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Family Nurse Practitioner Program

The Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares registered nurses with the advanced theoretical knowledge, clinical judgment, and practice skills that undergird the care of families across the age continuum. Family Nurse Practitioners provide comprehensive, culturally sensitive primary health care that emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention, as well as the holistic management of clients with commonly occurring acute and chronic health problems.

Educational experiences include classroom instruction from a distinguished multidisciplinary faculty and supervised experiences in the clinical management of clients of all ages in a variety of care settings. As advanced practice nurses, Family Nurse Practitioners perform comprehensive health assessments; conduct risk analyses; provide client education and counseling to promote wellness; diagnose and treat common health problems; and maximize the functional and self-care abilities of individuals of all ages. The 44-credit Master of Science degree program accepts students for the Fall semester only. The program must be completed on a full-time basis.

Upon successful completion of the Master of Science degree, graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and to apply for Nurse Practitioner Certification in New York State.