Curriculum

Loyola’s MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner track consists of 48 credit hours in core courses, as well as an option to take additional electives to strengthen your skills or pursue a Certified Nurse Educator credential.

To view curriculum information for Loyola’s other MSN tracks, visit the MSN – Nursing Leadership or MSN – Nurse Educator curriculum pages.

Core Courses – Family Nurse Practitioner Track

NURS 711: Informatics (3 crs.)

This course is designed to provide in-depth knowledge of the implementation and use of nursing informatics in healthcare, the collection and use of information in decision support systems designed to support evidence-based practice, and the use of informatics in healthcare management. Regulatory standards and ethical and legal issues related to informatics are also examined. 

NURS 732: Population Health Management (3 crs.)

This course provides the student with knowledge of evidence-based approaches to achieving sustainable mitigation through population health management. Planning and preparedness practices that proactively affect the health of individuals, families, and communities are examined. Emphasis is placed on accessing, coordinating, monitoring, and evaluating available health options and services that promote optimum health and functional balance.

NURS 835: Advanced Research Methods (3 crs.)

This course is an in-depth study of research designs and methods related to quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research. The focus is on the interrelationship among research, theory, and advanced nursing practice. Emphasis will be placed on the critical analysis of research to determine its application to advanced nursing practice. Research which focuses on nursing interventions, evidence-based practice guidelines, cost effectiveness, and health outcomes will be examined.

NURS 800: Theoretical Foundations & Role (3 crs.)

This course focuses on the exploration of the nature of theory development in nursing, analysis of selected nursing and related theories, and the relevance of theory to research and practice in nursing. It is also designed to help the baccalaureate nurse transition to the role of advanced nursing practice.

NURS 805: Advanced Pathophysiology (3 crs.)

This course provides in-depth study of the pathophysiologic basis of disease as it affects individuals across the life cycle. Emphasis will be placed upon endogenous and exogenous factors that contribute to altered functional balance at the cellular, tissue, organ, and system levels. The course focuses on mechanisms of disease, including cell injury, fluid and electrolyte imbalances, acid-base imbalances, and genetic defects that cause aberrations, endocrine and cardiovascular systems. Disease states commonly encountered in primary care settings and managed by primary care practitioners will be emphasized.

NURS 810: Advanced Health Assessment (3 crs.)

This course focuses on the integration of the health history, physical examination, and diagnostic evaluation to develop a model for advanced practice assessment. Emphasis is placed on a holistic view of the person focusing on the uniqueness of the individual across the life cycle, the development of assessment skills including data analysis, and the development of diagnostic skills. 
Corequisite: NURS 812

NURS 812: Advanced Health Assessment Practicum (3 crs.)

This is a clinical course that focuses on the development of advanced health assessment skills of clients throughout the lifecycle with emphasis on data analysis and differential diagnosis. This course requires 180 hours of practicum. $850 Practicum fee required.
Corequisite: NURS 810

NURS 820: Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics (3 crs.)

The purpose of this course is to assist nurse practitioner and nurse educator students in developing high-level clinical decision-making skills required to function in an advanced practice role. Topics discussed include mechanisms of drug action, physiologic effects, clinical pharmacokinetics, and therapeutic use of selected classes of drugs used in primary care.

NURS 825: Primary Care of Pediatrics (3 crs.)

This course focuses on promoting optimum health and functional balance for infants, children, and adolescents with common, acute, and chronic health problems.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 805, NURS 810, NURS 812, & NURS 820
Corequisite: NURS 830

NURS 830: Primary Care of Pediatrics Practicum (3 crs.)

This course focuses on clinical experiences managing infants, children, and adolescents in a primary care setting. This course requires 180 hours of practicum. $850 practicum fee required.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 805, NURS 810, NURS 812, and NURS 820
Corequisite: NURS 825

NURS 840: Primary Care of Adults (3 crs.)

This course focuses on promoting optimum health and functional balance for the young adult through the older adult client with common, acute, and chronic health problems.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 805, NURS 810, NURS 812, NURS 820
Corequisite: NURS 845

NURS 845: Primary Care of Adults Practicum (3 crs.)

Clinical experience managing adults of all ages in a variety of primary care settings. This course requires 180 hours of practicum. $850 practicum fee required.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 805, NURS 810, NURS 812, & NURS 820
Corequisite: NURS 840

NURS 850: Primary Care of Adults & Women’s Health (3 crs.)

This course focuses on promoting optimum health and functional balance for the adult client and expectant women with common, acute, and chronic health problems.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 805, NURS 810, NURS 812, & NURS 820
Corequisite: NURS 855

NURS 855 Primary Care of Adults & Women’s Health Practicum  (3 crs.)

This course focuses on clinical experiences managing adults and expectant women in a variety of primary care settings. This course requires 180 hours of practicum. $850 practicum fee is required.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 805, NURS 810, NURS 812 & NURS 820
Corequisite: NURS 850

NURS 860: Gerontology in Primary Care (3 crs.)

The intent of this course is to provide Nurse Practitioner (NP) students with the requisite knowledge and skills to integrate holistic, high-quality, safe, and developmentally appropriate principles into the primary care of older adults, including the frail elderly. The course is designed to enhance the NP student’s ability to implement the best evidence-based practice requirements inherent in meeting the primary care needs of an aging and older population.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 805, NURS 810 & NURS 812 & NURS 820 

NURS 950: Integrating Behavioral Health in Primary Care (3 crs.)

This course is designed for the exploration of systems of care related to behavioral health and the acquisition of primary care behavioral health competencies and characteristics necessary for reengineering the integration of behavioral health in primary care systems.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 805, NURS 810 & NURS 812 & NURS 820 

Electives

Optional Electives to Assist in Program Coursework

A student’s success in the MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner specialization is partially based upon solid skills in scientific writing as well as statistics and data management. The following electives are offered to strengthen this knowledge and skill set. 


NURS 802 Advanced Statistics and Data Management (3 crs.)

This course includes an introduction to measurement concepts and theory, data management, and statistical analysis ranging from descriptive to inferential statistics. The emphasis is on practical application, through understanding of descriptive and inferential statistics, and data management overall. Commonly used data management and analytic software will be utilized.

Note: Students entering the MSN to DNP program are required to have successfully completed an academic-based graduate statistics course within 5 years of entering the program or prior to the start of the Fall semester of Year 1 if not completed before entering program. Many students will have completed a statistics course in their master’s program, but for those who have not, this course is will satisfy the requirement for a prerequisite statistics course. This course is also available to all other students as an elective, with a recommendation to take prior to NURS 920 Biostatistics.

NURS 817 Scientific Writing (3 crs.)

This course includes an introduction to writing philosophy, review of basic and advanced grammar, development of rhythm, voice, and purpose in writing, and understanding of appropriate attribution and structure of referencing. Development and use of figures and tables will be included.

Note: This writing course was developed for students with a range of writing capabilities. This course teaches scientific writing. It is available to all students as an elective and is offered in Summer Session.

 

Nurse Education Electives

Students in the MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner track have the option to pursue their Certified Nurse Educator™ (CNE) credential by completing an additional 9 credit hours in nurse educator coursework.


NURS 970: Philosophy, Theory, & Role (3 crs.)

This course is an introduction to the role of the nurse educator, educational philosophies and theories, teaching styles, and effectiveness in the context of nursing education.

NURS 975: Teaching Methods (3 crs.)

This course is an introduction to a variety of best-practice teaching methodologies.
Prerequisite(s): NURS G970

NURS 977: Assessment of Learning Outcomes (3 crs.)

The focus of this course is the presentation of the principles for developing a systematic evaluation plan.

NURS 979: Curriculum Design & Evaluation (3 crs.)

This course introduces students to information and content related to curriculum development, design, implementation, and evaluation in nursing education. Current trends in nursing, higher education policy, and accreditation are discussed. Best practices and guidelines for the integration of quality improvement and safety education are analyzed and applied to curriculum development.

 

Sample Course Progression

Course progression plans may vary depending on start date. Your academic advisor will discuss your specific course plan with you.

Each course is 3 credit hours. Each practicum credit hour is worth 60 hours of practice.

Fall 1 (6 credits)
  • N805: Advanced Pathophysiology
  • 3 credits
  • N835: Advanced Research Methods
  • 3 credits
Spring 1 (6 credits)
  • N711: Informatics
  • 3 credits
  • N820: Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
  • 3 credits
Summer 1 (6 credits)
  • N800: Theoretical Foundations
  • 3 credits
  • N732: Population Health
  • 3 credits
Fall 2 (6 credits)
  • N810: Advanced Health Assessment
  • 3 credits
  • N812: Advanced Health Assessment Practicum
  • 3 credits
Spring 2 (6 credits)
  • N840: Primary Care of Adults
  • 3 credits
  • N845: Primary Care of Adults Practicum
  • 3 credits
Summer 2 (6 credits)
  • N860: Gerontology in Primary Care
  • 3 credits
  • N950: Integrated Behavioral Health
  • 3 credits
Fall 3 (6 credits)
  • N850: Primary Care of Adults & Women’s Health
  • 3 credits
  • N855: Primary Care of Adults & Women’s Health Practicum
  • 3 credits
Spring 3 (6 credits)
  • N825: Primary Care Pediatrics
  • 3 credits
  • N830: Primary Care Pediatric Practicum
  • 3 credits