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Overview

The Ramapo College MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner program is a 47 credit degree, part-time program, with 720 total role practicum hours required. Graduates are prepared to serve in Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner positions in hospital and independent care settings; and upon program completion, may sit for state licensure and FNP certification of the AANP.

In 2015, according to national doctor recruiting firm Merritt Hawkins, Family Nurse practitioners ranked fifth behind hospitalists who were fourth and physician assistants were in 10thplace, tied on the “in demand” scale with general surgeons. Advanced nurse practitioners are more in demand than several specialties including general surgery, cardiology, urology and neurology.

Also in 2015, The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the federal agency focused on improving access to care and strengthening the health care workforce, stated that it is projecting a shortage of 20,400 primary care physicians in 2020, and other experts, too, have projected a large shortfall in the coming years.

The Ramapo College MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner is being offered to meet the demand for family and primary care physicians in the region. The program is offered in a flexible format and allows practicing Nurses to achieve their career goals and take on new roles in the changing way family and primary care is provided now and in the future.

Program Outcomes

The MSN Program is also organized around the seven nursing program constructs.  These outcomes reflect professional standards particular to each track.

Construct Nursing Education Nursing Administration Family Nurse Practitioner
KnowledgeDraws on extant literature and knowledge to design and implement evidence based teaching/learning and evaluation practices to support global nursing educationIncorporate administration and leadership theories in the design, development, implementation and evaluation of quality nursing health care delivery programs

Encompass concepts of fiscal responsibility and human resource management in designing quality care

Applies knowledge of organizational practices and complex systems to improve health care delivery

Develops new practice approaches based on the integration of research, theory and practice knowledge

Evidence based research and practiceContributes to the development of the science of nursing education through the critique, utilization, dissemination of current evidence and the conduct of researchIntegrate principles of evidence based practice and current research in the design and implementation of nursing and health care delivery programs.Uses best available evidence to continually improve quality of clinical practice

Provides leadership in the translation of new knowledge into practice

Information ManagementDevelop and use information and communication technologies to enter, retrieve, and evaluate data appropriate for the delivery and evaluation of nursing educationAdvocate for and use information and communication technologies to enter, retrieve, and evaluate data appropriate for the delivery and evaluation of nursing care deliveryUses technology systems that capture data on variables for the evaluation of nursing care

Contributes to the design of clinical information systems that promote safe, quality and cost effective care

ProfessionalismModels professional behavior for learners and fellow faculty

Engage in life long learning activities, dissemination of information through scholarship and advocacy

Develops networks, collaborations and partnerships to enhance nursing’s influence within the academic community

Incorporate ethical principles in leadership and management practices

Build leadership alliances for collaborative action, change and decision making across the health care delivery system.

Applies ethically sound solutions to complex issues related to individuals, populations and systems of care

Advances practice through the development and implementation of innovations incorporating principles of change

Social AdvocacyUtilize knowledge about the educational environment within they which they practice and recognize how the political, institutional, social and economic forces impact the global educator role.Influence the health policy making process through the involvement and leadership of nurses having diverse perspectivesAnalyzes the implications of health policy across disciplines

Contributes to the development of health policy

Evaluates the impact of globalization on health care policy development

LeadershipProvides leadership in the parent institution as well as in the nursing program to enhance visibility of nursing and its contribution to the global academic communityLead in a manner that recognizes the cultural and spiritual context of the health care community and environmentAssumes leadership to foster collaboration with multiple stakeholders  (patients, community and interprofessional groups) to facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of care provided in complex systems
Role FunctionParticipates in interdisciplinary efforts to address health care needs locally, regionally, nationally and internationallyIntegrate advanced core competencies and clinical expertise to evaluate and continually improve nursing care delivery systemsIntegrate advanced core competencies and clinical expertise to evaluate and continually improve nursing care

Provides a full spectrum of health care services to include health promotion, disease prevention, health protection, anticipatory guidance counseling, disease management, palliative and end of life care

Provides patient/family centered care recognizing cultural diversity of the family recognizing the patient/family as a full partner in decision making

Curriculum Map

Program Requirements

  1. The degree program consists of 47 credits (720 clinical hours)
  2. To remain in good academic standing, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and follow guidelines as outlined in the Graduate Policy Handbook – Ramapo College.
    • NURS 611 — SCIENCE & RESEARCH
    • NURS 655 — CONTEXT OF HEALTHCARE
    • NURS 520 — ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT
    • NURS 635 — ADVANCED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
    • NURS 640 — ADVANCED PHARMACOLOGY
    • NURS 645 — PRIMARY CARE OF ADULTS I
    • NURS 646 — PRIMARY CARE OF ADULTS PRACTICUM I
    • NURS 647 — PRIMARY CARE OF ADULTS II
    • NURS 648 — PRIMARY CARE OF ADULTS PRACTICUM II
    • NURS 650 — PRIMARY CARE OF ADULTS/GERIATRICS III
    • NURS 651 — PRIMARY CARE OF ADULTS/GERIATRICS PRACTICUM III
    • NURS 652 — FAMILY CENTERED PRIMARY CARE IV
    • NURS 653 — FAMILY CENTERED PRIMARY CARE PRACTICUM IV
    • NURS 710 — ROLE PRACTICUM