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Graduate Degree Programs

Family Nurse Practitioner

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Madeline F. Mattern, DNP, FNP-C, CNE
Director, Nurse Practitioner Options
Penn State College of Nursing
309B Nursing Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802
Telephone: 814-865-8469
Fax: 814-865-3779

The purpose of the Family Nurse Practitioner certificate is to prepare individuals with a Master's degree or higher in Nursing seeking additional certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner. The curriculum includes the didactic and clinical courses required for application of the NP role and required for certification. The program of study is variable and based on evaluation of prior course completion and transcripts. Students are required to take NURS 870, NURS 871, NURS 872, NURS 873, NURS 874, NURS 875, and NURS 876, for a total of 23 credits. Additional courses that may be required are the Advanced Practice Core: NURS 802, NURS 803, and NURS 804 and the Master’s Core: NURS 501, NURS 510, and NURS 512.

Admission Requirements:

Admission requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. International applicants must satisfy the English proficiency requirement.

Applicants are required to have a Master's degree in nursing from an ACEN or CCNE accredited institution. In addition, undergraduate chemistry and statistics are required. Students need to submit two recommendations and official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.

List of Courses Included in the Certificate:

NURS 870(3)
NURS 871(3)
NURS 872(3)
NURS 873(4)
NURS 874(6)
NURS 875(2)
NURS 876(2)

Additional Coursework*

Advanced Practice Core

NURS 802 (3)
NURS 803 (3)
NURS 804 (3)

Master’s Core

NURS 501 (3)
NURS 510 (3)
NURS 512 (3)


Effective Semester: Summer 2016
Expiration Semester: Summer 2020

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2016

Blue Sheet Item #: 40-04-190

Review Date: 01/10/2012



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