Sep 30, 2022  
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022) 
    
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022)

Family Nurse Practitioner - Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


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Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) are advanced practice registered nurses with the knowledge and skills to assess and manage health issues in patients of all ages, from birth through the senior years. This specialization can prepare students to gain autonomy or advance in their career as healthcare professionals. Through a series of courses and well-rounded clinical practice experiences focused on current health issues, students can effectively implement and facilitate disease prevention, health promotion, health maintenance, and restorative care interventions.

This online Family Nurse Practitioner specialization focuses on evidence-based techniques that can enhance the quality of care and outcomes for patients. The program offers strategies that can prepare students to work in primary care outpatient health settings or change the course of their healthcare career. Graduates of the program can pursue national family nurse practitioner certification and state credentialing.

Course Sequence


MSN – FNP Course Sequence Example 1

One MSN - FNP course sequence example is as follows.  This quarter sequence is an example for BSN-Entry students.  Please note that RN-MSN students must complete all RN Foundation and General Education courses before they can begin working on the MSN Core and Specialization courses listed below.   

Quarter Course Credits
1 NURS 6003 - Transition to Graduate Study for Nursing   3 cr. 
NURS 6050 - Policy and Advocacy for Improving Population Health   5 cr.
2 NURS 6051 - Transforming Nursing and Healthcare Through Technology   5 cr.
NURS 6052 - Essentials of Evidence-Based Practice   5 cr.
3 NURS 6053 - Interprofessional Organizational and Systems Leadership   5 cr.
NURS 6501 - Advanced Pathophysiology♦   5 cr.
4 NURS 6521 - Advanced Pharmacology♦   5 cr.
NURS 6512 - Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning♦   5 cr.
5 NRNP 6531 - Primary Care of Adults Across the Lifespan   3 cr. 
PRAC 6531 - Primary Care of Adults Across the Lifespan Practicum   2 cr. 
6 NRNP 6541 - Primary Care of Adolescents and Children   3 cr. 
PRAC 6541 - Primary Care of Adolescents and Children Practicum   2 cr.
7 NRNP 6552 - Advanced Nurse Practice in Reproductive Health Care   3 cr. 
PRAC 6552 - Advanced Nurse Practice in Reproductive Health Care Practicum   2 cr.
8 NRNP 6568 - Synthesis in Advanced Nursing Practice of Patients in Family Care Settings   3 cr. 
PRAC 6568 - Synthesis in Advanced Nursing Practice of Patients in Family Care Settings Practicum   2 cr.

MSN – FNP Course Sequence Example 2

Another MSN - FNP course sequence example is as follows.  This quarter sequence is an example for BSN-Entry students.  Please note that RN-MSN students must complete all RN Foundation and General Education courses before they can begin working on the MSN Core and Specialization courses listed below.

Quarter Course Credits
1 NURS 6003 - Transition to Graduate Study for Nursing   3 cr. 
NURS 6501 - Advanced Pathophysiology♦    5 cr.
2 NURS 6051 - Transforming Nursing and Healthcare Through Technology   5 cr.
NURS 6521 - Advanced Pharmacology♦    5 cr.
3 NURS 6052 - Essentials of Evidence-Based Practice   5 cr.
NURS 6512 - Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning♦   5 cr.
4 NRNP 6531 - Primary Care of Adults Across the Lifespan   3 cr. 
PRAC 6531 - Primary Care of Adults Across the Lifespan Practicum   2 cr. 
5 NURS 6050 - Policy and Advocacy for Improving Population Health   5 cr. 
NRNP 6541 - Primary Care of Adolescents and Children   3 cr.
PRAC 6541 - Primary Care of Adolescents and Children Practicum   2 cr.
6 NURS 6053 - Interprofessional Organizational and Systems Leadership   5 cr.
NRNP 6552 - Advanced Nurse Practice in Reproductive Health Care   3 cr. 
PRAC 6552 - Advanced Nurse Practice in Reproductive Health Care Practicum   2 cr.
7 NRNP 6568 - Synthesis in Advanced Nursing Practice of Patients in Family Care Settings   3 cr. 
PRAC 6568 - Synthesis in Advanced Nursing Practice of Patients in Family Care Settings Practicum   2 cr.

*Due to the nature of this practicum, it is strongly recommended that students take this practicum experience paired only with its didactic course (NRNP) or by itself.   

Note on Certification


The MSN nurse practitioner specializations are designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for national nurse practitioner certification exams, which are required for practice as a nurse practitioner in most states. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner upon graduation, we encourage students to consult the appropriate Board of Nursing or state agency to determine specific certification exam requirements. Walden enrollment specialists can provide information relating to national certification exams; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification exams for the state in which he or she resides, as requirements vary widely. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about nurse practitioner certification exams, students should visit the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) at https://www.aanp.org/education/aanp-certification-program, American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) at www.nursingworld.org/our-certifications, or the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) at APRNcert@aacn.org.

Note on Licensure


The MSN nurse practitioner specializations are designed to prepare graduates with an active registered nurse (RN) license to practice as nurse practitioners. However, each state Board of Nursing has its own academic and certification requirements and issues its own credential for an RN to be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner in that state. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner upon graduation, we encourage students to consult the appropriate Board of Nursing or state agency in the state in which he or she resides to determine specific requirements. Additionally, prospective students are advised if they choose to relocate to carefully review, evaluate, and understand the requirements of the applicable licensure board in the state in which they intend to relocate. Walden enrollment specialists can provide guidance relating to the state-by-state requirements for practice as a nurse practitioner; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to the practice as a nurse practitioner in the state in which he or she resides, as requirements vary widely. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure, authorization, endorsement, or other state credential. For more information about the requirements to practice as a nurse practitioner, students should contact the appropriate Board of Nursing or state agency.

Prospective Alabama students: State approval of a program to offer Alabama licensed nurses’  opportunities for advanced degrees does not indicate eligibility for approval to practice as an advanced nurse in Alabama. Applications for approval in Alabama are required to meet the Alabama requirements for national certification, graduation from a specific-type program for the advanced practice approval, and completion of the appropriate application. Any program offering a pre-licensure track to Alabama students shall meet the requirements of the Alabama regulations for pre-licensure programs or the graduates may not be eligible to take the national licensure examination required by the Alabama Board of Nursing to enter the practice. www.abn.alabama.gov

Prospective Washington students: Walden University is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to provide practice experiences in Washington State for a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Nursing Education, Nursing Informatics, Leadership and Management, Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, as well as the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. For more information, go to the following website: https://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/NursingCommission/NursingEducation/NursingPrograms.

Note on Field Experience and Relocating


Students who are considering relocating are advised to contact their student success advisor prior to any decision to relocate in order to determine how relocation may impact progress in their program.  Advisors can provide information and guidance on how relocating may result in possible changes, restrictions, and/or additional requirements affecting field experience. Each Board of Nursing and Higher Education Authority governs the field experience rules and regulations in their respective states, and students may be unable to complete field experience in the state in which they plan to relocate. While Walden is committed to working collaboratively with students to secure field sites across the United States, it is imperative that students contact their student success advisor immediately when considering relocating.