Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate (Post-Master's)

  • Program Overview

    The family nurse practitioner post-master's certificate is designed to prepare nurses to assume the advanced nursing role of family nurse practitioner in academic settings and in health care organizations, in staff development, continuing education, or community based education.

    The courses focus on the role of the family nurse practitioner and responsibilities related to teaching, scholarship, service, clinical excellence, and issues and trends affecting family nurse practitioners.

    Students also explore a variety of learning styles, needs, and characteristics of diverse learners, and competency-based instruction, including new trends in creative instructional technology strategies and techniques. The curriculum content and processes are consistent with the 2016 National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Core Competencies for Family Nurse Practitioners.

    Gainful Employment Disclosure

    PhD nursing
  • Curriculum

    Program of Study

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the program, students will:

    • Demonstrate a repertoire of skills and strategies for a nurse's role as an effective leader within an organization
    • Synthesize nursing knowledge and experience within a conceptual framework for advanced nursing practice
    • Function as a nurse leader in the conduct and application of research
    • Collaborate and communicate to establish and maintain a professional work environment
    • Engage in continuous life-long learning and scholarship
    • Integrate ethical, legal and professional standards of practice from the perspective of a nursing role specialty
    • Foster sensitivity to the individual's connectedness to the human and global community that will enhance the provision of care among diverse ethnic and cultural populations

    Required Curriculum: Nurse Administrator Certificate

    Four-Course Sequence of Classes

    NUR 510 - Organization and Structure of Nursing Leadership
    NUR 526 - Nurse as the Administrator
    NUR 532 - Administration: Practice and Quality Outcomes
    NUR 582 - Internship in Administrator Role

    Total - 15 credits

    Required Curriculum: Nurse Educator Certificate

    Four-Course Sequence of Classes

    NUR 505 - Curriculum Design, Course Development, and Program Evaluation
    NUR 509 - Internship in Educator Role
    NUR 561 - Nurse as the Educator
    NUR 565 - Teaching Methods: Principles of Teaching

    Total - 15 credits

    Required Curriculum: Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

    NUR 550 - Pathophysiology of Human Disease for Advanced Nursing Practice
    NUR 551 - Comprehensive Health Assessment and Clinical Diagnostic Decision Making
    NUR 563 - Family Nurse Practitioner I: Seminar and Practicum for Care of Women, Children, & Adolescents
    NUR 564 - Family Nurse Practitioner II: Seminar and Practicum For Care of Adult and Geriatrics
    NUR 562 - Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics for Family Nurse Practitioner

    Total - 15 credits

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  • Internships and Careers

    The family nurse practitioner internship course provides students an opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills learned in the classroom setting into practice. Internship placements are arranged individually through the School of Nursing. Experiences are selected with the student to meet course requirements of 600 clinical hours.

Program Quality

The curriculum content and processes are consistent with the National League for Nursing (2005) Core Competencies for Family Nurse Practitioners.


The Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326. Phone (404) 975-5000 and Fax (404) 975-5020.