Family Nurse Practitioner, Certificate

The Family  Nurse Practitioner, Certificate of Graduate Study (post-master’s certificate) is restricted to students who hold a master’s degree in nursing. The program of study is designed to augment the student’s prior graduate study through advanced practice preparation to provide direct patient management in primary care across the lifespan in many settings.  Graduates are employed in a variety of primary care settings ranging from federally qualified health centers, urban and rural family practice/primary care practices.

This curriculum prepares nurses to sit for national certification as Family Nurse Practitioner.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate professionalism at the advanced nursing level in primary care across the lifespan.
  2. Pursue quality, effectiveness, and innovation in shared leadership of interprofessional health teams in providing care to patients across the lifespan.


The Family Nurse Practitioner, Certificate program offers two entry points for students:

  1. M.S.N. certified and practicing as an APRN (please note after admission a GAP analysis will be done to determine specific plan of study based on the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties LACE components).
  2. M.S.N. not certified as Advanced Practice Nurses

Certificate Requirement (18-32 Hours)

Requirements for earning the Certificate include:

  1. Completion of an approved program of study;
  2. A GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) on all courses attempted for graduate credit and all courses numbered 700 and above;
  3. A GPA of a 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) on all courses on the approved program of study
  4. Minimum 18 Hours for students already certified for advanced practice nursing who need to obtain additional certification.

Advanced Practice Requirements (12 hours)

Course Title Credits
NURS 702Pharmacologic Mgmt in Pediatric, Adult, & Gerontological Patients Across Hlthcare Delivery Continuum 33
NURS 704Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning 2,33
NURS 707Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurses 33
NURS 718Diagnostic Interpretation and Therapeutic Modalities 33
Total Credit Hours12

Required Concentration Courses Family Nurse Practitioner (18-20 credits)

Course Title Credits
NURS 756Advanced Primary Care of Children for the FNP2
NURS 757Primary Care of Women for Advanced Nursing 22
NURS 758Acute Problems in Primary Care for the FNP 16
NURS 759Management of Common Chronic Health Problems for the FNP 1,26
NURS 760Family Nurse Practitioner Legal, Ethical, and Role Transition2
NURS 760AFamily Nurse Practitioner Role Practicum 1,32

Indicates courses with practicum hours


Indicates on campus immersion course.


Students pursuing the Certificate of Graduate Study in Advanced Practice Nursing who are certified, practicing and meet the LACE components as Advanced Practice Nurses may not be required to take one or all of these courses. Determination will be made after admission via GAP Analysis.