Family Nurse Practitioner
The Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares professional nurses as specialists to deliver primary care services to individuals and families in a wide variety of settings. The program emphasizes health promotion and wellness as well as the management of common and complex health problems.
During the final three semesters of the program, the faculty secure clinical sites for students to complete their practice hours. Typical practice sites include outpatient clinics, primary care practices or clinics. Graduates are eligible to take the family nurse practitioner certification exam.
Why become an FNP?
If you are interested in becoming an independent licensed advanced practice provider in a role that has medical and nursing functions, you should consider becoming a family nurse practitioner (FNP). An FNP is prepared to care for patients of all age groups in primary care. Primary care is focused on wellness, screening, early identification, prevention and management of illness rather than providing only illness care, where patients must become ill before providing care. Family nurse practitioners hold positions in specialty and primary care outpatient settings. According to an article in CNBC, employment prospects for FNPs are bright, with demand exceeding supply by 31 percent by 2026.
- The FNP program at Saint Xavier University (SXU) is offered in a hybrid format, with online and in-class instruction. Summer courses and the core courses are taught fully online, while the other classes meet on campus once a week.
- The FNP program director secures appropriate clinical experiences for students when in the management courses during the last three semesters of the program.
- Graduates of SXU's FNP program have maintained a 100 percent first-time pass rate of the national FNP certification exam for the last five years.
- The program can be completed in three years of full-time study.
- Small class sizes provide you with more personal attention and greater access to practicing FNP faculty.
- SXU provides excellent graduate financial aid. The FNP program is supported by an Advanced Nursing Education Workforce Grant from HRSA through June 30, 2019. This grant provides full tuition and a monthly stipend to selected students. You are also eligible to apply for other grants and scholarships.
- An international clinical/service experience is available in the second year of the program for those interested in deepening their global perspective.
- A post-master's certificate is available for students who already have a master's in nursing.
Please review the admission requirements to learn how to enroll and begin the admission process.
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