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Family Nurse Practitioner – Postmaster’s Certificate

The School of Nursing will serve students seeking post-master's preparation in the FNP role. Applicants must have completed an MSN from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program.This program will prepare students for the advanced practice role specializing in primary care utilizing advanced theoretical knowledge and practice skills needed in complex care setting.

Applicants to the post-master's certificate program will be accepted on a space-available basis. A gap analysis (National Task Force on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education, 2008) will be performed to evaluate each prospective student's academic history.

Depending on the applicant's current advanced practice status (if available) and transcript evidence of coursework completed for the MSN, an individualized plan of study will be developed. Applicants who have not completed course equivalents to King University's MSN Core will be required to do so.

Total semester hours will typically range from 18-36 and students will typically be required to attain 600 hours of clinical practice. Students will gain experience in primary care across the lifespan within settings specializing in Pediatrics, Women's Health, and Care of Adult and  Geriatric populations. Clinical experiences are accomplished under the guidance of a faculty member and an approved community-based preceptor. Upon successful completion of the program, post-master's certificate students will be eligible to take the Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination provided by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Certificate Program Requirements

NURS 5002 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 s.h.
NURS 5004 Advanced Physical Assessment and Health Promotion 3 s.h.
NURS 5006 Advanced Pharmacology 3 s.h.
NURS 5018 FNP I Care of Women and Families 3 s.h.
NURS 5019 FNP II Care of Geriatric and Adult Populations 6 s.h.
NURS 5023 FNP III Care of Pediatric Population 3 s.h.
NURS 5024 FNP IV Seminar and Intensive Practicum 6 s.h.
NURS 5026 Practice Management and Advance Role Development 3 s.h.
NURS 5990 Comprehensive Assessment 0 s.h.
  Total Program Hours: 30s.h.