Master of Science in Nursing – Rural Health Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN)

Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) stress not only cure, but care, focusing on areas such as:

  • diagnosis and treatment of health disorders
  • health promotion
  • disease prevention
  • health education and counseling

As an FNP, advanced education in management of health conditions will prepare you for successful practice.

Eastern Kentucky University’s FNP program has an esteemed history as a respected degree program. EKU is committed to top quality education. We take pride in preparing nurses who provide essential health care and education to the citizens of the communities in which they live. We are honored that our students have achieved 100% pass rates on national certifying exams for many years.

There is no substitute for education or experience. Upon graduation, you will have:

  • Obtained 810 clinical hours, the last 360 of which are a synthesis of clinical courses where all of the didactic courses are completed.
  • Demonstrated clinical competency in assessment and critical analysis of data to meet the needs of patients in multiple health care settings.
  • Served a vital role by managing common illnesses and injuries and providing education for healthy living.

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Curriculum

Core Required of All Students

Rural Health Family Nurse Practitioner Option

Practicum Courses

In addition, must complete a minimum of 9 hours of NSC 800 (section for FNP).                   

Total Program Requirements: 39 hours plus 9 hours of NSC 800

Curriculum Plan

Fall Start Plan

  Fall A Fall B Spring A Spring B Summer
Year One NSC 840 HEA 855 NSC 842 NSC 890 NSC 834 (8 weeks)
NSC 892 (8 weeks)
Year Two NSC 830 NSC 832 NSC 870 +2 hours of
*NSC 800 over 16 weeks
NSC 872 *NSC 800 (3 hours
over 12 weeks)
Year Three NSC 874
+ 4 hours of
*NSC 800
over 16 wks
  NSC 876 (6 hours
over 16 weeks)
   

*Need total of 9 hours of NSC 800

Spring Start Plan A

  Fall A Fall B Spring A Spring B Summer
Year One     NSC 840 NSC 890 NSC 834 (8 weeks)
NSC 892 (8 weeks)
Year Two NSC 830

NSC 832
HEA 855 (8 weeks)

NSC 870 + 2 hours of
*NSC 800 over 16 weeks
NSC 872 *NSC 800
(3 hours over 12 weeks)
Year Three NSC 874
+ 4 hours of
*NSC 800
over 16 wks
  NSC 842
NSC 876 (6 hours
over 16 weeks)
   

*Need total of 9 hours of NSC 800

Summer Start Plan

  Fall A Fall B Spring A Spring B Summer
Year One         NSC 834 (8 weeks)
Year Two NSC 840 HEA 855 NSC 842 NSC 890 NSC 892 (8 weeks)
Year Three NSC 830 NSC 832 NSC 870 + 2 hours of
*NSC 800 over 16 weeks
NSC 872 *NSC 800 (3 hours
over 12 weeks)
Year Four NSC 874 + 4 hours of
*NSC 800 over whole semester
  NSC 876 (6 hours over 16 weeks)    

*Need total of 9 hours of NSC 800

Post MSN Certificate Progression Plans for Rural Health Family Nurse Practitioner Option

  Summer Fall Spring
Year One *NSC 834

*NSC 832
*NSC 830

+Professional Liability Insurance

NSC 870
NSC 800
Year Two NSC 872
NSC 800

NSC 874
NSC 800

+Professional Liability Insurance

NSC 876

*Prerequisites

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

NSC 800 Advanced Practice

(1-6 hours) A. Advanced practice clinical experience. Students will retake for the minimum number of credit hours required for their specialty option. 

NSC 830 Advanced Pharmacology

(3 hours) A. Prerequisite: Admission to the MSN program or department approval. Application of pharmacotherapeutic principles to the treatment and management of conditions within the scope of advanced nursing practice and frequently encountered in the rural primary health care setting.

NSC 832 Advanced Health Assessment 

(3 hours) A. Prerequisite: Admission to the MSN program or department approval. Emphasis is on the advanced skills necessary for Advanced Practice nursing in assessing the health status of clients from across the life span. Diagnostic reasoning and systems approach will be emphasized.

NSC 834 Advanced Pathophysiology 

(3 hours) A. Prerequisite: Admission to the MSN program or department approval. Application of advanced principles of pathophysiology to the diagnosis and treatment of conditions.

NSC 840 Nursing Theory

(3 hours) A. Prerequisite: Admission to the MSN program or department approval. Provides a basic understanding of the process of theory construction and an appreciation of the role that theory plays in providing a scientific basis for nursing.

NSC 842 Advanced Nursing Practice Issues

(3 hours) A. Prerequisite: Admission to the MSN program or department approval. Analysis of professional issues and strategies which can facilitate the development of the nursing profession. Consideration of selected variables influencing the development and resolution of issues.

NSC 870 FNP I

(3 hours) A. Prerequisite: NSC 830, NSC 832, NSC 834, NSC 840 and HEA 855, each with a minimum grade of B. Co-requisite: NSC 800. Course provides theoretical and diagnostic knowledge necessary to confront problems relevant to the health care of individuals across the life span. Emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention and management of common health problems.

NSC 872 FNP II

(3 hours) A. Prerequisite: NSC 870, with a minimum grade of B. Co-requisite: NSC 800. Theoretical and diagnostic knowledge necessary to confront problems relevant to the health care of individuals across the life span. Emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention and management of common health problems. Builds on NSC 870.

NSC 874 FNP III

(3 hours) A. Prerequisite: NSC 872, with a minimum grade of B. Co-requisite: NSC 800. Theoretical and diagnostic knowledge necessary to confront problems relevant to the health care of individuals across the life span. Emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention and management of common health problems. Builds on NSC 872.

NSC 876 FNP Internship

(6 hours) A. Prerequisites: NSC 870, NSC 872, NSC 874, each with a minimum grade of B, and nine hours of NSC 800. Prerequisite/Co-requisite: NSC 842, with a minimum grade of B. Course allows synthesis of theoretical and diagnostic knowledge in a concentrated rural primary care practicum. Emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention and management of common health problems in individuals and families across the life span.

NSC 890 Research in Rural Nursing

(3 hours) A. Prerequisites: NSC 840, with a minimum grade of B. Analysis and critical evaluation of nursing and related research with emphasis on designs and methods appropriate for rural health nursing phenomena. 

NSC 892 Research Project

(3 hours) A. Prerequisite: NSC 890, with a minimum grade of B. Completion of a research project in an area of interest related to Rural Health Nursing with culminates in a written report.

HEA 855 Epidemiology & Risk Management

(3 hours) A. Formerly HEA 755. A study of the distribution and determinants of disease and injury. Research methodologies for human research, assessment and management of risk disease surveillance techniques will be emphasized.