We are pleased to announce that Chamberlain College of Nursing has launched a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialty track!
Chamberlain’s FNP curriculum prepares nurses with the expert knowledge, complex decision-making skills and clinical competencies to fill an essential role on primary care teams. Graduates are prepared to sit for the national FNP certification exam.
FNPs treat patients across the age spectrum and in some states can be licensed to practice independently. As semi-independent care providers, FNPs are certified to diagnose and treat illness and prescribe select medications. With the nationwide shortage of primary care practitioners expected to escalate in the coming years, the work of FNPs will be essential to ensuring effective patient care.
“Family nurse practitioners will be critical in addressing the looming primary practitioner shortage,” said Dr. John Distler, dean of MSN nurse practitioner tracks at Chamberlain. “As healthcare evolves toward a community-based approach, FNPs will play a fundamental role in delivering primary care, educating patients and improving patient outcomes.”
The MSN degree program now has five specialty tracks: Executive, Educator, Family Nurse Practitioner, Informatics and Healthcare Policy. Nurses who complete the FNP track may transition into Chamberlain’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program, geared toward advanced practice nurses.
The FNP track is comprised of 45 credit hours (five core MSN courses, 10 FNP specific courses); five 125-hour practicum courses; and 25 lab hours. Coursework is completed online, with one onsite weekend immersion experience. Program benefits include assistance in practicum and preceptor coordination and virtual human simulation to enhance students’ diagnostic skills.