The College of Nursing at the University of Rhode Island offers a Master of Science degree with a family nurse practitioner area of emphasis. Its purpose is to educate family nurse practitioners capable of providing primary health care to individuals and families in a variety of primary health care settings.
NUR 503 - Expanded Nursing Assessment Skills (4 credits)
Expansion of nursing assessment skills, including health history taking and physical, psychological and social assessment skills.
NUR 504 - Expanded Nursing Assessment Skills: Pediatrics (1 credit)
Application of expanded nursing assessment skills to children.
NUR 531 - Primary Health Care Nursing I (3 credits)
Theoretical knowledge and skills for the development of nursing strategies in analyzing, managing, and preventing health-related problems.
NUR 532 - Practicum in Primary Health Care Nursing I (3 credits)
Clinical application of knowledge and skills of NUR 531.
NUR 533 - Primary Health Care Nursing II (3 credits)
A theoretical study for he development of nursing competency in family primary care practice.
NUR 534 - Practicum in Primary Health Care Nursing II (6 credits)
Clinical application of theoretical knowledge and skills of NUR 533.
NUR 535 - Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nurses (3 credits)
Clinical decision making based on synthesis of in-depth study of pathophysiological phenomena across the life span.
NUR 582 - Pharmacotherapeutics in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credits)
Integration of pharmacotherapeutic and decision-making theories with human pathophysiology.
NUR 590 - Directed Study and Practice in Advanced Clinical Nursing (3 credits)
In depth study and supervised clinical practice in a specialized area of nursing.
Clinical practice is available in a variety of settings - hospital clinics, community health centers, health maintenance organizations, and private offices in both urban and rural settings.
Preceptorship on a one-to-one basis is provided by nurse practitioners. Students manage a patient caseload with increasing independence as they progress in the program. The practicum experiences are planned with the student, taking into consideration the student's interests, learning needs, and employment plans. The student has the option of focusing on preferred areas of family practice later in the practicum.
The post-master's certificate option consists of courses totaling 28 credits (NUR 503, 504, 531, 532, 533, 534, 535, 582, 590).
A car is necessary to reach the various clinical practice locations in the cities and rural areas. A local bus service connects the University to most major health service facilities, shopping, and service centers, but the bus routes and schedules may not always be convenient for the graduate student.
Graduate Studies Secretary
Patricia Burbank, D.N.Sc., RN
Director of Graduate Studies