The New Mexico State University School of Nursing is offering a new specialty, Family Nurse Practitioner, in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program for the fall 2014 semester. The application deadline for this program is March 15, according to a news release.
The FNP specialty degree option in the DNP program is an online curriculum offered through the College of Health and Social Services. This degree plan is completed in three years of full-time study. All accepted students must be enrolled full-time and be able to attend the Doctoral Summer Seminar, May 19-23, in Las Cruces.
We have been encouraged by the administration to offer the family nurse practitioner program, Pamela Schultz, RN, PhD, school of nursing director, said in the release. With the Affordable Care Act, there will be an increased need for primary care providers in New Mexico. The Family Nurse Practitioner is prepared to diagnose and treat a wide variety of primary care health conditions across the lifespan, either in collaboration with other healthcare providers or as autonomous providers in New Mexico.
Schultz said the addition of the new specialty is a good fit for NMSU because the school of nursing has several FNPs already on faculty. She anticipates the new program will be a popular degree.
The FNP specialty trains nurses for advanced practice in the care of families across the lifespan. Courses focus on advanced health assessment, advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology and management of acute and chronic illness in families. The program also includes specialty seminars and clinical experiences emphasizing the physiological and psychosocial impact of illness on the patient and family. Graduates prepare for the Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certification exam.
Qualification requirements for application to the FNP program are available in the NMSU School of Nursing handbook. For information, visit: schoolofnursing.nmsu.edu/files/2014/02/DNPHandbookJAN2014-final.pdf.