Frequently Asked Questions
Is experience as an RN required before entering the FNP program?
- Generally, we like prospective students to have 1 year recent experience as a registered nurse. Since family nurse practitioners are generalists, the experience may be in a number of settings (acute care, community settings, schools, etc.).
Can the program be completed on a part-time basis?
- Many students complete the pre-clinical (1st year) requirements on a part-time basis. However, once a student enters the clinical area, the study is full-time.
How long does it take to complete the program?
- The UofL Family Nurse Practitioner program is 2 years in length with full-time study. This program includes 2 summer semesters. Students may opt to spread 1st year classes over 2 or 3 years.
How many clinical hours do FNP students complete?
- Student will spend 700 hours in the clinical setting providing direct care to patients. These hours are supervised by clinical preceptors (licensed ARNPs and MDs) in private and group practices, hospitals, ambulatory care clinics, and community settings.
Can I select my preceptor?
- Our placement coordinator works closely with students to ensure a well rounded clinical experience. We are happy to evaluate suggestions for clinical placement by students. However, the School of Nursing assigns student preceptors.