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Master of Science in Nursing

Graduate Program
The FAMU School of Nursing offers the Master of Science degree with emphasis in (1) Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) and (2) Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) preparation as both on-site and on-line programs.  The master’s program prepares nurses with the knowledge base and practice experiences necessary for advanced practice in primary health care with adults across the life span.  The program can be completed in five semesters of full time study.

NOTE:
  The Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program is temporarily suspended.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. Synthesize knowledge from the sciences, humanities, best evidence and nursing to support advanced practice nursing.  
  2. Utilize leadership skills to foster collaboration, change, and advocacy to influence advanced practice nursing and improve health care.
  3. Use best available evidence to implement initiatives to continuously improve quality and  safety in health care.
  4. Integrate evidence, clinical guidelines, and clinical investigative skills to guide advanced practice nursing and improve health outcomes.
  5. Utilize appropriate technologies and information literacy skills to optimize health outcomes in advanced practice nursing.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the development, analysis, and evaluation of health policies and health care affecting advanced practice nursing and health outcomes.
  7. Analyze complex health systems to improve the delivery of care and patient outcomes.
  8. Apply ethical principles in decision-making to achieve sound solutions to issues related to individuals, populations and systems of care.
  9. Demonstrate accountability and responsibility for patient-centered care and professional development.
  10. Provide competent evidence-based advance practice nursing care within a primary care setting to diverse individuals, families and groups, and manage heath and illness for adults across the life span. 

Faculty
Professors
:  Earp, Jaibun, K.; Graham, Mary E.
Associate Professors:  Marshall, Janet; Norman, Ruena W.; Onubogu, Uloma
Assistant Professors: Daniels, Sheena; Phillips, Carswella

Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) Program
The Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) Program prepares nurses for advanced practice with young adults, adults, and older adults in primary care.  The focus of the AGPCNP is to provide patient-centered care by employing evidence-based practice designed to improve quality of care and health outcomes. The AGPCNP program builds upon the base of the FAMU School of Nursing’s Baccalaureate Program and the following graduate core courses:  NGR 6740 Professional Role Development; NGR 5110 Theories in Nursing; NGR 5810 Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice; NGR 6891 Health Policy and Nursing; NGR 5742 Role of APN in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention; NGR 5209 Clinical Management of Older Adults; NGR 6291 Special Issues Across the Adult Life Span.

The graduates of this program are eligible to sit for either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Certification Examination or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Certification Program’s (AANPCP) Certification Examination for AGPCNP and apply for licensure as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner.   FAMU School of Nursing Graduate Program  AGPCNP competencies are consistent with the NP Competencies of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF[2012]) and the AGPCNP Competencies of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN [2010]), which can be found at the following websites:

http://www.nonpf.com/associations/10789/files/NPCoreCompetenciesFinal2012.pdf
http://www.aacn.nche.edu/geriatric-nursing/adultgeroprimcareNPcomp.pdf

Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)
The Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) program prepares graduates to provide primary care services to women throughout their lifespan. The program focuses on health care to women across the life cycle with emphasis on conditions unique to women from menarche through the remainder of their life cycle within the context of socio-cultural environments: interpersonal, family and community. In providing care, the WHNP considers the inter-relationship of gender, social class, culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, economic status and socio-political power differentials.

The WHNP program builds upon the base of the FAMU School of Nursing’s Baccalaureate Program and the following graduate core courses:  NGR 6740 Professional Role Development; NGR 5110 Theories in Nursing; NGR 5810 Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice; NGR 6891 Health Policy and Nursing; NGR 5742 Role of APN in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention; NGR 5209 Clinical Management of Older Adults; NGR 6291 Special Issues Across the Adult Life Span.

The graduate of this specialty is eligible to sit for the National Certification Corporation (NCC) certification examination as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) and can apply for licensure as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner.

Competencies of the graduate of the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner are consistent with the NP Competencies of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF [2012]) and WHNP Competencies of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN [2010]), as well as the WHNP Competencies of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH).  These competencies are found at:

http://www.npwh.org/files/public/WHNP_EducGuide_finalOct.pdf and
http://www.ncccwebsite.org/resources/docs/2014-2hnp-candidate_guide.pdf

Admission Requirements: Master’s Program

Graduate School
To be eligible for admission to the School of Nursing, the applicant must first meet the School of Graduate Studies and Research (SGSR) admission requirements that are listed in the graduate section of this catalog. Admission requirements for the on-line program are identical to the on-ground program.

School of Nursing
To be eligible for admission to the program, applicants must meet the following admission requirements:
  1. Baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from a nationally accredited program (ACEN or CCNE).
  2. Current, valid, unrestricted and unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license in the State of Florida or current RN license from the state, which the applicant is practicing.
  3. Grade point average of 3.0 or above in all work attempted in the last 60 hours of the baccalaureate degree (If a student has a graduate degree, the GPA requirement can apply to the graduate school GPA).
  4. Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  5. Minimum score of 300 on the quantitative-verbal sections of the Graduate Record Examination, if the undergraduate GPA is less than 3.0.
  6. Undergraduate course credits for statistics and health assessment.
  7. Identification of a qualified available clinical preceptor (s), i.e. nationally certified nurse practitioners in adult, gerontology, women’s health or a licensed physician (on-line program students only).
  8. Three professional references.
  9. Documentation of current physical examination with labs (CBC and urinalysis) and tuberculosis test and/or chest x-ray. A state or military certificate of immunization status documenting immunity for measles, mumps-rubella (MMR), hepatitis B (HBV), varicella (Var) and diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis (DTaP) or tetanus and diphtheria (Td) is required. If certification of immunization is not available, a titer is required.
  10. Proficiency in use of computers.
  11. A statement of professional goals (please indicate your specialty track of interest).
  12. Foreign applicants (TOEFL>550).
Requirements After Admission:

The following requirements must be kept current annually (mandated by clinical agencies):
  1. The state RN License must be kept current during the entire matriculation.
  2. Evidence of nurse practitioner student professional liability insurance. 
  3. CPR certification.  
  4. Documentation of current medical history, physical examination, and tuberculosis skin test or chest X-ray.
  5. Level II background check and a lab-controlled drug screen (Local background check may be required by an agency).
Curriculum: MSN
The graduate program offers a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree in clinical specialties of Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners (AGPCNP) and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners (WHNP). The master’s program prepares nurses with the knowledge base and practice experiences necessary for advanced practice in primary health care with young adults, adults, and older adults as well as women throughout their life span. The curriculum leading to the master of science in nursing (MSN) degree can be completed through full-time or part-time study. The program can be completed in five semesters of full-time study. Full-time requires a minimum of nine (9) hours during the regular academic semesters and six (6) hours during the summer.   Based upon the FAMU graduate school policy, a maximum of five (5) consecutive calendar years, from date of first enrollment, is allowed for completion of all degree requirements. Full time students are admitted only in the fall semester. Upon admission to the program, the student is assigned a faculty advisor who collaboratively develops an individualized degree plan of study, based on full or part-time status.  The graduate curriculum is based on a three-core structure: graduate core; advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) core; and population foci/role core (See Graduate Curriculum Core Structure).  


Graduate Curriculum Core Structure
   Sem. Hrs.
GRADUATE CORE  
NGR 6740 Professional Role Development 1
NGR 5110 Theories in Nursing   2
NGR 5810 Research Methods & Evidence-based Practice  3
NGR 6891 Health Policy and Nursing 2
NGR 5742 Role of APN in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention 3
NGR 5209 Clinical Management of Older Adults 3
NGR 6291 Special Issues Across the Adult Life Span 2
   16
APRN CORE  
NGR 5141 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NGR 5172 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NGR 5003C Advanced Health Assessment Theory 3
NGR 5003L Advanced Health Assessment Practicum  1
   10
 POPULATION FOCI/ROLE CORE  
NGR 6201 Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span I 3
NGR 6201L Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span Practicum I 4
NGR 6202 Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span II (AGPCNP)/ NGR 6347 
   Advanced Women's Health Theory (WHNP)
 3
NGR 6202L Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span II Practicum
   (AGPCNP)/NGR 6347L Advanced Women's Health Practicum (WHNP)
 4
NGR 6700 APRN Synthesis Seminar 2
  42
The credit to clock hour ratio is 1:1 for theory courses and 1:6 for clinical. The total number of semester hours is 42. The total number of clinical clock hours is 675 hours excluding the Advanced Health Assessment Practicum hours. The Graduate Core and APRN Core courses must be completed before progression to Population Foci/Role Core courses (see MSN Curriculum Plan for AGPCNP and WHNP).
 
 
Full-Time MSN Curriculum Plan For AGPCNP AND WHNP
 
Fall  Sem.Hours
NGR 6740 Professional Role Development  1
NGR 5110 Theories in Nursing  2
NGR 5141 Advanced Pathophysiology  3
NGR 5172 Advanced Pharmacology
 3
  9
Spring  
NGR 5810 Research Methodology and Evidence-based Practice 3
NGR 6891 Health Policy and Nursing  2
NGR 5003C Advanced Health Assessment  Theory 3
NGR  5003L Advanced Health Assessment Practicum 

 1
   9
Summer  
NGR 5742 Role of APN in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention 3
NGR 5209 Clinical Management of Older Adults 3
  6
Fall  
NGR 6201 Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span I  3
NGR 6201L Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span Practicum I 4
NGR 6291 Special Issues Across the Adult Life Span

 2
   9
Spring  
NGR 6202 Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span II (AGPCNP Track) or
   NGR 6347 Advanced Women's Health Theory (WHNP Track)
 3
NGR 6202L Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span Practicum II or NGR 
   6347L Advanced Women's Health Practicum
 4
NGR 6700 APRN Synthesis Seminar

 2
 Total  9
 Total Curriculum  42
   
Part-Time MSN Curriculum Plan For AGPCNP AND WHNP  
Fall - Semester 1
 
NGR 5110 Theories in Nursing  2
NGR 6740 Professional Role Development  1
   
Spring - Semester 2
 
NGR 6891 Health Policy and Nursing  2
NGR 5810 Research Methodology and Evidence-based Practice  3
   
Fall - Semester 3
 
NGR 5141 Advanced Pathophysiology  3
NGR 5172 Advanced Pharmacology  3
   
Spring - Semester 4
 
NGR 5003C Advanced Health Assessment  Theory  3
NGR 5003L Advanced Health Assessment Practicum  1
   
Summer - Semester 5
 
NGR 5742 Role of APN in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention  3
NGR 5209 Clinical Management of Older Adults  3
   
Fall - Semester 6
 
NGR 6201 Primary Care for Adults across the Life Span I  3
NGR 6201L Primary Care for Adults across the Life Span Practicum I  4
NGR 6291 Special Issues Across the Adult Life Span  2
   
Spring - Semester 7
 
NGR 6202 Primary Care for Adults across the Life Span II
   (AGPCNP Track)  or NGR 6347 Advanced Women's Health Theory (WHNP 
   Track)
 3
NGR 6202L Primary Care for Adults across the Life Span Practicum II (AGPCNP
    Track) or NGR 6347L Advanced Women's Health Practicum (WHNP Track)
 4
NGR 6700 APRN Synthesis Seminar  2
Total Curriculum 42
   
   
Post-Master's Certificate (PMC) Program
 
The Florida A&M University School of Nursing master’s program provides post-master’s certificate (PMC) program for both non-advanced practice nursing (Non-APN) master’s graduates and APN master’s graduates who want to become AGPCNP.  Non-APN graduates are those who hold master’s degree in a non-advance practice-nursing role such as nursing education or nursing administration.  APN graduate applicants are those who have master’s degree in nursing with national certification as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS), certified nurse midwife (CNM), certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) or NP in other specialties such as pediatric nurse practitioner or neonatal nurse practitioner.
 
A.    Non-APN Applicant
A total of five (5) credit hours will be awarded for non-APN master’s graduate applicants and they must complete 37 credits at FAMU.  PMC admission requirements and curriculum for Non-APN applicants are listed below:

B.    APN Applicant
For APN prepared master’s graduate applicants, up to 21 credits may be awarded based on grade and recency of the courses taken.  The courses credited are those taken within the past five (5) years of admission and grade of B and above.  PMC admission requirements and Curriculum for APN applicants are listed below:

Both Non-APN and APN master’s graduate applicants must complete all of the fourth and fifth semester Population Foci/Role Core courses at FAMU with 675 clinical hours.


  Admission Requirements: Post-Master's Certificate (PMC) Program

Graduate School
To be eligible for admission to the School of Nursing, the applicant must first meet the School of Graduate Studies and Research (SGSR) admission requirements that are listed in the graduate section of this catalog. Admission requirements for the on-line program are identical to the on-ground program.   

Admission Requirements: Post-Master's Certificate (Non-APN Applicant)
  1. Master's degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program (ACEN or CCNE);
  2. Current valid, unrestricted, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) in the state of Florida or current license from the state in which the applicant is practicing. License is to be kept current during the program;
  3. Graduate GPA 3.0 or above in all work attempted in the master's degree program;
  4. Identification of qualified available clinical preceptor(s), i.e. nationally certified nurse practitioners in Adult, Gerontology, Women’s Health or licensed physician (on-line students only);
  5. Three professional references;
  6. Documentation of current physical examination, labs (CBC and urinalysis), and tuberculosis test and/or chest X-ray.  A state or military certificate of immunization status documenting immunity for measles- mumps-rubella (MMR), Hepatitis B (HBV), Varicella (Var), and diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis (DTaP) or tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) is required. If certification of immunization is not available, a titer is required;
  7.  Proficiency in use of computers;
  8. Statement of professional goals (Please indicate your specialty track of interest); and
  9. Foreign applicant (TOEFL>550).
Requirements After Admission
  1. The state RN license must be kept current annually (mandated by the clinical agencies).
  2. Professional NP liability insurance.
  3. Current CPR certification.
  4. Documentation of current medical history, physical examination, and tuberculosis skin test or chest X-ray.
  5. Level II background check and a lab-controlled drug screen. (Local background check may be required by an agency).
CURRICULUM: Post-Master's Certificate (Non-APN Applicant)

Courses waived based on earned master's degree in nursing:

NGR 5110 Theories in Nursing                                                                                                            2
NGR 5810 Research Methods & Evidence-based Practice                                                                3
                                                                                                                                              Total      5


Courses That Must Be Taken At FAMU*

NGR 5141 Advanced Pathophysiology  3
NGR 6891 Health Policy and Nursing 2
NGR 6740 Professional Role Development 1
NGR 5742 Role of APN in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention

3
 Total 9


APRN Core
NGR 5003C Advanced Health Assessment  3
NGR 5003L Advanced Health Assessment Practicum 1
NGR 5172 Advanced Pharmacology

3
 Total 7

Population Foci: Adult Gerontology Primary Care Track (AGPCNP)

NGR 5209 Clinical Management of Older Adults  3
NGR 6291 Special Issues Across the Adult Life Span 2
NGR 6201 Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span  3
NGR 6201L Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span Practicum I  4
NGR 6202  Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span II     3
NGR 6202L Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span Practicum II  4
NGR 6700 APRN Synthesis Seminar 

2
 Total 21

OR


Population Foci: Women's Health Track (WHNP)
NGR 5209 Clinical Management of Older Adults  3
NGR 6291 Special Issues Across the Adult Life Span 2
NGR 6201 Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span  3
NGR 6201L Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span Practicum I  4
NGR 6347 Advanced Women’s Health Theory     3
NGR 6347L Advanced Women’s Health Practicum  4
NGR 6700 APRN Synthesis Seminar 

2
 Total 21
Total Curriculum 42


Admission Requirements: Post-Master's Certificate (APN Applicant)
  1. Master's degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program (ACEN or CCNE);
  2. Current valid, unrestricted, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) in the state of Florida current license from the state in which the applicant is practicing. License is to be kept current during the program;
  3. Evidence of current practice as APN (NP, CRNA, CNM, CNS) or of maintenance of national certification;
  4. Graduate GPA 3.0 or above in all work attempted in the master's degree program;
  5. Identification of qualified available clinical preceptor(s), i.e. nationally certified nurse practitioners in adult, gerontology, women’s health or a licensed physician (on-line students only);
  6. Three professional references;
  7. Documentation of current physical examination, labs (CBC and urinalysis), and tuberculosis test and/or chest X-ray. A state or military certificate of immunization status documenting immunity for measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), hepatitis b (HBV), Varicella (Var), and diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis (DTaP) or tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) is required.  If certification of immunization is not available, a titer is required;
  8. Proficiency in use of computers;
  9. Statement of professional goals (please indicate your specialty track of interest); and
  10. Foreign applicant (TOEFL>550).
Requirements After Admission
  1. The state RN license must be kept current annually (mandated by the clinical agencies).
  2. Professional NP liability insurance.
  3. Current CPR certification.
  4. Documentation of current medical history, physical examination, and tuberculosis skin test or chest X-ray.
  5. Level II background check and a lab-controlled drug screen. (Local background check may be required by an agency).
CURRICULUM: Post-Master's Certificate (APN Applicant)

Courses waived based on earned master's degree in nursing:

NGR 5110 Theories in Nursing                                                                                                            2
NGR 5810 Research Methods & Evidence-based Practice                                                                3
                                                                                                                                              Total      5

Courses Credited from Previous Master's Program Based
on Grade of >B and Within Five (5) Years

 NGR 5141 Advanced Pathophysiology  3
NGR  6891 Health Policy and Nursing 2
NGR 6740 Professional Role Development 1
 NGR 5742 Role of APN in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention

3
 Total 9

Advanced Practice Core
NGR 5003C Advanced Health Assessment  3
NGR 5003L Advanced Health Assessment Practicum 1
NGR 5172 Advanced Pharmacology

3
 Total 7

*Individual assessment of classes and education will determine if courses are needed or waived.

Courses That Must Be Taken At FAMU*

Population Foci: Adult Gerontology Primary Care Track (AGPCNP)
NGR 5209 Clinical Management of Older Adults  3
NGR 6291 Special Issues Across the Adult Life Span 2
NGR 6201 Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span 3
NGR 6201L Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span Practicum I 4
NGR 6202  Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span II     3
NGR 6202L Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span Practicum II 4
NGR 6700 APRN Synthesis Seminar

2
 Total 21

                                                              OR

Population Foci: Women's Health Track (WHNP)
NGR 5209 Clinical Management of Older Adults  3
NGR 6291 Special Issues Across the Adult Life Span 2
NGR 6201 Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span  3
NGR 6201L Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span Practicum I  4
NGR 6347 Advanced Women’s Health Theory     3
NGR 6347L Advanced Women’s Health Practicum  4
NGR 6700 APRN Synthesis Seminar 

2
 Total 21
Total Curriculum 42

Note:
Curriculum plan for Non-APN applicant and APN applicant in the Post-Master's Certificate program will be individually developed based on their transfer credits.


Course Descriptions
NGR 5110  Theories in Nursing  (2)   This course employs science-based theories and concepts to build the philosophical and theoretical bases for nursing practice. It includes the study and critique of mid-range nursing theories and theories from related disciplines. The interrelationships between nursing theory, research, and practice are emphasized. This course also assists the student with integrating nursing science to explain the nature and significance of health and health care delivery phenomena as well as develop a conceptual framework for future practice and research.
NGR  6740 Professional Role Development  (1)  In this course, the student will examine organizational and professional challenges experienced by advanced practice nurses as well as the strategies for effective integration and management.  Theoretical frameworks including APRN Consensus Model and issues that influence role behaviors in advanced nursing practice will be examined.  Roles as researcher, leader, consultant and educator will also be included.
NGR 5141 Advanced Pathophysiology  (3)  Pre or co-requisites:  NGR 5110,   NGR 6740,  NGR 5172 or special approval.  This course focuses on the relationship between physiology and pathology across the lifespan to explain the scientific basis of advanced practice nursing.  Structural and functional changes in cells, tissues and organs that formulate the mechanisms of underlying disease and clinical manifestations are explored as foundations are built for future clinical decision-making in a variety of clinical settings.  The pathogenesis of disease as related to principles of health promotion and disease prevention will contribute to future APRN practice.
NGR 5172 Advanced Pharmacology  (3)   Pre or co-requisites:  NGR 5110,   NGR 6740,  NGR 5141 or special approval.  This course provides a pharmacological base for advanced practice with primary care clients across the adult lifespan. Evidence based clinical management of commonly occurring health problems with selected pharmacologic agents is emphasized. Therapeutic agents are compared and contrasted for indications, efficacy, monitoring parameters, dosing principles, adverse effects, and common drug interactions. Other topics include client education needs, special population issues, and legal requirements for prescriptive authority.
NGR 5810 Research Methods & Evidence-Based Practice (3) This course focuses on the process of scientific inquiry and incorporating research evidence into a wide variety of practice settings. Students will gain essential knowledge and skills to collaborate in the research process, to critique and utilize research, and to apply evidence-based concepts to optimize patient outcomes. Topics include research process and evidence-based practice.
NGR 6891 Health Policy and Nursing (2) Pre- or co--requisites: NGR 5110, NGR 6740, NGR 5141 or special approval. This course analyzes the competencies necessary to influence health policy. By including topics such as economics of health care, health promotion of diverse groups, and cultural sensitivity, students will analyze national and state health policies that affect advanced practice nursing. Students are introduced to health services research and the role of policy makers to help them envision how they can integrate policy into their own career.
NGR 5003C Advanced Health Assessment Theory (3)   Pre or co-requisites: NGR 5110, NGR 6740, NGR 5141, NGR 5172, NGR 5810, NGR 6891, NGR 5003L.   This course focuses on the development of advanced health assessment skills to obtain and complete a comprehensive health history and physical.  Building on previously learned skills and knowledge, students will develop competence in synthesizing assessment data to identify, describe, and communicate normal and abnormal findings across the life span in a written and oral format. A major focus of this course is on the assessment process, clinical reasoning and decision-making for advanced practice nursing in a variety of primary care settings.  This is the first in a sequence of clinical courses, and is pre-requisite to other clinical courses.
NGR 5003L Advanced Health Assessment Practicum (1) Pre- or co-requisites: NGR 5110, NGR 6891, NGR 6740, NGR 5141, NGR 5172, NGR 5810, and NGR 5003C. This practicum focuses on history-taking and assessment skills necessary to develop the initial database for patient management by the advanced practice nurse. Students will practice interpretation of multidimensional assessment and diagnostic information, as well as develop competence in identifying normal and abnormal findings. Emphasis is placed on the proper assessment process and oral/written documentation techniques. This course requires 90 laboratory/clinical hours. This practicum course is the first in the sequence of clinical courses, and is pre-requisite to other practicum courses.
NGR 5742 Role of APN in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention (3) Pre- or co-requisites: All first and second semester courses and NGR 5209.  This course will focus on health promotion and disease prevention trends across the adult lifespan for all population groups. Theories/models of health promotion, screening examinations, vaccination guidelines and other evidence-based health promotion strategies are covered along with techniques that promote cultural sensitivity, and address health care disparities.
NGR 5209 Clinical Management of Older Adults (3) Pre -or co-requisites: All first and second semester courses and NGR 5742. This course provides students with the knowledge and skills needed for clinical management of older adults. Clinical reasoning skills to differentiate normal aspects of aging from abnormal findings associated with disease processes are emphasized. Clinical settings and geriatric health care settings are explored from the perspective of the advance practice nurse to assist the student with role transition. Minimum of 45 hours of clinical practice.
NGR 6291 Special Issues Across the Adult Life Span (2) Pre- or co-requisites: All three prior semester courses and NGR 6201 and NGR 6201L (AGPCNP) or NGR 6347 and NGR 6347L (WHNP).  This course provides acquisition of expanded knowledge and skills to enable the advanced practice nurse to manage common mental health problems and promote mental health among vulnerable adults including adolescents.
NGR 6201 Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span (3) Pre- or co-requisites: All three prior semester courses; NGR 6291 and NGR 6201L. This first level nurse practitioner course will focus on critical thinking skills to address common and acute health problems across the adult lifespan in primary care. Diagnostic procedures, differential diagnosis, problem-solving skills, and appropriate selection of pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies are included. It will include application of evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention, evaluation of management plan, and appropriate consultation and referral to other health care providers. Applicable  theories, patient education, interpersonal skills, and counseling are integrated to facilitate the student's transitions to the role of the nurse practitioner.
NGR 6201L Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span Practicum I (4)  Pre- or co-requisites: All three prior semester courses and NGR 6291. This course (taken concurrently with NGR 6201) is a clinical course with emphasis on assessment, diagnosis, and management of common acute and chronic health problems of adults across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on integrating the didactic pharmacotherapeutics, psychopathology, and pathophysiology concepts with evidence based APRN clinical practice in a variety of adult primary care settings.  The course stresses the diagnostic and therapeutic role of the nurse practitioner as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team. Minimum of 315 hours of clinical practice.
NGR 6202 Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span II  (3)  Pre- or co-requisites: All four  prior semester courses and NGR 6202L.  This course emphasizes more advanced conceptual approach to diagnosing and managing complex, and multiple health problems of adults across the lifespan in a variety of primary care settings. Use of clinical decision-making skills to determine diagnostic and therapeutic interventions that enhance functional activity and reduce unintentional illness/injury of adults are included in the course.  Full integration of previously mastered APRN knowledge and skills are the focus as the nurse practitioner student prepares to function within the legal scope of practice.
NGR 6202L Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span Practicum II (4) Pre-requisites or co-requisites: All four prior semester courses and NGR 6202.  Clinical application of primary care management of young, middle and older age adults. Focus on process of health promotion, risk reduction, restorative intervention protocols in addressing health behaviors of adults and older adults. Minimum of 315 hours of clinical practice.
NGR 6347 Advanced Women’s Health Theory  (3) Pre- or co-requisites: All four  prior semester courses and NGR 6347L. This course includes the theoretical basis for advanced practice nursing in primary care for women during prenatal, postpartum, intrapartum, perimenopausal, menopausal and well-woman life phases. Attention will focus on critical thinking skills to address common and acute gynecological health problems across the female lifespan in primary care settings.  Diagnostic procedures, differential diagnosis, problem-solving skills, and appropriate selection of pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies are included.   It will include an emphasis on evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention, evaluation of management plan, and appropriate consultation and referral to other health care providers. Traditional theories of aging, patient education, interpersonal skills, and counseling are stressed to facilitate the student’s transitions to the role of the nurse practitioner.
NGR 6347L Advanced Women’s Health Practicum  (4) Pre- or co-requisites: All four prior semester courses and NGR 6347.  This clinical course (taken concurrently with NGR 6347) emphasizes application of theoretical basis for advanced practice nursing in primary care for women during prenatal, postpartum, intrapartum, perimenopausal, menopausal and well-woman life phases. Attention will focus on critical thinking skills to address common and acute gynecological health problems across the female lifespan in primary care settings.  Diagnostic procedures, differential diagnosis, problem-solving skills, and appropriate selection of pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies are included.   It will include an emphasis on evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention, evaluation of management plan, and appropriate consultation and referral to other health care providers. Traditional theories of aging, patient education, interpersonal skills, and counseling are stressed to facilitate the student’s transitions to the role of the nurse practitioner. Minimum of 315 hours of clinical practice.
NGR 6700 APRN Synthesis Seminar (2) All courses in the curriculum. This course provides content related to the professional experiences and challenges faced by the advanced practice nurse in clinical care, education, management or research.  The health care system factors such as policy, financial, technological, and social dynamics that influence both the patient and providers of health care will be examined.  The emphasis is placed on the transition to and integration of the APRN role by encouraging the development of cultural sensitivity, addressing health care disparities, and examining issues of social justice.

Doctoral Program
The FAMU School of Nursing has a Cooperative Ph.D. Program with the University of Florida. The program requires 62 credits for students with master’s degree.  Please see this link for more information: http://admissions.nursing.ufl.edu/degrees/phd/north-florida-phd-consortium/.