Family Nurse Practitioner 

In an advanced practice role, nurse practitioners practice in private practices, schools and colleges, hospice centers, community clinics, Veterans Affairs facilities, and private and public health departments.

Common job responsibilities:

  • diagnose and treat acute illnesses, infections and injuries
  • write prescriptions for medications, including dosage and frequency
  • order and interpret diagnostic tests
  • educate patients about managing their health and design patient treatment plans

General Requirements

Nursing - Academic Programs

The post-master’s certificate family nurse practitioner option is designed for nurses who have completed a master’s degree in nursing.

This program provide healthcare across patients’ lifespan in a family practice setting. In addition to the classroom requirements, you will complete supervised clinical hours in primary care settings caring for adults, children, women, and families.

You may complete all the coursework for this option online. You will need to find your own preceptors and clinical supervisors in your geographic area.

On completion of the program, you will be eligible to apply for the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certification exam (ANCC and/or AANP).

Courses

For students with a nursing master's degree that is not in a nurse practitioner concentration

  • NUR 605 Nursing Information Technology (2 credits) – Required if a student does not have a nursing master’s degree from Ball State.
  • NUR 681 Primary Care of the Adult 1 (4 credits) (120 clinical hours, 1 day per week average)
  • NUR 682 Primary Care of Children (4 credits) (120 clinical hours, 1 day per week average)
  • NUR 683 Primary Care of the Adult 2 (4 credits) (120 clinical hours, 1 day per week average)
  • NUR 684 Primary Care of Women (4 credits) (90 clinical hours)
  • NUR 673 Practicum—Family Nurse Practitioner (5 credits) (180 clinical hours, 1.5-2 days per week average)

Your transcripts and course descriptions from your master’s program will be reviewed to determine what additional courses you will need to complete for certification eligibility as a family nurse practitioner.

Conditional to your transcript(s) the following courses may be required for the FNP Post-Master’s Certificate:

  • NUR 630 Advanced Practice Nursing and Role Theory (3 credits)
  • NUR 632 Pathophysiology and Nursing Practice (3 credits)
  • NUR 634 Advanced Health Assessment (3 credits) (*60 clinical hours, 1 day per week average)
  • NUR 638 Advanced Clinical Pharmacology (3 credits)

For a complete list of courses and their descriptions, see the course catalog.

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For students with a nursing master's degree in an adult nurse practitioner or adult/gerontology nurse practitioner concentration.

  • NUR 605 Nursing Information Technology (2 credits) – required if a student does not have a nursing master’s degree from Ball State
  • NUR 682 Primary Care of Children (4 credits) (120 clinical hours clinical, 1 day per week average)
  • NUR 684 Primary Care of Women (4 credits) (90 clinical hours)
  • NUR 673 Practicum – Family Nurse Practitioner (5 credits) (180 clinical hours clinical, 1.5-2 days per week average)

Your transcripts and course descriptions from your master’s program will be reviewed to determine what additional courses you will need to complete for certification eligibility as a family nurse practitioner.

Conditional to your transcript(s) the following courses may be required for the FNP Post-Master’s Certificate:

  • NUR 630 Advanced Practice Nursing and Role Theory (3 credits)
  • NUR 632 Pathophysiology and Nursing Practice (3 credits)
  • NUR 634 Advanced Health Assessment (3 credits) (*60 clinical hours, 1 day per week average)
  • NUR 638 Advanced Clinical Pharmacology (3 credits)

For a complete list of courses and their descriptions, see the course catalog.

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Ready to Apply?

Are you interested in pursuing this degree? Then you will need to meet our admissions criteria and apply.

More Information

If you would like to learn more about this program please download the program information packet (PDF). After reviewing the packet if you have additional questions please contact the Graduate Advisor.

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