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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Family Nurse Practitioner

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Program Director Rosemary Byrne talks about the family nurse practitioner specialty.


The family nurse practitioner program prepares advanced practice nurses to deliver accessible primary care to individuals, families and communities across a broad range of racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, geographic and age/developmental strata. Principles of epidemiology and community health are combined to prepare family nurse practitioners (FNP) for practice, leadership and advocacy roles.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Assess, diagnose and manage common acute and chronic primary health care problems affecting individuals and families in medically underserved urban, suburban and rural communities.
  • Identify the epidemiologic roots of health problems affecting family/group systems;
  • Assess the impact of environmental stressors on individual, family and community health.
  • Develop appropriate health promotion and illness prevention strategies.
  • Acquire the knowledge, skill and precepted clinical experiences required to qualify for national certification examinations, and/or state licensure, with or without prescriptive authority.
  • Meet academic requirements for application to doctoral programs in nursing and other related fields.
  • Assume a family nurse practitioner role in a variety of health care settings including public and private ambulatory settings, wellness centers, hospital-based or freestanding home health agencies, occupational health sites, prisons, senior centers, homeless shelters, and migrant labor camps.

The family nurse practitioner program is offered to students from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds through a number of routes to entry and program options. Find your pathway to entry.

**Traditional Master's Family Nurse Practitioner program begins Fall term ONLY**

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