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Program Course Core Elements:

NURS 6451 Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Diagnosis and Management for Young Families: Concepts and Theory


This course provides the theoretical basis for the competencies of the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) in the care of young families. This course lays the scientific foundation for independent practice in health promotion, disease prevention, and the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic illness for patients across the reproductive continuum and the health and illness from birth to adolescents in the primary healthcare setting. Additionally, this course emphasizes collaborative partnership development among patients, families, and interprofessional teams.


Credit Hour Allocation: 4 semester credit hours
Clock Hour Allocation:
60 clock hours class


  • NURS 5306 Advanced Theory for the Practice of Nursing
  • NURS 5307 Using Research for the Practice of Nursing
  • NURS 5339 Leadership for Quality, Safety, and Health Policy
  • NURS 5356 Financial and Economic Evidence in Healthcare
  • NURS 6315 Informatics and Health Care Technologies  
  • NURS 6250 Health Promotion, Health Protection and Disease Prevention
  • NURS 5338 Advanced Pathophysiology 
  • NURS 6302 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
  • NURS 6110 Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning: Clinical Application
  • NURS 6210 Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning
  • NURS 6312 Advanced Mental Health Concepts


  1. Apply theoretical concepts of patient-centered care with emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention, health protection, anticipatory guidance, counseling, disease management, and palliative care to patients across the reproductive continuum and from birth to adolescents during developmental transitions and life-style adjustments (Essentials I, III, VIII).
  2. Translate knowledge of acute and chronic illness to the diagnosis and management of patients across the reproductive continuum and from birth to adolescents as health status varies (Essentials I, IX).
  3. Integrate history and physical examination data with the knowledge of pathophysiology of acute and chronic diseases to develop appropriate differential diagnoses while incorporating knowledge of age related changes in the design of appropriate patient-centered interventions (Essentials I, IV, VII, IX).
  4. Devise traditional and complementary pharmacological interventions in the treatment and management of illness for this diverse population (Essentials I, IX).
  5. Apply social, cultural, explanatory models, and spiritual components in patient-centered plans of care for patients across the reproductive continuum and from birth to adolescents (Essentials I, VIII).
  6. Integrate evidence-based clinical guidelines into the diagnosis and management of illness in patients across the reproductive continuum and from birth to adolescents (Essentials I, VIII and IX).
  7. Examine the contribution of the nurse practitioner to the interprofessional team in the diagnosis and management of health and wellness and in acute and chronic illness for patients across the reproductive continuum and from birth to adolescents (Essential II, VII, VIII, IX).
  8. Demonstrate core professional values and ethical/legal standards in the implementation of the nurse practitioner role (Essentials I, III, IV, IX).
  9. Analyze patient safety, quality indicators, and outcome improvement in the delivery of quality primary care to patients (Essentials I, III).


Attendance in class is an expectation of each student.


  1. If written assignments are made in a course they are required.
  2. Students are expected to submit written work on the scheduled date and time.
  3. The student must notify the course coordinator prior to the scheduled due date and time if they are unable to submit the written work as scheduled. Failure to make this notification in advance will result in a "zero" for that written work.
  4. If the excuse is accepted as reasonable and necessary, arrangements will be made for an alternative due date and time.
  5. Each student is responsible for making sure that he or she has completed the written work prior to submission.
  6. Late work will be accepted with consequences as outlined per course syllabi.


The APA Publication Manual 6th edition is required for use in all nursing school programs. 


Students are expected to be above reproach in all scholastic activities. Students who engage in scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and dismissal from the university. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." Regents Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22.


Any student seeking reasonable accommodations through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact either the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services within the first week of the semester or schedule a meeting with the UTHSCSA ADA Compliance Office so that appropriate accommodations may be arranged. A request for accommodations (Form ADA-100: must be completed and submitted to the Executive Director of the ADA Compliance Office before accommodations can be provided. Additional information can be provided in the Student Success Center, Room 1.118 or through the ADA Compliance Office website:

Admissions Information:

MSN Flyer: Master of Science in Nursing
PhD Flyer: Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing


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