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 other healthcare providers and patients at many stages of health and in a variety of complex family situations. Although wellness is a focus for Family Nurse Practitioners, they also take care of many patients with complex acute and chronic illnesses in the outpatient setting.

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, hospital systems 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 national certification as a family nurse practitioner.

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 Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Master’s Education.

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.

Ohio State has two tracks in its FNP program. The on-campus track is available to both students with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and also students in the Graduate Entry Program.  The distance-enhanced track is available to students entering with a traditional BSN. Students must choose at the time of application if they are applying to the online or on-campus FNP program.

Some of the courses in the online program 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. Students in the on- campus program may take some core courses that are required of all specialties online, but their clinical courses meet on campus and their clinical sites are within Ohio.

The College of Nursing is committed to the recruitment and preparation of 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 nursing@osu.edu.

Oralea Pittman
Director, Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty Track - On Campus

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.

Kelly Casler
Director, Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty Track - Online

Message from the Director

Family Nurse Practitioners are nurses with advanced training in helping patients from birth to end of life and their families achieve optimal health and wellness through illness and disease prevention and treatment.

Core Faculty - On Campus

Timothy Landers
PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, CIC, FAAN
landers.37@osu.edu
Shannon Linder
DNP, APRN-CNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-NP
linder.53@osu.edu

Core Faculty - Online

Skills

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

Curriculum

  • 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 Full-Time Traditional MS Curriculum
Year 1
 
Autumn Credit Hours
N7403 Innovation Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
N7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States 5
N7500 Health Policy and Advocacy 2
N7780 Evidence Based Nursing Scholarship 3
N7260 Concepts in Advanced Family Nursing1 2
Total credit hours 13-15
   
Spring  
N7410 Advanced Health Assessment 4
N7470 Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing 4
N7483 Quality Improvement and Informatics 3
N7491 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
N7260 Concepts in Advanced Family Nursing2 2
Total credit hours 14-16
   
Summer  
N7268.01 Advanced Nursing Practice FNP Clinical Practicum I 10
Total credit hours 10
   
Year 2
 
Autumn  
N7268.02 Advanced Nursing Practice FNP Clinical Practicum II 11.5
Total credit hours 11.5
   
Spring  
N7268.03 Advanced Nursing Practice FNP Clinical Practicum III 11.5
Total credit hours 11.5
This is a sample curriculum only. Your specific curriculum plan can be found at portal.nursing.osu.edu. Please follow the personalized plan on the portal.
Please refer to the course descriptions listed in the handbook for course prerequisites and appropriate sequencing. If courses are not taken in the appropriate sequence progression may be delayed.
1 On campus FNP students take N7260 in Autumn
2 Online FNP students take N7260 in Spring
Sample Part-Time Traditional MS Curriculum
Year 1
 
Autumn Credit Hours
N7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States 5
N7403 Innovation Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
Total credit hours 8
   
Spring  
N7260 Concepts in Advanced Family Nursing2 2
N7483 Quality Improvement and Informatics 3
N7491 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
Total credit hours 6-8
   
Year 2
 
Autumn  
N7780 Evidence Based Nursing Scholarship 3
N7260 Concepts in Advanced Family Nursing1 2
N7500 Health Policy and Advocacy 2
Total credit hours 5-7
   
Spring  
N7410 Advanced Health Assessment 4
N7470 Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing 4
Total credit hours 8
   
Summer  
N7268.01 Advanced Nursing Practice FNP Clinical Practicum I 10
Total credit hours 10
   
Year 3
 
Autumn  
N7268.02 Advanced Nursing Practice FNP Clinical Practicum II 11.5
Total credit hours 11.5
   
Spring  
N7268.03 Advanced Nursing Practice FNP Clinical Practicum III 11.5
Total credit hours 11.5
This is a sample curriculum only. Your specific curriculum plan can be found at portal.nursing.osu.edu. Please follow the personalized plan on the portal.
Please refer to the course descriptions listed in the handbook for course prerequisites and appropriate sequencing. If courses are not taken in the appropriate sequence progression may be delayed.
1 On campus FNP students take N7260 in Autumn
2 Online FNP students take N7260 in Spring
Sample Full-Time Graduate Entry Curriculum
Year 1
 
Summer Credit Hours
N6100 Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice 2
N6410 Introduction to Health Assessment 3
N6420 A Nursing Perspective: Life span Development of Individuals Within a Family Context 3
Total credit hours 8
   
Autumn  
N6270 Nursing Care of Adults and Older Adults I 7
N6430 Cultural Competence in Health Care: US and Global Contexts 3
N7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States 5
Total credit hours 15
   
Spring  
N6260 Nursing Care of Children and Their Families 4
N6280 Nursing Care of Women and Their Families During Reproductive Transitions 4
N7403 Innovation Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
N7500 Health Policy and Advocacy 2
Total credit hours 13
   
Year 2
 
Summer (Summer + May)  
N6240(S) Concepts in Community Health Nursing 4
N6340 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 4
N7491 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
Total credit hours 11
   
Autumn  
N6271 Nursing Care of Adults and Older Adults II 8
N6480 Quality Safety Initiatives in Clinical Practice1 1
N7780 Evidence Based Nursing Scholarship2 3
N7260 Concepts in Advanced Family Nursing 2
Total credit hours 14
   
Spring  
N7410 Advanced Health Assessment 4
N7470 Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing 4
N7483 Quality Improvement in Advanced Nursing Care 3
Total credit hours 11
This is a sample curriculum only. Your specific curriculum plan can be found at portal.nursing.osu.edu. Please follow the personalized plan on the portal.
1 Students must take N6480 prior to N7483
2 Students must take N7780 prior to NCLEX
Sample Full-Time On Campus BSN to DNP Curriculum
Year 1
 
Autumn Credit Hours
N7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States* 5
NP8402 Innovation and Leadership Development for the DNP Nurse 2
NP8403 Science of Practice Innovation 2
Total credit hours 9
   
Spring  
NP8490 Health Promotion in the Age of Personalized Health and Health Care 2
NP8500 Nursing Policy For Doctoral Nursing Practice 2
NP8782 Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice 2
NP8890 Professional Seminar 1
N5115 MINDSTRONG: An Evidence-based Program to Reduce Stress and Promote Overall Well-being 1
Total credit hours 8
   
Summer  
NP8480 Quality Improvement for the Doctor of Nursing Practice 2
NP8610 Informatics for Leadership in Health and Health Care 2
NP8896 Practice Inquiry I 3
Total credit hours 7
   
Year 2
 
Autumn  
N7260 Concepts in Advanced Family Nursing* 2
N8510 Ethics in Healthcare Practice, Research and Policy 2
NP8781 Methods and Measurement for Clinical Practice Scholarship 2
Total credit hours 6
   
Spring  
N7410 Advanced Health Assessment* 4
N7470 Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing* 4
Total credit hours 8
   
Summer  
N7268.01 Advanced Nursing Practice FNP Clinical Practicum I* 10
Total credit hours 10
   
Year 3
 
Autumn  
N7268.02 Advanced Nursing Practice FNP Clinical Practicum II* 11.5
Total credit hours 11.5
   
Spring  
N7268.03 Advanced Nursing Practice FNP Clinical Practicum III* 11.5
Master’s Comprehensive Exam**  
Total credit hours 11.5
   
Summer  
NP8897 Practice Inquiry II 3
NP8193 Individual Studies (optional) 1
APRN Certification Exam  
Total credit hours 3-4
   
Year 4
 
Autumn  
NP8898 DNP Clinical Immersion 5
NP8998 DNP Final Project 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Spring  
NP8898 DNP Clinical Immersion 5
NP8998 DNP Final Project 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Total credit hours 86
This is a sample curriculum only. Your specific curriculum plan can be found at portal.nursing.osu.edu. Please follow the personalized plan on the portal.
*Denotes master’s level coursework
**Denotes Graduate School requirements
Sample Part-Time On Campus BSN to DNP Curriculum
Year 1
 
Autumn Credit Hours
N7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States* 5
NP8402 Innovation and Leadership Development for the DNP Nurse 2
Total credit hours 7
   
Spring  
NP8490 Health Promotion in the Age of Personalized Health and Health Care 2
NP8500 Nursing Policy For Doctoral Nursing Practice 2
NP8782 Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice 2
NP8890 Professional Seminar 1
N5115 MINDSTRONG: An Evidence-based Program to Reduce Stress and Promote Overall Well-being 1
Total credit hours 8
   
Summer  
NP8480 Quality Improvement for the Doctor of Nursing Practice 2
NP8610 Informatics for Leadership in Health and Health Care 2
NP8896 Practice Inquiry I 3
Total credit hours 7
   
Year 2
 
Autumn  
N7260 Concepts in Advanced Family Nursing* 2
NP8403 Science of Practice Innovation 2
N8510 Ethics in Healthcare Practice, Research and Policy 2
Total credit hours 6
   
Spring  
N7410 Advanced Health Assessment* 4
N7470 Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing* 4
Total credit hours 7
   
Summer  
N7268.01 Advanced nursing practice FNP clinical practicum I* 10
Total credit hours 10
   
Year 3
 
Autumn  
N7268.02 Advanced nursing practice FNP clinical practicum II* 11.5
Total credit hours 11.5
   
Spring  
N7268.03 Advanced nursing practice FNP clinical practicum III* 11.5
Master’s Comprehensive Exam**  
Total credit hours 11.5
   
Summer  
APRN Certification Exam  
Total credit hours 0
   
Year 4
 
Autumn  
NP8781 Methods and Measurement for Clinical Practice Scholarship 2
Total credit hours 2
   
Spring  
NP8193 Individual Studies 1
NP8897 Practice Inquiry II 3
Total credit hours 3-4
   
Year 5
 
Autumn  
NP8898 DNP Clinical Immersion 5
NP8998 DNP Final Project 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Spring  
NP8898 DNP Clinical Immersion 5
NP8998 DNP Final Project 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Total credit hours 86
This is a sample curriculum only. Your specific curriculum plan can be found at portal.nursing.osu.edu. Please follow the personalized plan on the portal.
*Denotes master’s level coursework
**Denotes Graduate School requirements
Sample Full-Time Online BSN to DNP Curriculum
Year 1
 
Autumn Credit Hours
N7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States* 5
NP8402 Innovation and Leadership Development for the DNP Nurse 2
NP8890 Professional Seminar 1
N5115 MINDSTRONG: An Evidence-based Program to Reduce Stress and Promote Overall Well-being 1
Total credit hours 9
   
Spring  
N7260 Concepts in Advanced Family Nursing* 2
NP8490 Health Promotion in the Age of Personalized Health and Health Care 2
NP8500 Nursing Policy For Doctoral Nursing Practice 2
NP8782 Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice 2
Total credit hours 8
   
Summer  
NP8480 Quality Improvement for the Doctor of Nursing Practice 2
NP8610 Informatics for Leadership in Health and Health Care 2
NP8896 Practice Inquiry I 3
Total credit hours 7
   
Year 2
 
Autumn  
NP8403 Science of Practice Innovation 2
N8510 Ethics in Healthcare Practice, Research and Policy 2
NP8781 Methods and Measurement for Clinical Practice Scholarship 2
Total credit hours 6
   
Spring  
N7410 Advanced Health Assessment* 3
N7470 Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing* 4
Total credit hours 7
   
Summer  
N7268.01 Advanced Nursing Practice FNP Clinical Practicum I* 10
Total credit hours 10
   
Year 3
 
Autumn  
N7268.02 Advanced Nursing Practice FNP Clinical Practicum II* 11.5
Total credit hours 11.5
   
Spring  
N7268.03 Advanced Nursing Practice FNP Clinical Practicum III* 11.5
Master’s Comprehensive Exam**  
Total credit hours 11.5
   
Summer  
NP8897 Practice Inquiry II 3
NP8193 Individual Studies (optional) 1
APRN Certification Exam  
Total credit hours 3-4
   
Year 4
 
Autumn  
NP8898 DNP Clinical Immersion 5
NP8998 DNP Final Project 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Spring  
NP8898 DNP Clinical Immersion 5
NP8998 DNP Final Project 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Total credit hours 86
This is a sample curriculum only. Your specific curriculum plan can be found at portal.nursing.osu.edu. Please follow the personalized plan on the portal.
*Denotes master’s level coursework
**Denotes Graduate School requirements
Sample Part-Time Online BSN to DNP Curriculum
Year 1
 
Autumn Credit Hours
N7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States* 5
NP8402 Innovation and Leadership Development for the DNP Nurse 2
NP8890 Professional Seminar 1
N5115 MINDSTRONG: An Evidence-based Program to Reduce Stress and Promote Overall Well-being 1
Total credit hours 9
   
Spring  
N7260 Concepts in Advanced Family Nursing* 2
NP8490 Health Promotion in the Age of Personalized Health and Health Care 2
NP8500 Nursing Policy For Doctoral Nursing Practice 2
NP8782 Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice 2
Total credit hours 8
   
Summer  
NP8480 Quality Improvement for the Doctor of Nursing Practice 2
NP8610 Informatics for Leadership in Health and Health Care 2
NP8896 Practice Inquiry I 3
Total credit hours 7
   
Year 2
 
Autumn  
NP8403 Science of Practice Innovation 2
N8510 Ethics in Healthcare Practice, Research and Policy 2
Total credit hours 4
   
Spring  
N7410 Advanced Health Assessment* 3
N7470 Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing* 4
Total credit hours 7
   
Summer  
N7268.01 Advanced Nursing Practice FNP Clinical Practicum I* 10
Total credit hours 10
   
Year 3
 
Autumn Credit Hours
N7268.02 Advanced Nursing Practice FNP Clinical Practicum II* 11.5
Total credit hours 11.5
   
Spring  
N7268.03 Advanced Nursing Practice FNP Clinical Practicum III* 11.5
Master’s Comprehensive Exam**  
Total credit hours 11.5
   
Summer  
APRN Certification Exam  
Total credit hours 0
   
Year 4
 
Autumn  
NP8781 Methods and Measurement for Clinical Practice Scholarship 2
Total credit hours 2
   
Spring  
NP8193 Individual Studies 1
NP8897 Practice Inquiry II 3
Total credit hours 3-4
   
Year 5
 
Autumn  
NP8898 DNP Clinical Immersion 5
NP8998 DNP Final Project 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Spring  
NP8898 DNP Clinical Immersion 5
NP8998 DNP Final Project 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Total credit hours 86
This is a sample curriculum only. Your specific curriculum plan can be found at portal.nursing.osu.edu. Please follow the personalized plan on the portal.
*Denotes master’s level coursework
**Denotes Graduate School requirements

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.

FAQs

Puja Patel
Puja Patel, graduate

“I chose the Family Nurse Practitioner specialization due to its focus on holistic care; health is not just physical, but a combination of many aspects. As a FNP, I can use my education and passions to impact these many aspects in patients’ lives.”