Best Family Nurse Practitioner Colleges of 2012-2013

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Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) are RNs who, under the supervision of a physician, assist with the primary and specialty health care needs of patients throughout the term of their lives. They assist in the diagnosis of medical conditions, they conduct exams and check-ups, make prognosis and even administer medication. As an advanced care specialist, nurse practitioners can legally work as the sole health care provider for their patients without direct supervision from an MD–and many do.

Regulation of nursing practices varies from state to state. In some states FNPs are allowed to work independently of doctors, while in other states they must work in collaboration with an MD. The degree to which FNPs work with doctors varies widely based on state regulation and preference.

Quite a bit of advanced education and clinical rotation is required to become an FNP. Much of what is studied in an nurse practitioner program leading to becoming an FNP includes coursework in pathophysiology; physical assessment; health promotion; pharmacology; epidemiology; statistics and research methods; health policy; role development and leadership; differential diagnosis and laboratory/radiography diagnostics; and acute and chronic disease management.

In the U.S. there are various paths to becoming an FNP. Usually a nurse will first earn a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree followed by a 2- to 3-year Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or a 2-year Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. While requirements vary, most states in the U.S. now require an RN to have completed at least a master’s degree in nursing before they can become an FNP, and its very likely that in the future a DNP degree will be the minimum qualification to becoming an FNP.

Below you’ll find a list of the top 10 family nurse practitioner colleges and universities in the United States.

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Family Nurse Practitioner College Rankings

RankName
1University of California–San Francisco – San Francisco, CA
2University of Washington – Seattle, WA
3University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, PA
4University of Michigan – Ann Arbor – Ann Arbor, MI
5Columbia University – New York, NY
6Oregon Health and Science University – Portland, OR
7Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD
8Yale University – New Haven, CT
9University of Maryland–Baltimore – Baltimore, MD
10Vanderbilt University – Nashville, TN
11University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill – Chapel Hill, NC
12University of Alabama – Birmingham – Birmingham, AL
13Duke University – Durham, NC
14Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing – Hyden, KY
15University of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh, PA
16University of Colorado – Denver – Denver, CO
17Georgia Southern University – Statesboro, GA
18Rush University – Chicago, IL
19Emory University – Atlanta, GA
20Ohio State University – Columbus, OH
21University of Virginia – Charlottesville, VA
22Boston College – Chestnut Hill, MA
23University of Texas – Arlington – Arlington, TX

* College rankings based on editor generated composite of major ranking indices.


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