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Post Graduate Certificate - Family Nurse Practitioner

This pathway is designed to prepare skilled Nurse Practitioners for work in clinics, hospitals, schools, correctional facilities and organizations such as local health departments, corporations and state or federal agencies. Health promotion and disease prevention are integral in the NP’s practice. Graduates of this program are registered nurses with advanced education who is able to assess, make medical and nursing diagnoses, manage health care, prescribe medicines and evaluate care for persons who are ill, injured and/or have chronic diseases.

The NP pathway offers a part-time and full-time options to fit the schedules of working nurses. Many classes are offered via Internet Protocol Video (IPV) conference between various campuses. In addition, all courses are also augmented by Web / Internet based activities, reducing frequency for on-campus course instruction. Much of the learning activities are completed in the student's home and transmitted electronically, versus sitting in classrooms.

The Family Nurse Practitioner curriculum prepares graduates to apply for and sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center and/or American Association of Nurse Practitioners Family Nurse Practitioner-primary care certification exam.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will be prepared to: 

  • Integrate theories from nursing and support sciences to guide practice and role development 
  • Use evidence-based and best practice literature to propose and initiate change. 
  • Use political acumen to influence health care policy in the promotion of safe, ethical health care delivery. 
  • Deliver a broad array of evidence-based, patient-centered nursing interventions to culturally diverse or at-risk individuals and populations in a specialized area of practice. 
  • Demonstrate expertise in a specialized area of clinical, teaching, and management/administrative practice and/or initial competence in a functional role (advanced practice registered nurse [APRN], educator and administrator). 
  • Employ leadership and management skills in decision making to improve nursing care delivery and the care environment. 
  • Collaborate with the interprofessional teams to improve nursing care and health care services. 
  • Contribute to knowledge dissemination through scholarly activities and communication. 
  • Use critical synthesis to effectively manage resources and systems. 
  • Demonstrate competency in information analysis, management and technology consistent with role preparation. 
  • Engage in lifelong learning and professional development. 

Prerequisite Courses

  • Completion of a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Degree from a regionally accredited institution.  
  • Current license to practice as a Registered Nurse. CNS and NP program applicants must be licensed in the state of Oklahoma. www.ok.gov/nursing Applicants to the CNS and NP programs are advised that their clinical rotations must be completed in the state of Oklahoma. Administration/Management and Education program applicants must be licensed in the United States. Applicants to the Administration/Management and Education programs are advised that their practicum experience must be completed in the United States.  
  • Completion of a research methodology course with a grade of C or better.  
  • Completion of a graduate or undergraduate general statistics course. Must include probability theory, inferential statistics, and descriptive statistics with a grade of C or better.  
  • An overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 hours of academic credit.  
  • Submission of three (3) recommendations (references) for admission with the Nursing CAS Admission Application.   
  • Application to the University.  
  • If requested by faculty, an interview.  
  • Additional Information: All students must be enrolled in the graduate-nursing student group professional liability insurance program.  

Curriculum

CLINICAL SCIENCE CORE COURSES

Course # 

Course Title 

Credits 

PATH 5503 

Applied Principles of Pathology 

NURS 7043 

Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 

NURS 7153 

Advanced Physical/Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning 

Credit Hours 

FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER TRACK 

Course # 

Course Title 

Credits 

NURS 7073 

Primary Health Care in the Family - FNP I 

NURS 7012 

Diagnostic Methods & Primary Care Procedures 

NURS 7013 

Primary Health Care in the Family Didactic – FNP 2  

NURS 7003 

Primary Health Care in the Family Practicum - FNP 2 

NURS 7033 

Primary Health Care in the Family Didactic – FNP 3 

NURS 7023 

Primary Health Care in the Family Practicum – FNP 3 

NURS 7045 

Primary Health Care in the Family Preceptorship – FNP 4 

NURS 7062 

Nurse Practitioner Roles & Practice Management 

Credit Hours 

24 

FULL-TIME SAMPLE  PLANS OF STUDY – 2 YEARS 

FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER TRACK 

SUMMER SEMESTER – YEAR 1  

Course # 

Course Title 

Credits 

NURS 7153 

Advanced Physical/Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning 

Total Credit Hours 

FALL SEMESTER – YEAR I

Course # 

Course Title 

Credits 

PATH 5503 

Applied Principles of Pathology 

NURS 7073 

Primary Health Care in the Family – FNP 1 

NURS 

 7012 

Diagnostic Methods & Primary Care Procedures  

Total Credit Hours 

SPRING SEMESTER – YEAR 1 

Course # 

Course Title 

Credits 

NURS 7043 

Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 

NURS  

7013 

Primary Health Care for in the Family Didactic - FNP 2 

NURS 7003 

Primary Health Care in the Family Practicum  - FNP 2 (192 clinical hours) 

Total Credit Hours 

  

FALL SEMESTER – YEAR 2 

Course # 

Course Title 

Credits 

NURS 7033 

Primary Health Care in the Family Didactic- FNP 3 

NURS 7023 

Primary Health Care in the Family Practicum – FNP 3 (192 clinical hours) 

Total Credit Hours 

SPRING SEMESTER – YEAR 2 

Course # 

Course Title 

Credits 

NURS 7045 

Primary Health Care for the Family Preceptorship  - FNP 4 (320 clinical hours) 

NURS 7062 

Nurse Practitioner Roles and Practice Management 

Total Credit Hours 

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 

33 

TOTAL CLINICAL HOURS 

704 

PART-TIME SAMPLE PLANS OF STUDY – 3 YEARS 

FALL SEMESTER - YEAR 1

Course # 

Course Title 

Credits 

PATH 5503 

Applied Principles of Pathology 

Total Credit Hours 

 
SPRING SEMESTER – YEAR 1 

Course # 

Course Title 

Credits 

NURS 7153 

Advanced Physical/Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning 

Total Credit Hours 

SUMMER SEMESTER – YEAR 2 

Course # 

Course Title 

Credits 

NURS 7153 

Advanced Physical/Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning 

Total Credit Hours 

FALL SEMESTER – YEAR 2 

Course # 

Course Title 

Credits 

NURS 7073 

Primary Health Care in the Family –FNP 1 

NURS 7012 

Diagnostic Methods & Primary Care Procedures 

Total Credit Hours 

  SPRING SEMESTER – YEAR 2 

Course # 

Course Title 

Credits 

NURS 7013 

Primary Health Care in the Family Didactic- FNP 2 

NURS 7003 

Primary Health Care in the Family Practicum – FNP 2 (192 clinical hours) 

Total Credit Hours 

  

FALL SEMESTER – YEAR 3 

NURS 7033 

Primary Health Care in the Family Didactic- FNP 3 

NURS 7023 

Primary Health Care in the Family Practicum –FNP 3 (192 clinical hours) 

Total Credit Hours 

SPRING SEMESTER – YEAR 3 

NURS 7045 

Primary Health Care for the Family Preceptorship – FNP 4 (320 clinical hours) 

NURS 7062 

Nurse Practitioner Roles and Practice Management  

Total Credit Hours 

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 

33 

TOTAL CLINICAL HOURS 

704