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Family nurse practitioner

For registered nurses interested in providing primary health care to patients of all ages, the family nurse practitioner program offers a flexible and rewarding career path. First launched as a certificate program in 1974, the VCU School of Nursing FNP concentration within the Master of Science in Nursing program prepares you to assess, diagnose and manage common health problems as well as maximize the health and well-being of individuals and families across the life span. Using comprehensive physical and psychosocial assessments, diagnostic reasoning, advanced-practice skills and procedures, and evidence-based treatment strategies, VCU School of Nursing graduates with the FNP concentration are prepared to provide direct care to individuals and families in a variety of primary care settings.

Students who successfully complete the FNP concentration within the master’s program are eligible to apply for certification as a family nurse practitioner by both national certifying bodies: the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Below is a sample curriculum.

Core courses Credits
NURS 501 Advanced Professionalization I 1
NURS 502 Advanced Nursing Practice: Pharmacotherapeutics 3
NURS 503 Ethics, Advanced Nursing Practice and the Health Care Environment 3
NURS 504 Advanced Nursing Practice: The Biological Basis of Health and Illness Across the Lifespan 3
NURS 508 Policy, Processes and Systems for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
NURS 511 Health Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
NURS 512 Evidence-based Advanced Nursing Practice 3
NURS 601 Advanced Professionalization II 1
Concentration courses  
NURS 611 Primary Care Advanced Practice Clinical Procedures 1
NURS 633 Common Health Problems of Women 3
NURS 634 Advanced Practice: The Childbearing Woman 2
NURS 647 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Children 3
NURS 648 Management of Acute Problems of Children and Adolescents 3
NURS 660 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Adults 3
NURS 661 Adult-Gerontology Primary Care 4
NURS 670 Primary Care of Families 3
NURS 672 Child Practicum I 3
NURS 676 Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Practicum I 3
NURS 682 Women’s Practicum I 3
NURS 684 Family Practicum 4



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