Post Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

The Family Nurse Practitioner post masters certificate is designed to provide masters prepared registered nurses with advanced knowledge related to the scope of practice for academic and staff development FNPs. The courses within the certificate program emphasize the professional role of the FNP, leadership roles, interpersonal and communication skills, diversity, critical thinking, the application of ethical, legal and professional standards of practice, and the evaluation of forces within the health care delivery and academic institutions impacting the professional role of the family nurse practitioner.

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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 curriculum content and processes are consistent with the National League for Nursing (2005) Core Competencies for Family Nurse Practitioners. The courses focus on the role of the family nurse practitioner and responsibilities related to teaching, scholarship, service, clinical excellence, and issues and trends impacting family nurse practitioners. Students also explore a variety of learning styles, needs and characteristics of diverse learners, competency-based instruction, including new trends in creative instructional technology strategies and techniques. Evaluative processes in nursing education in the classroom, simulation, clinical and distance learning are examined. Designing dynamic curricula and programs that are relevant in a changing and challenging health care environment, as well as the accreditation process of nursing programs are explored. The ethical, legal and leadership dimensions of the nurse educator are integrated throughout the curriculum.

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 that meets course and personal objectives in academia and in organizations.

Core Courses

NUR 551 - Comprehensive Assessment and Clinical Diagnostic Decision Making   Credits: 3

This course provides the student with knowledge and experience in advanced health assessment with a strong theoretical foundation for wellness, health promotion, disease prevention, and maintenance of function across the lifespan. A major focus is on the comprehensive and holistic assessment for the identification of symptom/health problem assessment to select and interpret screening and diagnostic tests in order to formulate a differential diagnosis. The emphasis is on theories and research to promote and preserve wellness lifestyles with a focus on community-based family health care using epidemiological principles, disease risk appraisal and reduction, and other tools. Roles in advanced nursing practice as they relate to the health of diverse individuals, families and communities are identified and explored.

NUR 552 - Pathophysiology of Human Disease for Advanced Nursing Practice Credits: 2

This course provides an advanced understanding of concepts in human physiology and pathophysiology as a foundation for the advanced practice nursing role. The focus of this course is on current principles, theories, and research related to pathophysiology systems alterations across the lifespan.

NUR 553 - Diagnostic Decision Making  Credits: 1

The course provides the student with knowledge and experience in diagnostic decision making. A major focus is on identification of symptoms and health problems in order to select and interpret screening and diagnostic tests in order to formulate a differential diagnosis. The student will utilize their knowledge from health assessment, pharmacology  and pathophysiology to formulate a diagnosis as well as begin to develop a plan for the patient across the lifespan.

NUR 562 - Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics for Family Nurse Practitioner   Credits: 3

This course will provide the pharmacological foundation for appropriate utilization of pharmacotherapeutics across the life cycle. Specifically, the course provides knowledge and skills to assess, diagnose, and treat common health conditions across the population from pediatrics to geriatrics. Emphasis is on safe, cost effective, evidenced based prescriptive practice. The necessity of individualized patient decision-making based on holistic care, co-morbidities, economic, and cultural diversity is stressed.

NUR 563 - Family Nurse Practitioner I: Seminar and Practicum for Care of Women, Children, & Adolescent  Credits: 3

This course will provide a clinical and theoretical foundation to prepare the learner for the family nurse practitioner role. The result will be demonstrated competence in the Family Nurse Practitioner role to meet current and emerging health needs of Women, Children, and Adolescents across the life cycle living with or dying from either acute or progressive chronic illness.

NUR 564 - Family Nurse Practitioner II: Seminar and Practicum of Adult and Geriatrics  Credits: 3

This course will provide a clinical and theoretical foundation to prepare the learner for the family nurse practitioner role. The result will be demonstrated competence in the Family Nurse Practitioner role to meet current and emerging health needs of Adult and Geriatric patients across the life cycle living with or dying from either progressive chronic illness or from a serious, life-threatening.

 

 

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the Post- Masters FNP program requires a Bachelor degree from an accredited college and a Masters of Science in Nursing from an accredited college  To be considered for admissions, a candidate must submit the following credentials: 

  • Application form and a $50 application fee
  • Statement of professional goals - 250-500 words
  • Complete official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A photocopy of Registered Nurse License, which must be current and unrestricted
  • Current resume
  • A basic Statistics course is required of all students
  • An admission interview with Program Director
  • TOEFL required for all students for whom English is not a first language

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a repertoire of skills and strategies for a nurse's role as an effective leader within an organization.
  • Synthesize nursing knowledge and experience with 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 interconnectedness to the human and global community that will enhance provision of care among diverse ethnic and cultural populations.
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