The School of Nursing offers a Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner certificate. This program is designed for individuals who have already earned a MSN degree and who have a desire to provide comprehensive health care services, in a primary care setting, to patients across the lifespan. The didactic content is all online. Primary care clinical hours are a requirement. Clinical hours are arranged by populations which include: Adult/Geriatric, Pediatrics, Women’s health, and a general clinical practicum. Students completing the certificate program are eligible to sit for the AANP or ANCC FNP certification examination. The program is flexible to meet the needs of practicing nurses.
Students who have received a M.S.N. are eligible to apply for a Post-Master’s Certificate. A post-master’s applicant must have a minimum of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the Master’s degree. The Bachelor’s degree GPA will also be considered. Post Master’s students choosing the FNP option will be required to provide proof of completion of Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credit hours), Advanced Pharmacology (3 credit hours), and Advanced Physical Assessment (3/1 credit hours). If the student has not successfully completed the required courses, or the courses taken are not comparable to those required by the MSN program at APSU, the student will be required to complete those before beginning the clinical components of the curriculum.