Family Nurse Practitioner

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 lifespan. 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 and clinical experiences 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 healthcare professionals. Many courses are available to students in a state-of-the-art computer-based format for convenience and accessibility.

The College of Nursing is proud to provide a distance enhanced learning (online) option for the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty. Students in the Traditional MS have the opportunity to take all courses online.  Some of the courses meet at set times using web conferencing software. Students would complete their clinical experiences near their own community. Students in the distance enhanced learning option are required to spend two days on campus for in-person learning and evaluation of clinical skills during their second clinical course. At this time, students enrolled in the Graduate Entry Program are not eligible for the distance enhanced learning option.

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. 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

Oralea Pittman
Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty Track Director

Message from the Director

Family Nurse Practitioners are healthcare providers with specialized, advanced, graduate nursing education who provide healthcare to individuals and families across the lifespan.

Linda Quinlin
Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty Track Director

Message from the Director

FNPs emphasize health and wellness within families and provide treatment for the whole person including the treatment of illness, as well as focusing on disease prevention and health promotion.

Core Faculty - On Campus

Core Faculty - Online


Our graduates enter the workforce with the skills and competencies to: 

  • Provide health promotion and primary healthcare for families and individuals in the context of their families
  • Apply theory and evidence 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 healthcare environment
  • Establish a climate of consistent learning and innovation that positively contributes to the advancement of the profession
  • Adapt professionally to the constantly changing healthcare environment


  • Nursing 7410 Advanced Health Assessment
  • Nursing 7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States
  • Nursing 7470 Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing
  • Nursing 7260 Theories, Concepts, & Issues in Advanced Family Nursing
  • Nursing 7268.01 Advanced Nursing Practice FNP Clinical Practicum I
  • Nursing 7268.02 Advanced Nursing Practice FNP Clinical Practicum II
  • Nursing 7268.03 Advanced Nursing Practice FNP Clinical Practicum III


Sample Curriculum

A sample curriculum for the traditional master's full-time and part-time options, as well as the graduate entry option can be found in the master's in nursing handbook. A sample curriculum for the BSN to DNP can be found in the DNP handbook

Clinical Experience

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 Columbus metropolitan area. Students work with nurse practitioners, physician assistants and physicians from a variety of specialties in ambulatory patient care settings. Clinical experience provides the precepted hours necessary for certification as a family nurse practitioner. Clinical preceptorships will be implemented during the final three consecutive semesters of the specialty. These semesters must be completed in sequence. Clinical work in the final semester may be individualized to assist students to meet career goals.