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  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Online
  • Ruskin, Florida

Nurse Practitioner

  • Program Overview

    The Family Nurse Practitioner option offers students a focus on development and implementation of the nurse practitioner role with patients across the lifespan. Gannon's faculty offers individualized face to face education, expertise and mentoring in assessment, diagnoses and implementation of care to individuals, families and groups in the community setting. Ethical dilemmas and legal issues resulting from the advanced practice role are addressed. Primary care provider and leadership roles in community practice are learned from a theoretical knowledge base in the classroom and a clinical practice base in a variety of settings. Students learn needs assessment approaches for a community-wide system of health care services.

    Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

    For students with an earned MSN, a Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate may be earned by taking the 33 didactic and clinical course credits indicated with an asterisk. If the student has not completed a thesis, the research component will be required. Certificate students are admitted on a space-available basis.

    What Makes Us Different

    • Program is a combination of classroom and clinical based coursework.
    • Graduates of the FNP program will acquire a solid foundation for doctoral study.
    • For students with an earned MSN, a Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate may be earned by taking 33 didactic and clinical course credits. If the student has not completed a thesis, the research component will be required.

    Plan of Study

    The following courses are required for the Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner Option:

    Core Courses

    • GNURS 525 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing (3)
    • GNURS 526 Role Theory/Professional Issues (3)
    • GNURS 587 Advanced Pathophysiology 1 (3*)
    • GNURS 588 Advanced Pathophysiology 2 (3*)
    • GNURS 589 Pharmacotherapeutics (3*)
    • GNURS 590 Advanced Physical Assessment (3*)

    Research Component Courses

    • GNURS 650 Research Methods (3)
    • GNURS 651 Research Seminar (3)
    • GNURS 721 Thesis Guidance (1)
    • GNURS 721 Thesis Guidance (1)
    • GNURS 721 Thesis Guidance (1)

    FNP Option Courses

    • GNURS 660 Family Nurse Practitioner Theory 1 (3*)
    • GNURS 663 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum 1 (3*)
    • GNURS 661 Family Nurse Practitioner Theory 2 (3*)
    • GNURS 664 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum 2 (4*)
    • GNURS 662 Family Nurse Practitioner Theory 3 (3*)
    • GNURS 665 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum 3 (5*)

    Total Credits: 48

    *Indicates courses required for a Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

    Following graduation from the Family Nurse Practitioner option, individuals must take a national certification examination in order to obtain state licensure as a certified nurse practitioner. Graduates can take one of two national certification examinations issued by: (1) The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), or (2) The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

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