Xavier University prepares baccalaureate and masters prepared registered nurses in the nurse practitioner role with the population focus of family / individual across lifespan. The family nurse practitioner (FNP) will apply family centered primary care including 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 large majority of nursing courses at Xavier are taught on campus with the exception of practicum courses. The FNP program is offered via video-conferencing at select partner sites. The program cannot be completed online.
The MSN FNP program requires 47 credit hours comprised of the 19 semester hour MSN core, synthesis and application and the 28 semester hour / 600 clinical hour nurse practitioner FNP core.
MSN Core/Synthesis/Application variations for FNP: NURS 754, NURS 703 & NURS 705 are not required.
FNP Track Courses (required in addition to MSN curriculum)
Nurse Practitioner Core (9 semester hours)
|Course||Course Title (Credit Hours)|
|NURS 658||Clinical Pharmacology (3)|
|NURS 680||Advanced Pathophysiology for RNs (3)|
|NURS 756||Advanced Health Assessment for RNs (3)|
FNP Core (18 semester hours)
|Course||Course Title (Credit Hours)||Clinical Hours|
|NURS 770||Primary Care FNP Role (3)|
|NURS 771||Childbearing Family Care Practicum (1)*||120|
|NURS 772||Childbearing Family Care (3)|
|NURS 773||Pediatric and Adolescent Family Care Practicum (1)*||120|
|NURS 774||Pediatric and Adolescent Family Care (3)|
|NURS 775||Adult and Geriatric Family Care Practium (1)*||120|
|NURS 776||Adult and Geriatric Family Care (3)|
|NURS 777||FNP in Practice Practicum (2)*||240|
|NURS 778||FNP in Practice (1)|
( )* indicates the number of didactic credit hours to practicum credit hour. Each practicum credit hour is 8 clinical contact hours: 1:8. The total number of practicum hours required for the FNP is 600.
Pre/Co-requisites: NURS 770 is pre/co-req for NURS 775/776 & are prereqs for NURS 773/774 & NURS 771/772.
Admission Information for MSN FNP Applicants: Admission is competitive and is available for the fall semester of each academic year. Due to high interest in the program and limited clinical sites, the priority deadline for completed application is March 1. Applicants will be reviewed and notified of their status by April 1. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed based upon space availability for the fall semester. Post Masters FNP applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed based upon space availability for the fall semester.
Family Nurse Practitioner Post Master's Certificate
Experienced registered nurses with an MSN from a regionally accredited college or university and CCNE or ACEN (formerly NLNAC) accreditation are eligible to apply for the post-master's certificate program. The FNP post master's certificate program requires 18 to 27 semester hours, depending upon the applicant's previous completed course work. This certificate option requires the NP & FNP Core but does not require NURS 779. Learn more »
Please contact the advisor of this track for more information:
Dr. Kimberly Toole
Assistant Professor and FNP Coordinator
School of Nursing
Office: (513) 745-3095