M.S. in Family Nurse Practitioner
LIU Post offers the Master of Science in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The 46-credit program is designed to be completed in six semesters of part-time study. Graduates of the FNP program will be eligible for a New York State Certificate as family nurse practitioners and will be eligible for national board certification through the national certifying agencies for advanced practice nursing (American Nurses Credentialing Center, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners).
Family nurse practitioners diagnose, treat, and prescribe for conditions affecting the pediatric, women’s health (gynecological), and adult/gerontology populations. In New York State, nurse practitioners are autonomous (working in collaboration with a physician, but not supervised by same) and the FNP program at LIU Post is committed to preparing students to this autonomous role. The FNP program also serves to increase the opportunity for nurses to obtain advanced practice preparation as well as serve to increase the number of nurse practitioners available to deliver primary and tertiary care as well as health promotion, education, counseling, and disease prevention so patients can make healthy choices. Candidates will complete course work and a minimum of 500 preceptored hours of clinical practice in primary health care settings.
The School of Health Professions and Nursing at LIU Post also offers a 27-credit post-master’s Advanced Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner to RNs who hold a master’s degree in nursing and wish to become family nurse practitioners.
The faculty promotes a learning environment that encourages individual exploration and fosters critical thinking, decision making and professional growth. Classes differ in their approach depending on course content. The information is presented in both lecture and seminar format. The faculty participate in the educational process as role models, facilitators and mentors.