2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) 
    
    Mar 25, 2019  
2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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


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As our society’s population grows, so does the need for quality, comprehensive, accessible, and affordable healthcare. 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. Walden practicum coordinators can assist students in meeting their clinical practice requirements. Graduates of the program can pursue national family nurse practitioner certification and state credentialing.

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 advisors 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 intends to practice 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 www.aanpcertification.org or APRNcert@aacn.org, or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) at www.nursecredentialing.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 wishes to practice to determine specific requirements. Walden enrollment advisors 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 intends to practice 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.