The core curriculum for the master's degree includes course work in nursing theory, issues in professional nursing for advanced practice nurses and nurse educators, family issues, nursing research, advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology for advanced practice nursing and advanced health assessment. Students are required to complete a research proposal as part of their degree requirements. Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) students are required to complete 26 credits of core courses.
The 46-credit Family Nurse Practitioner program can be completed in six semesters of part-time study or four semesters of full-time study.
FNP candidates complete three semesters of nurse practitioner or physician preceptored clinical practice — one semester in association with the advanced health assessment course and two additional semesters in settings providing primary health care to families (adults and children).
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).