Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Admission Requirements

Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 Admissions Policies. International applicants may be required to satisfy an English proficiency requirement; see GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.

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.

Certificate Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements listed in Graduate Council policy GCAC-212 Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs.

Required Courses
NURS 870Nurse Practitioner Role with Healthy Individuals and Families3
NURS 871Nurse Practitioner Role with Individuals and Families with Complex and/or Chronic Health Problems3
NURS 872Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum I3
NURS 873Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum II4
NURS 874Family Nurse Practitioner Integrative Practicum6
NURS 875Nurse Practitioner Role with Children and Families2
NURS 876Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum with Pediatric Populations2
Additional Course Work May Be Required 1
Advanced Practice Core
Advanced Health Assessment of Adult Populations
Advanced Health Assessment of Pediatric Populations
Pharmacologic Therapy
Master’s Core
Issues in Nursing and Health Care
Theoretical and Scientific Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice
Evidence-Based Practice I: Inquiry and Research Methods
Total Credits23


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.


Campus University Park
Graduate Program Head Lisa Ann Kitko
Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) or Professor-in-Charge (PIC) Madeline Fulcher Mattern
Program Contact

Xiaohong Sheng
203 Nursing Sciences Building
Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802
(814) 863-2211

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