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This post-professional certificate is targeted to licensed, registered nurses with a MSN who wish to gain new skills and knowledge for board certification to provide primary care services as a family nurse practitioner. The program has been developed to address a growing demand from nurses for programming that enables them to obtain national certification as an advanced practice nurse (nurse practitioner) in the area of family care. The program will educate students in the concepts associated with illnesses and conditions across the lifespan. Students will develop knowledge in the diagnosis and management of illnesses. Students will learn to provide advanced nursing care to patients from childhood to older adulthood. Upon completing the program, application of key concepts related to diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing management of patients in primary care settings, with a focus on healthy promotion and disease prevention using best practices and evidence-based care to achieve the best possible patient outcomes will be understood.
Prepares nurses with MSN for board certification to provide primary care services as a family nurse practitioner
Students will understand key concepts related to diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing management of patients in primary care settings
Completion time is 4 semesters
There are a limited number of seats for the Post-Professional Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner
This course for the family nurse practitioner focuses upon primary health care problems in the pediatric population. Emphasis is placed upon assessment and management of healthy and ill children. Prerequisites: NURS 661, NURS 670, NURS 671, NURS 672.
This course provides students with the opportunity to develop advanced practice skills for assessing families and family members across the life span and throughout generations. This course will focus on theoretical, research and practice foundations used to develop strategies to maximize safe, comprehensive, and holistic care given by the advanced practice nurse.
This course will explore current clinical concepts related to the care of healthy and pregnant women. Roles and responsibilities of the family nurse practitioner in these sub-specialties will also be discussed.
Students entering the Certificate program in Post-Professional Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner (Graduate Certificate) should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)
A completed online application and application fee. Applications to the Post-Professional Certificate Program are due on or before August 1st, and are considered for January admission.
A graduate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution
Satisfactory completion (Grade A- or better) within the previous 5 years of required core courses including:
Licensure as a registered nurse
Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work at regionally accredited institutions
Submission of current resume and 2 letters of recommendation
Current scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum of 230 on the computer-based TOEFL or 80 on the TOEFL iBT are required if the applicant’s native language is not English
Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.
Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.
Karen Higgins DNP, FNP-BC
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