College of Nursing Graduate FNP Program
The program is approved by the Utah State Board of Nursing. The master's degree program in nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
The College of Nursing offers a generic Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program that leads to
the Master of Science (M.S.) degree.
Family Nurse Practitioner
The Family Nurse Practitioner role emphasizes health promotion, health maintenance, prevention
and detection of alterations in health through supportive interventions, counseling, and teaching
of families and individuals. In addition, the Family Nurse Practitioner role includes aspects of
illness care management that include diagnosis and management of common, chronic, and acute
conditions. The practitioner acknowledges and recognizes limitations in the scope of practice,
collaborates and consults with other health care providers. Family Nurse Practitioner practice
is based on an epidemiological approach to health problems, an understanding of family and
community systems, the management of resources and economics, and the use of appropriate
Family Nurse Practitioners improve access to primary care for all populations, especially
those considered under-served, whether inner city, suburban, or rural. The Family Nurse
Practitioner may provide care to families and individuals in a variety of settings,
including the home, school, workplace, or hospital, depending on client needs. The
practitioner's function in each setting may vary and include care in a specific specialized
The Family Nurse Practitioner keeps current in knowledge and skills through education,
review of the literature, and systematic inquiry. The practitioner engages in and utilizes
relevant health care research and contributes to the knowledge of colleagues through peer
review, publication or verbal communication methods. The Family Nurse Practitioner engages
in issues relevant to the profession, community, state, and nation.
In order to offer our students the most advanced clinical opportunities, the College of
Nursing requires the graduate students to travel for clinical experiences; therefore, a car
will be required. Brigham Young University is the largest private school in the country
with approximately 33,000 students. The environment, student body, and educational programs
at BYU make it a desirable place to further your education in Nursing.
Clinical agencies in urban and rural Utah are available for the family nurse practitioner
internship. Many of these institutions maintain continual clinical research programs and
innovative management strategies, appropriate for graduate students. Nurse practitioner
clinics and rural sites also offer a challenging experience in developing as an independent
practitioner. A graduate study room is available.
The research center, available to faculty and graduate students, is equipped with computer
stations and software supporting statistical quantitative data analyses and qualitative
data management. The center has graphics capability and assists in the preparation of
research reports, articles, and presentations. Staff are also available for project
Graduate faculty are well prepared. Faculty include nurse clinicians and practitioners with
doctoral and master's preparation in the areas they teach. Adjunct doctoral faculty in
clinical areas also participate with students to further enhance specific educational
Current Tuition rates for Brigham Young University Graduate Programs can be found
Teaching or research assistantships are available in the College of Nursing. Scholarships
are awarded each semester to students based on academic performance and need. Employment
opportunities are available in the community.