On July 23, 2018, Holy Family University’s School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions was granted approval by the State Board of Nursing to introduce a new track to their Doctor in Nursing Practice program: Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Certified Register Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Mary Francis Suter will serve as the program director.
The addition of the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track will allow future nurses to discover how to assess, diagnose, and treat routine medical conditions and explore strategies for practicing preventive healthcare for individuals and families.
“Our program is unique,” Suter said. “The blended class format offers students flexibility while maintaining a close relationship to faculty members. The small class size, progression as a cohort, and faculty members who live the mission of the University are just a few of the features. Our nursing faculty brings clinical expertise, academic rigor, and a passion for nursing into the curriculum so each of our graduates are prepared to inspire and lead the future of nursing.”
The Family Nurse Practitioner track is designed with two entry points—one for students who have completed an MSN and wish to become a Family Nurse Practitioner at the doctoral level. The second entry point is for post BSN students who wish to pursue their degree to achieve Family Nurse Practitioner specialization. At the end of the program, students will be prepared and be eligible to sit for the national FNP certification exam.
"The introduction of the Doctor of Nursing Practice/Family Nurse Practitioner program is a significant step forward for nursing instruction at Holy Family,” said Dr. Michael Markowitz, Vice President of Academic Affairs. “We are now able to offer our students the highest quality of education at all levels of nursing practice, from those wishing to enter the field to the seasoned professional looking to advance as a provider of patient care. Equipping nursing professionals to meet the needs and challenges of today's ever-changing healthcare environment requires comprehensive education and training of equal quality. Holy Family University now provides just that through its new DNP/FNP program.”