Family/Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner

The FNP diagnoses and manages acute episodic and chronic illnesses, with an emphasis on health promotion/disease prevention, teaching, and coaching.

The DeSales FNP program assures a broad range of clinical experiences designed to prepare students to work in diverse healthcare settings including ambulatory, acute, and long-term care settings. Students acquire the clinical and experiential knowledge and competencies that serve as the foundation for evidence-based provision of primary care across the lifespan.

Christian moral and ethical principles serve as the guide for care-giving, communication, collaboration, and decision making as an FNP.

Graduates are eligible to take the certification examinations offered by both the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). The DeSales 60-hour advanced pharmacology course exceeds the minimum required for prescriptive authority in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Full-time or part-time class schedules

  • Full-time students can complete the program in two calendar years
  • Part-time students can complete the program in three calendar years

Online, hybrid and in-class courses

  • Complete core and advanced core courses completely online or in hybrid format
  • Specialty/clinical courses are in a hybrid format

Clinical Placements coordinated by the University

  • Student placements are arranged by the Clinical Liaison and Clinical Faculty in nationally-ranked clinical facilities throughout the Lehigh Valley and beyond

Program Summary

Total Courses: 13 courses + Capstone Portfolio
Total Credit Hours: 50
Total Clinical Laboratory Hours: 75
Total Clinical Practicum Hours: 675

Sample Part-time Plan*


FALL WINTER SPRING SUMMER
YEAR 1

NU 530 Applied Research

3 credits

NU 538 Health Informatics, Quality & Safety

3 credits

NU 522 Health Policy, Organization & Financing

3 credits

NU 626 Pathophysiology

3 credits

NU 534 Principles of Epidemiology & Biostatistics

3 credits

YEAR 2

NU 536 Clinical Prevention in Population Health

3 credits

NU 628 Advanced Pharmacology

4 credits

NU 622 Advanced Physical Assessment

4 credits/75 hour lab


NU 713 Procedures in Advanced Nursing Practice

2 credits

NU 714 Foundations of Primary Care

3 credits

YEAR 3

NU 715 Advanced Family Health I

6 credits/225 clinical hours

NU 717 Advanced Family Health II

6 credits/225 clinical hours

NU 719 Professional Advocacy for Practice

6 credits/225 clinical hours


NU 799 Capstone Portfolio

1 credit


*This is a sample only. Upon full acceptance to the program, students will consult with their assigned advisor to determine a plan based on seat availability, semester start and individual needs. Full-time options also available.

 

See Graduate Catalog for course descriptions »

 

Family/Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner Program Description

The Family/Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program prepares graduates as primary care providers within the expanded scope of advanced nursing practice.  Students acquire the clinical and experiential knowledge and competencies that serve as the foundation for evidence-based provision of primary care across the lifespan.  The program provides students with a broad range of clinical experiences designed to prepare students to work in diverse primary health care settings including ambulatory, acute, and long-term care settings.

Sequencing

The FNP program structure is grounded in established standards and curriculum guidelines set forth by regulatory and governing agencies. It is based upon the foundation of established core courses and advanced practice core courses, followed by a four-course sequence of specialty courses. Students may opt for a full-time or part-time plan of study. Full-time students can complete the program in two calendar years. Part-time students can complete the program in three calendar years.

The FNP program is also offered as a post-Master's certificate program; depending on the nature of transferrable courses, the post-Master's certificate program can be completed in one to two years of part-time study. Graduates are eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Family Nurse Practitioner certification examination.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of the FNP Program graduates will:

  • Integrate Christian humanism in advanced nursing practice that values and facilitates full human development via partnerships with individuals and populations.
  • Initiate resolutions to ethical dilemmas arising from system or organizational conflict.
  • Analyze new knowledge and evidence-based principles to delver competent, high quality health care, initiate policy change, and improve health care delivery practices for individuals and populations.
  • Demonstrate advancement of clinical practice that contributes to quality, safety, and improved health outcomes.
  • Apply advanced concepts of leadership and advocacy to influence policy, health systems, and consumerism in order to effect population health service improvement.
  • Facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and consultation to meet the health needs of individuals and populations.
  • Synthesize seminal theoretical, ethical, and legal concepts into health care delivery practices.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the application and evaluation of communication and information technologies to meet the complex demands of health concerns to decrease health disparities.
  • Design comprehensive care for primary care patients across the lifespan utilizing innovative, evidence-based methods that emphasize the teaching/coaching/collaboration role of the FNP.
  • Exemplify qualities required to assume leadership positions within the health care system, political arena, academic centers, and professional organizations.
  • Contextualize a personal philosophy and plan for life long learning to support primary care practice.

 

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