Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) play an increasingly important role in primary care settings. FNPs bring a comprehensive perspective to health care for individuals and communities by blending their expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions with strategic approaches to disease prevention and health management.
The Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work’s FNP program prepares advanced practice nurses to deliver effective primary care to infants, children, adolescents, adults, and populations throughout the life span. The School’s FNP program integrates both concepts of nursing and social work to educate students on the root causes of patient health outcomes such as illness, disease, premature death and social determinants of health. Students trained to understand the biomedical and social contexts that contribute to patient health outcomes are better equipped to provide effective prevention strategies and treatment approaches throughout the patient’s life cycle.
Our FNPs are advanced practice nurses who will deliver a variety of services to patients, including:
- Diagnosing and treating common acute and chronic health problems
- Interpreting lab results & X-rays
- Prescribing medication
- Initiating and managing treatment plans
- Providing patient education and counseling to promote sustainable health and wellness
- Referring patients to other health professionals and community assistance organizations as needed
Classes for the FNP program are held online. Students are required to attend two on-campus intensives where they will participate in skill assessments with faculty. All students attend their first on-campus intensive at the end of their first term. Full-time students, in the 5-term program, attend their second at the end of their third term, while part-time students, participating in the 8-term track, attend their second on-campus intensive at the end of their fourth term.
Students are also required to complete clinical placements in or near their communities in four diverse settings working with:
- Adult Patients
- Child-Bearing and Pediatric Patients
- Adults with Complex Conditions
- An Integrated Family Practice
USC’s clinical placement team helps students secure their placement sites. Each clinical placement rotation is 14 weeks long and requires 14 hours per week to complete in at least two, seven-hour stretches. Students must complete 784 clinical hours.
Nursing@USC is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and pursuing initial accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.