Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner Certificate (Summer start only)
The online Post Master’s Certificate Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner Clinical Specialty prepares advanced practice nurses to function as Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioners. This program can be completed on a full-time (6 credits) or part-time basis. Graduates of the program are eligible to take either the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) examination or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Family Nurse Practitioner certification examination. Upon successfully passing the certification examination, graduates are eligible for licensure as a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP).
After being accepted for admission to the Post Master’s Certificate Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner Program, each student is assigned a faculty mentor who will assist the student in completion of a Program Plan. To complete this program, students must complete 21 credits of Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner course work in addition to core and MSN clinical requirements. Students have up to five years to complete the program.
Students entering the Post-Master's certificate FNP program must have pre-requisites in advanced pharmacology, advanced physical assessment, and advanced pathophysiology prior to beginning clinical course work.
The PA Board of Nursing requires proof of successful completion of at least forty-five contact hours of education in pharmacology and clinical management of drug therapy. These contact hours must be from a program which is APPROVED BY THE PA STATE BOARD, and must be within the five year period immediately before the date of their application for prescriptive authority.
Acceptance of a prior advanced pharmacology course is evaluated on an individual basis upon entry into the program. If the pharmacology course work is greater than the five year requirement for licensure in the State of Pennsylvania the student will be required to repeat the advanced pharmacology course. In addition each State has similar licensure requirements. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of their State's particular requirements for obtaining prescriptive authority.
All new MSN students must attend a mandatory virtual orientation prior to the start of your first semester.
Mandatory On-campus Visits
The School of Nursing requires two campus visits for all Post-Masters Certificate Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner (FNP) students. These visits are a required component of the online FNP program and have been put in place to maintain the integrity and high quality of our online FNP program. If you are in the military, please contact us; otherwise please note that there are no exceptions to these required campus visits.
On campus attendance is mandatory for:
- For students enrolled in GPNG 528 Physical Assessment and Differential Diagnosis for APNs course in the fall
- For students enrolled in GNFN 510 Foundations of Family and Individual Care II course in the fall
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