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The Role of the Family Nurse Practitioner

Choosing to prepare as a family nurse practitioner (FNP) at Rush is very rewarding as it provides you with a depth and breadth of knowledge that will serve you well for the rest of your career. With this educational preparation and background students may choose to specialize in pediatrics, women's health, or adult internal medicine. Students may also choose to continue the broad based perspective and continue in family practice with a family practice approach. We prepare students so that they can function in a primary care/community based setting. Also, since many students would ultimately like to teach in an FNP program, we can individualize an experience in the area of teaching and education.
Important Program Information

On-Campus and Online Information Sessions available! It is highly recommended to attend one of these sessions if you would like to learn more about the program from faculty and staff.

Program Highlights and Opportunities 

  • The Rush University College of Nursing FNP program is available to both bachelor's- and master's-prepared nurses wishing to attain a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.
  • Coursework is available in both on campus and online formats. 
  • The Rush FNP program is one of the most established FNP programs in the country, currently ranked in the top 20 nationally by U.S. News and Report.  
  • Our graduates currently practice in many different states across the nation in a variety of settings including, but not exclusive to, specialty practices, family practices, private practices, underserved community settings, outpatient settings and colleges of nursing.
  • The future is bright for primary care nurse practitioners as they are becoming increasingly vital in providing accessible, quality health care in the United States.
Certification and Accreditation

Completion of the Rush FNP program provides eligibility for certification as a family nurse practitioner by taking the certification examination that is offered by the AANP (American Academy of Nurse Practitioners) or ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center). Specific state requirements may apply that can be met as arranged with the student individually.

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