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Tips For Success in the FNP Program

Use the course syllabus.

Download the syllabus. It is the single most valuable document in the course. Read it for details about when assignments are due. Follow it to complete the assignments according to the evaluation criteria.

Register according to your degree plan.

The degree plan you were given takes into consideration the course pre-requisites. Courses are overlapped whose assignments can be managed together. Deviating from the plan may result in taking longer to finish the program.

Give yourself time to think.

Graduate study is more than reading, taking exams, writing papers, and completing clinical. The advanced content requires that you take time to think about the content and how it can be applied.

Learn to use the library and other online resources.

Some assignments will require recent peer-reviewed publications accessible only through the library’s databases. Time spent learning to navigate the library and websites containing professional reliable information is an investment that will pay off in higher grades.

Make time to do the coursework.

Decrease the hours you work as much as possible. Use accrued leave or other paid-time-off to complete major assignments.

Get help.

Enlist help from family, friends, coworkers, and other students so you can achieve this goal. Delegate tasks to other family members and make time to do something special with them once a week. Friends may be willing to help with carpooling and childcare. Coworkers may be looking for extra shifts and be willing to help you out. Cooperate with fellow students and divide up reading assignments. You are all in this together.

Plan ahead.

Clinical courses allow the nurse practitioner student to apply newly learned theory into practice. You will begin your clinical courses in your second year of the program. You will receive specific course information that will assist with locating a preceptor in your area. Early planning is essential to ensure you secure your first choice for a clinical preceptor.


Networking is essential to building professional relationships in your new role as a Nurse Practitioner. There are a number of nurse practitioner organizations and student groups on the internet. Join one today. It will make a difference.

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