Clayton State University Master of Science (MSN) in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program is designed to prepare professional registered nurses for APN roles as culturally competent primary providers of clients, families and communities. Course and clinical work emphasizes the care of adult, pediatric and geriatric patients and their families. Post BSN students enrolled in the program will be required to take 47 credit hours with 585 hours of clinical experiences. Students possessing an MSN may qualify for up to 9 hours of transfer content recognition, but will still need 585 clinical hours.
The program is a committed champion to the training of a diverse workforce that reflects the population of Georgia. Combining rigorous coursework with hands on clinical experience, students learn to collaboratively manage acute and chronic conditions as well as provide excellent community-based primary care to diverse, underserved, and vulnerable populations.
The curriculum has been developed to meet current national standards. Graduates of the FNP program are eligible to sit for national certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
The degree offers graduates the opportunities to:
- Implement advanced practice roles as primary providers within the nursing profession and the health care system utilizing human caring as the foundation for nursing practice
- Develop and nurture collaborative and interdependent relationships by communicating with other health care professionals.
- Analyze personal and organizational decision making utilizing an understanding of how ethics and values influence health care delivery.
- Utilize nursing research for the promotion of high quality health care, and evidence based practice.
- Demonstrate critical thinking in the application of nursing and multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks to foster optimal client health outcomes.
- Demonstrate cultural competence that reflects sensitivity to human diversity in a dynamic academic and health care environment.
- Develop comprehensive, holistic plans of care that address health promotion and disease prevention needs of diverse populations.
- Demonstrate competence in the primary care role and a commitment to ongoing professional development for the provision of quality, cost-effective health care to clients, families and communities, and to foster the advancement of nursing practice.
- Utilize information technology to integrate innovations in patient care delivery within organizational systems and across all health-illness transitions.
- Integrates knowledge in health assessment, pharmacology and pathophysiology into the role of the advanced practice nurse.
Career Opportunities for FNP Graduates
- Provide primary care in health clinics, medical offices and managed care settings
- Serve in other areas such as clinical research, education and public health
- Start one’s own private practice in collaboration with a physician
- Serve in governmental agencies
- Teach or practice at institutions of higher learning
At this time, Clayton State University's MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program cannot accept NP applicants from eCompact states; however, all clinical rotations/preceptorships must be completed in the state of Georgia.