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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 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. 

Program Overview

As a graduate-level nursing student, you’ll build on the knowledge and competencies you gained at the bachelor’s level. Throughout the MSN degree program you will strengthen your critical thinking and problem-solving skills in order to coordinate healthcare programs in a time of ongoing reform. The program features online courses along with a 12-week practicum onsite in a healthcare setting. 

The master's degree program in nursing at Franklin University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). 

Program Outcomes

  1. Examine conceptual models related to the nurse practitioner role in care of diverse populations.

  2. Analyze nursing history to expand thinking and provide a sense of professional heritage and identity of the nurse practitioner role in the United States.

  3. Describe the transition to the role of a nurse practitioner.

  4. Examine key concepts in role development of the advanced practice nurse.

  5. Analyze key characteristics of the four nationally recognized advanced practice nurse roles.

  6. Identify the role of the advanced practice nurse with regard to health policy and delivery of care.

  7. Examine regulatory bodies with regard to advanced practice nursing licensure and credentialing requirements.

Curriculum & Course Descriptions

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 698 - Diagnostic Methods for the Nurse Practitioner (2)
This course will provide students with content regarding common diagnostic tests applicable to APN practice, the rationale for these tests, expected results and common abnormal results. Topics include selection of appropriate diagnostic tests, procedures for collecting specimens, analyzing selected tests and evaluating results.
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 704 - Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Prep (1)
This course is designed to prepare the student to successfully pass the national certification exam. Emphasis will be on best test-taking practices and professional and independent practice in primary care for individuals and families.
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 - Updated 2019 - 2020

Acknowledgement of Receipt of the Handbook

Criminal History Disclosure Form

Clinical Practicum Documentation Checklist