University of Southern Indiana

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

The Family Nurse Practitioner graduate acquires a broad base of knowledge and experience to provide direct health care services to people of all ages for the purposes of health promotion and protection, disease prevention, and management of common acute and chronic illnesses. The family nurse practitioner focuses on care of patients and families, and functions primarily in ambulatory care settings treating newborns, infants, children, adolescents, pregnant and postpartum women, adults, and the elderly. There are a total of 42 credit hours in the specialty with 665 clinical hours. 

The family nurse practitioner graduate is prepared to:

  • Synthesize knowledge from nursing theories, the humanities, and evidence-based scientific clinical guidelines to guide assessment of health status for patients of all ages.
  • Demonstrate advanced practice clinical decision making, utilizing critical thinking, to interpret patient and diagnostic test data and formulate differential diagnoses and a plan of care for patients of all ages.
  • Design, implement, evaluate, revise, and interpret a mutually agreed upon management plan and therapeutic interventions with patients and families.
  • Advocate for patients and families to provide cost-effective, culturally competent, ethical, quality care in and across health care settings. 
  • Model responsibility for continued professional development, integrity, accountability, competence, and credentialing as a family nurse practitioner.
  • Evaluate and revise the documented management plan based on client/family findings, problems, and expected outcomes of treatment. 
  • Apply family assessment methodologies and research findings to improve and evaluate the care of clients and families across the lifespan.

Plan of Study Sample     About the Clinical Experience           On-Campus Visits Required

Curriculum Family Nurse Practitioner  
Core Courses  
NURS 601 Roles for Advanced Nursing Practice 1 credit hours
NURS 602 Evidenced Based Practice for Advanced Nursing 4 credit hours
NURS 603 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credit hours
NURS 604 Population Based Care and Health Policy 3 credit hours
NURS 605 Healthcare Informatics for Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credit hours
NURS 606 Nursing Leadership in Health Systems 4 credit hours
  Total Core Hours 18 credit hours
Clinical Core Courses  
NURS 617 Advanced Concepts of Pathophysiology 3 credit hours
NURS 618 Advanced Health Assessment 3 credit hours
NURS 622 Clinical Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credit hours
  Total Clinical Hours 9 credit hours
Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty Courses  
NURS 654 Primary Care Nursing of Families I 5 credit hours
NURS 655 Primary Care Nursing of Families II 5 credit hours
NURS 656 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum 5 credit hours
  Total Specialty Hours 15 credit hours
  Total Program Hours 42 credit hours

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