1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
The focus of the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialty at the UNM College of Nursing is on primary care, especially for rural and under-served populations. Individuals from New Mexico and rural areas, and those interested in practice in rural and under-served areas, are particularly encouraged to apply. Full time study begins in the Summer term for six consecutive terms. The degree to be awarded at completion of the program is the Master of Science in Nursing. Graduates will be eligible to become certified as Family Nurse Practitioners in New Mexico and nationally after successfully passing the certification exams.
Because graduate education in nursing builds on the baccalaureate curriculum, students are expected to enter the program with prerequisite coursework and clinical nursing competence. Specific areas that will be built upon, but not repeated at the graduate level include: basic anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology; introductory pharmacology; basic growth and development; basic physical and psychosocial assessment; basic statistics; interviewing and development of therapeutic relationships; and community health nursing. Students who seek admission without some of these competencies will need to take personal responsibility for acquiring them. The College of Nursing and the University of New Mexico have coursework, clinical opportunities, and faculty available to assist students, if necessary, prior to entering the program.
The FNP clinical courses begin in the Spring term. We do not offer every FNP clinical course every semester, so the students must take the courses in the sequence outlined in their program of studies. The FNP clinical core courses are taught in a block format. That is we have students attend lecture for 3 weeks straight, then they go to their clinical sites for 4-5 weeks, then return for lectures for 2 weeks, then another 4-5 week clinical rotation, then return for a final 1 week of lectures. During the time they are in didactic block they are usually in lecture 8 hours every day. The block schedule varies every term, however faculty try to publish the schedule at least 4 weeks in advance so that students can adjust their schedules.
All students in this concentration are expected to travel outside of the Albuquerque area for a minimum of two clinical rotations. Students need to be aware that they are responsible for the travel expenses associated with out of Albuquerque site placements. It is the responsibility of the faculty to place students. If a student is from a rural area we make every effort to place that student for their clinical rotation in that area, however we cannot guarantee clinical site rotations.If you would like more information regarding NPs in general (salary, job opportunities, etc.) I would recommend the web site for the American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP), or the web site for the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
At the completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:
Can I take the FNP program part-time?
Not at this time.
What non-clinical courses are required for the FNP concentration?
The non-clinical core courses include:
Are the non-clinical courses offered on the Web?
What are the clinical core courses?
The following courses are clinical core courses:
N540 Advanced Health Assessment* 4 hours
Advanced Health Assessment has three components, didactic, lab and clinical. In addition to weekly lectures in health assessment students have a lab component for 4 hours a week during the first half of the semester. At about mid semester students then start a clinical rotation, which replaces the lab, for a total of about 48 hours over the remaining 8 weeks (students continue with lecture in the second part of the semester).
Are any of these courses offered on the web?
NURS 543 Pharmacology and NURS 526 Advanced Pathophysiology are offered online. NURS 540 Advanced Health Assessment is taught onsite only. Advanced Health Assessment has three components: didactic, lab, and clinical.
What are the FNP clinical courses?
The FNP clinical core courses are:
What is the total number of clinical hours?
This concentration has a total of 864 clinical hours.
Will I get to visit any rural sites?
We use a variety of sites, including sites in rural areas. All students in this concentration are expected to travel outside of the Albuquerque area for a minimum of two clinical rotations in a 2-year period. It is the responsibility of the faculty to place students. If students are from a rural area, we make every effort to place those students in that area for their clinical rotation; however, we cannot guarantee clinical site rotations.
If I have a MSN, how can I get a FNP?
Students with an MSN will have already completed the core courses. They will be responsible for taking the remaining FNP courses. They must have taken graduate level pathophysiology and pharmacology within the past 5 years. Faculty will review any advanced health assessment courses on a case-by-base basis.