The in-class certificate is offered for individuals who have earned:
- Master’s degree in nursing and seek Family Nurse Practitioner certification.
- Nurse Practitioners with another population foci certification and would like to obtain certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner with patient population foci across the lifespan.
Key Program Features
Clinically active faculty with national board certification.
Mandatory on-campus visits:
- NURS 550 – Advanced Physical Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning –Students are required to come to campus for weekly didactic lecture and lab and twice during the course for up to 6 days: 3 days for a midterm assessment and evaluation, and again at the end of the course for up to 3 days of final re-demonstration of clinical assessment skills. Clinical Orientation coincides with the last day of the NURS 550 on-campus visit. Please note, students are required to attend the clinical orientation day.
- NURS 576 FNP I – Summer Residency 5 days.
- NURS 575 FNP II – Fall Standardized Patient/Simulation Experience 1 day.
- NURS 578 FNP III – Winter Standardized Patient/Simulation Experience 1 day.
- NURS 577 FNP IV – Spring Residency – 5 days.
- NURS 579 FNP V – 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; didactic lectures and clinical practicum rotations that run concurrently. The didactic lectures are held once a week in-class for three hours. Each clinical practicum course has a required 160 total clinical hours with the exception of the fifth practicum course which has 80 required clinical hours. Students typically complete two eight hour clinical days each week and are required to identify and get approval for their own Preceptors and Clinical Sites each quarter.