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Nursing, Concentration: Family Nurse Practitioner

Master of Science in Nursing

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Program Intro

Family Nurse Practitioners are fast becoming preferred partners to evaluate and manage common health problems and chronic illnesses at every stage of patients’ lives. They also focus on promoting/maintaining health, preventing disease and counseling/educating patients. Family Nurse Practitioners work in a wide variety of primary care settings.

Our FNP program prepares excellent graduates who hold diverse roles in the healthcare field. You’ll learn to improve patient outcomes by making an impact on patient care, nursing practice and organizational systems. You’ll also acquire valuable experience embedding best evidence into your practice as you work with preceptors in clinical settings.

Curriculum Overview

Begin your program with courses in advanced nursing practice, evidence-based practice, advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology and physical assessment. From this foundation, move into final-year courses where, in combination with class content, you’ll work with a preceptor of your choice to gain experience meeting FNP practice competencies.

You can currently complete this degree at PNW’s Hammond campus.

Take core master’s nursing courses and begin your pathophysiology course sequence.

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  • NUR 50100 Foundations of Advanced Practice in Nursing (2 credits)
  • NUR 50200 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credits)
  • NUR 50300 Advanced Health Assessment (4 credits: 3 didactic and 1 lab)

Continue taking core courses, including advanced pharmacology, assessment and health promotion.

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  • NUR 53100 Theoretical and Ethical Reasoning in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credits)
  • NUR 57400 Pathophysiologic Concepts I (3 credits)
  • NUR 57500 Pathophysiologic Concepts II (3 credits)

Complete FNP and clinical practicum courses.

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  • NUR 62300 Primary Care of the Aging Family Practicum (3 practicum credits; 180 clock hours)
  • NUR 65600 Health Care Organization, Policy and Economics (3 credits)
  • NUR 65700 FNP Practicum: Clinical Synthesis (2 practicum credits; 150 clock hours)

Program Requirements

Requirements for admission into this program include:

  • Graduation from an accredited baccalaureate program in nursing
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4 point scale or equivalent “B” average
  • Current U.S. RN (Registered Nurse) licensure
  • Evidence of successful completion of an introductory statistics course
  • International degree-seeking applicants whose native language is not English must also meet Purdue University graduate school requirements


Family Nurse Practitioner program graduates enter the marketplace with real-world experience and vital skills under the guidance of expert faculty. You’ll hone your ability to acquire, appraise, and implement best practices.

Our College of Nursing is home to the Indiana Center for Evidence Based Nursing Practice, an Affiliate Center of JBI.

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As a graduate of this program, you’ll be able to:

  • Synthesize nursing knowledge, patient preferences and the best available evidence to make optimal decisions
  • Grow as a leader who can influence the delivery of healthcare
  • Develop a professional philosophy that reflects the humanistic values of nursing


Several scholarships and graduate assistantships are available to MSN FNP students.

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Beyond the Classroom

We encourage you to get involved in organizations and activities like:

  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Society for Nurses in Advanced Practice
  • Sigma Theta Tau

Career Paths

Family Nurse Practitioners have a number of career options, including:

  • Management of patients across the lifespan
  • Leadership roles in nursing practice
  • Nurse education


Family Nurse Practitioners work in a range of roles, typically at organizations and agencies like:

  • Ambulatory care practices
  • Medically underserved clinics
  • Hospital-based outpatient centers


Our program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible to take ANCC’s or AANP’s FNP certification exam.

After completing my BSN at PNW in 2010, there was no other program I considered to further my education. The expectations are high, which makes this program and its instructors the best of the best.

Ashley Popovich
Nursing, Concentration: Family Nurse Practitioner, Crown Point

Purdue University Northwest has dedicated instructors and a tough, yet manageable curriculum. I can proceed through the program at a pace convenient for me while balancing being a student, mother and bedside nurse.

Keona Davis
Nursing, Concentration: Family Nurse Practitioner, Gary

Meet the Faculty

Julia L. Rogers, D.N.P., APRN, CNS, FNP-BC, FAANP

Assistant Professor

Julia Rogers is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing. Her teaching focus is game-based learning, pathophysiology, and nursing faculty orientation. Her research focus is the B.R.I.D.G.E.

Manisa Baker, D.N.P., APRN, RN, CCNS, CCRN-K

Assistant Professor

Baker is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing. Her teaching responsibilities include coursework in both the undergraduate and graduate programs.

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Take the Next Step

Our graduate studies staff is ready to help you take the next step! Contact us at (219) 989-2257 or grad@pnw.edu to see how PNW’s flexible programs can meet your needs.