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Online Graduate Certificate in Nursing

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

  • Introduction

    The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate is available to master’s or doctorally prepared nurses as a post-master’s certificate program. To enter the program and be eligible for national certification, individuals must hold a master’s degree with a major in nursing.

    This certificate program requires a 3.0 cumulative grade point average with no grade lower than a “B.” All courses must be completed in residence.

    Program prerequisites are Nursing 6318, 6324 and 6311. For more information about program admission, visit the nursing program website

  • Courses
    • NUR 6351 Mental Health Concepts for Advanced Practice Nurses (2-0-3). This course focuses on the development of advanced practice nursing skills in mental health. Specifically, the application of evidence-based knowledge and critical thinking skills in providing clinical management of individuals with common psychiatric-mental health problems across all age groups. Developmental assessment, crisis intervention, pharmacological management, and therapies are discussed as well as consultation and referral to other mental health professionals (45 hour clinical practicum.) Prerequisites: Nursing 6318, 6324, 6331.

    • NUR 6337 Integrated Clinical Practice: FNP (0-0-9). A guided clinical experience to synthesize skills acquired and to refine abilities in primary family centered care related to health promotion and the diagnosis and management of common acute and chronic conditions across the lifespan. Students have the opportunity to refine evidence-based pathophysiological and psychosocial interventions, theories, and concepts of care. Students complete a minimum of 245 clock hours of practicum. Grading will be either pass or fail. Prerequisites: Nursing 6326, 6336.

    • NUR 6336 Family Primary Care II Practicum (0-0-9). A guided clinical experience in the progression of the role of providing family centered primary care related to health promotion and evidence-based diagnosis and management of common and complex acute and chronic conditions across the lifespan. Students complete a minimum of 140 clock hours of practicum. Grading will be either pass or fail. Prerequisites: Nursing 6325, 6327, 6333. Corequisite: Nursing 6326.

    • NUR 6327 Family Primary Care I Practicum (0-0-9). A guided clinical experience providing the opportunity to apply family centered primary care related to health promotion and evidence-based diagnosis and management of common acute and chronic conditions across the lifespan. Students complete a minimum of 140 clock hours of practicum. Grading will be either pass or fail. Prerequisites: Nursing 6105, 6318, 6324, 6331. Corequisite: Nursing 6325.

    • NUR 6326 Family Primary Care II (3-0-0). Focus is on the progression in the role of the Family Nurse Practitioner in the diagnosis and management of common acute and chronic conditions across the lifespan in a primary care setting. As a provider of family-centered care emphasis is placed on health promotion, risk reduction, and evidence-based management of more complex symptoms and problems. Nursing’s unique contribution to patient care and collaboration with other health care professionals is emphasized. Prerequisites: Nursing 6325, 6327, 6333. Corequisite: Nursing 6336.

    • NUR 6325 Family Primary Care I (3-0-0). Focus on the transition from RN to Family Nurse Practitioner in the diagnosis and management of common acute and chronic conditions across the lifespan in a primary care setting. As a provider of family-centered care emphasis is placed on health promotion, risk reduction and evidence-based management of common symptoms and problems. Nursing’s unique contribution to patient care and collaboration with other health care professionals is emphasized. Prerequisites: Nursing 6105, 6318, 6324, 6331. Corequisite: Nursing 6327.

    • NUR 6105 Advanced Skills for Advanced Practice Nurses (0-0-3). This course focuses on the development of essential advanced practice nursing skills to perform procedures in primary care practice. Diagnostic methods and procedures for patients of all ages will be included in an on campus lab and 45 clock hour practicum. Prerequisites: Nursing 6318, 6324, 6331.

    • NUR 6350 Foundations of Health Promotion for Individuals and Communities (3-0-0). This course focuses on the master’s prepared nurse’s role in promoting health across the lifespan. Emphasis is on the integration of evidence-based guidelines and models, using culturally appropriate and client-centered strategies for the delivery, management and evaluation of disease prevention/health promotion. Students analyze and apply the use of various coaching/teaching strategies needed to influence health outcomes for individuals, families, and population groups. Students apply epidemiological concepts/determinants of health and utilize findings for control of disease via a student-led health promotion project. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.

    • NUR 6335 Role Development: The Advanced Practice Nurse (3-0-0). This course provides the student with information regarding theory and application of the multiple roles of the advanced practice nurse within the health care system. Environment of change, conflict resolution, professional collaboration, clinical practice outcome measurement will be discussed.

  • Certification Plan
    Family Nurse Practitioner Post Master’s Certificate
    25 Credit Hours
    Course Number Course Description Hours
    NUR 6105 Advanced Skills for Advanced Practice Nurses 1

    NUR 6325

    Family Primary Care I 3
    NUR 6326 Family Primary Care II 3
    NUR 6327 Family Primary Care I Practicum 3
    NUR 6335 Role Development: The Advanced Practice Nurse 3
    NUR 6336 Family Primary Care II Practicum 3
    NUR 6337 Integrated Clinical Practice: FNP 3
    NUR 6350 Foundations of Health Promotion for Individual and Communities 3
    NUR 6351 Mental Health Concepts for Advanced Practice Nurses 3