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I would like to address the concerns of a recent letter writer about the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at D'Youville College.

This program has been approved by the New York State Education Department. Graduates of this program will be fully qualified to sit for the family nurse practitioner certification exam.

Classroom instruction is scheduled Thursday afternoons and Fridays to accommodate students' work schedules and those who travel up to three hours each way to attend classes.

Each student will also complete 600 hours of closely guided, one-to-one clinical preceptorships in a variety of settings where families receive primary care.

Students may complete the program in one or two years. This includes study during the summer months, not just the traditional two semesters of study per year.

Admission standards to D'Youville's Family Nurse Practitioner Program are very high. Only registered nurses with strong academic backgrounds are being considered for admission.

I feel that our graduates will be fully prepared to provide quality care to the families they hope to serve.

Linda Snell Director
Family Nurse Practitioner Program
D'Youville College

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