Family Nurse Practitioner
What does a Family Nurse Practitioner do?
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If you have a passion for nursing and believe that working with families in primary care is the setting that makes the best use of your nursing talents and expertise, then becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner may be the best choice for you. Family Nurse Practitioners work with patients throughout the life span. They enjoy working collaboratively with a variety of patients at many stages of health and in a variety of complex family situations.
The primary goal of the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialty track is to prepare graduates for advanced practice nursing in a variety of clinical settings ranging from private practices, clinics, hospitals, and businesses to managed care organizations and governmental agencies. Coursework, clinical experience, and research allow our students to acquire the knowledge, values, and skills necessary for advanced practice nursing roles. Graduates of the specialty will be eligible for certification as family nurse practitioners in primary care.
Our specialty track is a nationally ranked specialty that meets the nurse practitioner curriculum guidelines of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Advanced Nursing Practice: Curriculum Guidelines and Program Standards for Nurse Practitioner Education and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Family Nurse Practitioner Certification criteria.
As colleagues of the country’s most comprehensive university health sciences center, our students benefit from their access to cutting-edge research and knowledge, a diverse selection of elective courses, and interdisciplinary collaboration among health care professionals. Many courses are available to students in a state-of-the-art computer-based format for convenience and accessibility.
Distance learning option
The College of Nursing is proud to announce the distance learning option for the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty. Students in the Traditional MS option have the opportunity to take all courses online and complete their clinicals near their own community. This option is not available to the Graduate Entry students. The College of Nursing is committed to the recruitment and preparation of culturally diverse nurse practitioners who are qualified to provide culturally competent primary health care and mental health care to people with co-occurring physical and mental disorders. Distance education programs provide greater access to nursing education for RNs and NPs in areas with shortages of health care providers. State laws require post-secondary educational institutions to be legally authorized to provide online educational instruction in their states. This means that Ohio State online courses and programs must be legally authorized in a state prior to offering courses or programs to students residing there. Please check the status of your state of residence to determine if Ohio State has authorization to offer online courses and programs in your state. If you reside in a state in which Ohio State is authorized to provide online education, learn more about the distance learning option, e-mail email@example.com or phone (614) 688-8145.
Core Family Nurse Practitioner faculty
Elizabeth Barker, PhD, CRNP, Director
Oralea Pittman, DNP, CRNP
Rita Kaspar, PhD, CRNP, Co-Director
Alice Teall, MS, CRNP, Co-Director
Our graduates enter the workforce with the skills and competencies to:
- provide health promotion and primary health care for families and individuals in the context of their families
- apply theory and research in practice with individuals and families
- develop, implement, and assess nursing strategies to assure quality of care
- utilize leadership skills for positive change at the local, regional, and national level
- provide advocacy for all participants in the constantly changing health care environment
- establish a climate of consistent learning and innovation that positively contributes to the advancement of the profession
- adapt professionally to the constantly changing health care environment
- Nursing 7403 Innovation Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice
- Nursing 7483 Quality Improvement and Informatics
- Nursing 7491 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention across the Life Span
- Nursing 7500 Nursing in the American Health Care System
- Nursing 7780 Evidence Based Nursing Scholarship
- Nursing 7410 Advanced Health Assessment
- Nursing 7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States
- Nursing 7470 Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing
Family Nurse Practitioner courses
- Nursing 7260 Theories, Concepts, & Issues in Advanced Family Nursing
- Nursing 7268.01 FNP Clinical Practicum I
- Nursing 7268.02 FNP Clinical Practicum II
- Nursing 7268.03 FNP Clinical Practicum III
A sample curriculum and additional information about the specialty can be found here.
Our specialty provides preceptors in a wide variety of geographic locations and clinical sites throughout Ohio. Students should anticipate that they will be assigned to one or more precepted experiences outside of the metropolitan Columbus area. Students work with nurse practitioners and physicians from a variety of specialties in ambulatory primary care settings. Clinical experience provides the precepted hours necessary for certification as a family nurse practitioner. Clinical preceptorships will be implemented during the final four consecutive quarters of the specialty. These quarters must be completed in sequence. Clinical work in the final quarter may be individualized to assist students to meet career goals.
Admissions & program information
Traditional Master of Science option
Graduate Entry option
The College of Nursing's Post-Master's option prepares master's-prepared nurses for certification as family nurse practitioners.
For more information about the post-master's option, click here
For further information about the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty, contact:
The Ohio State University
College of Nursing
Graduate Outreach and Admissions
1585 Neil Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1289
Call (614) 688-8145
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