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

Family Nurse Practitioner Overview

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track 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. These core courses can be taken on campus or online. 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 or collaborative practice in primary care settings. FNP applicants should demonstrate competence in caring for adults and children.  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. Graduates also have the option to continue in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

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.

MSN alumni rank program with high scores

M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing MSN alumni from 2014 and 2015 were surveyed on key satisfaction measures relating to their respective programs through Educational Benchmarking, Inc. (EBI).  EBI is a national standardized survey that is recognized by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to be an important program outcome measure. The program earned high scores.

The MSN program, in the three categories of overall program effectiveness, learning and satisfaction, rated highly, far exceeding six high profile peer schools of nursing in the nation. It had similarly high scores, outpacing peers, when alumni indicated satisfaction with administration and academic advising, quality of curriculum, quality of faculty, instruction and support services.  

Villanova's personalized FNP Track