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University Catalog 2020-2021 
University Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Post-Master’s Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

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General Information for Post-Master’s Certificate Programs

Notice to Students RE: Professional Licensure and Certification 

The School of Nursing offers post-master’s Certificate Programs for nurses who have a master’s degree in Nursing and who would like to take existing courses within the Master of Science degree in Nursing. The post-master’s certificates have different requirements for students admitted with a Master’s degree with a nurse practitioner specialty and who is certified as a Nurse Practitioner compared with those students who hold other nursing master’s degree. At the completion of the course work, individuals who are not currently Nurse Practitioners and complete one of the Nurse Practitioner certificates will qualify to apply to the California Board of Registered Nursing for state certification as nurse practitioners.  All who complete a Nurse Practitioner certificate program will be eligible to sit for a national certification examination in that Nurse Practitioner specialty.  Nurses who are currently Certified Nurse Practitioners and have been working in that role will only be required to take the specialty classes for a new specialty. They will also have to meet the required clinical hours mandated by the national organization that certifies their specialty.  Nurses who are not currently Nurse Practitioners and who wish to pursue one of the Nurse Practitioner options will be required to take the advance practice core prior to taking the specialty courses.

Admission Requirements for all Post-Master’s Certificate Programs:

  • Current California Registered Nurse License
  • Master’s degree in Nursing (MSN or MN)
  • Completion of a second application to the School of Nursing including 2 references and an essay
  • Completion of a basic recent (within five years) physical assessment course unless currently certified and practicing as a nurse practitioner
  • Satisfactory background check

Prior to entering the first clinical lab, students must have University liability insurance, a satisfactory background check, a current American Heart Association CPR card, a satisfactory annual physical examination, proof of immunity to specified infectious diseases, an initial 2 step Mantoux skin test and a chest X-ray if there is evidence of a positive TB skin test. Drug screening may be requested depending on agency requirements.

Specific Requirements for Post-Master’s Nurse Practitioner Certificate Programs

(Required for all post-master’s nurse practitioner certificates)

Nurse Practitioner Advanced Practice Prerequisite Courses (12 units)

Prerequisites to entry for Certified Nurse Practitioners, Required for nurses with other Master’s degrees.

Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program

The School of Nursing offers a post-master’s Family Nurse Practitioner certificate program. This program is for nurses who have a master’s degree in nursing and who would like to take courses in the Family Nurse Practitioner Option within the Master of Science Degree in nursing.

Additional Admission Requirement

One year of clinical nursing experience is recommended.

Requirements for the Certificate (29 units)

Students will qualify for the award of the post-master’s certificate after they have successfully completed the required certificate program course with a 3.0 or higher GPA. This program consists of advanced practice core courses (12 units) and required option courses (26 units). Once students have successfully met the requirements for the 12 units of Advanced Practice Core and the Common Core course NURS 5020 (3 units). This will enable the graduate of this program to obtain State certification from the BRN as a nurse practitioner (NP) and to sit for national certification examinations as a Family Nurse Practitioner.


Common Core Course (3 units)

Recommended Optional Experience

U.S. Department of Education Gainful Employment Disclosure

Program: Family Nurse Practitioner
Occupations that this certificate program prepares students to enter:
-Nurse Practitioners; SOC Code 29-1199.03;
On-time graduation rate for students completing this program:
No completions by non-degree seeking students in 2009-10
Costs of Attendance for the entire normal duration (2 semesters) of this certificate program:
Tuition and Fees: $7,435
Books and Supplies: $2,184
Median loan debt incurred by students who completed this certificate program:
The job placement rate for students completing the program:
Data not available.

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