Family Nurse Practitioner, Certificate

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Application Deadline

October 1 for admission into the spring semester and February 15 for admission into the fall semester.

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Department of Nursing offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Science degree with tracks in nursing education, clinical nurse leader and family nurse practitioner. In addition, family nurse practitioner, clinical nurse leader, and nursing education certificate programs are offered for professional nurses who already hold master's degrees in nursing. Full- or part-time study is available.

Students have the option of completing either a thesis or special project to complete program requirements. The option selected will be determined when initially signing the specific Plan of Study for the program.

Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program — 27 Credits

A certification program is offered for registered nurses who already hold a master 's degree in nursing. The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certificate program provides the opportunity for these nurses to gain additional specialization by a sequence of master-level courses (27 credits) that qualify candidates to take the nurse practitioner certification examination.

Program Sequence

As sequencing changes, it is highly recommended that students meet with their program advisor to finalize a list of requirements for graduation.  

NUR 521 - Advanced Pathophysiology (must earn a grade of "B" or better) - 3 credits
NUR 524 - Advanced Pharmacology (must earn a grade of "B" or better) - 3 credits
NUR 526 - Health Assessment for Advanced Nursing (must earn a grade of "B" or better) - 3 credits
NUR 534 - Role of the Family Nurse Practitioner (must earn a grade of "B" or better) - 6 credits
NUR 535 - Role of Family Nurse Practitioner II (must earn a grade of "B" or better) - 6 credits
NUR 536 - Role of Family Nurse Practictioner III (must earn a grade of "B" or better) - 6 credits

Other Requirements/Conditions

*It is understood that continuance in the Nursing program is contingent upon on-going faculty evaluation of my academic performance, performance in real and/or simulated professional training situations, and ethical and appropriateness of responses and behavior. Any modification must be approved in writing by the MSN coordinator.