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Family Nurse Practitioner MSN

The Family Nurse Practitioner Program prepares advanced practice nurses to manage the health care of individuals and their family across the life span in a changing health care system. Emphasis is on health promotion and primary care management of the acute and stable chronically ill patient. A Family Nurse Practitioner is provided with a broad preparation for the delivery of health services to individuals, families, and groups in a variety of settings. Graduates are prepared to be recognized as advanced practice nurses by the Texas Board of Nursing and to take the Family Nurse Practitioner National Certification Exams through American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Lynda Jarrell, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CNE
Director, Family Nurse Practitioner Program
Assistant Professor Clinical, College of Nursing

This program provides you a background to:

  • Assume responsibility as a Family Nurse Practitioner to provide health care in the areas of health promotion, disease prevention, and/or clinical management to patients and families in a variety of settings.
  • Develop collaborative relationships with other health care providers to focus on economic, psychosocial, cultural and environmental factors in the quality improvement of health care delivery for varied populations.
  • Use research and theoretical principles in the management and quality improvement of health care delivery and clinical outcomes in Family Nurse Practitioner practice.

MSN-FNP Program: Online Delivery

Visit the Online Programs site to find out more about the MSN-FNP Online. To request additional information about the online program please use this contact form.

MSN FNP Program: On-Campus Delivery

Students who desire face-to-face, in-person contact with instructors and classmates should consider the On-Campus delivery option for the MSN FNP. Courses are offered in a hybrid format, combining online coursework with on-campus meetings. Usually, a class will have no more than four on-campus sessions during a semester, but students should check with course instructors and syllabi for the requirements of their specific courses.

A student who is able to make a full-time commitment to the MSN FNP can complete the program in as little as 24 months.

 

Online vs. On-Campus
Accelerated Online MSN Campus based MSN
100% Online Coursework: No Requirement to Attend Class on Campus Mixed-format Coursework:
  • Online
  • Hybrid: online mixed with a small number of in-person meetings (typically 3)
  • On-Campus: in-seat with regular meetings
Better Suits Independent Learners Better Suits Interactive Learners
Requires Self-Directing and Self-Disciplining Learners Better Suited for Students Favoring More Direction and Feedback
Better Suits Visual/Verbal Learners Better Suits Auditory/Kinesthetic Learners
Asynchronous Communication More Direct Communication
One Intensive Course at a Time Multiple Courses Offered/Taken During a Traditional Semester
Larger Class Size with an Instructor/Coach Model Smaller Class Size with Traditional Instructors
Requires Technical Aptitude/Resources (such as reliable high-speed internet) Requires a Commitment to Attend Courses Offered On-Campus and Technical Aptitude/Resources (such as reliable high-speed internet) for Hybrid/Online Courses
Multiple Start Dates Each Year Fall, Spring and Summer Start Dates Each Year
Will Depend on Your Own Clinical Arrangements Hands-On Access to UTA's SMART Hospital and Labs during Clinicals
More Cost Efficient More Traditional Graduate Student Experience
Program Designed for a Continuously Progressing Full-Time Student to Finish in 24 Months Program Designed for a Full-Time Student Completing 2-3 courses per semester to Finish in 24 Months

Course List

Family Nurse Practitioner Program
Course List
Course Number Title Description Prerequisites? Hours:
Credit/Clinical
Total Semester Credit Hours: 46
Total Clinical Hours: 720
NURS 5327 Exploration Science and Theories for Nursing This course provides a critical examination of the philosophical and theoretical bases for nursing science. Yes:
Graduate Standing
3 / 0
NURS 5366 Principles of Research in Nursing This course focuses on integration of theoretical and empirical principles of nursing research to generate evidence for nursing practice. Yes:
Graduate Standing
3 / 0
NURS 5367 Evidence-Based Practice Preparation to lead evidence-based practice teams, to interpret best evidence, to plan for change, to evaluate outcomes, and to disseminate the project Yes:
NURS 5366 or 5301
and NURS 5327
3 / 0
NURS 5315 Advanced Pathophysiology This course focuses on developing an advanced knowledge base of pathophysiology across the lifespan. Principles of biochemistry, molecular biology and nutrition are applied to disease processes. Yes:
Graduate Standing
3 / 0
NURS 5334 Advanced Pharmacology for Nurse Practitioners Study of clinical pharmacological therapeutics for advanced nursing practice. Yes:
NURS 5315 or Cert. Program Standing
3 / 0
NURS 5220 Advanced Health Assessment & Differential Diagnosis Across the Lifespan Apply theoretical foundations and clinical skills in comprehensive health assessment across the lifespan. Yes:
NURS 5315 or Cert. Program Standing
2 / 0
NURS 5120 Adult Gerontology Assessment Lab Lab for all tracks who see Adult Gerontology patients. Yes:
NURS 5220 or Concurrent
1 / 45 Lab
NURS 5130 Pediatric Assessment Lab Lab for all tracks who see Pediatric patients. Yes:
NURS 5220 or Concurrent
1 / 45 Lab
NURS 5313 Clinical Procedures for Advanced Practice Nurses A theory and clinical procedures course designed for Advanced Practice Nurses to acquire skills and procedures in the clinical management of selected patients. Yes:
NURS 5334 or concurrent and NURS 5220/5120/5130 or 5418 or concurrent enrollment or Certificate Program Standing
3 / 45-Lab
NURS 5350 Role of the Nurse in Advanced Practice Theory and application of the multiple roles of the advanced practice nurse within the health care system. Yes:
Graduate Standing
3 / 0
NURS 5333 Family I Course focuses on advanced concepts and knowledge for nurse practitioners primary care management of designated XURW, chronic and complex health problems of individuals and families across the lifespan. Particular emphasis will be on pediatric wellness, women's health, men's health, and geriatrics concepts & conditions. Yes:
NURS 5334, 5220/5120/5130 or 5418, and NURS 5313 or Certificate Program Standing
3 / 0
NURS 5335 Family II This course focuses on advanced concepts and knowledge for nurse practitioner primary care management of commonly occurring conditions seen in primary care patients across the lifespan Yes:
NURS 5334, 5220/5120/5130 or 5418, and NURS 5313 or Certificate Program Standing
3 / 0
NURS 5336 Family III This course focuses on advanced concepts and knowledge for nurse practitioner primary care management of designated acute, chronic and complex health problems of individuals and families across the lifespan. Particular emphasis will be on adult wellness, psychiatric and cardiometabolic concepts and conditions. Yes:
NURS 5334, 5220/5120/5130 or 5418, and NURS 5313 or Certificate Program Standing
3 / 0
NURS 5337 Clinical Practice I Initial clinical preceptorship in selected primary health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge and concepts of advanced nursing practice implementing the family nurse practitioner role in evidenced based patient care. Graded. Yes:
NURS 5333, 5335, 5336 and Good academic standing (GPA 3.0)
or Cert. Program Standing.
3 / 180
NURS 5338 Clinical Practice II Continued clinical preceptorship with opportunities for increased clinical knowledge in selected primary health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge and concepts of advanced nursing practice implementing the family nurse practitioner role in evidenced based patient care. Graded. Yes:
NURS 5333, 5335, 5336. NURS 5337 or concurrent enrollment; Good academic standing (GPA 3.0)
or Cert. Program Standing.
3 / 180
NURS 5631 Advanced Clinical Nursing Practicum Clinical preceptorships in selected health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge, skills and concepts in a guided, progressive context of advanced nursing practice. Yes:
All Coursework for major. Good academic standing (GPA 3.0) or Cert. Program Standing.
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