathological concepts. Case studies illustrate theoretical concepts and assist in the application of theory to practice.

NURS 612 – Advanced Pharmacology 3 sem. hrs.

This course builds on prior knowledge of pathophysiology and human physiology. It provides the basis for pharmacotherapeutics and therapeutic management guidelines for treatment of select disease processes, drug information by classification, and principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. Clinical application, adverse reactions and patient education implications are presented.

NURS 614 – Adv Health Assessment 3 sem. hrs.

This course builds on the student’s knowledge and skills of basic health assessment and provides a foundation for the advanced nurse to evaluate the health of individuals across the lifespan. Theory and research-based methodologies and skills will be incorporated to assist students in the comprehensive assessment of individuals, including advanced communication skills such as clinical interviewing and focused history taking, psychosocial and physical assessment, critical diagnostic reasoning and clinical decision making. Interpretation of data for the purpose of differentiating normal from abnormal findings as well as for recognition of potential and/or actual health problems will also be addressed. This course requires 30 laboratory hours.

NURS 618 – Health Informatics 2 sem. hrs.

Students will explore healthcare informatics concepts, theories, legal and ethical implications, and applications within the healthcare environment and classroom. Critical issues affecting the development and implementation of information technologies (clinical, administrative and learning), knowledge management principles, and professional practice trends will be analyzed. Emerging information and communication technology in health care will be explored. The course will emphasize the health informatics resources to implement health care outcome improvement and support practice and administrative decision-making. Students will apply new knowledge, manage individual and aggregate level information, and assess the efficacy of patient care technology appropriate to their area of practice.

NURS 640 – Clinical Assessment & Management 3 sem. hrs.

This course builds on the student's knowledge and skills of Advanced Health Assessment, focusing on the diagnostic process within the primary care context. Evidence-based practice will be incorporated to assist students through the inductive process of moving from specific physical findings or patient concerns to possible diagnoses based on history, physical, and laboratory and diagnostic tests. Students will be expected to synthesize diagnostic information in order to arrive at appropriate diagnoses and treatment plans. The course will require some lab time.

Prerequisite: NUR 614.

NURS 642 – Clinical Pharmacology 3 sem. hrs.

Clinical pharmacology builds upon NURS 612 Advanced Pharmacology. Specific requirements, responsibilities, interprofessionalism, and concerns as an APN prescriber, including safe prescription writing and medication management of patients throughout the lifespan, including persons with multiple chronic conditions (MCC), will be comprehensively reviewed. Controlled substances and the functions of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), as well as state monitoring as aspects of prescribing, will be reviewed.

Prerequisites: NURS 610, 612.

NURS 644 – Dynamics of Family Nursing Practice 2 sem. hrs.

This course provides the theoretical foundations for the nursing care of families within a community context. Family functioning and roles across the lifespan are examined. Family dynamics that impact family member well-being in the context of health care are explored. Emphasis is placed on using family assessment tools and communication strategies as best practice methods to support families in health care situations.

NURS 646 – Legal Issues in Adv Practice Nursing 1 sem. hr.

The focus of this course is to introduce the statutes ORC 4723-8, ORC 4723-9 and relevant issues that impact/govern the advanced practice nurse. Documentation, patient rights and nursing malpractice/negligence will be explored as well as malpractice insurance, and standard of care agreements ORC 4723-8-04.

NURS 648 – Interprofessional Collaboration 1 sem. hr.

Students in this course will learn to optimize collaborative health care practice by engaging with students from other healthcare professions to discuss practice, patient safety and provision of care to persons across the lifespan with particular attention to those with multiple chronic conditions. Topics include interprofessional activities and issues that arise in collaborative practice.

NURS 641 – FNP: Care of Adult/Gero Client 6 sem. hrs.

This course emphasizes illness prevention, healthy lifestyle adaptations, wellness promotion and health maintenance of adults and elderly clients, including the theories and principles of aging, health/wellness motivation and promotion, disease prevention, and pro-activeness and self-determination. The course also incorporates the review and application of aging theory and family relationship dynamics. Social, economic, racial, geographical, cultural, religious, and specific aging uniqueness and influences on wellness are also elements of this course. Research, guidelines, and evidence-based practice will be utilized to enhance the student’s learning and clinical education, including clinical procedural, diagnostic, and treatment skills. (100 clinical hours)

Prerequisite: All Core Courses Completed, NURS 640

NURS 643 – FNP: Care of Child/Adolescents 6 sem. hrs.

This course provides didactic and clinical experiences to prepare the advanced practice nurse to provide primary and episodic care to the pediatric population, from birth through adolescence. Emphasis is on the integration of theory, development, health promotion, disease prevention, and clinical decision making. Didactic content and clinical address comprehensive diagnosis and management of common health problems, appropriate diagnostic procedures, laboratory tests, and therapeutic interventions for pediatric patients and families. Management and promotion of health, treatment of acute episodic health problems and stable, chronic illness in the continuum of infants through adolescence is the focus of the clinical application in a variety of health care venues. The course has a strong focus on providing culturally competent care to achieve health promotion, disease prevention, and the care of underserved, vulnerable populations. (100 clinical hours)

Prerequisites: All Core Courses Completed, NURS 640

NURS 645 – FNP: Care of Women 6 sem. hrs.

This course presents theories, principles and skills in assessing, promoting, and maintaining the health of women across the lifespan, with a focus on the gynecologic and reproductive health needs of women. Management of common health problems is included. Clinical experiences will focus on competency in the evidence-based management of women’s health. (100 clinical hours)

Prerequisites: All Core Courses Completed, NURS 640

NURS 647 – FNP: Clients Mult Chronic Condi 6 sem. hrs.

This course focuses on the intricacies and interrelationships among disease processes, human physiology, and pharmacologic and other treatment modalities inherent in the care of the adult or elderly patient with multiple chronic healthcare conditions (MCC). Prerequisites: All Core Courses Completed, NURS 641, 642, 643, 645

NURS 649 – FNP: Care of Family in Primary Care 5 sem. hrs.

This course serves as the capstone experience for the FNP program. It synthesizes all material from the previous FNP courses and focuses on refining and integrating clinical learning modalities, including assessment, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and evaluation for all members of the family, including rural and underserved populations. Didactic and clinical experiences promote a seamless transition into professional practice. (200 clinical hours)

Prerequisites: All core courses and all FNP clinical courses (FNP I-IV).