Nurse Practitioner – Master of Science in Nursing
The Nurse Practitioner specialization allows you to choose one of two tracks:
The purpose of the MSN nurse practitioner specializations program is to prepare registered nurses with bachelor’s degrees for advanced nursing roles. The program offers two clinical specialization tracks: Family Nurse Practitioner, and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. The technology–enhanced program is full-time allowing students to engage in professional nursing practice and graduate studies
The Nurse Practitioner specialization is a two and a half year MSN program completed in eight continuous semesters. The part-time program allows students to engage in professional nursing practice and graduate studies. Nurse practitioner students will complete a minimum of 500 hours of clinical instruction in the FNP or AGACNP specialization tracks. Classes are offered on campus one day a week to fit the busy schedules of working registered nurses. Cohorts for the MSN program begin every fall semester. If you are interested in our Post-Baccalaureate DNP program, you can complete that within four years. The MSN and Post-Baccalaureate DNP program have the same course plan for the first year. Barry University also offers a Post Baccalaureate DNP program for nurse practitioners. You can consider moving to the Post Baccalaureate DNP after the first year of courses or chose to complete a Post Master’s DNP after your graduation and certification.
Becoming a Nurse Practitioner
When you graduate, you will have the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to engage as an exceptional nurse practitioner. You will graduate with the ability to:
- Integrate evidence-based principles from advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, advanced health assessment and health promotion/ disease prevention into clinical decision making related to management of patient health/illness status.
- Incorporate principles of leadership to develop and implement the nurse Practitioner role in health care delivery, and to generate professional, collaborative, and productive health care teams.
- Synthesize and apply advanced knowledge, nursing experience, and the best available evidence as the basis for the delivery of safe, competent, and quality advanced nursing practice.
- Select appropriate patient-care technologies and information systems to assess health status and to manage, enhance, integrate, and coordinate health care delivery.
- Operationalize quality, cost effective nursing practice principles and function in a leadership role as an advocate for health care policy and health care delivery systems that are equitable, accessible and affordable for all populations across the lifespan.
- Establish a caring partnership with patients and/or caregivers based on mutual trust. Collaborate with members of the health care team to resolve resistant patient care problems and to establish a safe, high quality health care environment.
- Apply the best available evidence to provide culturally competent health care services to patients, families, and populations that focus on a framework of holistic illness treatment, as well as disease prevention, risk management, and health promotion.
- Incorporates evidence -based standards of care, patient preferences, concern for patient safety and appropriate teaching/learning principles to devise and implement an individualized patient management plan.