James Madison University

Master of Science in Nursing Program


Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration

The FNP program prepares graduates to synthesize assessment data to diagnose and manage patient and family health and illness needs across the lifespan.  The focus of FNP practice is health promotion and disease prevention.  The FNP serves as a client partner and advocate within the health care delivery system.  Students complete a total of 650 clinical practicum hours, applying clinical skills, theories, and research findings to the clinical care of children, adolescents, adults and older adults in a variety of health care settings.  Graduates of the FNP program are qualified to take the certification exam through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) http://www.aanpcert.org/certs/ or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) http://www.nursecredentialing.org  

All Required Courses


Course Credits
NSG 520 Advanced Health Assessment 3
NSG 521 Advanced Concepts in Pathophysiology 3
NSG 522 Advanced Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics 3
NSG 611 Research for the Advanced Health Professional 3
NSG 612 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Practice Nursing 3
NSG 630 Care Delivery and Coordination I 4
NSG 631 Care Delivery and Coordination II 4
NSG 632 Coordinated Care of the Elderly 3
NSG 634 Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse 1
NSG 635 Family Centered Care Delivery 3
NSG 671 Practicum I 3
NSG 672 Practicum II 5
NSG 673 Practicum III 5
NSG 690 Epidemiology and Population Assessment 3
NSG 692 Health Care Policy 3
Total Credit Hours 49

Full Time


Year One (24 credits)
Fall (11 credits)

NSG 520 Advanced Health Assessment (3)
NSG 521 Advanced Concepts in Pathophysiology (3)
NSG 630 Care Delivery and Coordination I (4)
NSG 634 Role of the APN (1)

Spring (13 credits)

NSG 522 Advanced Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics (3)
NSG 631 Care Delivery and Coordination II (4)
NSG 671 Practicum I (3)
NSG 612 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Practice Nursing (3)

Summer (for FNP students only)

NSG 635 Family Centered Care Delivery (FNP Students Only) (3)

Year Two (22 credits)
Fall (11 credits)

NSG 611 Research for the Advanced Health Professional (3)
NSG 632 Coordinated Care of the Elderly (3)
NSG 672 Practicum II (5)

Spring (11 credits)

NSG 692 Health Care Policy (3)
NSG 690 Epidemiology (3)
NSG 673 Practicum III (5)

Part Time


Year One (15 credits)
Fall

NSG 520 Advanced Health Assessment (3)
NSG 521 Advanced Concepts in Pathophysiology (3)

Spring

NSG 522 Advanced Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics (3)
NSG 692 Health Care Policy (3)
NSG 612 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Practice Nursing (3)

Summer (for FNP students only)

 

Year Two (18 credits)
Fall

NSG 611 Research for the Advanced Health Professional (3)
NSG 630 Care Delivery& Coordination I (4)
NSG 634 Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse (1)

Spring

NSG 671 Practicum I (3)
NSG 631 Care Delivery & Coordination (4)

Summer (for FNP students only)

NSG 635 Family Centered Care Delivery (FNP Students Only) (3)

Year Three (16 credits)
Fall

NSG 632 Coordinated Care of the Elderly (3)
NSG 672 Practicum II (5)

Spring

NSG 673 Practicum III (5)
NSG 690 Epidemiology (3)

Summer (for FNP students only)