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Post-Master Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

The on-line certificate is offered for individuals who have earned:

  • Master’s degree in nursing and seek Family Nurse Practitioner certification.
  • Nurse Practitioners with MSNs from other disciplines.

Key Program Features

Clinically active faculty with national board certification.

Mandatory on-campus visits:

  • Please note, all students are required to attend the on-line clinical orientation in the fall quarter that precedes the clinical courses.
  • NURS 534 FNP I: Care of the Emerging Family – Summer Residency up to 3 days (includes Standardized Patient/Simulation Experience).
  • NURS 535 FNP II: Primary and Episodic Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents – Fall Standardized Patient/Simulation Experience 1 day.
  • NURS N36 FNP III: Primary Care of Adult-Older Adult Across the Adult Age Spectrum I – Winter Standardized Patient/Simulation Experience 1 day.
  • NURS 537 FNP IV: Primary Care of Adult-Older Adult Across the Adult Age Spectrum II – Spring Residency 3 days (includes Standardized Patient/Simulation Experience).
  • NURS 538 FNP V: Integrative Practicum in Family Practice Across the Lifespan - Summer Standardized Patient/Simulation Experience 1 day.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) & the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) require a minimum of 720 clinical hours to obtain family nurse practitioner certification. Transcripts will be reviewed and coursework will be determined on an individual basis. Clinical practicum courses consist of two parts; mandatory didactic lectures and clinical practicum rotations that run concurrently. The didactic lectures are held synchronously once a week via an on-line format for three hours. Each clinical practicum course has a required 160 total clinical hours (16 hours per week for 10 weeks) with the exception of the fifth practicum course which has 80 required clinical hours (8 hours per week for 10 weeks). Students typically complete two 8 hour clinical days each week for the first 4 courses and one 8 hour clinical day for the last clinical course and are required to identify and get approval for their own Preceptors and Clinical Sites each quarter within a State which they hold a RN license. At present due to Pennsylvania Regulations clinical cannot be completed in New York or Maryland. Students must also hold an active Pennsylvania RN license prior to clinical courses.