Family Nurse Practitioner (Graduate Certificate)

Family Nurse Practitioner (Graduate Certificate)

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The Post Master's FNP certificate is an online program designed for professionals with an MSN to expand into the role of a family nurse practitioner able to provide comprehensive primary care for patients across their life span. Our state-of-the-art Health Sciences Simulation Center provides experience in a clinical setting with real equipment and technology.

Credit hours are customized to individual students’ academic experience.

WHY GET A GRADUATE CERTIFICATE AS A FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER?

The family nurse practitioner (FNP) graduate certificate is designed for you if you already have a nursing master's degree and wish to expand your practice, providing comprehensive care for children and adults of all ages. You’ll learn a family-oriented approach that emphasizes health promotion, maintenance and restoration. You’ll combine theory, research and evidence-based practice to develop skills in advanced health assessment, illness and disease management, pathophysiology, pharmacology, epidemiology, and population health and risk reduction. You’ll complete your certificate with a practicum in the primary care of families, and successful completion qualifies you to sit for the family nurse practitioner certification examination.

WHY CHOOSE UNH’S FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER PROGRAM?

At UNH you’ll be supported by a productive faculty and outstanding facilities as you advance your nursing career. Faculty members conduct research in family-based health issues such as women’s health, health promotion for children and adolescents, and nursing care for the elderly. Practica are available in local, regional and teaching hospitals, clinics, community health agencies, primary care and other urban and rural healthcare settings in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine and additional sites by permission. Depending on educational background and previous coursework, students are required to take as few as three or as many as 12 courses.

POTENTIAL CAREER  AREAS

  • Correctional facilities
  • Government health services
  • Home health agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Military
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Primary care clinics
  • Schools
  • Workplace clinics

Contact

Department of Nursing
Hewitt Hall, 4 Library Way
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-2271
Email: nursing.department@unh.edu

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Curriculum & Requirements

The Department of Nursing offers the Post-Master's Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program for students who completed a master 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 primary care family nurse practitioner. The PM-PC-FNP specialty area prepares family nurse practitioners (FNP) who are clinically competent and practice with cultural humility as advanced practiced registered nurse (APRN). FNPs provide patient centered health care to individuals, families,and communities across the life span. Clinical practice includes health promotion, disease prevention, teaching, counseling, and acute and chronic disease management. At the completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for national certification as a family nurse practitioner. Upon licensure, FNPs may practice autonomously as well as in collaboration with other health professionals.

Depending on educational background and previous coursework in master's program, students accepted into the PM-PC-FNP certificate program will have an individualized plan of study developed requiring student to take less than 12 courses or 12-39 credits.

Family Nurse Practitioner Post Masters Certificate Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to have an unencumbered RN license in the United States, degree in nursing or outside nursing, and successful completion of undergraduate statistics and research to be eligible to apply to this program.

  1. Unencumbered, active RN license in the United States
  2. Baccalaureate degree in nursing or another field. Masters degree in nursing. 
  3. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in associate and baccalaureate programs
  4. Successful completion of undergraduate statistics course and undergraduate research course
  5. 2 letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted. References should be substantial with one academic, if available, and two current nursing professionals with graduate education background.
  6. Updated Resume
  7. Personal Statement. Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding:
    1. Reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives.\
    2. our specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.
  8. Course descriptions should be submitted for any course you request waived.

Depending on educational background and previous coursework in master's program, students accepted into the PM-PC-FNP certificate program will have an individualized plan of study developed requiring students to take less than12 courses or 12-39 credits

Certificate Requirements

NURS 910Genomics & Ethics3
NURS 911Diagnosis & Management - Diagnostic Reasoning3
NURS 912Advanced Pharmacology & Therapeutics3
NURS 913Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan3
NURS 914Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan3
NURS 915Leadership, Role & Collaboration3
NURS 916Health Promotion Theory & Population Health3
NURS 917Biostats and Epidemiology3
NURS 918Foundations of Evidence Based Practice3
NURS 920FNP Health Management I - Didactic3
NURS 921FNP Health Management I - Clinical4
NURS 922FNP Health Management II - Didactic3
NURS 923FNP Health Management II - Clinical4
NURS 924FNP Health Management III - Didactic4
NURS 940FNP Health Management III - Clinical4
NURS 969Health Systems Policy, Economics & Financial Planning3

Deadlines

Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: June 1 (Extended deadline to July 15 for Fall 2022)
  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: N/A
  • Special: N/A

Application fee: $25

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence Form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.

Transcripts

If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to grad.school@unh.edu. Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Transcripts from all previous post-secondary institutions must be submitted and applicants must disclose any previous academic or disciplinary sanctions that resulted in their temporary or permanent separation from a previous post-secondary institution. If it is found that previous academic or disciplinary separations were not disclosed, applicants may face denial and admitted students may face dismissal from their academic program.

Letters of Recommendation: 2 Required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

References should be substantial with one academic referee (e.g., faculty) and one current nursing professional referee with graduate education background. If an academic reference is unavailable, then please submit two references from current nursing professionals with graduate education background.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding:

  1. Reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives.
  2. Your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.

Resume

A current resume is required with your submitted application.

Additional Department Requirements

Additional requirements: 1) Student must hold an unencumbered active RN license in the United States and have a master's degree in nursing; 2) A course description should be submitted for any course you request waived.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program-specific application questions.

International Applicants

Some academic departments recommend that international applicants, living outside of the United States, and planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit a preapplication form before submitting a full application. If your desired program is not on the form, departments prefer a full application be submitted. Preapplication requests will be carefully reviewed and a decision usually provided within 3 weeks. If your preapplication is approved then it is recommended you then submit a full application. If you are currently living in the United States (on a H1B visa, etc.), or you plan on pursuing a professional master’s degree, then you do not need to submit a preapplication.

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

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