Master's/Post-master's Family Nurse Practitioner Overview

Family Nurse Practitioner Overview

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program prepares nurse practitioners with extensive clinical practice and role preparation for advanced practice in caring for patients across the lifespan. Students work with physicians and nurse practitioner preceptors, and are given access to a wide variety of clinical agencies and practice settings. The FNP is the most versatile NP role allowing graduates to care for patients, families and communities in a wide array of practice sites from community-based clinics to primary care offices and from retail clinics to urgent care centers.

Our core courses prepare you with the foundational knowledge required of all graduate students. Our clinical courses enable you to build on your existing clinical skills, broaden your knowledge base related to care of the family and individual across the lifespan, and gain the knowledge and skills essential to independent for collaborative practice in primary care settings. We place our students with preceptors who serve as mentors and role models throughout the clinical practice experience. Our graduates are highly respected for their knowledge and expertise and are employed in primary care settings across the country.

At completion of this track, graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate advanced knowledge and experience in delivering safe, effective quality care of patients across the lifespan in primary care.
  • Demonstrate competence in managing the health/ illness status of patients in primary care.
  • Monitor and ensure quality health care for clients in primary care.
  • Incorporate an understanding of family systems and dynamics in planning and providing primary health care for a wide range of patient populations.
  • Demonstrate leadership and competence in implementing the role of the primary care nurse practitioner.
  • Engage in counseling, communication, collaboration and teaching in a manner that reflects caring, advocacy, ethics and professional standards.
  • Conceptualize one's individual role as a primary care nurse practitioner and one's personal philosophy of primary care practice.

My View

“I can broaden my scope of practice and take care of patients throughout a larger part of their life…children, parents and often grandparents. Caring for multigenerational families will be rewarding. I have also noted the many job opportunities available which request these added credentials. Upon graduation I will have many more options open to me.”

Geraldine Fried, MSN, RN

Villanova's personalized FNP program.

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