Family Nurse Practitioner

FNPs work collaboratively with other health team members to provide holistic health care that includes health promotion, disease prevention, and diagnosis and management of episodic and chronic illnesses.

Program Information

Family NPA Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) is a master’s or doctorally prepared advanced practice nurse who provides advanced nursing care to families and family members of all ages in primary care clinics, health departments, rural health clinics and other out-patient settings. Classes are online.

Family Nurse Practitioner FAQ

Support Courses

Students applying for a new certification must complete Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Physical Assessment Across the Life Span if the student has not yet taken them.

Clinical Experience

BSN to DNP students and MSN to DNP students adding a certification in a new specialty area must have two years of nursing experience in the area of Family Nursing prior to starting the clinical portion of their program.

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:

  • January 3-4, 2019
  • January 7-8, 2019
  • January 9-10, 2019
  • January 14-15, 2019
  • January 16-17, 2019
  • January 23-24, 2019

Please note these dates are for Simulation Intensives only. The coordinator for each specialty track will provide full orientation dates.

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 4, 2019
  • October 7, 2019
  • October 11, 2019
  • October 18, 2019
  • October 21, 2019
  • October 25, 2019
  • October 28, 2019
  • November 1, 2019

Please note these dates are for Simulation Intensives only. The coordinator for each specialty track will provide full orientation dates.

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

A Sakai 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 Sakai 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 Sakai site for clinical preparation information
  • Fall-CMN568 and CMN571
  • Spring-CMN572 and CMN573, attend Phase 1 on campus, Skills, Simulation Labs. 180 clinical hours required (90 hours in outpatient primary care, and 90 hours in EITHER pediatrics or OBGYN)
  • Summer-CMN574 and CMN 575, 180 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 3 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.

Clinical Affiliations

Specialty tracks within the College of Nursing’s graduate program require a practice component. Although faculty assists students in locating appropriate practice/clinical sites, it is the student’s responsibility to secure a site and preceptor if indicated. Students who are unsuccessful in being accepted by an agency in their home community may have to travel to another area to complete practice requirements. Please review the list of Clinical Affiliations on the College of Nursing Web Site. If there is not a clinical site listed near you or you are interested in a site not listed, negotiations should be initiated as soon as you begin the program through the Track Coordinator for your specialty.

DNP Residency

The program does not require a thesis or dissertation; however, students are required to complete an evidence-based scholarly project that results in a quality improvement change and has a substantial effect on health care and patient outcomes. Residency requirements for the scholarly project can be completed in the student’s home region with an approved mentor.


BSN-DNP students complete all support, MSN core, MSN specialty, DNP Core, DNP Project Planning & Development and Residency courses for a total of 69 credit hours.  Both MSN and DNP degrees must be completed within seven years. The MSN portion must be completed within the first five years of the program.

MSN-DNP students Adding a New Specialty must complete the support courses if they have not previously completed the courses in their MSN program.  They must complete the Dual Role specialty courses and support courses, if need, to complete the Post Graduate Certificate. The MSN Core, DNP core, and DNP Project Planning & Development and Residency courses are required for completion of the DNP degree.  This program is a total of 60 credit hours or 69 credit hours if support courses are needed. The Post-Graduate Certificate must be completed within two calendar years. The student has seven years to complete both the Post Graduate Certificate and DNP degree for this program.

MSN-DNP for Advanced Practice Roles must only complete the MSN core, DNP core, and DNP Project Planning & Development and Residency courses to complete the DNP degree. This is a total of 36 credit hours.  The student has a total of five years to complete the degree requirements.

Support Courses

NU 518 - Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 credits

NU 545 - Physio-pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 credits

NU 578 - Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3 credits

MSN Core Courses

NU 607 - Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credits

NU 608 - Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 credits

NU 610 - Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 credits

NU 613 - Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 credits

Family NP Specialty Courses

CMN 568 - Introduction to Family NP 3 credits

CMN 571 - Health Promotion/Disease Prevention & Issues for Family NP 2 credits

CMN 572 - Family NP I 3 credits

CMN 573 - Family NP Practicum I - 180 Clinical Hours 3 credits

CMN 574 - Family NP II 3 credits

CMN 575 - Family NP Practicum II - 180 Clinical Hours 3 credits

CMN 576 - Family NP Practicum III - 240 Clinical Hours 4 credits

CMN 577 - Family NP III 3 credits

DNP Core Courses

NU 611 - Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems 3 credits

NU 612 - Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 credits

NU 615 - Quality Improvement and Outcomes Assessment 3 credits

NU 616 - Data Management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems 3 credits

Family NP DNP Project Planning & Development and Residency

NU 600 - DNP Project Planning & Development 3 credits

CMN 681 - Family NP Residency I - 180 specialty clinical hours 3 credits

CMN 682 - Family NP Residency II - 180 specialty clinical hours 3 credits

CMN 683 - Family NP Residency III - 180 specialty clinical hours 3 credits


Please feel free to contact Dr. Shannon Harris for more information about this specialty: