Post-Master's FNP Certificate Program
The Department of Nursing offers the Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program for students who have completed a master's of science degree in nursing. The certificate of advanced practice is designed for those individuals with a master's degree in nursing who wish to expand their practice into the role of a family nurse practitioner. The PM-FNP specialty area prepares nurses to provide comprehensive care that includes health promotion, maintenance and restoration for people across the life span.
Depending on educational background and previous course work in a master's program, students accepted into the PM-FNP certificate program are required to take as few as 3 and as many as 12 courses, or 12-39 credits. Successful completion of the required curriculum qualifies the RN to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination. All course work for a certificate must be completed within 3 years from the date of matriculation (enrollment) in the program after admission.
Our nurse practitioner graduates continue to excel on the national certification exam and are well-received in the regional community.
From the AANPCP web site:
Q: Will I be required to have a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree by 2015 to be eligible to sit for the AANPCP National Certification Exam?
A: The current entry-level preparation for NP practice is a graduate degree in nursing. AANPCP will continue to offer certification as long as you have a master’s degree, post-graduate (post-master’s) certificate, or doctoral degree from an accredited NP program. Changing the entry-level terminal degree for advance practice nurses from a MSN to the DNP by the year 2015 has been under discussion for more than a decade. It is a recommendation, and not yet a mandate.
Depending on educational background and previous coursework in master's program, students accepted into the PM-FNP certificate program are required to take as few as 3 and as many as 12 courses or 12-39 credits. Successful completion of the required curriculum qualifies the RN to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination.
810: Families in Health and Illness