Family Nurse Practitioner

Graduate Nursing Students


The Sage Colleges Graduate Program in Nursing prepares advanced practitioners to provide primary care to individuals and families as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).  The FNP has the unique scope of practice to combine the caring, teaching and other domains of nursing in conjunction with the diagnosis and treatment of clients seeking health promotion or illness prevention, primarily in an ambulatory setting.

Graduates of the program have a wide range of positions in ambulatory care such as collaborative roles with private physicians, clinics, or other health agencies and opening their own practices in urban, suburban, or rural areas.  Graduates are eligible to take the certification examination for FNP offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

The FNP has a combined clinical and functional role.  Courses that prepare for this role include: Family Processes, Diagnostic Health Assessment, Women and Children's Health, Adult and Geriatric Care, Individualized Clinical Study in Advanced Nursing Practice, and Advanced Nursing Practice Roles.  The cognate course in the FNP program is Advanced Pathophysiology.  Other required courses are Advanced Pharmacology in Acute and Chronic Care, and Health, Healing and Self-Care.  An elective allows students to expand areas of interest.

The practitioner role necessitates a strong clinical background in evaluating clients and making judgments about interventions.  Therefore, applicants need to have a least one year's full time experience (2,000 hours) as a Registered Professional Nurse before beginning FNP clinical courses.  The autonomous and collaborative roles of the nurse practitioner in primary care demand socialization into those roles, knowledge of multiple practice models, and development of accountability for direct provision of health care services.  Clinical experiences with faculty and preceptors include a variety of physicians and nurse practitioners, geographic locations, and clients from different social, cultural, and economic backgrounds. 

There are intensive clinical placements with preceptors.  A total of 700 clinical hours and 48 credits are required in order to meet the changing professional expectations in this practice area.

Individualized program plans are made for each student to progress through the curriculum.  Each student is expected to maintain a current plan in order for course needs can be anticipated.  The program takes a minimum of two years full-time study or it can be taken on a part-time basis within a maximum of a seven year time frame.

Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate available.  Please contact Program Director for more information.

Family Nurse Practitioner Curriculum – (Total 48 Credits)

Courses for all clinical tracks: (15 Credits) --  * Course should be taken early in program.

*Nursing 558 - Paradigms and Perspectives of Advanced Practice Nursing
(3 crs. Theory - 37.5 hrs) 
Fall (F), Spring (S), & check course offering for Summer Session III (SS)

*Nursing 559 - Nursing in a Sociopolitical Environment (3 crs. Theory-37.5 hrs)
F & S, check course offering
for SS III

Nursing 649 - Transforming Advanced Practice Roles (3 crs. Theory - 37.5 hrs)
F & SS III, 
Pre-requisites: Nsg 558, 559, and 1 year RN experience (2,000 hours).

Research Courses (6 Crs.) -- Recommended pre-requisites - Nsg 558, Nsg 559 & a clinical course.

Nursing 508 - Nursing Research Methods (3 crs. Theory - 37.5 hrs) F & S,
Pre-requisites: Statistics, Nsg 558, Nsg 559

Nursing 611 - Research Seminar (3 crs.) F & S, Pre-requisites: Nsg 508

Cognate Course (3 Credits)

*Biology 560 - Advanced Human Pathophysiology (3 crs. Theory - 37.5 hrs)  F & S

Nursing Elective Course (3 Credits)  Recommend students work with academic advisor.

Supporting Courses (9 Credits)

Nursing 610 - Family Processes
(3 crs. = Theory - 2 crs. - 25 hrs; Clinical - 1 cr. - 40 hrs), S only

Nursing 622 - Advanced Pharmacology in Acute and Chronic Care
(3 Crs. = Theory - 37.5 hrs) S only,
Pre-requisite: Bio 560/Bio 553 

Nursing 636 - Health, Healing and Self-Care
(3 crs. = Theory - 2.5 crs. - 31 hrs; Clinical - 0.5 cr. – 20 hrs),
F & S,
Pre-requisite: Nsg 558, Nsg 559

Clinical Courses (15 Credits) 

Nursing 619 - Diagnostic Health Assessment
(3 crs. = Theory - 1.5 crs. – 19.5 hrs; Clinical - 1.5 crs. – 40 hrs),
F only,
Pre-requisite: Bio 560/Bio 553 & 1 year RN experience (2,000 hours)

Successful completion of a Health Assessment Examination is required for entry into Nsg 619 (fee).  Nsg 619 is required as pre-requisite for all subsequent clinical courses.

Nursing 660 – Women and Children’s Health (Theory),
(3 crs. = 1 cr. Theory - Women’s Health; 2 crs. Theory - 
Children’s Health = 37.5 hrs total) F only, Pre-requisites: Nsg 558, 619, 622

Nursing 661 – Women and Children’s Health (Internship), (3 crs. = 6 hr Clinical Seminar, and Minimum of 200 hrs Seminar Internship – {100 hrs OB GYN, and 100 hrs Pediatrics}), F only, Pre/co-requisites: Nsg 660

Nursing 621A - Adult and Geriatric Health Care (Theory), (3 crs. Theory - 37.5 hrs)
S only,
Prerequisites: Nsg 558, 619, 622

Nursing 621B - Adult and Geriatric Health Care (Internship),
(3 crs. = 6 hr clinical seminar;
Internship [a minimum of 200 hrs]) F only,
Pre-requisite: Nsg 621A

Functional Area Courses (3 Credits) – Nurse Practitioner

Nursing 623 – Individualized Study in Advanced Clinical Nursing Practice
(3 crs. = Theory - 12.5 hr clinical
seminar; Internship - a minimum of 240 hrs), F & S, Pre-requisites: Nsg 660, Nsg 661, Nsg 621A & B