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Online Masters’s Degree in Nursing (M.S.N.)
Family Nurse Practitioner

  • Introduction

    ASU’s Master of Science in Nursing programs are offered online with a minimum number of on-campus attendance requirements that are dependent upon the educational track to which you are accepted. Clinical requirements can usually be completed in your city of residence within the state of Texas, provided course objectives are met. Preceptors at approved clinical site(s) are subject to approval per course requirements and expected course objectives.

    The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialization allows graduates to provide direct care to families and individuals across the lifespan and interface with other provider team members to supply broad-based comprehensive health care.

    To learn more about admission requirements for the program, visit the nursing program website.

  • Program Prerequisites
    •   Nursing (all majors)
      Admission Formula No formula
      Requirements
      Test Scores None unless required by advisor
      All college and university transcripts Yes
      Essay Yes
      Résumé No
      Prerequisites
      • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the AACN Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
      • Statistics (with a grade of “C” or higher)
      • Current license or eligibility for licensure as a registered professional nurse in Texas
      • Computer literacy
      • Minimum of two years clinical practice as an RN
      • Demonstrated proficiency in health assessment
      • Two professional references
      • an essay of no more than 500 words discussing the following points:

        Program  to which you are you applying, objectives for graduate education, summary of nursing experience, license and certifications (i.e. ACLS, PALS), summary of volunteer work and/or community service, potential clinical sites and/or affiliations that will assist you to meet your goals

  • Degree Plan
    Required Core Courses (25 Credit Hours)
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NUR 6324 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
    NUR 6313 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing 3
    NUR 6301 Design and Methodologies of Quantitative and Qualitative Research 3
    NUR 6331 Advanced Health Assessment 3
    NUR 6318 Pharmacotherapeutics 3
    NUR 6317 Health Policy and Ethics 3
    NUR 6356 Statistical Analysis in Healthcare Research 3
    NUR 6103 Professional Scholarship 1
    NUR 6350 Foundations of Health Promotion for Individuals and Communities 3
    Clinic Specialization (22 Credit Hours)
     Course Number Course Title Hours 
     NUR 6105 Advanced Skills for Advanced Practice Nurses  1
     NUR 6325

    Family Primary Care I

     3
     NUR 6327 Family Primary Care I Practicum  3
     NUR 6326 Family Primary Care II  3
     NUR 6336 Family Primary Care II Practicum  3
     NUR 6335 Role Development: The Advanced Practice Nurse   3
     NUR 6337 Integrated Clinical Practice: FNP  3
     NUR 6351 Mental Health for Advanced Practice Nurses  3

     Total Semester Credit Hours: 47

  • Courses
    • NUR 6319 Curriculum and Instruction in Nursing Education (3-0-0). This course explores the nature of curriculum development in higher education based on educational theories and principles. It focuses on the development of curricula for a variety of academic programs in nursing education and the design of teaching and learning strategies for their implementation and evaluation. Factors influencing curriculum, student, faculty, and administrator roles are explored.

    • NUR 6308 Practicum in Nursing Education (0-0-9). A guided experience where the student, with faculty supervision, will teach in selected situations including classroom, laboratory, and clinical facilities. In addition, students will also have practical experiences in web-based and distance learning. Students will design, implement, and evaluate teaching strategies related to identified educational outcomes. The student will complete a 115 clockhour practicum. Grading will be either pass or fail.Prerequisites: Nursing 6306, 6307, 6319.

    • NUR 6307 Evaluation in Nursing Education (3-0-0). This course focuses on knowledge and skills needed to design and evaluate tests and scales constructed to measure academic achievement. Practical components of test item construction, essay evaluation, and clinical/laboratory performance evaluation is incorporated. This course also focuses on the essential components of academic program evaluation, including outcomes assessment and accreditation processes and procedures.

    • NUR 6306 Teaching Strategies in Nursing Education (3-0-0). This course is designed to explore the knowledge and competencies needed to develop and apply innovative strategies and technologies in classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings. Strategies for distance and web-based learning are also addressed.

    • NUR 6351 Mental Health Concepts for Advanced Practice Nurses (2-0-3). This course focuses on the development of advanced practice nursing skills in mental health. Specifically, the application of evidence-based knowledge and critical thinking skills in providing clinical management of individuals with common psychiatric-mental health problems across all age groups. Developmental assessment, crisis intervention, pharmacological management, and therapies are discussed as well as consultation and referral to other mental health professionals (45 hour clinical practicum.) Prerequisites: Nursing 6318, 6324, 6331.

    • NUR 6337 Integrated Clinical Practice: FNP (0-0-9). A guided clinical experience to synthesize skills acquired and to refine abilities in primary family centered care related to health promotion and the diagnosis and management of common acute and chronic conditions across the lifespan. Students have the opportunity to refine evidence-based pathophysiological and psychosocial interventions, theories, and concepts of care. Students complete a minimum of 245 clock hours of practicum. Grading will be either pass or fail. Prerequisites: Nursing 6326, 6336.

    • NUR 6336 Family Primary Care II Practicum (0-0-9). A guided clinical experience in the progression of the role of providing family centered primary care related to health promotion and evidence-based diagnosis and management of common and complex acute and chronic conditions across the lifespan. Students complete a minimum of 140 clock hours of practicum. Grading will be either pass or fail. Prerequisites: Nursing 6325, 6327, 6333. Corequisite: Nursing 6326.

    • NUR 6327 Family Primary Care I Practicum (0-0-9). A guided clinical experience providing the opportunity to apply family centered primary care related to health promotion and evidence-based diagnosis and management of common acute and chronic conditions across the lifespan. Students complete a minimum of 140 clock hours of practicum. Grading will be either pass or fail. Prerequisites: Nursing 6105, 6318, 6324, 6331. Corequisite: Nursing 6325.

    • NUR 6326 Family Primary Care II (3-0-0). Focus is on the progression in the role of the Family Nurse Practitioner in the diagnosis and management of common acute and chronic conditions across the lifespan in a primary care setting. As a provider of family-centered care emphasis is placed on health promotion, risk reduction, and evidence-based management of more complex symptoms and problems. Nursing’s unique contribution to patient care and collaboration with other health care professionals is emphasized. Prerequisites: Nursing 6325, 6327, 6333. Corequisite: Nursing 6336.