Frequently Asked Questions

Nurse Practitioner Program

Students who elect the Nurse Practitioner (NP) program are prepared to perform an expanded role in the delivery of primary health care. Frequently asked questions and information about the nurse practitioner program are provided below.

How many clinical hours are required?

For Fall:

Clinical family 180 hrs./semester  ~ 1.5 days/week for 15 weeks
Clinical adult 120 hrs./semester  ~ 1 day/week for 15 weeks

For Spring:

Clinical family 240 hrs./semester  ~ 2 day/week for 15 weeks
Clinical adult 180 hrs./semester  ~ 1.5 days/week for 15 weeks

Is there an assessment refresher?

For Fall Semester: Refresher physical assessment day prior to start of classes. 

What will my Wednesday class schedule be?

In Fall: Classes until 7 pm on Wed.
In Spring: Classes until 5 pm on Wed. 

Will I have classes on days other than Wednesdays?

For Spring Semester: Advanced Assessment 8-2 on Thurs., a combination of lecture and lab. 

Will I have summer coursework?

Yes, Pharmacology during the summer –online/distance course. 

How is the pediatric rotation included?

96 hours of pediatric rotation for FNP in fall or spring semester (these hours are part of the total hours required for the semester). 

What about the May term internship experience?

180 hours of clinical immersion over 4-6 weeks (30-40 hrs./week). 

How will the faculty oversee my clinical site experiences?

Approximately four (4) hours of clinical per month will be spent with a faculty member at a clinical site (most likely in Rochester). 

Will I have to travel for clinical?

We attempt to keep students within ~ 50 miles of home for clinical.  This is not always possible due to availability of clinical sites. You should plan that travel will be necessary to get to clinical sites. 

How many spots/applicants are there for the NP program?

Numbers of admitted students vary from year to year based on availability of clinical sites.  During the typical admissions cycle, approximately 10 to 12 students are admitted to the NP focus. 

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