Family Nurse Practitioner

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  • US News 2008The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program of study prepares students as advanced practice nurses for community-oriented primary care. Upon completion, graduates are eligible to sit for national certification examinations and to apply for approval to practice as FNPs in North Carolina.

FNPs provide comprehensive health promotion services to ambulatory clients; evaluate presenting problems at the client’s initial contact with the primary care system; and continuing care to clients with acute and stable chronic illnesses. In addition to clinical practice, other themes emphasized throughout the primary care courses include: an epidemiological approach to clinical problems; holism and caring; family and community systems; appropriate use of technology; cost effectiveness; collaboration; consultation and the referral process; theoretical frameworks; and the research base for primary care practice. BSN to MSN students can complete the program in four semesters and one intervening summer practicum.

Clinical practice sites are generally located in central NC, but may extend across the state and require travel of up to 1.5 hours one-way. A variety of settings are utilized: family practices; health maintenance organizations; student health services; occupational health clinics; home health services; rural clinics; and child, adolescent, adult and geriatric sites.

Student’s interests and needs guide the selection of clinical placements, papers, and presentations. FNP students with an interest in community oriented primary care or global health have opportunities to focus their study in areas of special interest such as vulnerable populations or health disparities through clinical placements, elective courses, and the Master’s Paper.  Additionally, students may choose from a wider variety of electives outside the School of Nursing, in the many different departments and schools at Carolina. Students are encouraged to talk with their advisors about their interests in special areas for developing an individualized plan of study.

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School of Nursing
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Office of Student Affairs
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460
(919) 966-4260