Family Nurse Practitioner

FNP: The Flexible NP Concentration

As a nurse, becoming a family nurse practitioner (FNP) is an exciting and rewarding career choice. FNPs are uniquely positioned to provide comprehensive healthcare services to patients of all ages, making it a diverse and dynamic profession. FNPs are like the Swiss Army knife of healthcare—they can diagnose and treat various illnesses and injuries, provide preventative care, and offer health education for patients of all ages.

But that’s not all, one of the most fulfilling aspects of working as an FNP is the opportunity to build strong, long-term relationships with patients and their families. Acting as their primary care provider means you’ll get to know your patients on a deeper level, taking into account their medical history, lifestyle habits, and overall health needs to provide personalized care that meets their unique needs.

Another benefit of working as an FNP is the autonomy it provides. Unlike other nursing roles, FNPs can diagnose and treat patients without the need for physician oversight. This level of independence allows FNPs to make important medical decisions and develop treatment plans tailored to each patient’s needs.

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Any Age Patient // Any Care Setting

FNPs enjoy flexibility in who and where they treat patients and the career paths they choose.

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Working as an FNP is an incredibly rewarding career choice for nurses passionate about providing high-quality healthcare services to patients and their families and can have a profound and lasting impact on the lives of your patients. If you’re looking for a nursing role that provides flexibility, autonomy, and the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of others, becoming an FNP might be the perfect fit for you

Why PowerForward with Oak Point

Hear why alum Vanessa Przybla’s powers forward through the hard days to make a difference in someone’s life, as a nurse did for her.

Vanessa Przybyla, MSN, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner

2022 Calling All #BadassNurses Finalist
Oak Point University Alum
MSN-FNP 2014, BSN 2008
(Resurrection University and West Suburban College of Nursing chapters)

Our Program

Getting Your Family NP at Oak Point

The MSN option is designed for the student who has:

  • a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and
  • an active RN license.

The curriculum comprised of:

  • 48 credit hours, including
  • 670 clinical hours.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program of study, graduates will:

  1. Apply effective modes of communication in the provision of care to patients across the lifespan and
  2. Meet professional writing standards for usage, structure, format, content, stylistic criteria, and
  3. Synthesize critical thinking processes used to make logical decisions in advanced nursing.
  4. Participate in and lead, when appropriate, collaborative teams to improve healthcare delivery and outcomes of patients across the lifespan.
  5. Demonstrate inclusion of evidence-based and translational science practices in efforts to guide professional activities and improve patient and institutional practices.
  6. Demonstrate professional behavior within practice settings and to the public that is consistent with standards, regulatory and ethical codes in the profession and community.
  7. Demonstrate leadership roles within the profession and
  8. Design, implement, and evaluate innovative individual or population-based programs of care/administration/education to achieve quality outcomes for patients across the
  9. Participate in the development, implementation of, and advocate for policies that improve the profession of nursing and health of the public.
  10. Model Interprofessional education through communication, teamwork, values and ethics, and roles and responsibilities.


View the core, clinical core, and specialty courses that will prepare to be a critical care partner for those who need it most and set you up for success in taking your certification exam.

Vanessa Pryzbyla
Core Courses

NRG 5000 // Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice // 3 Credit Hours

NRG 5002 // Health Care Delivery // 3 Credit Hours

NRG 5005 // Evidence-Based Practice for the Advanced Nursing Role // 3 Credit Hours

NRG 5910 // Leadership Roles in Healthcare Organizations // 2 Credit Hours

Clinical Core Courses

NRG 5101 // Advanced Health & Physical Assessment // 3 Credit Hours

NRG 5102 // Advanced Pathophysiology // 3 Credit Hours

NRG 5103 // Advanced Pharmacology // 3 Credit Hours

NRG 5105 // Advanced Health & Physical Assessment Lab with APN Skills // 2 Credit Hours

Specialty Courses

NRG5704  //  APN Management of Women’s Health. //  3 Credit Hours

NRG5704R  //  APN Management of Women’s Health Residency (120 hrs.) //  2 Credit Hours

NRG5705  //  APN Management of Pediatric & Adolescent Health //  3 Credit Hours

NRG5705R  //  APN Management of Ped. & Adolescent Health Residency (120 hrs.) //  2 Credit Hours

NRG5709  //  APN Management of Adult Health //  6 Credit Hours

NRG5709R  //  APN Management of Adult Health Residency (180 hrs.) //  3 Credit Hours

NRG5710  //  APN Role Transition  //  3 Credit Hours

NRG5720  //  Intensive APN Residency (250 hrs.)  //  4 Credit Hours

Ideal Candidates Are:

Created for Today's Healthcare Heroes

A good FNP is passionate about healthcare and helping others, has strong interpersonal skills, and is committed to ongoing learning and professional development.

Good Communicator

Ability to listen actively, ask questions, and explain complex medical information in a way that patients and families can understand.


Ability to empathize and build strong relationships with their patients

Continuous Learners

Commitment to staying up-to-date on the latest research and best practices to provide the best possible care for their patients

Culturally Competent

Understands and respects diverse patient populations’ unique needs and values.

By the Numbers

Take Care of Yourself. Take Care of Others.


Full-Time Base Salary

2021 Median for NPs 1


Specialize in Family

Distribution of Primary Certification Area 1


Years of Age

Average Age of NPs 1

Source  1NP Fact Sheet

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Your Career as an FNP

Roles + Responsibilities

Family Nurse Practitioners have a broad scope of practice and can diagnose and treat various acute and chronic medical conditions, order and interpret diagnostic tests, prescribe medications, and provide health education and counseling.

Some of the specific job roles and responsibilities of FNPs may include the following:

  • Conducting patient assessments: FNPs perform physical examinations, review medical histories, and assess patients’ health status to develop diagnoses and treatment plans.
  • Providing preventive care: FNPs help patients maintain their overall health and prevent illnesses through routine check-ups, immunizations, and health screenings.
  • Diagnosing and treating medical conditions: FNPs diagnose and treat various acute and chronic medical conditions such as respiratory infections, diabetes, hypertension, and asthma.
  • Prescribing medications: FNPs are authorized to prescribe medications, including antibiotics, pain medications, and medications for chronic conditions.
  • Ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests: FNPs may order and interpret laboratory tests, imaging studies, and other diagnostic tests to assist with patient diagnoses.
  • Providing patient education and counseling: FNPs educate patients and their families on disease prevention, healthy lifestyle choices, and self-care.
  • Collaborating with other healthcare providers: FNPs work closely with other healthcare providers, including physicians, nurses, and pharmacists, to provide comprehensive patient care.

Overall, FNPs play a critical role in providing primary healthcare to patients across the lifespan, and their responsibilities may vary depending on their specific job settings and patient populations.

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