Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Curriculum

Program length: 18 months

Program start: Summer, Fall, January Term (J-term), or Spring

Total credit hours: 33

Class schedule: For the most part, classes are held Thursday evenings and all day Fridays, with a few daytime courses in the summer and January terms.

The Post Graduate Certificate curriculum consists of the specialty track coursework for the Family Nurse Practitioner.  Most students will have completed NURS 580, 582, and 583 before starting the program, but they need to be included in the curriculum for accreditation purposes.  A formal Gap Analysis will be conducted per CCNE and NTF standards to ensure students have the coursework required for national certification as a FNP.

Curriculum for FNP Post Graduate Certificate

First Year: Summer 9 credits

NURS 580 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)
NURS 582 Advanced Health Assessment (3 credits, 30 clinical hours)
NURS 583 Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics (3 credits)

First Year: Fall 8 credits

NURS 561 Management of Mental Health Conditions in Primary Care (2 credits)
NURS 584 Family Nurse Practitioner I (5 credits, 180 clinical hours)
NURS 563 Primary Care Procedures (1 credit)

First Year: J-term 4 credits

NURS 524 Advanced Health Promotion (2 credits)
NURS 540 Illness and Disease Management (2 credits, 30 clinical hours)
** Note: January term is not eligible for federal student aid**

First Year: Spring 5 credits

NURS 585 Family Nurse Practitioner II (5 credits 180 clinical hours)

Second Year: Summer 4 credits

NURS 562 Primary Care Management of Women and Children (4 credits, 180 clinical hours)

Second Year: Fall 3 credits

NURS 594: Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical Capstone (3 credits, 120 clinical hours)
** Note: federal financial aid not available this term, as unit load falls below 4 semester hours**