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Graduate FNP Program

College of Nursing Graduate FNP Program

The program is approved by the Utah State Board of Nursing. The master's degree program in nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The College of Nursing offers a generic Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program that leads to the Master of Science (M.S.) degree.

Family Nurse Practitioner

The Family Nurse Practitioner role emphasizes health promotion, health maintenance, prevention and detection of alterations in health through supportive interventions, counseling, and teaching of families and individuals. In addition, the Family Nurse Practitioner role includes aspects of illness care management that include diagnosis and management of common, chronic, and acute conditions. The practitioner acknowledges and recognizes limitations in the scope of practice, collaborates and consults with other health care providers. Family Nurse Practitioner practice is based on an epidemiological approach to health problems, an understanding of family and community systems, the management of resources and economics, and the use of appropriate technology.

Family Nurse Practitioners improve access to primary care for all populations, especially those considered under-served, whether inner city, suburban, or rural. The Family Nurse Practitioner may provide care to families and individuals in a variety of settings, including the home, school, workplace, or hospital, depending on client needs. The practitioner's function in each setting may vary and include care in a specific specialized area.

The Family Nurse Practitioner keeps current in knowledge and skills through education, review of the literature, and systematic inquiry. The practitioner engages in and utilizes relevant health care research and contributes to the knowledge of colleagues through peer review, publication or verbal communication methods. The Family Nurse Practitioner engages in issues relevant to the profession, community, state, and nation.