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.

Learning Environment

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.

Check out the LIU Post Graduate Bulletin to learn about degree requirements, course descriptions, and more.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the M.S. in Family Nurse Practitioner must meet the following requirements for admission.

  • Application for Admission.
  • Application fee: $50 (non-refundable)
  • Possess a current New York State Registered Nurse license
  • One year preferred with recent experience in a clinical area requiring acute care skills, i.e., family medicine or internal medicine office, community clinics, home care, hospital setting (med/surg or specialty floor) or specialty office practice.
  • Official copies of your undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts from any college(s) or universities you have attended.
  • Bachelor degree in Nursing required.
  • A personal interview with the Director of the Family NP Program or their designate.
  • There are three required undergraduate courses for admission into the Family Nurse Practitioner program: Health Assessment, Research, and Statistics (minimum of 3 credits each).
  • A minimum of two letters of reference is required.  These reference letters must be from an Adult or Family NP, MD, or DO.  Reference letters need to be written on letterhead indicating phone and fax numbers and the letter needs to be signed by the individual providing the reference.  Letters from other individuals will be accepted, but they will not fulfill the requirement if the applicant does not have two letters from professional listed above. 
  • Personal Statement that addresses the reason you are interested in pursuing graduate work as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
  • Each applicant will receive a reflection questionnaire, which they will complete and submit prior to their interview.
  • Each applicant will provide a copy of their resume or CV prior to their interview.
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.0.
  • International students are also required to achieve a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 85 Internet-based (a minimum listening score of 22 is also required); 225 Computer-based; or 563 Paper-based. IELTS of 7.5 or above is also acceptable.

Send application materials to:

LIU Post
Graduate Admissions Processing Center
15 Dan Road, Ste. 102
Canton, MA 02021

Course Description

NUR 501 Issues in Professional Nursing for Advanced Practice Nurses and Nurse Educators

This course addresses the current professional and legal issues that influence nursing practice, nursing education and the health care delivery system. Health care policy, changes in the economics of health care, and their impact on nursing will be considered.
Fall, 3 credits

NUR 601 Theories and Conceptual Models of Nursing

This course provides an in-depth exploration of theories and the utilization and application of theory to nursing. The relationships among philosophy, methods of inquiry and theory development are analyzed. The utilization of theoretical and conceptual models for nursing will be discussed.
Fall, 3 credits

NUR 602 Nursing Research I

This course provides the student with the skills to analyze the steps of the research process and to formulate a research question related to advanced practice nursing or nursing education. Students are encouraged to work collaboratively with colleagues in the workplace to identify a research problem.
Spring, 3 credits

NUR 604 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology

The pathophysiology underlying diseases is studied to enable the student to form a basis for clinical judgment and diagnosis. The key principles and facts underlying present knowledge of tissue and organ systems, their specialized function and interrelationships will be studied.
Spring, 3 credits

NUR 605 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing

In order to prescribe medication appropriately and safely, the advanced practice nurse must have an understanding of pharmacology, the use of therapeutic agents in specific disease states, dosage, toxicity, and monitoring parameters. This course builds on previous nursing knowledge to provide the understanding necessary to safely and effectively prescribe drug therapy. Content also includes both state and federal laws, and regulations relating to prescribing drugs in a managed care environment.
Fall, 4 credits

NUR 606 Advanced Health Assessment

The student will build upon basic physical assessment skills in this course. Comprehensive physical examination of the client as well as psychosocial, spiritual developmental, occupational and cultural aspects of health assessment are studied in depth, in order to develop an evidence-based comprehensive health assessment and plan of care for clients, which includes the selection and interpretation of appropriate laboratory and other diagnostic tests. The promotion and maintenance of health management in the care of the client will be emphasized. Concurrently, students will complete a laboratory practicum where theoretical content will be integrated into the students’ experience. A case study approach will be utilized.
Spring, 2 credits

NUR 606L Advanced Health Assessment Practicum (90 hours)

The laboratory practicum is designed to be taken concurrently with Advanced Health Assessment. The practicum experience provides the opportunity for advanced practice nursing students to integrate theoretical content into the clinical experience. Emphasis is placed on developing an evidence-based comprehensive and problem-oriented health examination of the client.
Special fee
Co-requisite: NUR 606
Spring, 2 credits

NUR 611 Diagnosis and Management I: Primary Care of the Adult I

This course focuses on the management of an adult client’s common complaints and/or symptoms. The student is introduced to practice protocols and competencies used to manage the client’s health care problem in a primary care setting. An emphasis is placed on a comprehensive client management plan that includes health promotion and disease prevention, as well as evidenced-based decisions that promote optimal physical and mental health. A case study format is utilized.
Co-requisite: NUR 622 and 622S
Fall, 4 credits

NUR 612 Diagnosis And Management II: Primary Care of Families (Women and Children)

This course focuses on the diagnosis and management of common acute and chronic health issues found in women (gynecologic/reproductive) and children in the primary care setting. Emphasis is placed on the reinforcement and synthesis of clinical knowledge from nursing and medical sciences as a foundation for critical thinking and clinical reasoning in the management of both the pediatric patient and women in the primary care setting.
Prerequisite of NUR 606 & Co-requisite of NUR 623 & NUR 623S are required.
Spring, 4 credits

NUR 621 The Family: Social, Ethical and Policy Issues

Through the exploration of family theory and the examination of cultural, social, ethical, legal and family policy issues, the student will develop a comprehensive view of issues which need to be considered in the delivery of quality health care.
Annually, 3 credits

NUR 622 FNP Practicum I: Primary care of Families (Adult)

This is the first clinical course (270 hours) of the diagnosis and management sequence wherein students are assigned preceptors (a nurse practitioner or a physician) in a primary care setting. Students are introduced to practice protocols and essential competencies necessary to provide primary health care to a diverse adult client population. Comprehensive client management, including a holistic client approach, health promotion, disease prevention, and evidence-based decisions are emphasized in this course.
Co-requisite: NUR 611 and NUR 622S
Fall, 6 credits

NUR 622S Diagnosis & Management I Seminar

In conjunction with the practicum experience, a seminar component facilitates the student’s progress throughout the practicum experience.
Fall, 0 credits

NUR 623 FNP Practicum II: Primary Care of Families (Women and Children)

This is the second clinical course (270 hours) of the diagnosis and management sequence. The preceptored clinical experience takes place in a setting that provides the opportunity for the family nurse practitioner candidate to practice / refine their skills and develop essential competencies in diagnosing and managing common acute and chronic conditions as well as complete growth and development evaluations and physical examinations on infants, children and adolescents. The preceptored clinical experience in women’s health takes place in a setting that focuses on women’s health issues (gynecologic/reproductive) and provides additional experience that are not included in the NUR 611 clinical practicum.   
Co-requisite: NUR 612 and NUR 623S
Spring, 6 credits

NUR 623S Diagnosis and Management II Seminar (Women and Children)

The family nurse practitioner student is provided with a review of practical knowledge and skills needed to succeed in both the women’s health and pediatrics clinical settings. The students will attend a two-day (7hr/day) seminar prior to the start of NUR 623.
Spring, 0 credits

NUR 702 Nursing Research II

This course facilitates the opportunity for the student to refine and develop the research proposal that was initiated in Nursing Research I. Particular emphasis is placed on research design, data collection methods, data analysis and ethical issues. Students must register for NUR 702P and NUR 702 simultaneously.
Spring, 3 credits

Degree Requirements

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.

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).

Typical Sequence

Fall I Semester
NUR 501 Issues in Professional Nursing for Advanced Practice Nurses and Nurse Educators (3)
NUR 604 Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan (3)

Spring I Semester
NUR 615 Advanced Pharmacokinetics & Pharmacotherapeutics (3)
NUR 760 Evidence-based and Translational Methods (3)

Summer I Semester
NUR 606 Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan – 90 Lab hours (4)
NUR 621 The Family: Social, Ethical and Policy Issues (3)

Fall II Semester
NUR 770 Diagnostic & Clinical Reasoning – 25 Lab hours (4)
NUR 775 Diagnostic & Clinical Reasoning Practicum – 90 hours (2)

Spring II Semester
NUR 660 Diagnosis and Management I: Adult – Geriatric Health (3)
NUR 665 FNP Practicum I: Primary Care of Families (Adults – Geriatric Health) – 180 hours (4)

Summer II Semester
NUR 670 Diagnosis and Management II: Pediatric & Women’s Health (3)
NUR 675 FNP Practicum II: Primary Care of Families (Pediatrics and Women’s Health) – 180 hours (4)

Fall III Semester
NUR 780 Diagnosis and Management III: Management of Chronic Complex Medical Conditions Across the Lifespan (3)
NUR 785 FNP Practicum III: Management of Chronic Complex Medical Conditions Across the Lifespan – 180 hours (4)

Total: 46 credits and 745 practicum hours


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