Family Nurse Practitioner

Description

Family Nurse Practitioners are advanced practice nurses who have received the additional education and training necessary to provide primary health care, health information, and community-based case management in many settings. As a graduate from the Wright State University Family Nurse Practitioner concentration, you will be able to help meet the growing demand for primary care and preventive care in settings where the services of health care professionals are needed. Graduates are eligible for certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Associate of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). The concentration consists of 13 credit hours of core nursing courses with an additional 31 credit hours to complete the Family Nurse Practitioner concentration.

As a master's-prepared Family Nurse Practitioner, you will be qualified to:

  • Provide primary care to families and persons of all ages;
  • Work in collaboration with physicians and other health care providers to treat common health problems such as sore throats and ear infections, manage chronic illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure, and perform and interpret common screening and diagnostic tests
  • Care for the person as a whole and not simply the illness
  • Provide information needed so persons can make informed decisions about their lifestyle choices
  • Work with families to increase their ability to care for themselves and to become informed consumers of health care

Graduates are eligible for certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Association (ANCC) as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Admission

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply to this graduate nursing concentration, applicants must meet the following criteria:

1

Be a bachelor prepared nurse, having earned a BSN in nursing from an NLN or CCNE accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for your baccalaureate degree and any subsequent graduate work

2

Be a Registered Nurse with an unencumbered license, having a minimum of two years full time experience post BSN at the time of admission review

3

Apply to Wright State Graduate School.

The application to the Graduate School must contain:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Professional statement (no more than 250 words)
4

Submit an Application for the Family Nurse Practitioner concentration (PDF)

The application to the College of Nursing and Health must contain:

  • Resume
  • An essay about a meaningful clinical situation which helped you clarify your goals and desire to become an advanced practice nurse (maximum of two pages)
  • Two recommendation letters from your current or most recent supervisor or a faculty member of your BSN program or a previous employer
5

Provide evidence of no criminal history record on file from both a Federal Bureau of Investigation, an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation and (if applicable) the state in which you reside for background check. Please be aware that background checks may take up to 30 days to process.  It is in your benefit to complete the background check one month prior to the College of Nursing and Health application deadline. Background checks can be done in the Educational Resource Center at 116 Allyn Hall. The results must be sent to Zane Jacks, College of Nursing and Health, 160 UH, Wright State University, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435.

Application Deadline is January 15.

Keep in mind that it takes 2-6 weeks to process an application in the Graduate School. Once all your application materials have been received, you will be contacted to interview with the Associate Director of the Family Nurse Practitioner concentration.

Curriculum

All students are required to complete a graduate level statistics course prior to NUR 7005: Nursing Research and Evidence for Practice course. Students are admitted only summer or fall term. Individualized plans, including part-time, will be developed on admission by the associate director of the concentration. Please see the following sample curriculum plan for a full-time student.

The concentration can be completed online; however, all students must come to campus five times during the online study: Orientation and for final examinations and OSCE standardized patients at the end of each term.

Year 1

Summer
  • NUR 7001 Role Development and Leadership - 2 credit hours
  • NUR 7002 Information Technology in Health Care - 2 credit hours
Fall Semester
  • NUR 7004 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Practice - 3 credit hours
  • NUR 7102 Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan for Advanced Nursing Practice - 3 credit hours
  • NUR 7104 Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan - 3 credit hours
  • NUR 7105 Population Health - 3 credit hours
Spring Semester
  • NUR 7003 Health Policy, Politics and Issues - 2 credit hours
  • NUR 7005 Nursing Research and Evidence for Practice - 4 credit hours
  • NUR 7103 Applied Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Advanced Practice Across the Lifespan - 3 credit hours

Year 2

Summer
  • NUR 7106 Advanced Family Nursing - 2 credit hours
  • NUR 7801 Primary Health Care of Women, Children and Adolescents - 6 credit hours
Fall Semester
  • NUR 7802 Primary Care of Adults - 5 credit hours
Spring Semester
  • NUR 7803 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum - 6 credit hours

Course Descriptions

NUR 7001

Course Title: Role Development and Leadership
Credit Hours: 2 credit hours
Catalog Description: This course focuses on understanding and synthesizing concepts and theories that will facilitate professional role development and leadership in advanced nursing roles.

NUR 7002

Course Title: Information Technology in Health Care
Credit Hours: 2 credit hours
Catalog Description: This course focuses on the theoretical basis of nursing and health care informatics. The model of data, information and knowledge is used to explore the basis of nursing informatics within health care. Strategies are examined for dissemination, access, retrieval and evaluation of information for professionals and consumers of health care.

NUR 7003

Course Title: Health Policy, Politics and Issues
Credit Hours: 2 credit hours
Catalog Description: Critical analysis of public policies and issues affecting nursing and health care delivery. Encompasses economic, political, social, technological, ethical and legal influences on consumers and health care providers from a global perspective.

NUR 7004

Course Title: Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Practice
Credit Hours: 3 credit hours
Catalog Description: Analysis of nursing and other selected concepts, models, and theories as related to nursing practice, administration, and education in development and application of nursing science.

NUR 7005

Course Title: Nursing Research and Evidence for Practice
Credit Hours: 4 credit hours
Catalog Description: Critical analysis of the components, methodology, and state of the art of research for nursing to plan change for best practice.

NUR 7102

Course Title: Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan for Advanced Nursing Practice
Credit Hours: 3 credit hours
Catalog Description: An in-depth scientific knowledge base is explored relevant to selected pathophysiological states across the lifespan confronted by graduate nurses. This course provides a basis for the foundation of clinical decisions related to selected diagnostic tests and the initiation of therapeutic regimens. Pathophysiology is correlated to clinical diagnoses and management.

NUR 7103

Course Title: Applied Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Advanced Practice Across the Lifespan
Credit Hours: 3 credit hours
Catalog Description: Focuses on prescriptive knowledge of pharmacologic agents used in treatment of common primary health care problems, stable chronic disease states and acute care diseases across the lifespan. Emphasis on indications, mechanisms of action, drug interactions, side effects, and client education.

NUR 7104

Course Title: Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan
Credit Hours: 3 credit hours
Catalog Description: Application of cognitive processes and psychomotor skills needed for comprehensive health assessment. Emphasis is on health history; physical, developmental, and nutritional assessment; and identification of common client problems across the life span.

NUR 7105

Course Title: Population Health
Credit Hours: 3 credit hours
Catalog Description: This course synthesizes methods of population assessment and planning to construct population-appropriate interventions for health care delivery systems. The focus is on safe, quality, and culturally-appropriate advanced nurse practice activities to meet emerging world needs.

NUR 7106

Course Title: Advanced Family Nursing
Credit Hours: 2 credit hours
Catalog Description: Family science and nursing theories are used as frameworks to assess and analyze family functioning including health promotion and risk identification of families experiencing health issues.  Therapeutic interventions are discussed including multidisciplinary approaches.

NUR 7801

Course Title: Primary Care of Women, Children and Adolescents
Credit Hours: 6 credit hours
Catalog Description: Provides the nurse practitioner with knowledge and skills needed to deliver primary health care to women, children and adolescents in multiple settings.  Emphasizes the application of problem identification and management, health promotion, and client and family counseling.  Clinical and supervised lab experiences focus on foundations of nurse practitioner practice, initial role identification and opportunity to apply classroom and core content.

NUR 7802

Course Title: Primary Care of Adults
Credit Hours: 5 credit hours
Catalog Description: Provides the nurse practitioner with knowledge and skills needed to deliver primary health care to young adults, adults, and older adults through senescence in multiple settings. Emphasizes the application of problem identification and management, health promotion, and client & family counseling. Supervised lab and clinical experiences provide the opportunity to apply classroom and core content.

NUR 7803

Course Title: Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum
Credit Hours: 6
Catalog Description: Intensive clinical focus provides students the opportunity to apply relevant theories, concepts, and research findings to clinical care. Stresses development of clinical competence required in delivering primary health care.

Contact Information

Concentration Contact:

Brenda Young, DNP, FNP
Title: Director, Family Nurse Practitioner Program
Email: brenda.young@wright.edu
Phone: (937) 775-3579
Fax: (937) 775-4571

General Contact Information:

Wright State University
3640 Col. Glenn Highway
Graduate School
344 Student Union
Dayton, OH  45435
(937) 775-2976

Sue Bevan
Title: Administrative Specialist
Email: sueanne.artz@wright.edu
Phone: (937) 775-3577
Fax: (937) 775-4571

Financial Aid Nursing

Email: nursing_graduate_programs@wright.edu