We prepare graduates to be expert clinicians, conduct quality research, and demonstrate effective leadership that emanates from a spirit of inquiry and a commitment to life-long learning. Explore more Family Health Care Nursing Resources.

Specialty Areas

The ACPNP program trains students to work in hospital-based pediatric acute care areas, PICU, Pediatric Cardiac ICU, Pediatric Emergency Department, and program-based specialties that manage acutely ill patients from the outpatient setting through inpatient, to discharge. Clinical Experience is required for admission, not open to MEPN applicants.

The Advanced Practice Neonatal Nurse meets the specialized needs of acutely ill and recuperating neonates/infants and their families in a variety of settings including hospital-based neonatal intensive care, convalescent care, and neonatal follow-up. Students enrolling in the neonatal specialty can choose to become either a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) or Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). Clinical Experience is required for admission, not open to MEPN applicants.

Nurse-midwives provide primary care to childbearing women in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings including hospitals, homes, and birth centers.
The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) meets the healthcare needs of the individual and family by providing comprehensive primary care through the lifespan.
The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) program prepares students to become clinical experts and leaders in the care of children and adolescents in ambulatory settings, focusing on underserved populations.


Department of Family Health Care Nursing

Faculty research focuses on health and optimal development of children, women and families across the lifespan; and developing and testing interventions to optimize health and quality of life. Basic clinical and translational studies are conducted to develop knowledge about reciprocal relationships between family processes and health in acute and chronic illness. We have an emphasis on partnership with communities and research participants from diverse backgrounds where health disparities exist.

Research programs focus on:

  • Children with complex chronic conditions as they age and transition through the healthcare system

  • Environmental effects on infant health and development

  • Psychobiological responses to childhood adversity

  • Symptom experience across the lifespan (pain, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, etc.) and self-management interventions enhanced by technology

  • Culturally-adapted family interventions for obesity and diabetes

  • System-level interventions to improve quality of care, patient safety, and patient and family engagement in care across a variety of health care environments.


To reinforce our mission to provide public service, FHCN has several community service projects underway: