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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:

  • Spring 2015 Session “A” 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

  • 47 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 (47 credits) & Immersions

Students admitted into the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track during the Summer and Fall 2014 sessions, are eligible and encouraged to use this version of the curriculum. With approval from an advisor, students admitted for Summer and Fall 2014 may use the older version of the curriculum if they desire.

All students admitted into the FNP track starting Spring 2015 will follow this version of the curriculum.

The first semester in which new courses (e.g. NURS 653P, NURS 652M) will be offered is spring 2016 in time for any students admitted Summer 2014 and after to reach them.

MSN Core Courses (15 credits) – Courses are 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 (12 credits) – Courses are 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 (3 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

NURS 601 Advanced Health Assessment Practicum (1 credit)

This course is the practicum course paired with NURS 600 Advanced Health Assessment. The focus is on the practice of advanced assessment skills within a primary care setting. Students must complete 60 clinical hours in an approved clinical setting while supervised by a nurse practitioner, physician or physician’s assistant (unless in a state that requires the preceptor to be either an NP or MD). Corequisite: NURS 600

Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty Courses (12 credits) Courses are 16 weeks in length

NURS 653P Primary Care: Adult/Geriatric I (4 credits)

This course focuses on the role of the Nurse Practitioner (NP) in the clinical management of

chronic and complex health problems in adults and elders who present for care in primary care settings. Emphasis is placed on the NP’s role in performing comprehensive health assessment (including ordering and interpretation of appropriate diagnostic tests), diagnostic reasoning (differential diagnosis) and treatment, prescription of pharmacologic and non-pharmacological interventions, and patient education, follow-up, co-management or referral. Prerequisites: NURS523, NURS 524, NURS 600

NURS 654P – Primary Care: Adult/Geriatric II (3 credits)

This course focuses on the role of the Nurse Practitioner (NP) in the clinical management of chronic and complex health problems in adults and elders who present for care in primary care and other settings. Emphasis is placed on comprehensive health assessment ad treatment (including ordering and interpretation of appropriate diagnostic tests), diagnostic reasoning (differential diagnosis), prescription of pharmacologic and non-pharmacological interventions, and patient education. The course also emphasizes the NP’s role when referring to other health care professionals, community resources, and interdisciplinary teams. Prerequisites: NURS 523, NURS 524, NURS 600
NURS 652P Primary Care: Infant, Child & Adolescent (3 credits)

This course focuses on the role of the Family Nurse Practitioner in the clinical management of preventative, acute and chronic health problems in infants/children/adolescents who present for care in primary care settings. Emphasis is placed on the NP’s role in performing comprehensive health assessment and treatment (including ordering and interpretation of appropriate diagnostic tests), diagnostic reasoning (differential diagnosis), and prescription of pharmacologic and non-pharmacological interventions. The FNP’s role in management and referral to other healthcare professionals and community resources for individuals and families will be emphasized (e.g., coordination of care transitions within and between health care systems for children with developmental delay). Prerequisites: NURS 523, NURS 524, NURS 600

NURS 651P – Primary Care: Gender-Based (2 credits)

This course focuses on the role of the Family Nurse Practitioner in the care of women and men with common pathophysiological alterations in gender related health. Focus is on clinical management of preventative, acute and chronic health problems in women and

men who present for care in primary care settings. Emphasis is placed on the FNP’s role in performing comprehensive health assessment (including ordering and interpretation of appropriate diagnostic tests), diagnostic reasoning (differential diagnosis), and prescription of pharmacologic and non-pharmacological interventions. Prerequisites: NURS 523, NURS 524, NURS 600

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

NURS 661P – Primary Care Practicum: Gender-Based (1-3 credits)

This course is the clinical course paired with the didactic course Primary Care Gender-

Based. It is designed to allow Nurse Practitioner students to apply concepts of Advanced Practice Nursing. Students must complete 120 clinical clock hours in an approved clinical setting while supervised by a nurse practitioner, physician, or physician’s assistant (unless in a state that requires the preceptor to be either an MD or a NP). The focus of this clinical experience is on the development of skills in caring for the adult male and female population with health concerns.

NURS 662P–Primary Care Practicum: Infant, Child, and Adolescent (1-3 credits)

This course is the clinical course paired with the didactic course Primary Care Infant, Child and Adolescent. It is designed to allow Nurse Practitioner students to apply concepts of Advanced Practice Nursing. Students must complete 120 clinical clock hours in an approved clinical setting while supervised by a nurse practitioner, physician, or physician’s assistant (unless in a state that requires the preceptor to be either an MD or a NP). The focus of this clinical experience is on the development of skills in caring for the population of infant through adolescent with health concerns.

NURS 663P–Primary Care Practicum: Adult/Geriatric I (1-4 credits)

This course is the clinical course paired with the didactic course Primary Care Adult/Geriatric I. It is designed to allow Nurse Practitioner students to apply concepts of Advanced Practice Nursing. Students must complete a minimum of 120 clinical clock hours in an approved clinical setting while supervised by a nurse practitioner, physician, or physician’s assistant (unless in a state that requires the preceptor to be either a physician or NP). The focus of this clinical experience is on the development of skills in caring for the adult/geriatric population with health concerns in primary care settings.

NURS 664P – Primary Care Practicum: Adult/Geriatric II (1-4 credits)

This course is the clinical course paired with the didactic course Primary Care  Adult/Geriatric II. It is designed to allow Nurse Practitioner students to apply concepts of Advanced Practice Nursing. Students must complete a minimum 120 clinical clock hours in an approved clinical setting while supervised by a nurse practitioner, physician, or physician’s assistant (unless in a state that requires the preceptor to be either a physician or NP). The focus of this clinical experience is on the development of skills in caring for the

adult/geriatric population with health concerns in primary care and other settings.

10 Required Immersions (Campus Visits)

When student begin their practicum courses, they are required to participate in two-on campus immersions during each of the four 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 601 Advanced Health Assessment Practicum (1 credit) Two 2-day, on-campus immersions
NURS 661P Primary Care Practicum: Gender-Based Two 2-day, on-campus immersions and at least 1 site visit by faculty
NURS 662P Primary Care Practicum: Infant, Child, and Adolescent Two 2-day, on-campus immersions and at least 1 site visit by faculty
NURS 663P Primary Care Practicum: Adult/Geriatric I (1-4 credits) Two 2-day, on-campus immersions and at least 1 site visit by faculty
NURS 664P Primary Care Practicum: Adult/Geriatric II (1-4 credits) 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