The FNP curriculum begins with MSN degree core courses in nursing theory, research, leadership, professional role development, healthcare policy and informatics in healthcare. You’ll then move to FNP specialty courses, building on your professional nursing practice and knowledge as you prepare to sit for national certification as a family nurse practitioner.
In clinical practicum courses, you’ll apply newly-developed skills and theoretical knowledge to real-world practice situations. Students identify and work closely with a preceptor, an expert in the nursing field, who provides guidance throughout the hands-on clinical experience. This experience is rooted in problem-based learning, a teaching method which enables learning through the experience of solving an open-ended problem.
You’ll work through patient diagnoses with your preceptor by identifying what you already know, what you need to know and how to find new information that can aid you. The practicum experience helps further prepare you for an advanced practice role through the development of competence in communication, teamwork, critical thinking and clinical skills.