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Master's in Family Nurse Practitioner: Curriculum

Curriculum Details


The CCNE-accredited online FNP degree requires the completion of 16 courses and prepares you for FNP certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Certification Board (AANP). Courses are designed to strengthen your nursing skills so you can deliver outstanding patient care, lead nursing teams, help prevent the spread of diseases, and more. After completing NUR 611 Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning, and prior to commencing the practicum, students in the FNP program will be required to attend a three-day (Friday–Sunday) in-person immersion experience on the Utica University campus.

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The curriculum course abstracts on this page are meant to provide a high-level course overview and subject to change based on term, faculty, and/or institutional requirements. View the official course descriptions as written in the Utica University Academic Catalog and in adherence to regional compliance. Select the appropriate Graduate Catalog from the dropdown.

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This course will explore pathophysiology theory and evidence-based research across body systems within the human lifespan to provide you with a foundation for developing advanced diagnostic reasoning and clinical management skills in clinical settings.

You’ll examine foundational principles of safe pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, vaccines, and toxicology across the lifespan in diverse healthcare settings.

Prerequisites: NUR 604

This course will introduce the essential competencies to provide a foundation for you to develop advanced health assessment skills: communication, history and physical examinations (focused and complete); diagnostic reasoning; and written and oral presentation of findings.

Prerequisites: NUR 604

After completing NUR 611, and prior to commencing the practicum, you will be required to attend a three-day (Friday–Sunday) immersion weekend at the Utica College campus that will provide you with an observed, hands-on experience conducting a comprehensive history and physical exam in a simulated clinical setting.

Lecture and hands-on lab experiences will be provided focusing on the following topics: CXR interpretation, gender examinations, suturing, orthopedic splinting, and advanced oto/ophthalmic assessments. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet with the practicum coordination team to assist in planning practicum experiences.

Utica College will host the Nurse Practitioner White Coat Ceremony and reception on Saturday evening.

Prerequisites: NUR 604 and NUR 611

This course examines the requirements of Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP) to prescribe across the lifespan in primary care settings. You’ll focus on the legalities and clinical decision-making in prescribing pharmacologic therapy with an emphasis on evidence-based decision-making to provide clinically applicable, cost-effective selections of pharmacotherapeutics. Completion of the NYS Prescribing course and NYS Opioid Training is mandatory for all students.

Prerequisites: NUR 615 and NUR 604

This course helps you develop advanced assessment skills, appraisals of diagnostics (tests, labs), and competency in common office procedures: EKG interpretation, suturing, orthopedic splinting, gynecologic procedures, pulmonary function tests, incision and drainage, and minor skin lesion removal. Your skills will be observed by faculty during the Family Nurse Practitioner Residency completed prior to Health Promotion & Primary Care I.

Prerequisites: NUR 611

This course provides you the foundational, theoretical, and practical knowledge for the assessment and management of common health disorders across the lifespan in primary care settings. You’ll focus on developmental and prevention screening, age-specific health management, vaccines, skin, EENT, and dental health. You will also complete 225 practicum hours in conjunction with this theory course.

Prerequisites: NUR 611, NUR 615, NUR 995

This course provides the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) student the foundational theoretical and practice knowledge for the assessment and management of common health disorders across the lifespan in primary care settings. The focus of this course is gender health, screening, and the health management of childbearing individuals. The student will complete 275 practicum hours in conjunction with this theory course.

Prerequisites: NUR 621; NUR 622 may be taken concurrently with NUR 616

This course provides you with the foundational, theoretical and practical knowledge for the assessment and management of common health disorders across the lifespan in primary care settings. The focus of this course is to develop clinical decision-making to screen for and manage chronic illnesses: anemia, COPD, asthma, diabetes, and hypertension. You will also complete 275 practicum hours in conjunction with this theory course.

Prerequisites: NUR 622

This course prepares you to summarize, evaluate, and integrate your experiences as you transition from Registered Nurse (RN) to entry-level Advanced Practice Nurse (APN). The focus of this course is on practice issues in diverse healthcare settings, job negotiation strategies, exploring collaboration with a review of state licensure, national certification, and federal reimbursement mandates. A comprehensive exam will be given in this course.

Prerequisites: NUR 625



This course focuses on the knowledge and skills essential to understanding the economies of care, business principles, and navigation to affect change in diverse health care systems. It will prepare you to conceptualize a new advanced practice role in the discipline of nursing. You’ll also explore leadership theory, styles, contemporary approaches and strategies.

This course prepares you to analyze information and apply quality improvement methods to affect safety and quality of care and to improve patient outcomes. The use of current and emerging technologies to support safety, quality, and fiscally sound care across diverse settings will be emphasized.

In this course, you’ll explore health promotion, community assessment, and disease prevention in diverse populations using epidemiological theories. You’ll also investigate chronic and communicable disease incidence, at-risk populations, clinical interventions, genetics and genomics, and evidence-based practice as applied to advanced practice nursing.
You will examine the relationship of health outcomes and the impact of the advanced practice nurse as an advocate for vulnerable populations, the profession, and health-promoting policies at the organizational, local, state, and federal level.
This course will teach you how to generate and implement nursing research to improve healthcare outcomes, initiate change, and improve nursing practice.

This course will allow you to critically analyze the scientific foundation of nursing by means of evaluating statistical research for scientific quality and applicability to promote evidence-based practice.

Prerequisites: NUR 609

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