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Family Nurse Practitioner

“The educators in this program really care about learning and always provide feedback. Three other nurses I know went to three other schools, and I am definitely the most prepared for practice!”

Chelsea Head ’17

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The family nurse practitioner program track prepares the RN to care for individuals and families in a wide variety of health care settings, including clinics, community-based settings, long-term care facilities and hospitals. Family nurse practitioners (FNP's) are trained to provide a wide range of care to a diverse group of patients.

FNP's focus on health promotion and disease prevention, beginning in childhood and continuing throughout the aging process and are trained to diagnose and develop treatment plans for acute and chronic diseases.

The student’s area of study incorporates a blend of theory and research with an emphasis on guided practice in clinical areas. The required 600 hours of practicum work may be completed in the student’s own community (anywhere in the U.S., Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico). During the practicum, the student’s hands-on experiences are directly supervised by an approved local preceptor as well as a member of Graceland’s nursing faculty.

Offerings
Certificate, Graduate
Field of Study
Nursing
Format
Online Campus
Curriculum
  • MSN Degree – Family Nurse Practitioner

    Core Courses (22 s.h. required for all specialty tracks)

    MSN Specialty Track: Family Nurse Practitioner (25 s.h.)

    Courses Offered
    • NURS5010Introduction to MSN and Post-graduate Certificate Programs
      NURS5010 Introduction to MSN and Post-graduate Certificate Programs

      Focuses on preparing the MSN and post-graduate certificate student to be successful in an online graduate program of study. Includes mandatory completion of selected tutorials, review of academic policies, pre-clinical HIPAA and Standard Precaution requirements, and participation in pre-scheduled Live Chat sessions. Information related to university resources and services available to support successful progression and completion of the selected program of study is provided. Successful completion within the first term of enrollment is required for progression in the selected program of study. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

    • NURS5100Pharmacotherapeutics
      NURS5100 Pharmacotherapeutics - 4 s.h.

      Provides the graduate advanced practice nursing student foundational knowledge and application of pharmacotherapeutics to meet the health care needs of clients, from childhood through the older years. Content focuses on the principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and provides an overview of selected therapeutic drug classes and complementary/alternative treatments, which allows students to evaluate client situations and determine therapy within the context of the overall treatment plan. Prerequisite: NURS5440.

    • NURS5121Theory of Nursing
      NURS5121 Theory of Nursing - 3 s.h.

      Focuses on the theoretical concepts that are essential to advanced nursing roles and the interactions between theory, research and practice. Grand, mid-range and practice level theories are examined and compared. The influence of theories from other disciplines on the development of nursing theory is appraised. Students will analyze, compare, and evaluate selected nursing theories for their use in nursing education or clinical practice. Concept analysis, synthesis, and theory application are also important components of this course. Prerequisite: NURS5170.

    • NURS5143Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
      NURS5143 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning - 4 s.h.

      Builds on health assessment skills developed during the professional nurses basic educational program. The course teaches students how to obtain a comprehensive assessment and use this information to develop and/or evaluate evidence based treatment plans for diverse patients with common acute and chronic health problems. Emphasis is placed on the process of clinical/diagnostic reasoning to enable the student to identify problems and make accurate diagnoses. The use of technology and electronic medical records are important components of this course.

    • NURS5170Research Methods and Evidence-based Practice
      NURS5170 Research Methods and Evidence-based Practice - 4 s.h.

      This course focuses on methods in generating and evaluating research for nursing practice. Principles and applications of quantitative and qualitative research designs will be explored. Ethical and legal issues in conducting research will be examined. Students will be prepared to assess needs for practice change, critically appraise existing evidence, and develop a plan for implementation and evaluation of the evidence-based practice interventions.

    • NURS5193Advanced Practice Nursing in Primary Care
      NURS5193 Advanced Practice Nursing in Primary Care - 2 s.h.

      Provides a foundational knowledge of the multifaceted role of the Advanced Practice Nurse in the primary care setting; addressing selected advanced practice procedures diagnostic test interpretation and analysis of the APN as a member of the multidisciplinary healthcare team.

    • NURS5194Advanced Practice Competencies Lab
      NURS5194 Advanced Practice Competencies Lab - 1 s.h.

      Focuses on assessment of selected advanced practice competencies during a mandatory face-face focus session on the Independence Campus. Prerequisite: NURS5192 (AGACNP), NURS5143 (Prerequisite must be taken no more than 2 terms in advance of lab course.), Corequisite: NURS5193 (FNP).

    • NURS5200Primary Care of Families: Pediatrics
      NURS5200 Primary Care of Families: Pediatrics - 3 s.h.

      Examines the common, acute, and chronic health problems occurring in infancy through adolescence using a body-system scheme and a physical, emotional, psychosocial, spiritual, intellectual, and cultural approach. Advanced pathophysiology, assessment and diagnostic strategies specific to acute and common problems in children will be emphasized. Nursing strategies to enhance, maintain and restore health will be emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS5100, NURS5143.

    • NURS5440Advanced Pathophysiology
      NURS5440 Advanced Pathophysiology - 4 s.h.

      Provides the graduate nursing student with a well-grounded understanding of the pathophysiologic mechanisms of disease to serve as a foundation for clinical assessment, decision making, and management. Content focuses on etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical presentation of selected altered health states across the lifespan.

    • NURS6200Primary Care of Families: Adults
      NURS6200 Primary Care of Families: Adults - 3 s.h.

      Examines common acute and chronic health problems occurring in adults using a body-systems approach, and incorporates the physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual, intellectual and cultural aspects of the individual when planning care. Students will utilize and integrate advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology, and nursing theory to formulate differential diagnoses based on appropriate patient history and physical examination in order to create holistic treatment plans. Strategies used to enhance, maintain and restore health will be emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS5100, NURS5440.

    • NURS6740Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Pediatrics
      NURS6740 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Pediatrics - 4 s.h.

      Focuses on a holistic approach to health care from infancy through adolescence incorporating the principles of well child care, health promotion, and disease prevention including the concepts of growth and development, and screening procedures. Emphasizes advanced pathophysiology, assessment and diagnostic strategies specific to acute and common problems in children. Stresses clinical interventions to enhance, maintain, and restore health in context of family and community environments. Develops skills for collaboration with multidisciplinary teams and effective utilization of community resources. This course requires 180 clinical hours and a minimum of 180 pediatric patients. Documentation and the care is to be entered into the nurse practitioner tracking system. In addition, all clinical hours must be completed within the United States and its territories. All hours must be with pediatric patients ages birth-18 and include well visits, acute, and chronic care. No specialty hours will be allowed in this practicum. Prerequisite: NURS5200, NURS5194, NURS6800.

    • NURS6760Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Adult
      NURS6760 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Adult - 4 s.h.

      Focuses on a holistic approach to health care of the adult in diverse settings incorporating the principles of health promotion, disease prevention, and primary health care concepts. Culturally sensitive care will be provided/coordinated using an interdisciplinary approach and with patient/family involvement. Information from other core courses will be used to integrate research, theory, and Evidence Based Practice (EBP) into management of adults in the context of their family and community environment. Emphasis is placed on advanced pathophysiology, physical assessment, diagnostic strategies, and culturally sensitive treatment plans specific to chronic/acute health problems in adults across the life span. Emphasis is also placed on independent practice management skills. Leadership roles will be assumed to help develop health care policies that impact patient/health outcomes. This requires understanding of organization design/structure and resources allocated to provide accessible, affordable, and quality health care to diverse populations at all levels, community, state, federal, and national. Pre-requisites: NURS6200, NURS6800.

    • NURS6800Roles and Issues for Advanced Practice Nurses
      NURS6800 Roles and Issues for Advanced Practice Nurses - 4 s.h.

      Exploration, development and implementation of advanced roles for nurses. Emphasis will be placed on the standards of practice, requirements for, regulation of, and socialization into advanced nursing roles. Students will use critical thinking skills to examine barriers and opportunities for nurses in advanced roles and propose a plan for transitioning into their new role. Encourages leadership roles and fostering of collaboration with other disciplines to improve health care outcomes. Promotes the use of scientific inquiry, evidence-based practice, and joining professional organizations to influence advanced nursing practice and enhance health care outcomes of a population focus. Emphasis on the organization of health care delivery systems, health care finance, health care policy, and ethical and legislative issues affecting health care planning and delivery of accessible, affordable, and quality care to multicultural groups in complex settings. Sociopolitical and legal issues will be examined as they impact the formation of policies and the nursing profession.

    • NURS6830Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Family
      NURS6830 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Family - 4 s.h.

      Capstone course of the family nurse practitioner program requiring independent clinical management of acute and chronic illnesses across the lifespan. This care will be coordinated with an interdisciplinary approach in addition to patient and family decision making while meeting the needs of multicultural groups. Patient education and treatment plans will incorporate health promotion and disease prevention. Student will be required to use knowledge obtained from previous core courses as they integrate research/theory into improving advanced nursing practice. This course will prepare student in assuming advanced leadership roles within healthcare teams and the community to improve health outcomes. It requires the understanding of organizational structure and resources to deliver care. Synthesis of practice management skills pertaining to economics, reimbursement for services, policy development, and management will be emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS6740 and NURS6760.

    • NURS6930EBP Synthesis Project
      NURS6930 EBP Synthesis Project - 3 s.h.

      Prepares the advanced practice graduate to improve nursing practice and patient health outcomes through the systematic selection, analysis, synthesis and application of current best evidence. Identification of clinically significant issues, use of evidence-based practice (EBP), collaboration, peer-review, and dissemination are emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS5121 and NURS5170.

    NURS5010Introduction to MSN and Post-graduate Certificate Programs NURS5100Pharmacotherapeutics NURS5121Theory of Nursing NURS5143Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning NURS5170Research Methods and Evidence-based Practice NURS5193Advanced Practice Nursing in Primary Care NURS5194Advanced Practice Competencies Lab NURS5200Primary Care of Families: Pediatrics NURS5440Advanced Pathophysiology NURS6200Primary Care of Families: Adults NURS6740Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Pediatrics NURS6760Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Adult NURS6800Roles and Issues for Advanced Practice Nurses NURS6830Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Family NURS6930EBP Synthesis Project
    Course Descriptions
    NURS5010 Introduction to MSN and Post-graduate Certificate Programs

    Focuses on preparing the MSN and post-graduate certificate student to be successful in an online graduate program of study. Includes mandatory completion of selected tutorials, review of academic policies, pre-clinical HIPAA and Standard Precaution requirements, and participation in pre-scheduled Live Chat sessions. Information related to university resources and services available to support successful progression and completion of the selected program of study is provided. Successful completion within the first term of enrollment is required for progression in the selected program of study. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

    NURS5100 Pharmacotherapeutics - 4 s.h.

    Provides the graduate advanced practice nursing student foundational knowledge and application of pharmacotherapeutics to meet the health care needs of clients, from childhood through the older years. Content focuses on the principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and provides an overview of selected therapeutic drug classes and complementary/alternative treatments, which allows students to evaluate client situations and determine therapy within the context of the overall treatment plan. Prerequisite: NURS5440.

    NURS5121 Theory of Nursing - 3 s.h.

    Focuses on the theoretical concepts that are essential to advanced nursing roles and the interactions between theory, research and practice. Grand, mid-range and practice level theories are examined and compared. The influence of theories from other disciplines on the development of nursing theory is appraised. Students will analyze, compare, and evaluate selected nursing theories for their use in nursing education or clinical practice. Concept analysis, synthesis, and theory application are also important components of this course. Prerequisite: NURS5170.

    NURS5143 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning - 4 s.h.

    Builds on health assessment skills developed during the professional nurses basic educational program. The course teaches students how to obtain a comprehensive assessment and use this information to develop and/or evaluate evidence based treatment plans for diverse patients with common acute and chronic health problems. Emphasis is placed on the process of clinical/diagnostic reasoning to enable the student to identify problems and make accurate diagnoses. The use of technology and electronic medical records are important components of this course.

    NURS5170 Research Methods and Evidence-based Practice - 4 s.h.

    This course focuses on methods in generating and evaluating research for nursing practice. Principles and applications of quantitative and qualitative research designs will be explored. Ethical and legal issues in conducting research will be examined. Students will be prepared to assess needs for practice change, critically appraise existing evidence, and develop a plan for implementation and evaluation of the evidence-based practice interventions.

    NURS5193 Advanced Practice Nursing in Primary Care - 2 s.h.

    Provides a foundational knowledge of the multifaceted role of the Advanced Practice Nurse in the primary care setting; addressing selected advanced practice procedures diagnostic test interpretation and analysis of the APN as a member of the multidisciplinary healthcare team.

    NURS5194 Advanced Practice Competencies Lab - 1 s.h.

    Focuses on assessment of selected advanced practice competencies during a mandatory face-face focus session on the Independence Campus. Prerequisite: NURS5192 (AGACNP), NURS5143 (Prerequisite must be taken no more than 2 terms in advance of lab course.), Corequisite: NURS5193 (FNP).

    NURS5200 Primary Care of Families: Pediatrics - 3 s.h.

    Examines the common, acute, and chronic health problems occurring in infancy through adolescence using a body-system scheme and a physical, emotional, psychosocial, spiritual, intellectual, and cultural approach. Advanced pathophysiology, assessment and diagnostic strategies specific to acute and common problems in children will be emphasized. Nursing strategies to enhance, maintain and restore health will be emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS5100, NURS5143.

    NURS5440 Advanced Pathophysiology - 4 s.h.

    Provides the graduate nursing student with a well-grounded understanding of the pathophysiologic mechanisms of disease to serve as a foundation for clinical assessment, decision making, and management. Content focuses on etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical presentation of selected altered health states across the lifespan.

    NURS6200 Primary Care of Families: Adults - 3 s.h.

    Examines common acute and chronic health problems occurring in adults using a body-systems approach, and incorporates the physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual, intellectual and cultural aspects of the individual when planning care. Students will utilize and integrate advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology, and nursing theory to formulate differential diagnoses based on appropriate patient history and physical examination in order to create holistic treatment plans. Strategies used to enhance, maintain and restore health will be emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS5100, NURS5440.

    NURS6740 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Pediatrics - 4 s.h.

    Focuses on a holistic approach to health care from infancy through adolescence incorporating the principles of well child care, health promotion, and disease prevention including the concepts of growth and development, and screening procedures. Emphasizes advanced pathophysiology, assessment and diagnostic strategies specific to acute and common problems in children. Stresses clinical interventions to enhance, maintain, and restore health in context of family and community environments. Develops skills for collaboration with multidisciplinary teams and effective utilization of community resources. This course requires 180 clinical hours and a minimum of 180 pediatric patients. Documentation and the care is to be entered into the nurse practitioner tracking system. In addition, all clinical hours must be completed within the United States and its territories. All hours must be with pediatric patients ages birth-18 and include well visits, acute, and chronic care. No specialty hours will be allowed in this practicum. Prerequisite: NURS5200, NURS5194, NURS6800.

    NURS6760 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Adult - 4 s.h.

    Focuses on a holistic approach to health care of the adult in diverse settings incorporating the principles of health promotion, disease prevention, and primary health care concepts. Culturally sensitive care will be provided/coordinated using an interdisciplinary approach and with patient/family involvement. Information from other core courses will be used to integrate research, theory, and Evidence Based Practice (EBP) into management of adults in the context of their family and community environment. Emphasis is placed on advanced pathophysiology, physical assessment, diagnostic strategies, and culturally sensitive treatment plans specific to chronic/acute health problems in adults across the life span. Emphasis is also placed on independent practice management skills. Leadership roles will be assumed to help develop health care policies that impact patient/health outcomes. This requires understanding of organization design/structure and resources allocated to provide accessible, affordable, and quality health care to diverse populations at all levels, community, state, federal, and national. Pre-requisites: NURS6200, NURS6800.

    NURS6800 Roles and Issues for Advanced Practice Nurses - 4 s.h.

    Exploration, development and implementation of advanced roles for nurses. Emphasis will be placed on the standards of practice, requirements for, regulation of, and socialization into advanced nursing roles. Students will use critical thinking skills to examine barriers and opportunities for nurses in advanced roles and propose a plan for transitioning into their new role. Encourages leadership roles and fostering of collaboration with other disciplines to improve health care outcomes. Promotes the use of scientific inquiry, evidence-based practice, and joining professional organizations to influence advanced nursing practice and enhance health care outcomes of a population focus. Emphasis on the organization of health care delivery systems, health care finance, health care policy, and ethical and legislative issues affecting health care planning and delivery of accessible, affordable, and quality care to multicultural groups in complex settings. Sociopolitical and legal issues will be examined as they impact the formation of policies and the nursing profession.

    NURS6830 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Family - 4 s.h.

    Capstone course of the family nurse practitioner program requiring independent clinical management of acute and chronic illnesses across the lifespan. This care will be coordinated with an interdisciplinary approach in addition to patient and family decision making while meeting the needs of multicultural groups. Patient education and treatment plans will incorporate health promotion and disease prevention. Student will be required to use knowledge obtained from previous core courses as they integrate research/theory into improving advanced nursing practice. This course will prepare student in assuming advanced leadership roles within healthcare teams and the community to improve health outcomes. It requires the understanding of organizational structure and resources to deliver care. Synthesis of practice management skills pertaining to economics, reimbursement for services, policy development, and management will be emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS6740 and NURS6760.

    NURS6930 EBP Synthesis Project - 3 s.h.

    Prepares the advanced practice graduate to improve nursing practice and patient health outcomes through the systematic selection, analysis, synthesis and application of current best evidence. Identification of clinically significant issues, use of evidence-based practice (EBP), collaboration, peer-review, and dissemination are emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS5121 and NURS5170.

  • Postgraduate Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate Program

    Postgraduate Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate (33 s.h.)

    Courses Offered
    • NURS5010Introduction to MSN and Post-graduate Certificate Programs
      NURS5010 Introduction to MSN and Post-graduate Certificate Programs

      Focuses on preparing the MSN and post-graduate certificate student to be successful in an online graduate program of study. Includes mandatory completion of selected tutorials, review of academic policies, pre-clinical HIPAA and Standard Precaution requirements, and participation in pre-scheduled Live Chat sessions. Information related to university resources and services available to support successful progression and completion of the selected program of study is provided. Successful completion within the first term of enrollment is required for progression in the selected program of study. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

    • NURS5100Pharmacotherapeutics
      NURS5100 Pharmacotherapeutics - 4 s.h.

      Provides the graduate advanced practice nursing student foundational knowledge and application of pharmacotherapeutics to meet the health care needs of clients, from childhood through the older years. Content focuses on the principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and provides an overview of selected therapeutic drug classes and complementary/alternative treatments, which allows students to evaluate client situations and determine therapy within the context of the overall treatment plan. Prerequisite: NURS5440.

    • NURS5143Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
      NURS5143 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning - 4 s.h.

      Builds on health assessment skills developed during the professional nurses basic educational program. The course teaches students how to obtain a comprehensive assessment and use this information to develop and/or evaluate evidence based treatment plans for diverse patients with common acute and chronic health problems. Emphasis is placed on the process of clinical/diagnostic reasoning to enable the student to identify problems and make accurate diagnoses. The use of technology and electronic medical records are important components of this course.

    • NURS5193Advanced Practice Nursing in Primary Care
      NURS5193 Advanced Practice Nursing in Primary Care - 2 s.h.

      Provides a foundational knowledge of the multifaceted role of the Advanced Practice Nurse in the primary care setting; addressing selected advanced practice procedures diagnostic test interpretation and analysis of the APN as a member of the multidisciplinary healthcare team.

    • NURS5194Advanced Practice Competencies Lab
      NURS5194 Advanced Practice Competencies Lab - 1 s.h.

      Focuses on assessment of selected advanced practice competencies during a mandatory face-face focus session on the Independence Campus. Prerequisite: NURS5192 (AGACNP), NURS5143 (Prerequisite must be taken no more than 2 terms in advance of lab course.), Corequisite: NURS5193 (FNP).

    • NURS5200Primary Care of Families: Pediatrics
      NURS5200 Primary Care of Families: Pediatrics - 3 s.h.

      Examines the common, acute, and chronic health problems occurring in infancy through adolescence using a body-system scheme and a physical, emotional, psychosocial, spiritual, intellectual, and cultural approach. Advanced pathophysiology, assessment and diagnostic strategies specific to acute and common problems in children will be emphasized. Nursing strategies to enhance, maintain and restore health will be emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS5100, NURS5143.

    • NURS5440Advanced Pathophysiology
      NURS5440 Advanced Pathophysiology - 4 s.h.

      Provides the graduate nursing student with a well-grounded understanding of the pathophysiologic mechanisms of disease to serve as a foundation for clinical assessment, decision making, and management. Content focuses on etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical presentation of selected altered health states across the lifespan.

    • NURS6200Primary Care of Families: Adults
      NURS6200 Primary Care of Families: Adults - 3 s.h.

      Examines common acute and chronic health problems occurring in adults using a body-systems approach, and incorporates the physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual, intellectual and cultural aspects of the individual when planning care. Students will utilize and integrate advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology, and nursing theory to formulate differential diagnoses based on appropriate patient history and physical examination in order to create holistic treatment plans. Strategies used to enhance, maintain and restore health will be emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS5100, NURS5440.

    • NURS6740Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Pediatrics
      NURS6740 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Pediatrics - 4 s.h.

      Focuses on a holistic approach to health care from infancy through adolescence incorporating the principles of well child care, health promotion, and disease prevention including the concepts of growth and development, and screening procedures. Emphasizes advanced pathophysiology, assessment and diagnostic strategies specific to acute and common problems in children. Stresses clinical interventions to enhance, maintain, and restore health in context of family and community environments. Develops skills for collaboration with multidisciplinary teams and effective utilization of community resources. This course requires 180 clinical hours and a minimum of 180 pediatric patients. Documentation and the care is to be entered into the nurse practitioner tracking system. In addition, all clinical hours must be completed within the United States and its territories. All hours must be with pediatric patients ages birth-18 and include well visits, acute, and chronic care. No specialty hours will be allowed in this practicum. Prerequisite: NURS5200, NURS5194, NURS6800.

    • NURS6760Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Adult
      NURS6760 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Adult - 4 s.h.

      Focuses on a holistic approach to health care of the adult in diverse settings incorporating the principles of health promotion, disease prevention, and primary health care concepts. Culturally sensitive care will be provided/coordinated using an interdisciplinary approach and with patient/family involvement. Information from other core courses will be used to integrate research, theory, and Evidence Based Practice (EBP) into management of adults in the context of their family and community environment. Emphasis is placed on advanced pathophysiology, physical assessment, diagnostic strategies, and culturally sensitive treatment plans specific to chronic/acute health problems in adults across the life span. Emphasis is also placed on independent practice management skills. Leadership roles will be assumed to help develop health care policies that impact patient/health outcomes. This requires understanding of organization design/structure and resources allocated to provide accessible, affordable, and quality health care to diverse populations at all levels, community, state, federal, and national. Pre-requisites: NURS6200, NURS6800.

    • NURS6830Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Family
      NURS6830 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Family - 4 s.h.

      Capstone course of the family nurse practitioner program requiring independent clinical management of acute and chronic illnesses across the lifespan. This care will be coordinated with an interdisciplinary approach in addition to patient and family decision making while meeting the needs of multicultural groups. Patient education and treatment plans will incorporate health promotion and disease prevention. Student will be required to use knowledge obtained from previous core courses as they integrate research/theory into improving advanced nursing practice. This course will prepare student in assuming advanced leadership roles within healthcare teams and the community to improve health outcomes. It requires the understanding of organizational structure and resources to deliver care. Synthesis of practice management skills pertaining to economics, reimbursement for services, policy development, and management will be emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS6740 and NURS6760.

    NURS5010Introduction to MSN and Post-graduate Certificate Programs NURS5100Pharmacotherapeutics NURS5143Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning NURS5193Advanced Practice Nursing in Primary Care NURS5194Advanced Practice Competencies Lab NURS5200Primary Care of Families: Pediatrics NURS5440Advanced Pathophysiology NURS6200Primary Care of Families: Adults NURS6740Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Pediatrics NURS6760Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Adult NURS6830Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Family
    Course Descriptions
    NURS5010 Introduction to MSN and Post-graduate Certificate Programs

    Focuses on preparing the MSN and post-graduate certificate student to be successful in an online graduate program of study. Includes mandatory completion of selected tutorials, review of academic policies, pre-clinical HIPAA and Standard Precaution requirements, and participation in pre-scheduled Live Chat sessions. Information related to university resources and services available to support successful progression and completion of the selected program of study is provided. Successful completion within the first term of enrollment is required for progression in the selected program of study. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

    NURS5100 Pharmacotherapeutics - 4 s.h.

    Provides the graduate advanced practice nursing student foundational knowledge and application of pharmacotherapeutics to meet the health care needs of clients, from childhood through the older years. Content focuses on the principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and provides an overview of selected therapeutic drug classes and complementary/alternative treatments, which allows students to evaluate client situations and determine therapy within the context of the overall treatment plan. Prerequisite: NURS5440.

    NURS5143 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning - 4 s.h.

    Builds on health assessment skills developed during the professional nurses basic educational program. The course teaches students how to obtain a comprehensive assessment and use this information to develop and/or evaluate evidence based treatment plans for diverse patients with common acute and chronic health problems. Emphasis is placed on the process of clinical/diagnostic reasoning to enable the student to identify problems and make accurate diagnoses. The use of technology and electronic medical records are important components of this course.

    NURS5193 Advanced Practice Nursing in Primary Care - 2 s.h.

    Provides a foundational knowledge of the multifaceted role of the Advanced Practice Nurse in the primary care setting; addressing selected advanced practice procedures diagnostic test interpretation and analysis of the APN as a member of the multidisciplinary healthcare team.

    NURS5194 Advanced Practice Competencies Lab - 1 s.h.

    Focuses on assessment of selected advanced practice competencies during a mandatory face-face focus session on the Independence Campus. Prerequisite: NURS5192 (AGACNP), NURS5143 (Prerequisite must be taken no more than 2 terms in advance of lab course.), Corequisite: NURS5193 (FNP).

    NURS5200 Primary Care of Families: Pediatrics - 3 s.h.

    Examines the common, acute, and chronic health problems occurring in infancy through adolescence using a body-system scheme and a physical, emotional, psychosocial, spiritual, intellectual, and cultural approach. Advanced pathophysiology, assessment and diagnostic strategies specific to acute and common problems in children will be emphasized. Nursing strategies to enhance, maintain and restore health will be emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS5100, NURS5143.

    NURS5440 Advanced Pathophysiology - 4 s.h.

    Provides the graduate nursing student with a well-grounded understanding of the pathophysiologic mechanisms of disease to serve as a foundation for clinical assessment, decision making, and management. Content focuses on etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical presentation of selected altered health states across the lifespan.

    NURS6200 Primary Care of Families: Adults - 3 s.h.

    Examines common acute and chronic health problems occurring in adults using a body-systems approach, and incorporates the physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual, intellectual and cultural aspects of the individual when planning care. Students will utilize and integrate advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology, and nursing theory to formulate differential diagnoses based on appropriate patient history and physical examination in order to create holistic treatment plans. Strategies used to enhance, maintain and restore health will be emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS5100, NURS5440.

    NURS6740 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Pediatrics - 4 s.h.

    Focuses on a holistic approach to health care from infancy through adolescence incorporating the principles of well child care, health promotion, and disease prevention including the concepts of growth and development, and screening procedures. Emphasizes advanced pathophysiology, assessment and diagnostic strategies specific to acute and common problems in children. Stresses clinical interventions to enhance, maintain, and restore health in context of family and community environments. Develops skills for collaboration with multidisciplinary teams and effective utilization of community resources. This course requires 180 clinical hours and a minimum of 180 pediatric patients. Documentation and the care is to be entered into the nurse practitioner tracking system. In addition, all clinical hours must be completed within the United States and its territories. All hours must be with pediatric patients ages birth-18 and include well visits, acute, and chronic care. No specialty hours will be allowed in this practicum. Prerequisite: NURS5200, NURS5194, NURS6800.

    NURS6760 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Adult - 4 s.h.

    Focuses on a holistic approach to health care of the adult in diverse settings incorporating the principles of health promotion, disease prevention, and primary health care concepts. Culturally sensitive care will be provided/coordinated using an interdisciplinary approach and with patient/family involvement. Information from other core courses will be used to integrate research, theory, and Evidence Based Practice (EBP) into management of adults in the context of their family and community environment. Emphasis is placed on advanced pathophysiology, physical assessment, diagnostic strategies, and culturally sensitive treatment plans specific to chronic/acute health problems in adults across the life span. Emphasis is also placed on independent practice management skills. Leadership roles will be assumed to help develop health care policies that impact patient/health outcomes. This requires understanding of organization design/structure and resources allocated to provide accessible, affordable, and quality health care to diverse populations at all levels, community, state, federal, and national. Pre-requisites: NURS6200, NURS6800.

    NURS6830 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Family - 4 s.h.

    Capstone course of the family nurse practitioner program requiring independent clinical management of acute and chronic illnesses across the lifespan. This care will be coordinated with an interdisciplinary approach in addition to patient and family decision making while meeting the needs of multicultural groups. Patient education and treatment plans will incorporate health promotion and disease prevention. Student will be required to use knowledge obtained from previous core courses as they integrate research/theory into improving advanced nursing practice. This course will prepare student in assuming advanced leadership roles within healthcare teams and the community to improve health outcomes. It requires the understanding of organizational structure and resources to deliver care. Synthesis of practice management skills pertaining to economics, reimbursement for services, policy development, and management will be emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS6740 and NURS6760.

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$79,400

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ProgramCost
Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and AGACNP Post-Master's Certificate$830.00 per semester hour
Family Nurse Practitioner Program and FNP Post-Master's Certificate$830.00 per semester hour
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and PMHNP Post-Master's Certificate$830.00 per semester hour
Graceland BSN+RN-MSN Graduates - Reduced Tuition Rate$705.00 per semester hour
Nurse Educator Post-Master's Certificate$550.00 per semester hour

Why Graceland

  • With nursing as the fastest growing industry in the United States, the ability for career advancement is vitally important. Graceland offers an RN-BSN-MSN combined program to earn BSN and MSN degrees.
  • Since 2001 Graceland has been offering its high quality programs online which provide support without sacrificing convenience.
  • Only one campus visit is required for the program, and all other studies including clinicals, can be completed online or in the local community.
  • Graceland University’s online Family Nurse Practitioner specialty track prepares today’s RN to provide a wide range of care to a diverse population of individuals and families in a variety of healthcare settings. Upon completion, students are prepared and qualified to sit for the National NP Certification Exam. 
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