This program can be done online, except for the final four clinical courses which are on campus only.
Why choose Sacred Heart's FNP Program?
The goal of the Family Nurse Practitioner track (FNP and post-masters certificate) is to prepare students to successfully pass either the American Nurse’s Association Certification or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner. These national certification examinations allow the student to apply for an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse license in the State of Connecticut with full prescribing privileges.
An essential component of this curriculum is an emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention and health restoration within a strong community framework. The curriculum promotes student understanding of the benefits, challenges and issues of working with individuals and families from a variety of socio-cultural backgrounds.
The FNP program provides essential content and clinical experiences required for practice in family primary care for individuals of all ages. The graduate will be competent in the provision of care for medically underserved populations and provision of care in such settings as ambulatory care, long-term care and other community based settings. Degree candidates will spend 500 clinical hours in a variety of agencies to allow for synthesis of clinical judgment, assessment and diagnostic reasoning skills. Our flexible curriculum allows for a combination of both learning online and in the traditional classroom setting.
What will the FNP prepare me for?
Our graduates are well prepared for the evolving role of family nurse practitioner. Upon completion of the didactic and clinical curriculum, graduates are prepared to diagnose and manage the most common acute and chronic health problems encountered in the primary care setting. In the advanced practice role, FNPs demonstrate autonomous and collaborative decision-making (with physicians, nurses and other members of the health care team), and are directly accountable for clinical judgment. Graduates will assume the responsibilities of prescriptive authority as delineated by the Connecticut Nurse Practice Act for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses. Recent graduates are employed in a wide variety of settings including physician offices, hospitals, clinics, sub-acute settings, public health departments, nursing schools and more.
Precepted clinical experiences are individually arranged. Students may select clinical sites and preceptors for clinical supervision that are within their own geographic location. The FNP program has contracts with many local agencies including several large federally qualified health centers where students may secure clinical placement. Clinical preceptors may be nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, physicians or physician assistants. In the last semester of study students may select a specialty rotation in a clinical area of interest such as cardiology, oncology, neurology, dermatology, emergency medicine, etc.