FNP Program Overview

The Purdue family nurse practitioner program 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.

Program Features 

The MS/FNP program features:

  • Transdisciplinary 645-hour preceptorship.
  • Access to practice in two nurse-managed clinics.
  • Research opportunities throughout Purdue.
  • Eligibility to sit for national certifications after graduation.
  • Blended curricular design (primarily online with some on-campus meetings) that allows for one-on-one interaction with faculty and the support of fellow students.

Research Opportunities or Research Focus

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

Program Goals and Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Purdue family nurse practitioner program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Evaluate client and family responses to health, illness, and social determinants as a basis for promotion, restoration, and maintenance of mental and physical health, functional abilities and the prevention of illness. 
  2. Integrate theory, research, and informatics in the management of the care of individuals and families in a specialized area of practice.
  3. Apply advanced practice nursing interventions based on knowledge of the interrelationship among person, environment, health and nursing in the care of diverse populations.
  4. Demonstrate role competence as an Advanced Practice Nurse in providing compassionate, safe, and ethical care to individuals and families including rural and vulnerable populations.
  5. Provide leadership in effecting positive change in professional, social, political, and ethical situations to advance nursing, healthcare, and health policy.
  6. Evaluate quality and cost-effectiveness of nursing and health systems based on outcomes through effective communication and collaboration.

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