Degree Requirements

A Post-Master’s Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner is available to students who possess a MSN degree and who wish to focus in this specific area of advanced practice nursing and nursing education.  All students are required to complete core courses for their selected area of study and may be required to take additional courses at the graduate level based on their gap analysis.

Once the gap analysis is complete, students will be issued a Plan of Study specific to their level of preparation.  The Post-Master’s Certificate program is then lock-step, which means students must complete the coursework as specified in their Plan of Study and must successfully complete the courses in each semester to progress to the next.  Questions related to degree requirements should be directed to the appropriate Associate Dean or Program Director, or staff member in the OSS.

Sample Plan of Study

A Post-Master’s Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner is available to students who possess a MSN degree and who wish to focus in this specific area of advanced practice nursing and nursing education.  All students are required to complete core courses for their selected area of study and may be required to take additional courses at the graduate level based on their gap analysis.

Once the gap analysis is complete, students will be issued a Plan of Study specific to their level of preparation.  The Post-Master’s Certificate program is then lock-step, which means students must complete the coursework as specified in their Plan of Study and must successfully complete the courses in each semester to progress to the next.  Questions related to degree requirements should be directed to the appropriate Associate Dean or Program Director, or staff member in the OSS.

The following is a sample Plan of Study for a student who only needs to complete the core courses to earn the Post-Master’s Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner:

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
NUR 628 Adult Gerontology I 5
 Credit Hours5
Spring
NUR 623 Maternal Child Health in Primary Care Practice 5
NUR 631 Adult Gerontology II 4-7
 Credit Hours9-12
Summer
NUR 647 Advanced Practice Nursing Integration 6
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours20-23