Dean: Sheryl Steadman
Program Director: Robert Nicholes
The Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program builds on a baccalaureate nursing degree to prepare advanced practice nurses in the areas of primary health care. FNP students will be prepared to provide holistic care with a health-promotion focus and address concerns in today’s dynamic and complex health care environment.
After graduation, FNP students are eligible to take the American Nurse Credential Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) certification exam and apply for Utah licensure as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) with prescriptive authority.
The Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program at Westminster College offers education that builds on a baccalaureate nursing education and provides students with the expertise required to engage in advanced nursing practice and leadership as a FNP. Students develop attributes essential to provide excellent, balanced healthcare across the lifespan. Students integrate clinical judgment and critical thinking into the provision of culturally appropriate patient-centered care. They are also prepared to collaborate within interprofessional healthcare teams, integrate the evidence-based approach for practice decisions and apply quality improvement methods to provide safe, effective, patient-centered care. The program provides students with a deeper understanding of the discipline of nursing and encourages the integration of the art and science of nursing with other related disciplines in order to deliver holistic advanced nursing care.
The graduate of the FNP program will be educationally prepared to provide direct care to a diverse population of patients in clinical and community based systems. The graduate will be prepared to manage patient health promotion, health maintenance as well as the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of health problems. The graduate will use his/her clinical competence and political efficacy to improve the health outcomes of populations and improve the quality of the healthcare system.
The FNP graduate will:
See Admission to the College section for admission requirements.
The student must:
See Grading and Academic Standards for graduate academic probation and suspension policies.
A student may receive a practicum/classroom warning of program probationary status at any time during a clinical or classroom experience if the faculty determines that the student’s performance is unsatisfactory. The written warning will outline what the student must do to meet the course requirements. Students who have been placed on program probation will be formally evaluated at the end of that course. Program probation will be removed if the student is able to successfully meet the objectives by the end of the course. If deemed necessary, program faculty may keep a student on probation for more than one semester. However, any program probationary status will be documented in the student record.
A student will be dismissed from the graduate nursing program for any of the following reasons:
See Grading and Academic Standards for information on appeals for readmission.
Applications for December graduation are due in March and applications for May and August graduation are due in September. Please see the Academic Calendar for more specific dates. Candidates are notified of remaining degree requirements within four weeks after applying for graduation.
To be eligible for a master’s degree, students must satisfy the following conditions:
Note: Only graduate-level coursework may be applied toward degree or certificate requirements. The final responsibility for being informed about, and adhering to, graduation requirements rests with the student.
A minimum of 43 semester hours is required for graduation. The acceptance of transfer credit, up to 9 hours, is individually evaluated. The minimum number of clinical practice hours for the program is 546 hours.
|I. Required Courses||43|
MSN 500 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (4)
|TOTAL MINIMUM HOURS REQUIRED FOR THE FNP PROGRAM||43|
|Spring Semester||Summer Semester|
MSN 500 (3/1)
MSN 532 (3/0)
MSN 584 (3/0)
MSN 582 (2/2)
MSN 670 (2/0)
MSN 650 (0) [if needed]
Note: one clinical hour equals a minimum of 43 hours in a clinical setting.
An FNP certificate is available to individuals with a Master of Science degree in nursing who are nationally certified as nurse practitioners. The focus of this certificate fulfills requirements to be able to become nationally certified as a family nurse practitioner.
The program director grants permission to complete an FNP certificate after evaluation of the previous course of study. An individualized plan of study is developed based on the evaluation of previous advanced practice preparation. All certificate students are required to take MSN 639 (Advanced Nursing Practicum/Clinical Seminar) and MSN 670 (Synthesis: Practice in Context). In addition, other courses may be identified to ensure competency in a family nurse practitioner focus.