Curriculum Design

The master’s program in nursing reflects the core values and the tradition of liberal arts education at Goshen College. The curriculum design is compatible with standards outlined by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties.

Credit Design

Family Nurse Practitioner
Core curriculum 18 credits
Physiologic core  9 credits
FNP courses/seminar 21 credits
Total 48 credits

Core Curriculum

Course Title Credits
Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations 3
Research for Evidence Based Practice 3
Healthcare Ethics 2
Community Health Nursing 3
Foundations for Leadership 3
Research for Evidence Based Practice II 2
Transition to Practice 2
Total 18 credits

Physiologic Core

Course Title Credits
Advanced Pathophysiology 3
Advanced Health Assessment 3
Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
Total 9 credits

FNP Course Track

Course Title Credits
Health and Illness in Adults 3
Adult Health Clinical/Seminar I 3
Adult Health Clinical/Seminar II 3
Health and Illness in Pediatrics 3
Pediatric Clinical/Seminar 3
Health and Illness in Women 3
Women’s Health Clinical/Seminar 3
Total 21 credits

*Clock hours are calculated as follows: credit hours x 14 weeks in a semester x 4 clock hours per credit hour

Preparation for Advanced Practice Certification

Graduates of the FNP program are eligible to apply for certification examination through the AANP or ANCC based on the following criteria:  1) Graduate from an approved masters program as an advanced practice registered nurse, 2) completion of the NP Core Courses:  advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, advanced pathophysiology, 3) a minimum of 500 clinical hours in the family nurse practitioner approved populations, 4) coursework related to health promotion/disease prevention; differential diagnosis and disease management; family nurse practitioner focused courses; and courses in the advanced practice nurse role.