MS with Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization Program

The Master of Science (MS) with a major in Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner specialization (MS/FNP) develops leadership and practice skills necessary to shape nursing practice in a dynamic, complex, and globally interdependent healthcare system with a focus on the family. The graduate program offers an innovative approach to advanced practice education by integrating knowledge from other disciplines such as medicine, pharmacy, human development, speech-language-hearing, social work, and physical and occupational therapy as it applies to addressing the needs of individuals across the lifespan.

MS program features:

  • Transdisciplinary 645 hour preceptorship
  • Access to practice in two nurse-managed clinics
  • Research opportunities throughout Purdue University
  • Eligibility to sit for national certifications after graduation

Research Opportunities or Research Focus

  • Healthcare delivery systems
  • Health promotion and primary care delivery
  • Nursing education
  • Transdisciplinary projects in other departments


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Program Goals/Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the MS/FNP, the graduate will be able to:

  • Evaluate client and family response to health and illness as a basis for promotion, restoration and maintenance of health and functional abilities and the prevention of illness
  • Synthesize theory and research in the management of the care of individuals and families in a specialized area of practice
  • Use nursing interventions based on knowledge of the interrelationship among person, environment, heath and nursing
  • Demonstrate role competence as an Advanced Practice nurse in providing care to individuals and families including rural and vulnerable populations, and by successfully meeting national certification standards.
  • Provide leadership in effecting positive change in professional, social, political, and ethical situations to advance nursing, healthcare and health policy
  • Evaluate effectiveness of nursing and health systems based on outcomes

Sample Plan of Study

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