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Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Program Overview

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program prepares registered nurses to fulfill the role of a competent, dedicated practitioner responsible for managing the care of families in the primary care setting.

FNPs are clinical experts who implement a holistic approach that emphasizes both care and cure. They apply cutting-edge science and manage the health needs of patients in primary care settings. The focus of the FNP program is to provide the academic knowledge and clinical skills necessary for health promotion, disease prevention, assessment, and management of common acute and chronic illnesses.

FNP Curriculum

Earning your FNP certification can position you for tremendous career advancement, and give you the tools you need to make a greater impact on the well-being of patients across the lifespan. The program is available in either a full- or part-time format, and consists of:

  Credits to Complete Clinical Hours Involved Number of OCIs Required Total Terms Necessary Months to Complete
Full-Time Program 44 650 2 Five 14-16 week modules 18
Part-Time Program 44 650 2 Seven 14-16 week modules 26


Please note: Program lengths may vary depending on the student’s start date, clinical placement, and OCI completion.

Core Courses

Course Requirements for all Specialties:

  • NURO-528 Advanced Health Assessment
  • NURO-546 Physiology / Pathophysiology
  • NURO-544 Advanced Concepts of Pharmacology
  • NURO-530 Research Methods & Biostatistics for Healthcare Providers
  • NURO-624 Foundations of Health Systems and Policy
  • NURO-518 Health Care Ethics
  • NURO-540 Research Evidence and Best Practices in Health Care

For Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty

  • NURO-538 Professional Aspects of Advanced Practice Nursing
  • NURO-687 Primary Health Care of the Family I
  • NURO-691 Primary Health Care of the Family II
  • NURO-714 Primary Health Care of the Family III
  • NURO-752 Primary Health Care of the Family IV
  • NURO-710 Care of the Family in Crisis

FNP: ~650 total clinical hours

  • Primary Health Care of the Family I: 100hrs
  • Primary Health Care of the Family II: 150hrs
  • Primary Health Care of the Family III: 150hrs
  • Primary Health Care of the Family IV: 250hrs

Please visit the University Registrar’s web site for detailed course descriptions.

Family Nurse Practitioner graduates are eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Our graduates regularly achieve outstanding first-time pass rates on their FNP exams.

We invite you to learn more about this innovative program or speak with an admissions counselor by calling 877-910-HOYA (4692).

Critical placements specific to primary care often operate on a Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm schedule.

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