Family Nurse Practitioner Schools and Courses

Family nurse practitioners are advanced, expanded-scope nurses who help families and children with their health concerns. Check the requirements for becoming a nurse practitioner, which begin with becoming a registered nurse. Review the coursework for bachelor's and master's degree programs in nursing, and learn about licensure for family nurse practitioners. Schools offering Family Nurse Practitioner degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Registered nurses who have a bachelor's degree can take graduate-level nurse practitioner programs to become primary care providers in family medicine. Family nurse practitioners take advanced medical courses to learn how to provide medical care for all age groups.

Schools Students should consider schools with board-certified instructors, online learning options and nursing simulation labs
Admission Requirements Candidates are required to have a bachelor's degree and be licensed as a registered nurse
Classes Medical ethics, pharmacology, family medicine, preventative medicine

What Is a Family Nurse Practitioner?

Family nurse practitioners (FNP) are master's-level registered nurses (RN) that center their medical expertise on family and child care. Due to additional professional experience and education, nurse practitioners (NP) are qualified to prescribe medications in all states. As an FNP, you can treat patients, diagnose diseases or help patients and their family with healthcare options.

What Programs Will Prepare Me for this Career?

If you want to be a nurse practitioner and become certified as an FNP, the first step is to complete an undergraduate education. Undergraduate programs in nursing are available at the associate and bachelor's degree level, and either could help you develop a foundation in nursing and obtain related employment in the field. To become an RN, you need to pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) offered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), which requires the completion of a properly accredited undergraduate nursing program. Besides the educational requirement, which is the same in all states, other requirements may apply and vary from state to state.

Where Do I Find Master's Degree Programs?

To enter a master's degree program to become an FNP, you will need to complete a bachelor's degree and hold licensure as an RN. Master's degree programs in nursing are usually catered toward a specific specialty in nursing, including FNP, geriatrics or pediatrics. You could also earn a master's certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner. It is recommended to find an accredited program, such as those accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Schools that offer Master of Nursing (MSN) with FNP tracks and are CCNE accredited include:

  • Duquesne University
  • Drexel University
  • Chamberlain University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Duke University
  • Stockton University
  • Marymount University
  • Spring Arbor University

What Courses Will I Take?

At the undergraduate level, coursework can be more general and may deal primarily with basic requirements and skills in nursing, as well as the natural sciences. Master's degree programs typically focus on general nursing subjects and on the specifics of family medicine. In the FNP specialization, you could take such courses as:

  • Medical ethics
  • Family behavior
  • Adolescent medicine
  • Geriatric medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Patient communication
  • Healthcare policy
  • Preventative medicine

Can I Study Online?

Online opportunities at the undergraduate level may be rare. If you're an RN, you may have the opportunity to complete coursework to obtain your bachelor's degree in an RN-BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program. At the graduate level, online options in nursing are more widely available; many MSN programs are offered online. For clinical experiences, you may need to complete a certain number of hours in pre-professional training with FNP supervisors.

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