The Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate builds upon the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track and prepares students to provide direct care and to take leadership in the primary care of families. Primary care sites include outpatient clinics, work sites, college health services, emergency rooms, home health and other community-based settings.
Upon completion of this track, students are eligible for certification in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and for national certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
This course explores theoretical perspectives on individuals’ health within the family system, emphasizing vulnerable and underserved populations. Societal-level patterns of aging are investigated, including issues affecting family systems at the national and global levels. Family assessment, human development, and life transitions theory are introduced to prepare students to provide anticipatory guidance and advance care planning. Family responses to and coping mechanisms associated with acute, chronic, and terminal illness are scrutinized. Principles of cultural competence and leadership/change agency are explored.
This course presents the principles of primary care, emphasizing health promotion and disease prevention for both the pregnant and non-pregnant woman. Pathophysiologic alterations are addressed as well as developmental stages, family, cultural, and societal influences. Primary care management of common health problems of adult women is also discussed. Students develop increased clinical reasoning skills with the goal of managing the female patient in the ambulatory care setting.
This course presents the principles of primary care, emphasizing health promotion and disease prevention for the child from birth to adolescence. Pathophysiologic alterations are addressed as well as developmental stages, family, cultural, and societal influences. Primary care management of common health problems of children is also discussed. Students develop increased clinical reasoning skills with the goal of managing pediatric patients in the ambulatory care setting.
La Salle’s Nursing program educates professionals prepared as leaders in practice, service, scholarship, and education—contributing to the advancement of the health and well-being of communities.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that, on average, nurse practitioners earn around $118,000 a year.