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Program Requirements

The master of science in nursing (MSN) degree with a concentration in advanced practice family nursing will prepare students to take the FNP certification exam offered through the American Nurses' Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Master’s Degree Requirements

62 total semester hours (sh), plus 675 practicum hours

  • 14 sh of graduate nursing core classes
  • 15 sh of advanced practice core courses
  • 33 sh, plus 675 clinical hours, of family nurse practitioner specialty courses

Courses

Click on a course name below to read a description of that class.

Please review the full academic catalog for the year you enrolled at North Park for official degree requirements. The catalog and your School of Nursing advisor will assist you in planning your course sequence to complete your master’s degree.

NURS 5010 – Scientific Inquiry and Knowledge Development
This course focuses on the evaluation and development of evidence-based approaches to improve practice, health outcomes, and the care environment. Emphasis is placed on utilizing theories in nursing research, evidence-based practice, and quality improvement; analyzing evidence; identifying knowledge gaps; developing strategies to generate and disseminate new evidence; and planning approaches for translating evidence into practice. Cultural and lifespan considerations of evidence-based practice approaches are addressed. Ethical considerations of evidence appraisal, development, and implementation are identified. This course serves as the foundation for synthesis and development of nursing knowledge in clinical (capstone) projects. Students must have completed an undergraduate statistics or equivalent course and also an undergraduate nursing research course.

NURS 5015 – Health Care Systems: Organization and Resources
This course examines how health care delivery systems are organized and financed and the economic, political, and regulatory factors that influence the planning and delivery of healthcare services across the continuum of care. Emphasis is placed on utilizing health system data sets, quality improvement tools, and evidence-based practice to optimize patient safety and health outcomes. Students apply economic, systems, and organizational principles in evaluating the structure, function, and delivery of health care in the U.S. and participate in the development of policies to improve health care. The utilization of information technology to support the coordination, improvement, and delivery of care is explored.

NURS 5020 – Population Based Health Care
This course examines epidemiologic and public health principles to analyze needs and plan for care of populations across the lifespan. Social, cultural, environmental, and genetic determinants of health are explored; risk assessment and root causes of illness are examined. Health promotion and educational methods are critiqued and levels of prevention applied in developing programs for at-risk populations. Building on local context, the urban, multicultural, national, and global influences on population health are explored.

NURS 5030 – Professional Communication & Collaboration
This course focuses on the identification, analysis, and implementation of communication strategies to facilitate formation of successful teams and partnerships. Students will develop a comprehensive knowledge of principles of adult learning and will examine clinical reasoning, judgment, and decision making in addressing the needs of diverse patients and populations across the life span. Emphasis will be placed on developing group leadership skills, building teams through communication and partnership, and conflict management in the light of change.

NURS 5503 – Advanced Practice Nursing: Role Concepts and Transitions
This course is designed to facilitate student transition into the role of advanced practice nurse. It builds on concepts of role socialization and organizational structure. Professional issues such as credentialing and reimbursement for advanced practice nurses are explored. Health care policy and its impact on advanced nursing practice and primary care are examined.

NURS 5505 – Advanced Pathophysiology
This course expands on foundational concepts of pathophysiology, focusing on altered cell, organ, and system function. Recognition, evaluation, and management of common health deviations of individuals across the lifespan are also addressed.

NURS 5510 – Advanced Pharmacology
This course expands on foundational concepts of pharmacology and provides a framework for understanding pharmacotherapeutics. The overall purpose of the course is to prepare advanced practice nurses for safe therapeutic drug selection and prescription for individuals across the lifespan.

NURS 5515 – Advanced Health Assessment
This course examines the process of health history taking, physical assessment, diagnostic data interpretation, and health assessment recording for individuals across the lifespan. It consists of a 3-hour didactic portion and a 1-hour laboratory component. Students must have completed an undergraduate health assessment course or equivalent prior to registering for this course.

NURS 5520 – Health and Wellness Promotion
This course addresses theories of adult growth and development, principles of health promotion and disease prevention, and introduces related national practice guidelines. Students acquire skills in conducting risk assessments, developing health promotion and risk reduction strategies, and evaluating health promotion activities.

NURS 5530 – Adult Health Management I
The course examines the health care needs of adults across the lifespan as addressed by the advanced practice nurse in primary care settings. It builds on the concepts of health promotion and disease prevention and emphasizes assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of common acute episodic illnesses, chronic stable illnesses, and medical emergencies.

NURS 5540 – Adult Health Management II
The course, a continuation of NURS 5530, examines the health care needs of adults across the lifespan as addressed by the advanced practice nurse in primary care settings. It builds on the concepts of health promotion and disease prevention and emphasizes assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of common acute episodic illnesses, chronic stable illnesses, and medical emergencies.

NURS 5546 – Family-Centered Care
The focus of this course is care of the family unit as well as individuals belonging to the family. The Family Nurse Practitioner is a specialist in family nursing within the context of community, therefore, a strong foundation in family and community theory is provided. A variety of family systems and the cultural, community and societal factors which influence them is examined.

NURS 5560 – Pediatric Health Management
This course examines growth and development of the healthy newborn, infant, child, and adolescent and addresses stage appropriate anticipatory health management strategies. It emphasizes diagnosis and management of common acute and chronic diseases/conditions of children of all ages.

NURS 5565 – Pediatric Health Management Practicum
Students engage in primary care clinical experiences to develop skills in the assessment, diagnosis, and management of common acute and chronic health alterations experienced by individuals from newborn through adolescence. Students apply health promotion and disease prevention strategies to care. Family-centered care is emphasized.

NURS 5570 – Women's Health Management
This course addresses diagnosis and management of acute and chronic health alternations of women across the life span. Female health promotion, common gynecologic issues, preconception education, family planning, pregnancy, and post-partum care are examined.

NURS 5575 – Women's Health Management Practicum
Students engage in primary care clinical experiences to develop skills in the assessment, diagnosis, and management of common acute and chronic health alterations experienced by women from adolescence through older adulthood. Students apply health promotion and disease prevention strategies to care. Practicum totals 90 clock hours.

NURS 5610 – Advanced Practice in Gerontologic Nursing I
This course addresses the principles of health and aging and strategies for advanced assessment of older adults across cultural groups. Common geriatric issues and syndromes are discussed, with emphasis on wellness, prevention, maintenance, and early health care interventions in primary and long- term care settings.

NURS 5790 – Family Practice Residency
This is the culminating course for the nurse practitioner students in the family practice track. It is a residency. Students engage in clinical experiences to synthesize knowledge and skills gained in previous practicum courses. They assume responsibility for management of individual clients across the lifespan in the context of the family. Students will complete and report on a clinical project. Residency totals 270 clock hours.

NURS 5990 – Capstone Project
This course provides students with the opportunity to develop an evidence-based practice project with potential dissemination. The project will be presented in both written and oral formats.

Program Requirements