Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate

The Division of Nursing offers an FNP Certificate for RNs who already hold a Master of Science in Nursing degree. The FNP Certificate is designed to provide the nurse with the necessary knowledge, skills, values, meanings and experiences to assume the role of a primary health care provider in a variety of clinical settings. Didactic and clinical course content focuses on assessment and management of health promotion and maintenance strategies, risk reduction, common acute and chronic alterations in health status for individuals and families across the lifespan and role development. Clinical experiences are in a wide variety of ambulatory and community rural and medically underserved health care settings appropriate to the family nurse practitioner track.

The FNP Certificate is designed to meet the needs and be sensitive to the MSN-prepared RN, with the philosophy that post-master’s students are highly motivated adult learners who learn independently as well as in structured settings. Course work can be completed in 15 months of full-time study with summer admission. Clinical experiences are arranged with individual preceptors in surrounding communities. Six hundred and ninety (690) clock hours are spent in faculty or preceptor-supervised settings. Graduates of the FNP Certificate program are eligible to sit for the national certification exam given by either the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Prerequisites (may have completed in graduate program)
Prerequisites, in addition to the MSN, include three credits of advanced pathophysiology, three credits of advanced pharmacology, three credits of a general health assessment course. All courses must be at the 500 level or above.

Admission Criteria:

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Degree Requirements:

Course Title Hrs.
NP 570  Applied Pharmacology and Therapeutics   2*
NPLB 580 Advanced Health Assessment Lab  1*
NP 610  Primary Care of Families I 
NP 620 Primary Care of Families II   3*
NP 630 Primary Care of Women and Children  3
NPLB 650 Primary Care of Families Practicum I   3*
NPLB 670 Primary Care of Families Practicum II 3*  3*
NPLB 680 Primary Care Advanced Practicum 4*
NP 690 Advanced FNP Role Development 1

Total Credits – 23

*This course includes clinical experiences. The ratio of clinical to clock hours is 1 clinical hour = 4 clock hours.