Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Admission
Certificate Program Admission and Progression Requirements
- Acceptance into the College of Graduate Studies and Research*
- Be a U. S. Citizen or hold permanent residency status in the U.S.
- Reside in the state of Texas**
- Have a Master’s or doctorate degree in nursing from an accredited nursing program.
- Applicant must have one (1) year of recent clinical experience as a Registered Nurse if applying for the Post Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner post master’s certificate program.
- Overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
- Meet academic prerequisites***/****
- Advanced Pathophysiology
- Advanced Pharmacology
- Advanced Health Assessment (AHA). The AHA course must include a minimum of 50 clinical hours of direct patient care. The clinical hours must be “hands on” and be completed in a patient care setting (i.e. family practice). Clinical hours may not include standardized patients, on campus workshops/educational offerings, or simulation lab scenarios.
- Leadership and Roles and may be taken with the Post Master’s FNP curriculum.
- Acceptance of prerequisites will be subject to faculty approval. Potential students may be required to provide course descriptions and syllabi prior to approval.
- Current, unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Texas.**
- Three references (academic, professional, or clinical) addressing your ability to succeed in graduate school.
- Complete a personal statement describing (a) why you are choosing the become a Family Nurse Practitioner, (b) your plans upon completing the graduate program, (c) how your current work experience will enhance your graduate school experience, and (d) how you plan to manage your time due to the demands of the program, work, and/or family life. (Less than 800 words).
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)/resume
*In accordance with College of Graduate Studies and Research admission requirements, applicants from a foreign country whom English is not their first language, must also include official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) taken within the last two years.
** Post Master’s Curriculum requiring practicums are required to be completed in Texas.
***Gap Analysis for Post Graduate Certificate NP Students. A student who is a nationally certified NP seeking partial credit or waiver of course work towards completion of a post master’s certificate in another NP practice area must have a thorough analysis completed of previous coursework (NONPF, 2017). The Family Nurse Practitioner Track Coordinator will conduct the analysis and report to the Graduate Program Coordinator. Recommendations to accept course work will be made to the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies & Research for final approval after the student has successfully completed one semester at ASU. NONPF, 2016. Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs (5th ed).
****GAP Analysis for Post Graduate Certificate NP Students who are not nationally certified NPs. The Family Nurse Practitioner Track Coordinator will conduct the analysis and report to the Graduate Program Coordinator. Recommendations to accept course work will be made to the Dean of the college of Graduate Studies & Research for final approval after the student has successfully completed one semester at ASU.
Prior to first clinical course, graduate students must have the following on file in the nursing office:
- Current American Heart Association CPR (professional level) certification
- Evidence of meeting state-mandated immunization requirements
- Proof of current health insurance
- Certified Background Check
- Drug screen, if required by clinical agency
You must have completed a Master of Science in Nursing degree program before you are eligible to enroll in this certificate program.
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, you must hold a master’s degree with a major in nursing.
Prerequisite FNP Courses:
- NUR 6318: Pharmacotherapeutics
- NUR 6324: Advanced Pathophysiology
- NUR 6331: Advanced Health Assessment
- NUR 6338: Leadership and Roles in Advanced Nursing