Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Description
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program at Keiser University emphasizes the acquisition of advanced practice nursing knowledge and advanced practice clinical skills, using a family oriented approach.   The curriculum focuses on health promotion, injury and illness prevention and management of acute and chronic illnesses, across the lifespan. Due to the intensity of this program, students are expected to be highly-motivated, self-directed learners who are able to grasp a large amount of complex material.  Students will spend a significant amount of time in study and in clinical practice experiences. Graduates are required to take the Family Nurse Practitioner Board Certification Examination in order to be licensed and to work as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

This program is aligned with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) guidelines as prescribed in the Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (AACN 2011) and with the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Population Focused Nurse Practitioner Competencies (NONPF 2013). 

Philosophy
The Keiser University Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares graduates to demonstrate clinical expertise, collaboration, leadership, and superior critical thinking to achieve quality care for patients, families, communities, and health care systems.

Program Objectives
Keiser University’s Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares students to become:

  • Critical thinkers who integrate theory, experiential knowledge and research synthesized into evidence-based advanced nursing practice.
  • Nursing professionals dedicated towards integrating advanced nursing knowledge and clinical excellence, within the family nurse practitioner area of specialization.
  • Caring, culturally appropriate communicators, exercising comprehensive communication skills in the development and implementation of advanced nursing practice services to individuals and their families across the life span.
  • Advanced practice nursing leaders facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration to facilitate desired health outcomes for patients, population and healthcare systems.
  • Ethically responsive advanced practice nurses reflecting a moral, legal and humanistic framework of healthcare that is effective, timely, efficient and equitable.
  • Effective collaborators of advanced practice healthcare committed to employing healthcare strategies, facilitating the essential components of health care delivery systems and outcomes.
  • Professional written communicators through organizing, thinking critically, and communicating ideas and information in documents and presentations.

NOTE:  Courses in the MSN FNP program are eight-weeks in length and students are scheduled for one or two courses concurrently.  Students are required to attend two on-campus residencies at specified times during the FNP program.  In the clinical experiences, students will provide care to patients and families under the supervision of a qualified Keiser University approved preceptor (minimum of 630 clinical hours).

Requirements for Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner
To earn a MSN FNP from Keiser University, students must accomplish the following:

  • Earn a minimum of 56.0 graduate semester credit hours
  • Earn a minimum grade average of 3.0
  • Have no more than one course with a grade of “C”
  • Complete all MSN FNP  credits through Keiser University
  • Complete a minimum of 630 precepted clinical hours
  • Complete two, scheduled, four-day residencies
  • Complete all MSN FNP degree requirements within five years of beginning coursework.  (Exceptions for extenuating circumstances reviewed by the Dean of the Graduate School)
  • Register for the Family Nurse Practitioner National Board Certification Examination prior to completing the last course

Program Outline
To receive a MSN FNP degree, students must earn 56 graduate semester credit hours.  Transfer of graduate credits will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Fifty program hours must be completed through Keiser University. Program requirements are as follows:

 

Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner Major Core Courses (56 credit hours)

Professional Development of the Advanced Practice Nurse

3.0 credit hours

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

3.0 credit hours

Health Systems, Policy and Resource Management

3.0 credit hours

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

3.0 credit hours

Primary Health Care of the Family I

3.0 credit hours

Primary Health Care of the Family I Practicum

2.0 credit hours

Primary Health Care of the Family II

3.0 credit hours

Primary Health Care of the Family II Practicum

2.0 credit hours

Primary Health Care of the Family III

3.0 credit hours

Primary Health Care of the Family III Practicum

2.0 credit hours

Primary Health Care of the Family IV

3.0 credit hours

Primary Health Care of the Family IV Practicum

2.0 credit hours

Advanced Pathophysiology for Practice

3.0 credit hours

Principles of Pharmacology for Advanced Practice

3.0 credit hours

Principles of Pharmacology forAdvanced Practice II

3.0 credit hours

Advanced Health Assessment for Best Practice

3.0 credit hours

Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning

3.0 credit hours

Research for Evidence Based Practice and Outcome Management

3.0 credit hours

Family Nurse Practitioner Integration

3.0 credit hours

Family Nurse Practitioner Integration Practicum

3.0 credit hours