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Master of Science in Nursing / Family Nurse Practitioner

The Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner program is designed for registered nurses who want to provide evidence-informed practice to culturally diverse populations using the latest technology for learning and practicing. This Program is grounded in a Caring Science model that teaches the theoretical and evidenced-based practice of nursing. Students will learn how to implement best practices for promoting and managing the health of individuals, families and communities. The Program provides the opportunity to be mentored as FNPs with distinctive populations in a variety of settings and communities. Additionally, students will learn the emerging technology of telehealth as a delivery model. All students who complete the FNP will also receive a certificate in telehealth.

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Course Delivery

The College of Nursing has implemented new instructional strategies to provide an interactive, engaged curriculum for our face-to-face students using a hybrid model. Courses will utilize real-time face-to-face instruction, supplemented with face-to-face instruction via web conference, phone conference, and/or live chats with fellow students and faculty. Students may work as teams with peers and mentors, participate in demonstrations, interact with computer-simulated patients, and actively examine case studies. Courses will include online and face-to-face lectures, discussions, social networking, viewing videos, examining evidence, readings, and/or other activities needed to prepare for class.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

USU utilizes a holistic application process and each student is considered on their own merits by the admission committee. Students interested in entering the MSN in Online Education and Education Technology program must:

  • Complete Graduate Admissions Application
  • Hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or a National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) accredited program. Applicants who have a Bachelor’s in another academic area and have completed either a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nursing or the equivalent of the BSN in the first year of a Master’s Entry program, passed the NCLEX and are licensed, will be considered for admission. International students must possess the equivalent of a US Bachelor’s degree as documented by an authorized foreign credentialing service (unless there is a specific agreement waiving this requirement with another educational institution).
  • Have an active, unencumbered RN license in the state where student resides
  • Provide official transcripts from the Baccalaureate degree granting institution
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in the last 60 semesters or 90 quarter credits of the Bachelor’s degree and GPA of 3.0 in the nursing courses
  • Complete a self-evaluation and goal statement using provided form
  • Submit current resume or curriculum vita
  • Submit three recommendations using form provided
  • Pass criminal background check and drug screening

*English as a second language students: minimum TEAS score at the Proficient level (Overall 58.7%, Reading 69 %, Mathematics 63.3%, Science 45.8%, and English/Language Usage 60.0%) taken within the past year. The TEAS exam may only be taken three times per year

  • Complete Weaver Reading Assessment
  • Interview with Admissions Committee as needed (this may be by submitting a video, Web-based interview or by phone.)

 

All Students are required to have the following information current and uploaded into American DataBank/Complio: (Students who do not have all data in Complio by the first day of class will be administratively withdrawn from the program)

  • Background clearance (must be cleared for admission into the program)
  • Proof of negative drug screen (must be cleared for admission into the program)
  • Current professional liability insurance
  • Current personal health insurance
  • CPR certification for Healthcare providers by American Heart Association
  • Proof of a negative Tuberculosis (TB) skin test or appropriate treatment
  • Proof of two doses of Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) or titer
  • Proof of Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap) immunization within the last 10 years
  • Proof of Varicella immunization or titer
  • Proof of Hepatitis vaccine or titer
  • Proof of annual influenza vaccine
  • Active unencumbered RN license in the state where student resides
  • Additional laboratory tests, immunizations and/or documentation may be required for clinical experiences.
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

All Students are required to have the following information current and uploaded into American DataBank/Complio: (Students who do not have all data in Complio by the first day of class will be administratively withdrawn from the program)

  •      Background clearance (must be cleared for admission into the program)
  •      Proof of negative drug screen (must be cleared for admission into the program)
  •      Current professional liability insurance
  •      Current personal health insurance
  •      CPR certification for Healthcare providers by American Heart Association
  •      Proof of a negative Tuberculosis (TB) skin test or appropriate treatment
  •      Proof of two doses of Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) or titer
  •      Proof of Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap) immunization within the last 10 years
  •      Proof of Varicella immunization or titer
  •       Proof of Hepatitis vaccine or titer
  •      Proof of annual influenza vaccine
  •      Active unencumbered RN license in the state where student resides
  •      Additional laboratory tests, immunizations and/or documentation may be required for    clinical experiences.
TUITION & COST

$42,500

COMPLETION TIME

6 semesters/24 months*

*Students may transfer in 9 credits by petition (more credits will be approved on an individual basis)

Total Degree Requirements

Core Requirements
16 Credits
Advanced Practice Core Requirements
10 Credits
FNP Requirements
24 Credits
Master of Science in Nursing Total (FNP)
50 Credits
FNP Lab Hours
36 Hours
FNP Clinic Hours
612 Hours
MSN 560:Transitions in Practice: The Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse

This course focuses on the role and accountabilities of advanced practice nurses. Emphasis is on historical and contemporary contexts, major themes and theories crucial to successful development; execution of and leadership in advanced practice nursing. Focus is also on the impact and evolution, certification, legal issues, ethics, best practices, standards, standardized procedures, prescriptive authority, and professional activities inclusive of advanced practice nursing roles. Prerequisites None

MSN 561: Theoretical Foundation of Advanced Practice Nursing (Formerly FNP511 & MSN500)

This course will analyze major nursing theories and explore theories from related fields. This course will apply the knowledge of nursing theory to evidence-based practice in domains of clinical, research, leadership, management and education. Students in this course will explore in depth the core concepts of Jean Watson’s Caring Science Theory. The student will develop a personal theoretical framework for their practice of advanced practice nursing- clinical practice, education, or administration. Prerequisites MSN560

MSN 563:Evidence Based Inquiry for Scholarship and Practice (Formerly FNP533 & MSN504)

This course is designed to prepare the advanced practice nurse for utilization of existing knowledge to provide high quality health care, initiate change and improve nursing practice incorporating the principles of caring science. Emphasis will be placed on the evaluation of research and evidence, problem identification within the practice setting, awareness of practice outcomes, and the clinical application of evidence based practice. Reasoning and critical thinking will be applied to explore qualitative and quantitative research methods. Understanding of statistical methods and critical analysis of data for the purpose of validating evidence will be integrated into course content. Integration of knowledge from the humanities and science within the context of nursing science will be discussed. The student will define a clinical problem and design the evidence based practice project approach that will be developed in MSN 600 Evidence Based Family Health Project. Prerequisite MSN561

MSN 564: Culture and Spiritual Care across the Lifespan

This course focuses on an evidence-based approach to examining a wide range of cultural norms, religions, and alternative healthcare practices of varied racial and ethnic groups. Emphasis will be placed on using critical dialogue, reflection in action, and scholarship to explore how these practices affect design and implementation of culturally competent, individualized health care. The value of a multicultural professional nursing workforce to assess, plan, and manage care according to the cultural and spiritual needs of individual patients and populations will be incorporated into dialogue and scholarship. Prerequisite: FNP571 Corequisite: MSN564L

MSN 565: Nursing Leadership and Health Policy (Formerly: FNP522 and MSN502)

This course will focus on providing students with the skills to navigate the challenges and opportunities that confront nursing leaders in complex healthcare environments. Techniques to develop successful leadership methodologies will include the use of multiple technology platforms, social media, e-leadership along with other emerging tools for the optimization and development of the nurse leader. Emphasis will be placed on the responsibilities of the nurse leader to understand the drive health policy at the local, state, national and international level. Prerequisite MSN564

FNP 590: Health Promotion, Education, and Disease Prevention Across the Lifespan

This course incorporates caring science to establish a strong theoretical foundation in health promotion, wellness preservation and maintenance of function across the health-illness continuum with clients: the individual, family, and community. Epidemiological, social, and environmental data will be used to evaluate populations regarding the health status of client populations. A holistic, multidisciplinary plan of care will be examined to address health promotion and disease prevention need of populations. Public policy, regulatory and legislative influence in public and private arenas will be explored and opportunity to promote and preserve healthy communities will be discussed. Pre-requisites or Corequisites MSN 560, MSN 561, MSN 563 MSN 565

MSN 570: Advanced Pathophysiology across the Lifespan (Formerly FNP551)

This focus of this course for advanced practice nursing students is to apply concepts of pathophysiology from the cellular level to disease process for assessment of patients with a variety of conditions across clinical settings. The concepts and principles of normal physiology, pathophysiology, and genetics are emphasized. Current research is used to explore disruptions in normal physiological functioning. The impact of positive health behaviors on pathophysiology is addressed. A systems approach and psychophysiological interrelationships are used to analyze the disease processes and their causative factors. The course stresses critical thinking and decision-making in clinical settings based on these concepts. Prerequisites None

MSN 571: Advanced Pharmacology across the Lifespan (Formerly FNP552)

The focus of this course for advanced practice nursing students is to expand theoretical and evidence-based knowledge and promote synthesis of pharmacotherapeutic concepts across the lifespan. The application of knowledge of pharmacological principles to prevent and/or treat specific conditions will be emphasized from a systems approach. Iatrogenic problems caused by the pharmacologic agents will be explored. Drug classifications, cost-effective drug therapy, management and monitoring of therapy including over the counter and herbal preparations and educating/counseling strategies will be included. Ethical, legal, cultural considerations and safety standards of pharmacotherapeutics will be discussed in relationship to the advanced practice nursing role. Legalities and regulations around prescription-writing privileges will be addressed, including standardized procedures and furnishing numbers. The course is also designed to meet the California BRN pharmacology course requirements for the NP to furnish drugs or devices pursuant to the business and professions code, Section 2836.1. Prerequisites None

MSN 572: Advanced Physical Assessment across the Lifespan (Formerly FNP553)

The focus of this course for advanced practice nursing students is to expand upon basic health assessment skills and includes strategies for history taking and for physical, functional, developmental, and psychosocial assessment that recognizes and includes normal individual, cultural, and developmental variations and pathophysiological changes across the lifespan. Comprehensive and focused data collection and physical examination strategies culminating in a differential diagnosis will be addressed. An overview of appropriate protocols for performing health screening, ordering, performing, and interpreting laboratory, radiographic, and other diagnostic data, as well as verbal case presentation, documentation and record keeping is included. Prerequisites MSN571

MSN 573: Advanced Physical Assessment across the Lifespan and Culture Lab

This course will provide advance practice nursing students with the opportunity to develop and refine comprehensive health assessment skills necessary for advanced health assessment across the lifespan. Students will be expected to demonstrate and document, both in a laboratory and clinical setting, their ability to perform a comprehensive and organized history and physical examination that considers cultural and socioeconomic background, developmental variations, and pathophysiological changes. This course is graded on a Pass/No Pass basis. Prerequisites: MSN571 Corequisite: MSN572

FNP 591: Common Health Illness Across the Lifespan

This course for advanced practice nursing students concentrates on the levels of prevention and primary care management of common healthcare problems of individuals and their families. Patients across the life spectrum are managed within a culturally, and spiritually diverse environment using the clinical decision making process. Evidence-based research is utilized to develop comprehensive, cost effective, least invasive, quality health care guidelines for these common healthcare problems. These guidelines include health promotion counseling, screening, and client education to optimize the client’s health. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, diagnostic reasoning, implementing appropriate diagnostic tests, prescribing pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic integrative healing therapies, professional interpersonal relationships, the caring professional role and teaching/coaching techniques. Prerequisites MSN 560, MSN 561, MSN 563, MSN 565, FNP 590, FNP 570, FNP 571, MSN 564, MSN 572, FNP 573 Co-requisites FNP 592

FNP 592: Common Illnesses Across the Lifespan- Clinical Practicum

The 144 hours of precepted clinical practice time required this semester will afford the student beginning clinical decision making opportunities in the primary health care of diverse clients with common healthcare problems across the lifespan. Health care includes assessment of health needs, diagnostic testing, development of diagnoses using diagnostic reasoning and clinical decision-making, the planning, implementation and management of care, and the evaluation of outcomes using the SOAP format for documentation. Evaluation is to include revision of the plan, consultation and referrals as needed. Clinical evaluations will be performed using the College Practicum Evaluation Rubric. Prerequisites: MSN 560, MSN 561, MSN 563, MSN 565, FNP 590, FNP 570, FNP 571, MSN 564, MSN 572, FNP 573 Co-requisites: FNP 591

FNP 593: Primary Health of Acute Clients/Families Across the Lifespan

This course focuses on the primary care management of acute health problems of individuals and families. It provides an opportunity to integrate evidence based research into clinical evaluation and implementation of primary health care of clients across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on the application of advanced health assessment skills, preventive health care practices, the promotion of health and the application of evidence based practice. Students focus on the use of theory, critical thinking, diagnostic reasoning, implementing appropriate diagnostic tests, prescribing pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic integrative healing therapies, professional interpersonal relationships, the caring professional role and teaching/coaching techniques. Concepts including family support systems, cultural considerations, environmental factors, spiritual concerns, genetic influences, and psychosocial factors are integrated to meet the health care needs of individuals and families within a culturally diverse environment. Prerequisites MSN 560, MSN 561, MSN 563, FNP 590, FNP 570, FNP 571, MSN 564, MSN 572, FNP 573, FNP 591 and FNP 592 Corequisites FNP 594

FNP 594: Primary Health of Acute Illness Across the Lifespan- Clinical Practicum

The 144 hours of precepted clinical practice time is focused on acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to assess, maintain, and promote the health and well-being of culturally diverse population with acute presentation in a variety of primary care settings, urgent care or emergency department. It evaluates the evidence for screening, differential diagnosis, and management of health problems, including pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatment modalities in a culturally appropriate manner. Health care includes assessment of health needs, diagnostic reasoning, the planning, implementation and management of care, and the evaluation outcomes using the SOAP format for documentation. Evaluation is to include review and change of the plan, consultation and referrals as needed. Standardized procedures will be discussed and reviewed throughout the class. Clinical evaluations will be performed using the College Practicum Evaluation Rubric. Project Concert will track the students’ clinical experiences. Prerequisites MSN 560, MSN 561, MSN 563, MSN 565, FNP 590, FNP 570, FNP 571, MSN 564, MSN 572, FNP 573, FNP 591 and FNP 592 Corequisites FNP 593

FNP 595: Primary Health of Chronic Clients/Families Across the Lifespan

This course prepares nurse practitioner students with an understanding of comprehensive evidence based plans of care to manage chronic, complex health problems with multisystem disorders. Patients across the life spectrum are managed within a culturally and spiritually diverse environment using the clinical decision making process in the evaluation of the chronic conditions. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, diagnostic reasoning, implementing appropriate diagnostic tests, prescribing pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic integrative healing therapies, professional interpersonal relationships, the caring professional role and teaching/coaching techniques. It focuses on health promotion, prevention, and diagnosis and management of chronic conditions common to individuals and families across the lifespan including timely consultation and referral process. Students’ clinical experiences are provided in a variety of primary care settings such as community clinics, skilled nursing facility, and home care setting, with emphasis on collaborative partnerships among individuals, families and other healthcare professionals. Prerequisites MSN 560, MSN 561, MSN 563, MSN 565, FNP 590, FNP 570, FNP 571, MSN 564, MSN 572, FNP 573, FNP 591, FNP 592, FNP 593 and FNP 594

Corequisites FNP 596 Primary Health

FNP 596: Primary Health of Chronic Illness Across the Lifespan - Clinical Practicum

The 144 hours of precepted clinical practice time is focused on acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to assess, maintain, and promote the health and well-being of culturally diverse populations with chronic conditions in a primary care settings, community clinics, and/or a skilled nursing facility. It evaluates the evidence for screening, differential diagnosis, and management  of health problems, including pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatment modalities in a culturally appropriate manner. Health care includes assessment of health needs, diagnostic reasoning, the planning, implementation and management of care, and the evaluation outcomes using the SOAP format for documentation. Evaluation is to include revision of the plan, consultation, and referrals as needed. Standardized procedures will be discussed and reviewed throughout the class. Clinical evaluations will be performed using the College Practicum Evaluation Rubric. Project Concert will track the students’ clinical experiences. Prerequisites MSN 560, MSN 561, MSN 563, MSN 565, FNP 590, FNP 570, FNP 571, MSN 564, MSN 572, FNP 573, FNP 591, FNP 592, FNP 593 and FNP 594 Corequisites FNP 595

FNP 597 (FNP 577 & FNP 578): Clinical Residency and Practice Management

Clinical Residency requires completion of 144 hours of preceptored clinical practice time. Provides an opportunity to integrate evidence based research into clinical evaluation and implementation of primary health care for clients across the lifespan. In this final clinical rotation, students advance to a level of competency, and proficiency, that allows them to function independently and become ready to move to the entry role of the professional nurse practitioner. Integrated into this course is the practice management which emphasizes the professional practice role, ethical, and legal aspects of advanced clinical practice. Updates on legislation and health policy utilizing multidimensional clinical case studies are incorporated into this course. Role development, regulations, standards, prescriptive authority, certification and health care reimbursement are also discussed. Focus is on resume/CV writing, interviewing, contract negotiation, hospital privileges, practice start-up and ownership, office management, insurance, malpractice and liability, risk management, and interprofessional collaboration with the multidisciplinary team. Prerequisites MSN 560, MSN 561, MSN 563, MSN 565, FNP 590, FNP 570, FNP 571, MSN 564, MSN 572, FNP 573, FNP 591, FNP 592, FNP 593, FNP 594, FNP 595 FNP 596 Corequisites MSN 600

MSN 600: Evidence-Based Capstone Project (Formerly FNP588 and MSN599)

This culminating integrative course provides the opportunity for students to develop and design an innovative evidence based project (PICO-T) that was identified and defined in MSN563. The capstone project must be founded in evidence based practice and either be supported by evidence in peer-reviewed literature or provide outcomes in identifying the effectiveness of the project. The students will be guided in the process of evidenced based project development, including formulation of goals and objectives, refinement of project design, implementation strategies, development of tools, data collection, identification of resources and evaluation. Through group discussion, students will participate in a process of peer consultation and critique in support of project refinement. Faculty will supervise students in developing their capstone project in conjunction with other educational resources that are selected by the students. The faculty will advise and approve the final project according to the student’s’ specialty area. The projects may include electronic practice portfolio, a quality improvement project, an evaluation of a new practice model, clinical practice project, poster presentation, and manuscripts submitted for publication. Prerequisite: MSN565 Corequisite: MSN600L