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Family Nurse Practitioner MSN Concentration

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Select the concentration of Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) in your Master of Science in Nursing studies at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing.

Role of Family Nurse Practitioner

FNPs deliver family-focused care, working with patients on maintaining health and wellness over the long term, including preventive care. Schooled to work with both children and adults, these advanced practice RNs may work autonomously, or in collaboration with other healthcare professionals, in the context of a family practice or clinical setting.

The focus of the family nurse practitioner concentration is on primary care, with an emphasis on rural and underserved populations. Students from all regions of New Mexico, especially those interested in rural and underserved clinical practice, are encouraged to apply.

What to Expect During Your Education

  • This intensive, full-time two-year commitment begins in the summer and continues for six consecutive terms.
  • The degree awarded at completion of the program is a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).
  • MSN core courses are available online. Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) core courses are a mix of online delivery and on-the-ground classroom experiences.
  • Clinical courses are taught in a block format. Didactic content is provided at on-campus sessions for two to three weeks, followed by a four- to five-week clinical rotation.
  • All FNP students are expected to travel outside of the Albuquerque area for a minimum of two clinical rotations. Faculty will place students in clinical rotations, and students are responsible for any associated travel costs.
  • Graduates are eligible to become certified as family nurse practitioners in New Mexico and nationally after successfully passing the certification exam. Credentialing organizations are the American Nurses Certification Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification Board. Check out our current licensure/certification first-time pass rates.

For more information regarding nurse practitioners in general (salaries, job opportunities, etc.), visit the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

FNP Concentration Program of Studies

COURSECredit HoursDidactic creditsClinical CreditsClinical Hours
NURS 501 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing (MSN Core)33
NURS 503 Research in Nursing (MSN Core)33
NURS 526 Advanced Pathophysiology (APRN Core)33
NURS 540 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning  (APRN Core)321 (lab)50 (lab)
NURS 543 Pharmacological Principles of Clinical Therapeutics (APRN Core)33
NURS 525 Primary Care Concepts33
NURS 505 Health Care Policy, Systems & Financing for Advanced Practice Roles (MSN Core)33
NURS 535 Primary Care of Adults I422100
NURS 541 Antepartum-Postpartum for FNP11
NURS 542 Primary Care Pediatrics I32150
NURS 536 Primary Care of Adults II  32150
NURS 534 Primary Care Geriatrics21.50.525
TOTAL8  125
NURS 546 Primary Care Pediatrics II 422100
NURS 537 Primary Care of Adults III41.52.5125
NURS 554 The Evidence Base for APRN Primary Care Practice11
NURS 594 Advanced Practice Seminar11
NURS 597 Applied Examination11
NURS 595 Advanced Nursing Field Work77350
TOTAL9 350

Outcome of FNP Education

At the completion of the program, you'll be prepared to:

  1. Provide the full scope of primary care, using both independent and collaborative approaches, to individuals and families across the life span, including management of acute and chronic health problems, health promotion, disease prevention and support for transitional and end-of-life needs.
  2. Integrate ethical principles in decision-making and evaluation of care related to individuals, families, populations and systems of care.
  3. Coordinate health care through interdisciplinary collaboration with members of the health care team.
  4. Empower and motivate individuals and families to be full participants in their own health care.
  5. Advocate for systems and policies that reduce health disparities, facilitate access to care, and address cultural diversity and rural populations.
  6. Assume professional responsibility for maintaining and advancing clinical practice competencies.
  7. Participate in quality assurance and evaluation of health care delivery.
  8. Use and articulate evidence-based research as the basis for practice.
  9. Contribute to existing knowledge through participation in research.