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M.S. in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP)

Expand your role in patient care with an MSN-FNP

If you are a registered nurse with a desire to expand your role in patient care, Franklin’s M.S. in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) track is a great option for you. You’ll be prepared to work in the primary care setting managing the health of individuals and families. You’ll gain the knowledge and clinical skills necessary for the assessment and management of common acute and chronic illnesses, health promotion and disease prevention for individuals throughout their lives. Upon completion of your degree, you will be eligible to apply to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification examinations offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

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MSN-FNP Program Overview

Transform the patient experience 

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the number of new nurse practitioners graduating each year is rising rapidly and within the next few years, will likely exceed the number of new physicians completing training. The shift provides an opportunity for providers and organizations to meet growing healthcare needs in a more cost-effective manner including filling gaps in specializations and populations. For new and aspiring nurse practitioners, the shift provides more autonomy and more career options. 

As a graduate-level nursing student, you will strengthen your critical thinking and problem-solving skills in order to coordinate healthcare programs in a time of ongoing reform. You’ll examine the role of the advanced practice nurse in the delivery of care, leadership and collaboration. You’ll earn your degree in approximately 27 months, by completing 6, 12 and 16-week online courses. During your last year of study, you’ll participate in a required on-site skills lab, as well as on-site clinicals 1 or 2 days per week depending on the course requirements in an approved healthcare setting. 

Perfect the art of diagnosis and treatment with the help of simulation software 

As part of Franklin’s commitment to providing a relevant education, you’ll be exposed to current and emerging technologies. In addition, you’ll consistently merge coursework with your existing knowledge in order to develop a theoretical basis to guide your practice to promote high quality, effective, patient-centered care. In order to provide a dynamic online learning experience, you will have access to Shadowhealth, state-of-the-art simulation software, to sharpen your foundational skills prior to beginning your clinical experience – a unique benefit for Franklin MSN-FNP students. The use of simulation software continues with iHuman, which is used in many of the didactic courses including the clinicals. 

Maximize your learning with concept-based study and competency-based clinicals

You won’t attend online lectures as part of your MSN-FNP experience. The highly structured, online MSN-FNP coursework requires a great deal of engagement. It is recommended that you attend our live sessions to enrich your understanding. Because the program is designed for working nurses, the live sessions will also be recorded for viewing at a later time. You will progress through your clinicals and demonstrate mastery in primary care. Once mastery is achieved, you are able to spend time in a specialty practice to enrich your diagnostic and management skills.  

Tailor your MSN-FNP to your professional goals

You will have the opportunity to select the location of your clinical. However, it must meet requirements and be approved. You will be required to be on-site for 150 hours during the work week, which equates to about 1-2 work days depending on the course requirements and is typical of most nurse practitioner programs. 

Earn an accredited nursing degree and qualify to apply to take the national certification exam

The master’s degree program in nursing at Franklin University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. As a student, you can be confident that your MSN will prepare you for advanced practice or doctoral-level study.

Once you complete your degree, you will be eligible to apply to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification examination offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Passing the certification exam is necessary to receive a license to practice as an advanced registered nurse practitioner in most states.

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MSN-FNP Courses & Curriculum

41 Semester Hours
Course Sequence (41 hours)
NURS 613 - Role of Advanced Practice Nrs (3)
This course is designed to introduce the experienced clinician to advanced health assessment techniques and diagnostic reasoning. The content of this course focuses on advanced clinical history taking, and physical and psychosocial assessment of individuals/families across the lifespan. Differentiation of normal variations and pathophysiologic changes are emphasized integrating advanced clinical reasoning while transitioning from a previous role and scope to the role and scope of an advanced practice nurse in primary care. There is also emphasis on regulatory bodies with regard to licensure and credentialing requirements, nursing history of the nurse practitioner role in the United States, key concepts in role development and transition from novice to expert practitioner as well as health policy and delivery of care.
NURS 693 - Evidence Based Practice & Quality Improv (3)
This course is designed to expand on the nursing research process. Emphasis is placed on critically evaluating nursing research studies, understanding the importance of utilizing research for evidence-based practice, and developing ideas for a research proposal to be used in the workplace. A review of quantitative and qualitative statistics appropriate to a graduate level research proposal is included. Students will be given the opportunity to utilize relevant resources in the process of development of individual proposals for the capstone thesis/project experience. With the assistance of the faculty, students will choose topics, write an outline for a manuscript, and then explore the process for submitting this manuscript to an appropriate professional journal. Prerequisite NURS 612 or 613.
NURS 644 - Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
This course provides an in-depth study of the physiological changes and responses to altered health states and their impact on the functional status of patients. Students will focus on the essential knowledge of human health and disease across the lifespan. Pathophysiological theories and evidence-based research serve as a basis for applying content to population groups. Prerequisite NURS 612 or 613.
NURS 648 - Advanced Pharmacology (3)
This course focuses on the concepts, principles, and application of pharmacotherapeutics used in the management of health problems encountered in primary care. Emphasis is placed on theories and principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacogenetics, which provide a foundation for critical thinking, and the application of research finding. The focus on pharmacology is aimed at the treatment of acute and chronic health problems in populations over the life span. Prerequisite NURS 612 or 613.
NURS 650 - Population Focused Care (3)
Theories, principles, and strategies of population-based health care are used to design, implement, and evaluate services and plans of care to promote, maintain, and restore health in a defined population. Students focus on population aggregates in structured or unstructured settings across service environments. Strategies to evaluate outcomes and costs are emphasized. Prerequisite NURS 612 or 613.
HCM 752 - Health Policy (4)
This course will explore the essential conceptual and analytical understanding of health policymaking and politics, including their impact on health administration and leadership. Selected policy issues will be explored through the application of political concepts and behavioral models, including a system model of policymaking. The emphasis will be on understanding the health leaders approach to the policymaking system, become involved in it, and work through it to attain their objectives and those of their organization.
NURS 646 - Advanced Physical Assessment (3)
This course builds upon the student's previous health assessment knowledge offering more advanced health assessment content to provide the foundation for advanced professional nursing roles. This course emphasizes knowledge of health assessment, including physical, psychosocial, spiritual health assessment, risk assessment, and functional assessment in diverse populations in the promotion of health and prevention of disease. To maintain a nursing focus on patient responses to health, illness, or the threat of illness, the nurse must exhibit effective communication and client teaching, which is incorporated throughout the course. The importance of effective documentation and health record keeping is included. Prerequisite NURS 612 or 613.
NURS 700 - Foundations of Nurse Practition Practice (3)
This course introduces the practice of primary health care. Principles of safety, quality, and the art of diagnosis and treatment, population health, cultural competency, oral and written communication, and billing and coding. This course has a required basic office procedure skills and assessment lab of 16 hours.
NURS 701 - Primary Care I (4)
This course provides the nurse practitioner student with advanced theoretical knowledge in the principles of health promotion, disease prevention, and management of common acute and chronic health problems across the lifespan. This course has a required clinical experience of 150 hours where the students will complete appropriate focused and comprehensive subjective and objective assessments; use a differential diagnosis process to make clinical decisions; select appropriate interventions including diagnostic tests, medications, and referrals; and document effectively in patients' health records.
NURS 702 - Primary Care II (4)
This course provides the nurse practitioner student with advanced theoretical knowledge in the principles of health promotion, disease prevention, and management of common acute and chronic health problems across the lifespan. This course has a required clinical experience of 150 hours where students will complete appropriate focused and comprehensive subjective and objective assessments; used a differential diagnosis process to make clinical decisions; select appropriate interventions including diagnostic tests, medications, and referrals; and document effectively in patients' health records.
NURS 703 - Management of Multidimensional Health (4)
This course focuses on the health care concepts specific to the application of assessment and management of physical and mental health with special emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention, risk reduction, disease detection, and gender-related health in diverse populations. This course has a required clinical experience of 150 hours where students will complete appropriate focused and comprehensive subjective and objective assessments; use a differential diagnosis process to make clinical decisions; select appropriate interventions including diagnostic tests, medications, and referrals; and document effectively in patients' health records.
NURS 790 - FNP Capstone (4)
This course focuses on transitioning from the family nurse practitioner student role to the nursing leadership role of the family nurse practitioner working in a variety of primary care settings. This course has a clinical practicum of 150 hours.
Program Specific Requirements

Please note: Due to the unique requirements of the family nurse practitioner clinical experience, students should consult the Nursing MSN Program Handbook for important information on the program’s required clinical component before selecting this major. Applicants must complete and return the Acknowledgement of Receipt of the Handbook and the Criminal History Disclosure form prior to enrolling FNP track of the MSN program. For questions regarding the handbook or forms, please contact the FNP Program Chair. The handbook and forms may be accessed via the links below:

MSN Program Handbook

Acknowledgement of Receipt of the Handbook

Criminal History Disclosure Form

MSN-FNP Program Details

MSN-FNP Career Opportunities

Family Nurse Practitioner

Nurse practitioners work with patients of all ages and can perform examinations, diagnose illnesses, interpret diagnostic tests and prescribe medications under the conditions of the nurse practice act in each state. 

Registered Nurse

Registered nurses monitor patients, provide treatment and provide instructions for disease prevention and follow-up care to patients and their families.
 

Nurse Educator

Nurse educators work at community colleges, at hospitals or at four-year institutions to teach aspiring nurses by developing curriculum, teaching courses or observing students in clinical environments.

MSN-FNP Employment Outlook

35%

From 2015-2025 jobs for Nurse Practitioners are expected to increase by 35%

All Occupations

2015
3,000,000 jobs
2025
4,050,000 jobs


Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI).

MSN-FNP Knowledge & Skillsets

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MSN-FNP Frequently Asked Questions

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