School of Nursing Adds Master of Science in Nursing with Family Nurse Practitioner Track

June 18, 2012

Xavier University is accepting applications for its new Family Nurse Practitioner track of the Master of Science in Nursing program to begin this fall semester 2012.

Xavier University prepares baccalaureate- and masters-prepared registered nurses in the nurse practitioner role with the population focus of families/individuals across the lifespan. The family nurse practitioner (FNP) will apply family-centered preventive care, diagnosis and treatment, as well as health maintenance and management of chronic illness to individuals across the life span in predominantly ambulatory primary care settings. The FNP track follows an integration of the MSN and nurse practitioner core courses and practicum experiences specific to the preparation of a family nurse practitioner. The course of study will culminate with an immersion practicum in the role of the FNP.

“The School of Nursing developed the FNP track in response to the national need for increased numbers of primary care providers prepared and empowered to provide cost-effective access to safe, quality health care,” says Susan Schmidt, director of Xavier’s School of Nursing. “Practice settings include primary care practices, nurse-managed health centers, and emerging delivery models. Outstanding doctorally prepared nurse practitioners join the Xavier nursing faculty already known for teaching excellence to offer this new FNP masters track.”

Offered through Xavier’s College of Social Sciences, Health & Education, students will complete 47 semester hours including 600 hours of practicum experiences. Registered nurses who already have a Master of Science in Nursing from a regionally-accredited college or university with CCNE or NLN accreditation are eligible to apply for a post-masters certificate program. This certificate program requires between 19 to 28 semester hours, depending upon the applicant’s previous completed course work.

Graduates will apply holistic family centered advanced practice skills, abilities and knowledge to populations across the lifespan in a variety of ambulatory care settings as an advanced practice nurse specializing in family nursing. Graduates will provide culturally competent, population-based preventive, management and maintenance care for acute and chronic conditions for the family unit. Graduates will sit for the FNP Certification Examination in order to apply for a state certificate of authority in advanced practice, as well as authority to prescribe as an FNP-BC (board certified).

“The Family Nurse Practitioner Program is the latest example of our college adjusting to the needs of the health professions,” says Mark Meyers, dean of the College of Social Science, Health & Education. “Our community partners provide us with feedback about the needs of the community to advance our professionals to meet those needs. The FNP is a direct result. Building upon the outstanding programs in the School of Nursing, the FNP will provide another track for our graduates who wish to expand their own professional opportunities.”

Individuals may apply online and download materials at: http://www.xavier.edu/msn/admission.cfm Questions may be directed to 513-745-4392 or 800-344-GOXU (4698), ext. 4392.