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MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Track

Our online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program will prepare you to provide a holistic approach to primary care for individuals and families of all ages and to manage a wide variety of acute and chronic health problems. Family Nurse Practitioners work in independent as well as collaborative practice settings, such as:

  • Private practices
  • Urgent care centers
  • Health maintenance organizations
  • Clinics
  • Health departments
  • Student health centers
  • Clinics for the homeless or uninsured

Application Deadline:

  • Fall 2014 Session “B”  application deadline has passed. However, spots may still be available. Contact an admission counselor to inquire.
    • Classes start Oct. 27th
  • Spring Session “A”  Application Deadline – December 1st
    • Classes start January 13th

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PLEASE NOTE: We are not admitting into the Family Nurse Practitioner Track nursing students from the following states: AR, AL, DE, MN and NC.

Family Nurse Practitioner Quick Facts

  • 44 credit program
  • Accredited
  • Spring, fall and summer sessions
  • $900 per credit hour
  • 8-Week Sessions for MSN Core Courses: Each semester contains two 8-week sessions taken one after another (fall and spring only). You can accelerate your progress through the program by taking more than one class in each eight week session. Courses outside of the Core are 16 weeks in length.
  • 8 Campus Immersions: Two on-campus immersions (two days in length) during each of the three practicum courses and the Advanced Health Assessment course.
  • Gonzaga would prefer students have a bachelor of science in nursing, but that is not required. Students who are admitted without a bachelor’s degree in nursing may need to take some foundational nursing courses before completing master’s-level courses, e.g., statistics, research, community health nursing, and community health practicum.
  • Students residing in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Montana also have at least one site visit from a clinical faculty during each practicum course.
  • Students living outside of this four-state region are required to arrange for an additional on-campus day in conjunction with one of the immersions during each practicum course in order to complete the faculty site visit requirement.

Program information is subject to change. Contact an Admission Counselor for further questions.

Family Nurse Practitioner Course Descriptions (44 credits) & Immersions

Click here for Family Nurse Practitioner Curriculum effective Fall 2014.

Pre-Fall 2014 Curriculum follows.

MSN Core Courses – 8 weeks in length

NURS 561 – Information Technology & Data Management (3 cr)

This course explores the many uses of information technology and data management.  The course provides learners with the knowledge and skills in information and healthcare technology needed to enhance communication and interprofessional collaboration in the current healthcare environment. The process of locating, accessing, and analyzing information and data is applied to advanced practice roles, enhancing patient safety, quality and outcomes, and improving population health.

NURS 562 – Theoretical Foundations for Healthcare Improvement (3 cr)

This course provides a theoretical orientation to become change agents in a variety of healthcare settings and diverse practice populations. The online master’s degree in nursing course provides learners with a foundation in theories significant to nursing practice such as complex adaptive systems, organizational and change theory, leadership and team-building models, and quality improvement and care models needed to assess, design, plan, implement, and evaluate a quality improvement project to promote patient-centered care and improve program outcomes.

NURS 563 – Evidence-Based Practice for Quality and Safety (3 cr)

This course provides learners with a theoretical and practical foundation for identifying and critically appraising evidence from qualitative and quantitative research traditions.  The emphasis is on the examination of the essential elements of evidence-based-practice, including the formulation of answerable questions to address quality improvement and safety in a variety of advance practice roles and the systematic search for research evidence that can be used to answer researchable questions.

NURS 564 – Contemporary Healthcare Environment (3 cr)

This course explores the ethical and legal principles of healthcare and their impact on accessible, affordable, and quality care.  This course provides learners with a framework for discussing ethical and legal issues with an emphasis on the ethical delivery of care to individuals, families, and populations.  The scope and standards of advanced nursing roles will be examined along with current issues and policies that address health care disparities, health care organizations, financing, and quality.  Strategies for analyzing and influencing public, professional, and institutional policies related to health care and its delivery will be considered.

NURS 565 – Clinical Prevention for Diverse Populations (3 cr)

The focus of this course is on the development of health promotion and disease prevention programs for diverse groups and populations.  Selected concepts of epidemiology, broad determinants of health, population health, clinical prevention and cultural competence will be examined as they relate to the design and delivery of equitable clinical prevention and health promotion interventions and/or services to individuals, families, communities, and aggregates/clinical populations.

Nurse Practitioner Core Courses (10 credits) – 16 weeks in length

NURS 523 – Advanced  Pathophysiology (3 cr)

This course seeks to assist learners to understand the cellular pathophysiological basis of disease. The content emphasizes cellular, genetic, and biochemical processes. Pathophysiological and physiological concepts form the basis for critical thinking and decision making when assessing and treating individuals with various disease processes.

NURS 524 – Advanced  Pharmacology (3 cr)

The course is designed to prepare the learner for an advanced practice role with prescriptive authority.  Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles will be applied to the pharmacotherapeutic treatment of disease. Medications will be studied according to therapeutic categories and drug classes within the framework of organ-based pathophysiologic disease state processes. Emphasis will be placed on the medications that are commonly used (top 200 drugs) in primary care settings with special attention given to evidence-based medication selection, patient education, and medication monitoring. Prerequisites:  NURS 523

NURS 600 — Health Assessment:  Advanced  Nursing Practice (4 cr)

This course is designed to extend and refine the assessment skills of the Registered Nurse in preparation for an advanced clinical practice role. The student will learn to perform physical, developmental, mental, emotional, cultural, social, and family assessments. Students will review anatomy and physiology related to each biological system being studied. The course emphasizes in-depth techniques for assessing each body system in individuals throughout the life span. Lectures will focus on the use of a variety of health assessment techniques, including history taking skills, physical assessment, and other diagnostic assessment tools. Application of diagnostic reasoning and patient education to the assessment process will be included in the content. This course incorporates approximately 13 hours of supervised laboratory experience and 60 hours of precepted clinical experience. Laboratory and clinical components of the course focus on helping the student to develop communication, observation, and psychomotor skills and to document history and physical examination findings. Satisfactory progress in the clinical setting is required to pass the course. Two 2-day on-campus immersions required.  Prerequisites:  NURS 523 and NURS 524

Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty Courses (9 credits) – 16 weeks in length

NURS 635P Primary Health Care I (3 cr)

Introduction course for online nursing master’s students enrolled in the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Option.  Focus of the course is on the development of knowledge about the FNP role.  Emphasis is on the role of the FNP in the care of individuals throughout the lifespan who present with select common and acute health problems in the primary care setting.  The importance of performing comprehensive advanced-level health assessments, use of diagnostic reasoning, and the selection of appropriate diagnostic tests and pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies is stressed.  Incorporates content related to health promotion, family health, and practice management. Prerequisites:  NURS 524 and NURS 600  Corequisite: NURS 605P

NURS 636P Primary Health Care II (3 cr)

Continues learning initiated in previous courses for online master’s degree in nursing students enrolled in the FNP option. Emphasis continues on the role of the FNP in the care of individuals with select common and acute health problems in the primary care setting. The importance of performing comprehensive advanced-level health assessments, use of diagnostic reasoning, and the selection of appropriate diagnostic tests and pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies is stressed. A focus on health promotions, family health, and practice management continues from the previous semester. Prerequisites:  NURS 605P and NURS 635P  Corequisite: NURS 606P

NURS 637P Primary Health Care III (3 cr)

The role of the Family Nurse Practitioner in the care of individuals with chronic and complex health problems who present for care in primary care settings is stressed. Emphasis is placed on the FNP\’s role in performing comprehensive health assessments (including ordering and interpretation of appropriate diagnostic tests), diagnostic reasoning, and prescription of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions to individuals throughout the life span. Incorporates content related to advanced health assessment, health promotion, and family health. Consideration is given to the preparation of FNPs for practice, medical-legal issues, and concepts of practice management. Prerequisites:  NURS 606P and NURS 636P  Corequisite: NURS 607P

Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum Courses (10 credits) – 16 weeks in length

NURS 605P – Practicum in Primary Health Care (2-3 cr)

This primary care practicum course requires the completion of 120-180 practicum hours with supervision by an approved Nurse Practitioner, physician, or Physician’s Assistant-Certified.  Emphasis is placed on the application of concepts as well as on collaboration with a preceptor to analyze patient data, select appropriate diagnostic tests, develop a comprehensive treatment plan, and prepare legally sound documentation for individuals who present for care with common and acute healthcare problems. This course requires two 2-day on-campus immersions. Prerequisites:  NURS 523 and NURS 524 and NURS 600  Corequisite: NURS 635P

NURS 606P — Practicum in Primary Health Care II (2-4 cr)

This primary care practicum course requires the completion of a pre-determined number of practicum hours (120, 180, or 240) with supervision by an approved Nurse Practitioner, physician, or Physician\’s Assistant-Certified. Emphasis is placed on the application of concepts from Family Nurse Practitioner didactic courses and the development of increasing independence in analyzing patient data, selecting appropriate diagnostic tests, developing comprehensive treatment plans, and preparing legally sound documentation for individuals who present for care in a family practice setting. This course requires two 2-day on-campus immersions. Prerequisites:  NURS 605P and NURS 635P Corequisite: NURS 636P

NURS 607P — Practicum in Primary Health Care III (2-4 cr)

This primary care practicum course requires the completion of a pre-determined number of practicum hours (120, 180, or 240 corresponding to 2, 3 or 4 credits respectively) with supervision by an approved Nurse Practitioner, physician, or Physician’s Assistant-Certified. Emphasis is placed on the application of concepts from Family Nurse Practitioner didactic courses and the development of increasing independence in analyzing patient data, selecting appropriate diagnostic tests, developing comprehensive treatment plans, and preparing legally sound documentation for individuals who present for care in family practice setting. This course requires two 2-day on-campus immersions. Prerequisites:  NURS 606P and NURS 636P Corequisite: NURS 637P

8 Required Immersions (Campus visits)

When student begin their practicum courses, they are required to participate in two-on campus immersions during each of the three practicum courses and when taking the Advanced Health Assessment course. These immersions are two days in length.

  • Students residing in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Montana also have at least one site visit from a clinical faculty during each practicum course.
  • Students living outside of this four-state region are required to arrange for an additional on-campus day in conjunction with one of the immersions during each practicum course in order to complete the faculty site visit requirement.
  • For students living outside of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Montana, one (of the two) on-campus visits will be 3 days instead of 2 in order to provide an alternative to an on-site faculty visit.
NURS 600 Advanced Health Assessment Nursing Practicum Two 2-day on-campus immersions
NURS 605P Practicum in Primary Health l Two 2-dayon- campus immersions and at least 1 site visit by faculty
NURS 606P Practicum in Primary Health ll Two 2-day* on- campus immersions and at least 1 site visit by faculty
NURS 607P Practicum in Primary Health lll Two 2-day* on- campus immersions and at least 1 site visit by faculty

Program information is subject to change. Contact an Admission Counselor for further questions.

Why Gonzaga Nursing?

Why Gonzaga?

  • Quality: Gonzaga’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) graduates average 95% pass rate on the national nurse practitioner certification exams.
  • Accreditation: Our Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Additionally, Gonzaga University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and is a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.
  • Ranking: Gonzaga University has been ranked one of the top universities in the West for 16 years by US News & World Report. In addition, The Princeton Review and Forbes Magazine have separately ranked us one of the nation’s best universities.
  • Practicing Faculty: Gonzaga nursing faculty walks the talk. All nurse practitioner faculty still actively work in health care and provide students access to current health care policy issues, evolving trends, and real-world challenges facing the industry.
  • Accessible and Flexible: You have complete access to professors as needed through online discussion boards, email, and scheduled phone or skype appointments. Your coursework can be accessed from anywhere thanks to a convenient online environment.
  • Jesuit: Gonzaga online nursing students experience the subtle, yet intentional infusion of the Jesuit mission of men and women for others. This humanistic approach creates a community that encourages an exchange of knowledge with and among each other—the faculty, the students, and the communities in which they live and work to impact change.
  • Systems thinking: Graduates of Gonzaga’s Nursing programs are prepared to engage in systems thinking to solve complex problems, translate evidence to improve health care practices and population health, lead quality improvement and change initiatives, and demonstrate effective intraprofessional collaboration.

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Photo from a recent on-campus FNP immersion