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Family Nurse Practitioner Track

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Track

There's a curriculum, but it is more about acquiring abilities

At Alverno College, you will be guided by five program outcomes that you will be required to demonstrate throughout your coursework and throughout your career as an advanced practice nurse. By integrating these abilities, you will be able to inspire change and innovation in a variety of healthcare and educational settings. In order to earn an Alverno MSN you will be expected to:

Assume leadership in advancing nursing education and professional nursing practice.

Collaborate with, coordinate and mange personnel and other resources to promote health and foster learning.

Communicate effectively to facilitate learning and influence outcomes.

Integrate nursing science and learning theory in diagnosing, planning, implementing, evaluating and documenting outcomes.

Synthesize inquiry processes and learning approaches to affect the education and well-being of diverse populations.


Integrating the program outcomes with our unique teaching methods sets Alverno's MSN program apart from other MSN degree programs because it gives you the resources of learning that you will apply with flexibility and expertise. Our program has earned our graduates preferred placement in healthcare and educational facilities throughout Milwaukee and across the country. You will work closely with your advisor to develop a course projection plan that fits with your lifestyle.

Required Core Course:

MSN 602 Nursing Inquiry, Research and Scholarship (3 credits)                                                                                                                                                                                                

You will develop research skills you can use to promote quality healthcare to clients, initiate change and improve nursing education and clinical practice.


MSN 603 Healthcare Systems: Organization, Economics & Politics (3 credits)

You will examine the interrelationships among healthcare policy and politics, delivery and access-to-care issues, and the financing of healthcare to make high-quality, cost-effective choices in the allocation of resources and in formulating healthcare agendas for individuals and communities.


MSN 611 Education & Human Development: The Scholarship of Teaching (3 credits)

You will apply theoretical frameworks from nursing, education, curriculum design and human development to actual teaching environments and advanced practice nurse teaching practice.


MSN 615 Advanced Practice Roles and Nursing Theories (3 credits)

 Students explore current and emerging roles of advanced practice nurses (APNs) in various settings, including required competencies, scope of practice, and issues of specialization. Advanced practice nurses use multiple theories in their work with individuals, families, communities and organizations. This course provides you with a solid grounding in theoretical analysis and application within your specific roles.


MSN 616 Ethics and Advanced Practice Nursing (1 credit)

Students will start with an examination of their own moral decision-making and then ethical models and frameworks will be introduced. Ethical decision-making processes will be discussed as they relate to the role of the Advanced Practice Nurse and then applied to practice situations including informed consent and end of life issues. The role of ethics committees and consultations will be explored.


MSN 617 Population Based Health (3 credits)

This course introduces students to health promotion fundamentals in advanced practice nursing. Basic epidemiological principles are discussed as they relate to population-based health. Local, national, and international health promotion goals are examined with emphasis on cultural competence, environmental principles, individual assessment and evidence-based practice.


MSN 621 Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology (3 credits)

You will use theory and research to explore the etiology, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of common diseases for individuals across the lifespan and consider variations in physiological health and illness processes attributable to race, culture, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status.


MSN 622 Advanced Health & Physical Assessment (3 credits)

You will examine and apply advanced health and physical assessment techniques, research findings and guidelines needed to assess health status, examining and applying theories in the collaborative care of culturally diverse individuals, families and communities.


MSN 623 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics & Clinical Decision Making (3 credits)

You will examine and apply principles of advanced pharmacology in the management of clients across the lifespan and in multiple settings.



Family Nurse Practitioner Additional Courses:

MSN 624 Advanced Primary Care Management with Middle Aged and Older Adults (3 credits)

MSN 625 Advanced Primary Care Management with Women, Infants and Children (5 credits)

MSN 626 Advanced Primary Care Management of Vulnerable Populations (6 credits)

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