Family Nurse Practitioner

This program prepares students for the role of nurse practitioner specializing in Family Nursing.

Program Information

NP examining patientThis MSN program prepares graduates for certification as an FNP and for doctoral study. Graduates of the program are able to synthesize and apply advanced knowledge, theories, and research to a specialized area of nursing practice and function as leaders in practice to contribute to the advancement of the nursing profession.

A common core of courses are offered online including concepts, theory, research, and issues related to advanced nursing practice. Clinical requirements can usually be completed with preceptors in the students’ home community. Students may be required to return to campus at the end of fall, spring, and summer semesters for a final exam and orientation to the next semester.

Clinical Orientation

Students in the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty are required to attend two mandatory on-campus visits that include basic skills workshops, simulation labs, and clinical exams. These visits are called Phase 1 and Phase 2. For both mandatory visits, students will only attend ONE of the dates listed and will have an opportunity to request a preferred date once notified by the simulation department.

Phase 1: The first mandatory on-campus visit will be during the Spring semester when the student is enrolled in the first clinical course (CMN 573).

Clinical Skills Intensive dates Phase 1:

  • Group 1- January 3-4, 2018
  • Group 2- January 8-9, 2018
  • Group 3- January 10-11, 2018
  • Group 4- January 17-18, 2018
  • Group 5- January 22-23, 2018

Phase 2: The second mandatory on-campus visit will be during the Fall semester when the student is enrolled in the last clinical course (CMN 576).

Clinical Skills Intensive dates Phase 2:

  • October 22, 2018
  • October 26, 2018
  • October 29, 2018
  • October 31, 2018
  • November 2, 2018
  • November 5, 2018
  • November 7, 2018
  • November 9, 2018

Orientation for students in the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty will be online.

A USAonline Project Site will open in July for students planning to enroll in CMN568 and CMN571 in the Fall to assist in making preparations for clinicals. Students will be invited to join this site by the clinical coordinator. In order to provide students with consistent, accurate, and official information about clinicals, please refrain from contacting Clinical Affairs or other departments to make requests or inquiries, and if at all possible, await the opening of the USAonline Project Site. Students will have ample time to set up clinical rotations once information is received from the site.

General Summary Schedule of the information given above. Some exceptions may apply.

  • Spring - notification by the sim staff to sign up for preferred group for on campus visits
  • Summer - notification by clinical coordinator to join USAonline site for clinical preparation information
  • Fall - CMN568 and CMN571
  • Spring - CMN572 and CMN573, attend Phase 1 on campus, Skills, Simulation Labs. 240 clinical hours required (150 hours in outpatient primary care, and 90 hours in EITHER pediatrics or OBGYN)
  • Summer - CMN574 and CMN 575, 120 clinical hours required in internal medicine
  • Fall - CMN576, CMN577, attend Phase 2 on campus, Final Clinical Exam (Pass/Fail), 240 clinical hours required (150 hours in outpatient primary care, and 90 hours in EITHER pediatrics or OBGYN – whichever one is lacking from the Spring)

All didactic course online exams are given during a 2 hour window (usually Monday mornings) and all students must test during this period.  Exam dates will be announced prior to the start of each semester.

Family Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

Post BSN Track (MSN)

RN to MSN for Associate/diploma RN’s

RN to MSN for associate/diploma RN’s with a BS/BA degree in a non-nursing discipline

Contacts

Please feel free to contact Dr. Betty Lang for more information about this specialty: bettylang@southalabama.edu.