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Family Nurse Practitioner

Overview

This master's specialty prepares advanced practice nurses to work as primary health care providers for individuals of all ages and their families. With over 800 clinical hours, students develop expertise in the management of care for individuals across the life span, emphasizing health promotion and disease prevention, as well as diagnosis and management of acute and chronic diseases. Graduates of this specialty are eligible for certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Web-based courses may be available. Full-time, part-time, and post-master's (non-degree) options are available.

Students admitted to the Family Nurse Practitioner master's specialty in fall 2013 were the final cohort of students in this specialty whose degree will culminate in the Master of Science. The application deadline for fall 2013 admission was February 1, 2013. Effective with the entering class of fall 2014, this specialty will accept applicants only to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Sample Plan of Study

Sample Plan of Full-Time Study

Fall  (Semester I)
Course Title Credits
NPHY 612 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3
NURS 660 Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 4
NURS 630 FP I: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 2
NURS 631 FP I: Practicum: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (Clinical Hours: 45) 1
  Total 10
Spring  (Semester II)
Course Title Credits
NURS 701 Science and Research for Advanced Nursing Practice 4
NURS 723 Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics 3
NURS 632 FP II: Clinical Management of Common
Health Care Problems
3
NURS 633 FP II: Practicum – Clinical Management of Common
Health Care Problems (Clinical Hours: 180)
4
  Total 14
Summer (Semester III)
Course Title Credits
NURS 622 Systems and Populations in Health Care 3
NURS 703 Specialty Topics in Family Practice (Clinical Hours: 45) 2
  Total 5
Fall (Semester IV)
Course Title Credits
NURS 640 FP III: Management of Complex Health Care Problems 2
NURS 644 FP III: Practicum: Management of Complex
Health Care Problems (Clinical Hours: 135)
3
NURS 659 Organizational and Professional Dimensions of
Advanced Nursing Practice
3
NURS 755 Families in Crisis 2
  Total 10
Spring (Semester V)
Course Title Credits
NURS 731 FP IV: Integrative Management of
Primary Health Care Problems
2
NURS 741 FP IV: Practicum: Integrative Management of
Primary Health Care Problems (Clinical Hours: 315)
7
  Total 9
Total Credits 48
Clinical Hours 720

Note: FP = Family Practice

Post-Master's Option (non-degree)

Sample Plan of Full-Time Study*

First Semester (Fall)
Course Title Credits
NPHY 612 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3
NURS 630 FP I: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 2
NURS 631 FP I: Practicum – Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 2
NURS 660 Advanced Health Assessment: Family 4
  Total 11
Second Semester (Spring)
Course Title Credits
NURS 723 Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics 3
NURS 632 FP II: Clinical Management of Common Health Care Problems 3
NURS 633 FP II: Practicum – Clinical Management of Common Health Care Problems 5
  Total 11
Third Semester (Summer)
Course Title Credits
NURS 640 FPIII: Management of Complex Health Care Problems 2
  Total 2
Fourth Semester (Fall)
Course Title Credits
NURS 644 FPIII: Practicum:  Clinical Management of Complex Health Care Problems 3
NURS 755 Families in Crisis: Theory and Intervention 2
  Total 5
Fifth Semester (Spring)
Course Title Credits
NURS 731 FP IV: Integrative Management of Primary Health Care Problems 2
NURS 741 FP IV: Practicum – Integrative Management of Primary Health Care Problems 7
  Total 9
Total Credits 38

*The plan may vary in relation to an individual student’s background in terms of previous coursework.

Faculty

Specialty Director:

Bridgitte Gourley, DNP, CRNP, assistant professor

For admissions requirements or additional information, please contact Tracie Jones, assistant director of admissions, at tjones@son.umaryland.edu.

Faculty:

Claire Bode, MS, CRNP-F, RN, clinical instructor
Elaine Bundy, DNP, CRNP, assistant professor
Christina Calamaro, PhD, CRNP, assistant professor
Lily Fountain, MS, CNM, RN, assistant professor
Bridgitte Gourley, DNP, CRNP, assistant professor and specialty director
Hazel Jones-Parker, DNP, MSN, AP, RN, BC, FNP, affiliate assistant professor
Janice Lazear, MN, CRNP, CDE, assistant professor
Kristen Rawlett, FNP-BC, clinical instructor
Karen Scheu, DNP, FNP-BC, assistant professor 
Deb Scrandis, PhD, CRNP, BC, assistant professor
Margaret Watt, MSN, CRNP, FNE A/P, assistant professor

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