Independent Practice

Independent Practice

Advanced Pharmacology and Differential Diagnosis for the Family Nurse Practitioner

Barry University is offering two of the mandatory courses you will need to apply for an independent practice license in the State of Florida. These courses will provide you with the credentials needed to submit your application to the Florida Department of Health. Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Practitioners who are Master’s or Doctoral-prepared are eligible to apply.

Flexible Schedule. Computer Based. 16-Week Course Schedule

Online Class Schedule

Differential Diagnosis
Tuesdays 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Advanced Pharmacology
Thursdays 5:00 - 8:00 PM


$990 per credit hour + technology fee

About the Courses

NUR 615 Advanced Pharmacology (3 Credits)
Emphasis is on pharmacotherapeutics with the goal of the safe and effective prescription of pharmaceutical and alternative therapeutic agents for health maintenance, disease prevention, and management for individuals based on evidenced-based guidelines. Consideration of current health status, ethnic/racial origins, socioeconomic status, cultural/spiritual implications, gender, and changes which occur across the lifespan are addressed. Content builds on previously acquired knowledge of advanced pathophysiology and provides foundational knowledge which will be integrated into the other content areas for advanced practice. Professional/legal/ethical standards and scope of practice are addressed as well as health care financing.

NUR 641 Differential Diagnosis for the Family Nurse Practitioner (3 Credits)
This course provides the advanced practice nurse with the skills needed to discern distinct disease processes that may present with similar symptomology. The content is structured to provide the student with a depth of knowledge that allows them to identify a disease process when numerous alternatives are likely. Content builds on previously acquired knowledge and skills in advanced physiology and pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, advanced health assessment and diagnostic reasoning, and the domains and competencies common to the advanced practice roles.