2017-2018 Graduate Catalog


Family Nurse Practitioner FNP

The Doctorate of Nursing Practice Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares graduates to provide comprehensive primary health care to individuals and families throughout the lifespan and across the continuum of health.  Program emphasis is on health promotion, preventive health services, health education and counseling, and diagnosis and management of acute episodic and chronic illnesses to include prescribing medications and treatments. Interprofessional collaboration with the health care team is integrated throughout the curriculum.

Graduates will be eligible for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP).

Requirements

The BSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner Program requires a total of 69 semester hours of coursework for completion. The curriculum comprises 50 hours didactic coursework and 19 hours of clinical practicum. Students may complete the program of study in three years (36 months). Part time option is available.

Required Coursework

NURS 50003Advanced Pathophysiology

3

NURS 50013Advanced Health Assessment

3

NURS 50022Advanced Practice Roles

2

NURS 50053Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics

3

NURS 60443Financial Concepts in Health Care

3

NAPN 84201Prescribing for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

1

NAPN 84202Promoting Health and Wellness in Primary Care

2

NAPN 84213Primary Care Adult-Gerontology I

3

NAPN 84222Diagnostic Methods and Procedures for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

2

NAPN 84282Primary Care Adult-Gerontology I Practicum

2

NAPN 84323Primary Care Adult-Gerontology II

3

NAPN 84382Primary Care Adult-Gerontology II Practicum

2

NAPN 84333Primary Care of the Young Family

3

NAPN 84392Primary Care of the Young Family Practicum

2

NAPN 84385Primary Care of the Family Practicum

5

NDNP 81113Complexity and Innovation in Healthcare

3

NDNP 81123Biostatistics for the Advanced Health Practitioner

3

NDNP 81233Decision Science and Informatics

3

NDNP 81243Translational Research

3

NDNP 81353Health Care Policy and Politics

3

NDNP 81363Emerging Sciences for Advanced Practice

3

NDNP 82181Advanced Practicum I

1

NDNP 82282Advanced Practicum II

2

NDNP 88082Advanced Project

2

A minimum of four hours each of NDNP 82181, 88282 and 88082 is required to complete the degree program. Students may enroll in additional hours, as needed to complete the requirements for the project.

A student must complete the BSN to DNP degree within six academic years from the semester they first began coursework. Extension of time must be applied for in writing to the Division Director of Graduate Nursing, who will then make a recommendation to the Associate Dean for Nursing. The letter should explain why the degree was not completed within the time limit and should present a schedule for completing the program. Additional courses may be assigned to students who do not complete the degree within the time limit.

Students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 in accordance with provisions described under "Academic Warning." All grades are included in the computation of the GPA, but no more than one grade of "C" or lower may be utilized in satisfying degree requirements. Students who achieve a GPA of less than 3.0 in any semester or term will be placed on academic warning. Students can be removed from that status by achieving a 3.0 cumulative average by the end of the next six hours of enrollment. If a student should fail to do so, further enrollment will be granted only by the special recommendation of the Division Director of Graduate Nursing and with permission of the Associate Dean for Nursing.

An "I" (incomplete) grade is recorded when the student and instructor have determined that the work required for a course cannot be completed within the term of enrollment due to circumstances beyond the student's control. Under no circumstances will a grade of "I" be given to avoid earning an "F" for the course.

The "I" grade must be removed within the first 60 days of the regular semester immediately following or it is changed to an "F." Any extension of this time must have written approval of the instructor and the Associate Dean for Nursing.

Until the "I" grade is removed, progression in the program will be at the discretion of the Division Director of Graduate Nursing.

The practicum and project must be completed within two academic years.

Grade Point Average

Two GPAs are maintained by TCU:

A semester average based on courses taken at TCU during a particular term; and a cumulative average based on all work attempted at TCU.

A student's GPA is computed by dividing the number of grade points (grade points earned per semester hour for the successful completion of academic work) by the number of hours (total credit hours attempted at TCU, excluding those attempted on a pass/no-credit basis).