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:

  • 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, health 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.

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