Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Description

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program is designed to prepare nurses to deliver primary health care to families in a variety of settings. Students follow patients through the life cycle utilizing obstetric, pediatric, gynecologic, as well as adult and geriatric primary care diagnostic and management skills.

The scope of practice of the family nurse practitioner is based on a team approach. An interdependent member of the health team, the FNP provides primary care through the following means:

  • Documentation of individual and family health history
  • Physical assessment
  • Diagnostic, therapeutic, and educational care plans
  • Collaboration with physicians and other health care professionals
  • Referral to appropriate health care providers
  • Coordination of health care

Graduates are eligible to take the certifying examination offered by the American Nurses Association and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Graduates find positions in a variety of settings such as outpatient clinics, community health centers, private practice offices, health departments, homeless shelters, chronic care facilities, schools, day care programs, hospices, homes, and acute care settings.

The Program Director for the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty is Elizabeth Hall, DNP, MSN, CFNP/CGNP.

Clinical Sites

Clinical sites are available in the tri-state area and beyond, and can be permanent or rotating. Clinical sites vary in setting and you can be assigned location at hospitals, out-patient clinics, home care, or schools to name a few.


Please contact the Office of Admissions for details regarding admission and financial aid packages. Please note, applications for the Family NP Program can only be submitted online.

Admission criteria include:

  • Current New York State nursing license or eligibility
  • Minimum of one year experience in relevant area preferred
  • Satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • An undergraduate course in statistics
  • A physical assessment course
  • Three references attesting to applicant's academic ability and potential
  • Personal goal statement that is congruent with program goals (two pages, double-spaced, 12 pt. font)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Bachelor's degree in nursing from an NLN or CCNE accredited program or a non-nursing bachelor's degree

*RN's with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree are required to complete 5 credits in community health in addition to the course requirement listed. The courses that fulfill the community health requirement are N6703, The Science of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in the Community (3 didactic credits) and N5292, Nursing Practice in the Community (2 clinical credits).


For Applicants Who Hold an Undergraduate Degree in Nursing
A sample program plan is provided below to make you aware of the academic requirements of the program. Please be advised that this program plan is a sample, and individual plans of study are reviewed and approved upon acceptance to the program. Progression in the program is contingent upon meeting academic policies. The School of Nursing reserves the right to change the course offering schedule as stated in the student bulletin.

Sample Program Plan

Course Number Course Name Credits Type
Summer I: 7 Credits
Health and Social Policy: The Context for Practice and Research 3 Core
Advanced Pharmacology 3 Core
Normal Antepartum for Family Primary Care 1 Specialty
Fall I: 10 Credits
Advanced Physiology 3 Core
Family Primary Care I 2 Specialty
Practicum in Advanced Clinical Assessment for Family Nurse Practitioners 2 Specialty
Advanced Clinical Assessment Across the Lifespan 3 Core
Spring I: 14 Credits
Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan 3 Core
Diagnosis and Management of Illness in Families I 4 Specialty
Family Primary Care II 2 Specialty
Family Theory in Context 3 Specialty
Family Primary Care: Practicum IIA 2 Specialty
Summer II: 9 -11 Credits
Evaluation and Application of Research 3 Core
Interpersonal Violence and Abuse: Prevention, Assessment and Intervention for Health Care Professionals 1 Core
Management and Advanced Practice Nursing 1 Core
Family Primary Care: Practicum IIIA 2-4 Specialty
Family Primary Care: Practicum IIB 2 Specialty
Fall II: 10 Credits
Diagnosis and Management of Illness in Families II 3 Specialty
Family Primary Care III 2 Specialty
Family Primary Care: Practicum IIIB 2 Specialty
Incorporating Genetics and Genomics in Advanced Practice Nursing 3 Core
Total Credits 50 - 52  

This page was last updated on 03/29/2012 and is subject to change at any time.

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