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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, 6331, and 6338. For more information about program admission, visit the nursing program website

  • Courses
    • NUR 6537 Integrated Clinical Practice: FNP (0-0-250). 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 250 clock hours of practicum. Grading will be either pass or fail. Prerequisites: Nursing 6326, 6336, 6351.

    • NUR 6339 Population Health and Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing (3-0-0). This course explores the distribution and determinants of health and disease that affect human populations using health information and technology. Principles of genetics, genomics, and epidemiological data are considered for design and delivery of evidence-based, culturally relevant clinical prevention and health promotion strategies and interventions. Evidence-based clinical prevention and population indices form the basis of a health promotion project.

    • NUR 6201 Advanced SKills for Advanced Practic Nurses (1-0-50). 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 50 clock hours practicum. Prerequisites: Nursing 6318, 6324, 6331.

    • NUR 6351 Mental Health Concepts for Advanced Practice Nurses (3-0-0). 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. Opportunity to gain clinical experience in the area of mental health will be provided in the final practicum of the program. Prerequisites: Nursing 6318, 6324, 6331.

    • NUR 6336 Family Primary Care II Practicum (0-0-150). 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 150 clock hours of practicum. Grading will be either pass or fail. Prerequisites: Nursing 6312, 6325, 6327. Corequisite: Nursing 6326.

    • NUR 6327 Family Primary Care I Practicum (0-0-150). 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 150 clock hours of practicum. Grading will be either pass or fail. Prerequisites: Nursing 6201, 6318, 6323, 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 6312, 6325, 6327. 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 6201, 6318, 6324, 6323, 6331. Corequisite: Nursing 6327.

  • Certification Plan
    Family Nurse Practitioner Post Master’s Certificate
    25 Credit Hours
    Course Number Course Description Hours
    NUR 6201 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 6336 Family Primary Care II Practicum 3
    NUR 6339 Population Health and Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing 3
    NUR 6351 Mental Health Concepts for Advanced Practice Nurses 3
    NUR 6537 Integrated Clinical Practice: Family Nurse Practitioner 3