A family practice nurse is a health professional who helps patients of all ages. From newborns to great-grandparents, those who major in family practice nursing see it all and are devoted to ensuring their patients all receive top-quality care.
Most family practice nursing programs are undertaken after receiving your bachelor's in nursing. Programs are typically two years and are a blend of classroom lecture, lab simulation, and clinical practice. Minimum requirements for entry into most programs require a bachelor's degree in nursing, one year of nursing experience, and a minimum GPA.
Once you're admitted and can begin studying family practice nursing, you'll learn more about reproductive health care management and advanced physiology. All those years you spent studying chemistry, biology, geometry, algebra, and microbiology in high school and nursing school will come in handy as you work through the challenging curriculum.
Your clinical practice may be a blend of simulated experience on campus and off-campus practice in family clinics or other health care environments. During clinical practice off-campus, you will have the chance to interview and examine patients, perform diagnostics tests, and treat patients. Some programs allow students to specialize in orthopedics, HIV care, women?s health, cardiovascular health, or oncology. Once you complete your studies, you are eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner Certification through AANP or ANCC.