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Applications for new nursing doctorate specialty at NMSU due March 15

The New Mexico State University School of Nursing is accepting applications for a new specialty, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program for the fall 2014 semester. The application deadline is March 15.


Two women examine a mannequin in a hospital bed.
New Mexico State University nursing students Julia Mercer-Smith, left, and Bronwyn Olsen work in a nursing lab. NMSU is now accepting applications for the new family nurse practitioner specialty in the doctorate of nursing practice that begins in fall 2014. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

The FNP specialty degree option in the DNP program is an online curriculum offered through the College of Health and Social Services. This degree plan is completed in three years of full-time study. All accepted students must be enrolled full-time and must be able to attend the Doctoral Summer Seminar, May 19-23, in Las Cruces.

“We have been encouraged by the administration to offer the family nurse practitioner program,” said Pamela Schultz, school of nursing director. “With the Affordable Care Act, there will be an increased need for primary care providers in New Mexico. The Family Nurse Practitioner is prepared to diagnose and treat a wide variety of primary care health conditions across the lifespan, either in collaboration with other health care providers or as autonomous providers in New Mexico.”

Schultz said the addition of the new specialty is a good fit for NMSU because the school of nursing has several family nurse practitioners already on faculty. She anticipates the new program will be a popular degree.

The FNP specialty trains nurses for advanced practice in the care of families across the lifespan. Courses focus on advanced health assessment, advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology and management of acute and chronic illness in families. The program also includes specialty seminars and clinical experiences emphasizing the physiological and psychosocial impact of illness on the patient and family. Graduates prepare for the Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certification exam.

Qualification requirements for application to the FNP program are available in the NMSU School of Nursing handbook at http://schoolofnursing.nmsu.edu/files/2014/02/DNPHandbookJAN2014-final.pdf. For more information, contact Karen Pech at 575-646-7770 or kpech@nmsu.edu.