Family Nurse Practitioner
The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) degree offered by Pacific College prepares nurses with the knowledge and experience to manage healthcare needs of individuals and their families across the lifespan on a transitional healthcare system.
According to Kathleen Dracup, D.N.Sc., RN, writing for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN): “The master’s degree builds on the baccalaureate degree to enable the student to develop expertise in one area. That specialty can range from running a hospital to providing care for prematurely born babies, from researching the effectiveness of alternative therapies to tackling social and economic causes of health problems. It is an opportunity for the student who has assessed personal career goals and matched them to individual, community, and industry needs.” (Article Link)
The Family Nurse Practitioner program is focused on developing the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver nursing care to persons of all ages across primary care settings, including those in rural and under-served areas. FNP graduates are prepared for advanced clinical practice that involves individuals and families throughout the lifespan and across the health continuum. The program is designed for working professionals seeking advanced skills in nursing that have already earned a baccalaureate degree in nursing and have worked as an RN. Coursework is completed online and clinical experiences are completed in your local facilities.
The admission requirements listed below have been established for students entering the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Pacific College:
1. A baccalaureate in Nursing (BSN) from a regionally accredited college or university
2. Official undergraduate/graduate transcripts (minimum 3.0 GPA)
3. A statement of professional goals. The Statement is your opportunity to tell faculty what you are planning to do with your career after you finish your master’s degree. Your Goal Statement should indicate your understanding of the role of the advanced practice nurse and your impact on the healthcare system and patient population you serve.
5. Three letters of professional reference. References should be from faculty members, professional colleagues, or work supervisors who can evaluate your potential for success in a graduate program. Recommendations from family, friends, other students or co-workers are NOT appropriate.
6. Active (unrestricted) RN license
7. Current CPR (BLS) certification
8. A $50 application fee
9. Telephone Interview
Both the writing style (i.e., grammar, punctuation, spelling, word use) and content of your responses will be used in the overall evaluation of your application to the program. After a preliminary review of your application, you will be contacted to schedule the phone interview.
Family nurse practitioners (FNPs) are advanced practice registered nurses who work autonomously or in collaboration with other healthcare professionals to deliver family-focused care. FNPs offer a wide range of healthcare services that revolve around the family unit; from health promotion and disease prevention to direct care and counseling across the lifespan. FNPs are qualified to diagnosis and treat complex health conditions of the body and mind. Their advanced training and education also often qualifies FNPs to serve as hospital and clinic administrators and policy makers.
FNPs perform duties that include:
- Developing treatment plans for acute and chronic diseases
- Educating and guiding patients on disease prevention and healthy lifestyle habits
- Understanding the changes in health promotion throughout the aging process
- Conducting exams
- Performing diagnostic tests and screening evaluations
- Managing overall patient care regarding lifestyle and development issues
- Emphasizing preventative care and disease management
- Prescribing medications
FNPs work in doctor’s offices, clinics, private homes, schools, hospitals and other institutions. Family nurse practitioners place a strong emphasis on wellness and prevention, but also provide treatment for everything from mild ailments to serious conditions affecting any member of the family.