Family Nurse Practitioner

The online Post-Bacc DNP Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Option prepares nurse practitioners to care for individuals across the life span, from infants to older adults.

Family Nurse Practitioners typically practice in these settings:

  • Private practices
  • Clinics
  • Urgent care centers
  • Community health centers 

Program Facts

  • 78 Credits
  • 1,000 Practicum Hours
  • Average completion time: 5 years
  • Online courses
  • Minimum of 8, on-campus immersions. The average is 1 per semester from 5th - 12th semesters. Students participate in the Culminating Objective Structured Clinical Evaluations or OSCEs
  • Faculty will make a minimum of three site visits to evaluate students in their practicum settings
  • DNP project

Students living outside of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Montana are required to arrange for an additional on-campus day in conjunction with one of the immersions during each practicum course in order to complete the faculty site visit requirement.

At the completion of the program, students are eligible to take the national certification exam, which, if passed, makes them eligible for advanced practice licensure. 

Questions?
Contact: 

Amy Smith
Call or Text (509) 313-6243 or (866) 380-5323
Email: smitha2@gonzaga.edu

Course Descriptions

DNP CORE

NURS 561: Information Technology & Data Management - 3 credits

This course explores the many uses of information technology and data management. The course provides learners with the knowledge and skills in information and healthcare technology needed to enhance communication and inter-professional collaboration in the current healthcare environment. The process of locating, accessing, and analyzing information and data is applied to advanced practice roles, enhancing patient safety, quality and outcomes, and improving population health.

NURS 562: Theoretical Foundations for Healthcare Improvement – 3 credits

This course provides a theoretical orientation to become change agents in a variety of healthcare settings and diverse practice populations. The online master’s degree in nursing course provides learners with a foundation in theories significant to nursing practice such as complex adaptive systems, organizational and change theory, leadership and team-building models, and quality improvement and care models needed to assess, design, plan, implement, and evaluate a quality improvement project to promote patient-centered care and improve program outcomes.

NURS 563: Evidence-Based Practice for Quality and Safety - 3 credits

This course provides learners with a theoretical and practical foundation for identifying and critically appraising evidence from qualitative and quantitative research traditions. The emphasis is on the examination of the essential elements of evidence-based-practice, including the formulation of answerable questions to address quality improvement and safety in a variety of advance practice roles and the systematic search for research evidence that can be used to answer researchable questions.

NURS 564: Contemporary Healthcare Environment – 3 credits

This course explores the ethical and legal principles of healthcare and their impact on accessible, affordable, and quality care. This course provides learners with a framework for discussing ethical and legal issues with an emphasis on the ethical delivery of care to individuals, families, and populations. The scope and standards of advanced nursing roles will be examined along with current issues and policies that address health care disparities, health care organizations, financing, and quality. Strategies for analyzing and influencing public, professional, and institutional policies related to health care and its delivery will be considered.

NURS 565: Clinical Prevention for Diverse Populations – 3 credits

The focus of this course is on the development of health promotion and disease prevention programs for diverse groups and populations. Selected concepts of epidemiology, broad determinants of health, population health, clinical prevention and cultural competence will be examined as they relate to the design and delivery of equitable clinical prevention and health promotion interventions and/or services to individuals, families, communities, and aggregates/clinical populations.

NURS 523: Advanced Pathophysiology - 3 credits

This course seeks to assist learners to understand the cellular pathophysiological basis of disease. The content emphasizes cellular, genetic, and biochemical processes. Pathophysiological and physiological concepts form the basis for critical thinking and decision making when assessing and treating individuals with various disease processes.

NURS 524: Advanced Pharmacology - 3 credits

The course is designed to prepare the learner for an advanced practice role with prescriptive authority. Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles will be applied to the pharmacotherapeutic treatment of disease. Medications will be studied according to therapeutic categories and drug classes within the framework of organ-based pathophysiologic disease state processes. Emphasis will be placed on the medications that are commonly used (top 200 drugs) in primary care settings with special attention given to evidence-based medication selection, patient education, and medication monitoring. Prerequisite: NURS 523

NURS 600: Advanced Health Assessment - 3 credits

This course is designed to extend and refine the assessment skills of the Registered Nurse in preparation for an advanced clinical practice role. The student will learn to perform physical, developmental, mental, emotional, cultural, social, and family assessments. Students will review anatomy and physiology related to each biological system being studied. The course emphasizes in-depth techniques for assessing each body system in individuals throughout the life span. Lectures will focus on the use of a variety of health assessment techniques, including history taking skills, physical assessment, and other diagnostic assessment tools. Application of diagnostic reasoning and patient education to the assessment process will be included in the content. Two, 2-day, on-campus immersions required. Prerequisites: NURS 523 and NURS 524 Corequisite: NURS 6XX Adv Health Assessment Practicum

NURS 601: Advanced Health Assessment Practicum - 1 credit


This course is the practicum course paired with NURS 600 Advanced Health Assessment. The focus is on the practice of advanced assessment skills within a primary care setting. Students must complete 60 clinical hours in an approved clinical setting while supervised by a nurse practitioner, physician or physician assistant (unless in a state that requires the preceptor to be either an NP or MD). Co-requisite: NURS 600

NURS 652P: Primary Care--Infant, Child & Adolescent - 3 credits

This course focuses on the role of the Family Nurse Practitioner in the clinical management of preventative, acute and chronic health problems in infants/children/adolescents who present for care in primary care settings. Emphasis is placed on the NP’s role in performing comprehensive health assessment and treatment (including ordering and interpretation of appropriate diagnostic tests), diagnostic reasoning (differential diagnosis), and prescription of pharmacologic and non-pharmacological interventions. The FNP’s role in management and referral to other health care professionals and community resources for individuals and families will be emphasized (e.g., coordination of care transitions within and between health care systems for children with developmental delay). One, 3-day, on-campus immersion required. Prerequisites: NURS 523, NURS 524, NURS 600

NURS 651P: Primary Care - Gender-Based - 2 credits

This course focuses on the role of the Family Nurse Practitioner in the care of women and men with common pathophysiological alterations in gender related health. Focus is on clinical management of preventative, acute and chronic health problems in women and men who present for care in primary care settings. Emphasis is placed on the FNP’s role in performing comprehensive health assessment (including ordering and interpretation of appropriate diagnostic tests), diagnostic reasoning (differential diagnosis), and prescription of pharmacologic and non-pharmacological interventions. One, 3-day, on-campus immersion required. Prerequisites: NURS 523, NURS 524, NURS 600

NURS 653P: Primary Care - Adult/Geriatric I - 4 credits

This course focuses on the role of the Nurse Practitioner (NP) in the clinical management of chronic and complex health problems in adults and elders who present for care in primary care settings. Emphasis is placed on the NP’s role in performing comprehensive health assessment (including ordering and interpretation of appropriate diagnostic tests), diagnostic reasoning (differential diagnosis) and treatment, prescription of pharmacologic and non-pharmacological interventions, and patient education, follow-up, co-management or referral. Two, 3-day, on-campus immersion required. Prerequisites: NURS 523, NURS 524, NURS 600

NURS 654P: Primary Care - Adult/Geriatric II - 3 credits


This course focuses on the role of the Nurse Practitioner (NP) in the clinical management of chronic and complex health problems in adults and elders who present for care in primary care and other settings. Emphasis is placed on comprehensive health assessment ad treatment (including ordering and interpretation of appropriate diagnostic tests), diagnostic reasoning (differential diagnosis), prescription of pharmacologic and non-pharmacological interventions, and patient education. The course also emphasizes the NP’s role when referring to other health care professionals, community resources, and interdisciplinary teams. One 3-day on-campus immersion required. Prerequisites: NURS 523, NURS 524, NURS 600

Practicum Courses

NURS 662P: Primary Care Practicum--Infant, Child, and Adolescent - 2-3 credits

This course is the clinical course paired with the didactic course Primary Care Infant, Child and Adolescent. It is designed to allow Nurse Practitioner students to apply concepts of Advanced Practice Nursing. Students must complete 60-180 clinical hours in an approved clinical setting while supervised by a nurse practitioner, physician, or physician assistant (unless in a state that requires the preceptor to be either an MD or a NP). The focus of this clinical experience is on the development of skills in caring for the population of infant through adolescent with health concerns.

NURS 661P: Primary Care Practicum--Gender-Based - 1-3 credits


This course is the clinical course paired with the didactic course Primary Care Gender-Based. It is designed to allow Nurse Practitioner students to apply concepts of Advanced Practice Nursing. Students must complete 120 clinical clock hours in an approved clinical setting while supervised by a nurse practitioner, physician, or physician assistant (unless in a state that requires the preceptor to be either an MD or a NP). The focus of this clinical experience is on the development of skills in caring for the adult male and female population with health concerns.

NURS 663P–Primary Care Practicum: Adult/Geriatric I - 3-4 credits

This course is the clinical course paired with the didactic course Primary Care Adult/Geriatric I. It is designed to allow Nurse Practitioner students to apply concepts of Advanced Practice Nursing. Students must complete 60-240 clinical hours in an approved clinical setting while supervised by a nurse practitioner, physician, or physician assistant (unless in a state that requires the preceptor to be either a physician or NP). The focus of this clinical experience is on the development of skills in caring for the adult/geriatric population with health concerns in primary care settings.

NURS 664P: Primary Care Practicum--Adult/Geriatric II - 2-4 credits

This course is the clinical course paired with the didactic course Primary Care Adult/Geriatric II. It is designed to allow Nurse Practitioner students to apply concepts of Advanced Practice Nursing. Students must complete 60-240 clinical hours in an approved clinical setting while supervised by a nurse practitioner, physician, or physician assistant (unless in a state that requires the preceptor to be either a physician or NP). The focus of this clinical experience is on the development of skills in caring for the adult/geriatric population with health concerns in primary care and other settings.

DNP Courses

NURS 705: Introduction to the DNP Role - 1 credit

This on-campus “immersion” must be completed by all DNP students during the first semester of enrollment in DNP-level courses. This course serves as the orientation to the DNP role. The Gonzaga mission, along with Jesuit values and principles are discovered and experienced. The DNP project is described and potential projects are delineated. Available resources are identified and explored.
Prerequisite: NURS 563. Concurrent: NURS 711.

NURS 708: Inferential Statistics (if not taken within previous 5 years) - 3 credits

The purpose of this course is to review statistical concepts such as descriptive statistics, probability distributions (binomial and normal), sampling distributions, inferences (point estimates and confidence intervals), hypotheses testing (one-sample tests, two-sample tests), Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), as well as simple linear regression and multiple regression analysis. The course emphasizes the application of statistical concepts to analyze research for best available evidence to support quality nursing practice. The course also provides students with hands-on experience in using statistical software (Mega Stat) to assist in making effective decisions.

NURS 711: Quality Improvement and Leadership in Healthcare - 3 credits


This course emphasizes strategic planning and management, systems and organizational theories, quality improvement, and information management. It acquaints students with the process, tools and techniques of strategic planning that will enable them to manage patient populations and to contribute effectively to strategic thinking and action in health systems. The course focuses on leadership and the process of health care delivery from a systems perspective, emphasizing continuous process improvement as crucial to achieving high quality outcomes. Prerequisite: NURS 563. Concurrent: NURS 705.

NURS 712: Translational Research in Advanced Practice - 3 credits


This course will address the DNP role in translational research with emphasis on the examination of knowledge transformation. The course includes conducting a systematic search for research evidence to answer researchable questions and the synthesis of evidence for knowledge translation across a body of research in both qualitative and quantitative traditions. Prerequisite: NURS 563. Prerequisite or Concurrent: NURS 705 and 711

NURS 713: Population Health Outcomes - 3 credits

This course will explore utilization of information technology and data management for measuring and attaining population health outcomes. The DNP student will be prepared to use epidemiological data to identify the causes of disease and to evaluate health services for quality, safety and efficacy. Prerequisites: NURS 563, 705, 711, 712

NURS 714: Theoretical Underpinnings of Advanced Practice - 3 credits

This course provides an overview of both general theoretical knowledge and specific theoretical perspectives. The emphasis is on the application of frameworks for advanced nursing roles such as nurse clinician and leader. The course particularly emphasizes selecting, analyzing, and applying nursing and integrative middle-range theories to efforts to improve population health and health care delivery. Prerequisites: NURS 563. Prerequisite or concurrent: NURS 705, 711.

NURS 715: Health Policy, Ethics and Advocacy - 3 credits


This course focuses on the leadership role of the DNP in influencing health policy makers and health policy development emphasizing interprofessional collaboration. The effect of nursing scholarship on health policy and advocacy will be explored. The regulatory and ethical environments that impact DNP practice are examined considering Ignatian values and social justice principles. Strategies for designing and leading the implementation of public, professional, and institutional polices relating to local, regional, national, and international health care and its delivery are considered.

NURS 760: DNP Project Readiness - On-Campus Immersion - 3 credits


This course will serve as the vehicle to ensure readiness for beginning the DNP project and practicum courses. Prerequisite NURS 705, 711, 712, Prerequisite or Concurrent: NURS 708 or equivalent.

NURS 761: DNP Project Seminar I – 2 credits

This is the first of a series of three seminars that provide the DNP student with mentored opportunities to identify a practice issue and develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate an independent, analytic DNP project focusing on problems of advanced nursing practice within specific populations. Each seminar course builds on the knowledge and practice expertise of the DNP student, culminating in the completion of a final DNP project that demonstrates clinical scholarship. The range of projects will be varied as they related to the DNP student’s unique area of nursing (e.g., quality improvement, policy analysis, designing and using databases, designing and evaluating new models of care, collaboration with researchers to answer clinical questions, program development/implementation/evaluation. Prerequisites: NURS 700 Corequisite: NURS 701.

NURS 762: DNP Project Seminar II - 1 credit

During this course, the student implements the DNP project specific to a population of interest within a designated practice setting. Change management principles, leadership skills and interprofessional collaboration are emphasized. The student applies and integrates elements of the DNP Essentials. Prerequisites: NURS 761 and 701, Corequisite: NURS 702.

NURS 763: DNP Project Seminar III - 1 credit


In this final seminar course, the student will present the final defense of his or her DNP project through an oral presentation that addresses the topic of interest, the development and implementation of the project, how it addressed the needs of a selected population, and an evaluation of the project and outcomes. Prerequisites: NURS 762 and 702, Corequisite: NURS 703.

NURS 701: DNP Practicum I - 1 - 3 credits

This practicum course provides the student an opportunity to work within a practice setting to begin to design his or her DNP project. The student also begins to establish the expanded advanced nursing DNP role focusing on a population of interest. The student is required to submit an individualized practicum proposal and objectives for the practicum experience.
Prerequisites: NURS 760, Corequisite: NURS 761.

NURS 702: DNP Practicum II - 1 - 3 credits

This practicum course provides the student an opportunity to work within a practice setting to implement his or her scholarly project. Emphasis is on intra- and interprofessional collaboration, demonstrating competency in the DNP Essentials, teamwork, and project management. The student is required to submit an individualized practicum proposal and objectives for the practicum experience. Prerequisites: NURS 761 and 701, Corequisite: NURS 762

NURS 703: DNP Practicum III - 1 - 3 credits

The practicum course focuses on evaluating and disseminating the results of the student’s DNP project. The student continues to focus on the advanced nursing DNP role for a population of interest. The student is required to submit an individualized practicum proposal and objectives for the practicum experience. Prerequisites: NURS 762 and 702, Corequisite: NURS 763.

Program information subject to change

DNP - Family Nurse Practitioner

78

Credits

$1020

Per Credit

5

Years - Completion Time

8

On-Campus Immersions