Family Nurse Practitioner Track

Family Nurse Practitioner Track (FNP)

The Byers School of Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Track allows students to expand their scope of practice to include care of individuals across the lifespan. The program includes didactic and clinical experiences that focus on the primary care needs of individuals, families, and communities. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the national Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam.

Family Nurse Practitioner Program Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate personal, collegial, and collaborative approaches that enhance the family nurse practitioner’s effectiveness in working in an interprofessional manner.
  2. Synthesize theoretical, scientific, and contemporary clinical knowledge for the assessment and management of both health and illness states, health promotion, health protection, disease prevention, and treatment of all patients including those with multiple chronic conditions.
  3. Ensure quality of care through consultations and collaboration with other professionals.
  4. Analyze situations to improve health outcomes for patients, communities, and systems by overseeing and directing the delivery of clinical services within an interprofessional system of health care.
  5. Translate knowledge and psychomotor skills to enhance patients’ ability for self-care through advocating, modeling and teaching.
  6. Demonstrate a commitment to the implementation, preservation and evolution of the family nurse practitioner role as well as build interprofessional relationships to provide optimal care to the patient.
  7. Provide culturally competent care with respect to cultural and spiritual beliefs and make health care resources available to patient from diverse cultures.

Family Nurse Practitioner Track Guidelines

Admission Policy

Participants enrolled in the Family Nurse Practitioner program must comply with the Byers School of Nursing, Graduate admissions requirements.

Program Delivery

The Family Nurse Practitioner program is offered using a distance learning methodology* and requires students to be on campus for two intensives.

Academic Advising

Upon admission to the Family Nurse Practitioner program, the student is assigned to a graduate faculty member who will work with the student to develop a curriculum plan. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisors prior to registration each semester to confirm their program plan.

Registration Procedures

New students are given instructions on how to register with their acceptance letter. Before or during the first half of the first semester, students are encouraged to meet with their faculty advisors to map out a curriculum plan. For the remainder of the program students are responsible for registering for their own classes. The process is as follows:

  • Graduate students may register on-line via the Walsh University Cavalier Center ( To register on-line, the student must obtain an alternate PIN from their assigned academic advisor and resolve any holds that may prevent registration.
  • Obtain a form from the website ( Click on “Academic” and scroll down to the “Office of the Registrar” link. Scroll down to the link “forms” and then on “Graduate Registration Form”. Download as copy and fax (330) 490-7372, mail, or present the completed form to the Registrar’s Office (located in Farrell Hall).

* Online refers to the definition from the Higher Learning Commission: Distance-delivered courses are those in which all or the vast majority (typically 75% or more) of the instruction and interaction occurs via electronic communication, correspondence, or equivalent mechanisms, with the faculty and students physically separated from each other.

Family Nurse Practitioner Track 

Foundation Course (12 Credit Hours)
NURS 600Theoretical Devel of Nurs Sci3
NURS 601Research Meth/Evid Based Pract3
NURS 603Advance Professional Nurs Role3
NURS 706Hlth Care Policy, Organ/Financ3
Practice Application Courses (21 Credit Hours)
NURS 610Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 612Advanced Pharmacology3
NURS 614Adv Health Assessment3
NURS 640Clini Assessment & Management3
NURS 642Clinical Pharmacology3
NURS 671Intensive I0
NURS 672Intensive II0
NURS 705App of Epidemiol to Hlth Serv3
NURS 718Hltcr Tech & Data Mgmt3
Expert Knowledge (29 Credit Hours)
NURS 641FNP I :Care of Adults (100 clinical hours)6
NURS 643FNP II: Care of Child/Adoles (100 clinical hours)6
NURS 645FNP III: Care of Women (100 clinical hours)6
NURS 647FNP IV:Care of Adult/Eld w/MCC (150 clinical hours)6
NURS 649FNP V: Capstone (200 clinical hours)5
Total Clinical Hours: 650
Total Hours62