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ABOUT ACCREDITATION

There are two national organizations that accredit nursing education programs: The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). While not every nursing school and nursing program is NLNAC or CCNE accredited and a quality nursing education is possible without the mark of distinction, a degree from an institution accredited by one of these organizations ensures that you will be qualified to attend another accredited school of nursing, should you be interested in an advanced degree, for example an RN-to-BSN or Master's degree. Also, some scholarships are only available to students attending accredited nursing programs.

CCNE Accreditation
Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

NLNAC Accreditation
The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) is responsible for the specialized accreditation of nursing education programs (Clinical Doctorate, Master's Degree, Baccalaureate Degree, Associate Degree, Diploma, and Practical Nursing program). The Commission has authority and accountability for carrying out the responsibilities inherent in the application of standards and criteria, accreditation processes, and the affairs, management, policy-making, and general administration of the NLNAC. The NLNAC is nationally recognized as a specialized accrediting agency for both post-secondary and higher degree programs in nursing education.

Applicant Responsibility
Students are responsible for confirming school and programmatic accreditation and determining whether they will be eligible for state Board of Nursing approval and certification.

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Family Nurse Practitioner programs from accredited universities and colleges.

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

A Family nurse practitioner (FNP) is a registered nurse who has completed specific advanced nursing education - generally a master's degree - and training in the diagnosis and management of common as well as complex medical conditions. Nurse Practitioners provide a broad range of health care services.

Family Nurse Practitioner Scope
In their practice, family nurse practitioners diagnose illnesses and prescribe interventions through interview and physical exam, order labs and diagnostic tests, and may prescribe medications to patients. Working in a wide variety of health care settings, like clinics, community-based nurse-managed health centers, long-term care facilities, hospitals, hospice centers, and nursing homes. Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) are trained to provide a wide range of care to a diverse group of patients beginning in childhood and continuing throughout the aging process. The family nurse practitioner (FNP) typically works collaboratively with family primary care physicians and other professionals within the health care system.

A family nurse practitioner's job may include the following:
  • Diagnosing, treating, evaluating and managing non-life-threatening acute and chronic illness and disease
  • Obtaining medical histories and conducting physical examinations
  • Ordering, performing, and interpreting diagnostic studies
  • Prescribing physical therapy and other rehabilitation treatments
  • Providing prenatal care and family planning services
  • Providing well-child care, including screening and immunizations
  • Providing primary and specialty care services, health-maintenance care for adults, including annual physicals
  • Providing care for patients in acute and critical care settings
  • Counseling and educating patients on health behaviors, self-care skills, and treatment options

To be licensed as a nurse practitioner, the candidate must first complete the education and training necessary to be a registered nurse (RN).

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) - Education & Certification
After completing the education program, the candidate must be licensed by the state in which he or she plans to practice. The State Boards of Nursing regulate nurse practitioners and each state has its own licensing and certification criteria. In general, the criteria include completion of a nursing program and clinical experience. Because state board requirements differ, nurse practitioners may have to fulfill additional requirements, such as certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or a specialty nursing organization. The license period varies by state; some require biennial relicensing, others require triennial. After receiving state licensing, a nurse practitioner can apply for national certification from the ANA or other professional nursing boards such as the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Some NPs pursue certification in a specialty. Several organizations oversee these different certifications.

The ANCC offers an exam to become a Family Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (FNP-BC). To be eligible to sit for this exam, candidates must hold a current, active RN license, hold a graduate degree from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited family nurse practitioner program. A minimum of 500 faculty supervised clinical hours must be completed. The FNP graduate program must include content in: advanced health assessment, advanced pharmacology, advanced pathophysiology, health promotion & disease prevention, and differential diagnosis & disease management.

Family Nurse Practitioner Career Outlook and Salary
According to the US BLS, nurse practitioners enjoyed a median salary of $98,190 in 2015. Employment of nurse practitioners is projected to grow 31 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

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Kaplan University Onlineccne accredited

Family Nurse Practitioner
Master of Science in Nursing

The family and adult-gerontology nurse practitioner population focus areas are designed to educate you on the topics of how to best provide primary care as a member of an interprofessional team and improve the availability of evidence-based, culturally relevant health care in diverse communities. The curriculum helps you develop the skills to evaluate the health and wellness of individuals, families, and their communities. The nurse practitioner is expected to possess skills in diagnosing, treating, and managing acute and chronic health conditions, to deliver primary and preventive care, and to participate in the development of appropriate policy and evidence-based practice.

Note: Not all concentrations will be available to students in all States.

Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN to DNP)
Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Master of Science in Nursing program is designed to build on previous nursing education and clinical Sxperience, prepare you to pursue advanced practice in a variety of health care settings, and lay a foundation to pursue doctoral education. The overall purpose of the master's degree program is to provide graduate education for advanced nursing roles that respond to the needs of individuals, families, and communities.

The program of study includes completion of the core curriculum, concentration or population focus area courses, and an evidence-based project proposal. The core courses focus on the acquisition of a theoretical base in nursing, evidence-based decision making, health policy, financing and organization of the health care delivery system, advanced practice issues, ethics, health promotion and disease prevention, and biostatistics.

The family and adult-gerontology nurse practitioner population focus areas are designed to educate you on the topics of how to best provide primary care as a member of an interprofessional team and improve the availability of evidence-based, culturally relevant health care in diverse communities. The curriculum helps you develop the skills to evaluate the health and wellness of individuals, families, and their communities. The nurse practitioner is expected to possess skills in diagnosing, treating, and managing acute and chronic health conditions, to deliver primary and preventive care, and to participate in the development of appropriate policy and evidence-based practice.

Note: The MSN-DNP path program is not available in all States.

Adult Nurse Practitioner (MSN to DNP)
Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Master of Science in Nursing program is designed to build on previous nursing education and clinical Sxperience, prepare you to pursue advanced practice in a variety of health care settings, and lay a foundation to pursue doctoral education. The overall purpose of the master's degree program is to provide graduate education for advanced nursing roles that respond to the needs of individuals, families, and communities.

The program of study includes completion of the core curriculum, concentration or population focus area courses, and an evidence-based project proposal. The core courses focus on the acquisition of a theoretical base in nursing, evidence-based decision making, health policy, financing and organization of the health care delivery system, advanced practice issues, ethics, health promotion and disease prevention, and biostatistics.

The family and adult-gerontology nurse practitioner population focus areas are designed to educate you on the topics of how to best provide primary care as a member of an interprofessional team and improve the availability of evidence-based, culturally relevant health care in diverse communities. The curriculum helps you develop the skills to evaluate the health and wellness of individuals, families, and their communities. The nurse practitioner is expected to possess skills in diagnosing, treating, and managing acute and chronic health conditions, to deliver primary and preventive care, and to participate in the development of appropriate policy and evidence-based practice.

Note: The MSN-DNP path program is not available in all States.

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The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Kaplan University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.
Bradley University Onlineccne accredited

Family Nurse Practitioner (BSN to MSN-FNP)
Master of Science in Nursing

This 43-semester hour certificate is designed for licensed registered nurses with an earned MSN from an accredited nursing program. It includes the same FNP theory and practicum courses as the MSN FNP program. FNP Certificate students will complete a total of 750 hours of clinical in various population-focused and/or specialty areas supervised by qualified preceptors (NTF Criterion III.B; III.F.). The goal of the program is to prepare students for advanced practice with individuals and families throughout the lifespan and across the health continuum. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) credentialing examination for FNP.

Family Nurse Practitioner (BSN to DNP)
Doctor of Nursing Practice

This 82-semester hour program provides the opportunity for licensed registered nurses who hold a BSN to become family nurse practitioners at the doctoral level. The goal of the program is to prepare program majors for advanced practice with individuals and families throughout the lifespan and across the health continuum. Students complete a total of 1000 hours of clinical in various population-focused and/or specialty areas supervised by qualified preceptors. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to take the American Nurses credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) credentialing examination for FNP.

Video: School of Nursing Graduate, Kathy Getchel

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Bradley University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791. The Doctor of Nursing Practice program accreditation is pending an on-site visit in October 2017.

Indiana Wesleyan University Onlineccne accredited

Primary Care
Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program at Indiana Wesleyan University’s School of Nursing prepares the student to serve in a variety of settings, from the most prestigious hospitals and primary care settings to meeting the vital needs of the global community. The curricula ascribes to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s, The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing and the competencies prescribed by the respective professional specialty organizations. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for certification by the appropriate specialty credentialing body.

The focus of Primary Care is the interrelationship of theory, research, and evidence-based practice. Opportunities for development of critical thinking and clinical problem-solving skills are provided throughout the program through the guidance of student selected, university approved preceptors at clinical sites near their home.

The programs of the Indiana Wesleyan University School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). A successful reaccreditation visit was held in November 2009. Memberships are held in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF).All nursing programs meet the state regulations where offered.

Georgetown University Onlineccne accredited

Family Nurse Practitioner
Master of Science in Nursing

Using a unique blend of highly interactive online class sessions, social connections between peers and faculty, and real-world clinical experiences based on each student’s specialty and location, Nursing@Georgetown engages students and faculty in a personalized learning environment. The freedom to complete engaging, rigorous coursework online from across the country, combined with live, face-to-face collaborative classroom experiences with nursing leaders from the Washington, D.C. network, creates an online nursing education unlike any other.

The Family Nurse Practitioner Program empowers students to improve the health and well being of family members at all stages of life. Georgetown-educated Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) apply cutting-edge science and manage the health needs of patients in primary care settings, taking a holistic approach that emphasizes both care and cure.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs at Georgetown University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

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