Family Nurse Practitioner
If you want to provide comprehensive primary health care to patients throughout the lifespan, the Family Nurse Practice is right for you. You will treat individuals from infancy to adulthood with acute illnesses and chronic disease. You will offer preventive health services, health education, disease management in the context of family and community.
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing is ranked as the #9 graduate school of nursing for its MSN and #5 for its DNP, according to U.S. News & World Report. We are next door to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, one of the nation’s top academic medical centers. But most importantly, we are committed to the success of our students. We offer a rigorous curriculum and one of the nation’s oldest and most progressive Family Nurse Practitioner specialties. Our doctorally prepared, practice-active faculty use a mix of traditional classroom settings, simulated experiences and clinical training to fully prepare you for a career on the front-line of health care in America. Our students benefit from personalized attention and learning side-by-side classmates who have diverse backgrounds that enrich learning.
Our approach integrates a foundation of nursing theory, research and evidence-based practice with course to develop skills in advanced health assessment, illness and disease management, health promotion, pathophysiology and pharmacology. You will learn a family-oriented approach that emphasizes health promotion and health maintenance. While faculty provide personalized attention and mentoring, this is an intensive specialty geared for highly-motivated, self-directed learners who are able to grasp a large amount of complex material in an abbreviated period of time. Graduates are rewarded with a variety career options.
Whether you have a nursing background or not, this specialty is offered to all students in a modified distance learning that allows you to earn your degree without having to relocate or give up employment. More Info >
As a Family Nurse Practitioner you can choose from a variety of practice settings such as:
- Ambulatory Care Centers
- Medical Offices
- Nurse-Managed Clinics
- Private Practices
- Health Departments
- Rural Health Clinics
- Work-site Based Clinics
- Migrant Clinics
- Indian Health Services
- Correctional Facilities
Interested in learning more about the FNP specialty? Watch a previously-recorded webinar (August 2019), which:
- Describes the program in detail
- Explains the application requirements
- Provides tips for preparing a competitive application