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Family Nurse Practitioner

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) curriculum focuses on the knowledge and skills required to educate advanced practice nurses to provide primary health care to clients and families across the lifespan. Upon completion, graduates are eligible to sit for national certification examinations and to apply for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) license.

Family Nurse Practitioners provide comprehensive health promotion services to ambulatory clients; evaluate presenting problems at the client's initial contact with the primary care system; and continuing care to clients with acute and stable chronic illnesses. In addition to clinical practice, other themes emphasized throughout the graduate coursework include: an epidemiological approach to clinical problems; family and community systems; appropriate use of technology; cost effectiveness; collaboration; consultation and the referral process; theoretical frameworks; and the research base for primary care practice.

Clinical practice sites are generally located in the Kansas City metropolitan area, but may extend across the state of Kansas and other communities where students are located. A variety of settings are utilized: family practices; student health services; occupational health clinics; home health services; rural clinics; and child, adolescent, adult and geriatric sites. 

The FNP curriculum requires 75 credit hours of coursework. Most of the required courses are available online, although the entire program is not fully available in a distance education format. Attendance on campus at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City is required for the following courses: NRSG 935, NRSG 801, and NRSG 954. Practicum courses NRSG 916, NRSG 917 and NRSG 918 require visits to the KU Medical Center campus 3 times during each semester for Clinical Intensive workshops and Standardized Patient exams. 

Sample Plan of Study - Preferred Plan of StudyPDF document (image)


Nursing Licensure

This program prepares students for an advanced practice specialty certification and APRN eligibility as a primary care certified nurse practitioner (CNP). APRN eligibility differs across states and many require a specialty certification. Specialty certifications are acquired through national exams that do not vary by state. For information on individual state's requirements go to the National Councils of State Boards of Nursing website.

As of July 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education implemented Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v) that requires professional nursing programs to provide information on how their curriculum meets education requirements for professional licensing in each state. You may review KU School of Nursing's information on licensure by state.

Last modified: Nov 16, 2020
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