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.
Effective Semester: Summer 2016
Expiration Semester: Summer 2020
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 General Admissions Standards. 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.
Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements listed in Graduate Council policy GCAC-212 Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs.
|NURS 870||Nurse Practitioner Role with Healthy Individuals and Families||3|
|NURS 871||Nurse Practitioner Role with Individuals and Families with Complex and/or Chronic Health Problems||3|
|NURS 872||Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum I||3|
|NURS 873||Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum II||4|
|NURS 874||Family Nurse Practitioner Integrative Practicum||6|
|NURS 875||Nurse Practitioner Role with Children and Families||2|
|NURS 876||Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum with Pediatric Populations||2|
|Additional Course Work May Be Required 1|
|Advanced Practice Core|
|Advanced Health Assessment of Adult Populations|
|Issues in Nursing and Health Care|
|Theoretical and Scientific Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice|
Any or all of these courses may be waived based on the certificate program chair’s evaluation of transcripts and prior courses completed.
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.
Certificate Program Head: Judith Hupcey
Director of Graduate Studies/Professor-in-Charge: Madeline Mattern
Primary Program Contact: Xiaohong Sheng
Mailing Address: 203 Nursing Sciences Building, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802
Telephone: (814) 863-2211
Program Website: Family Nurse Practitioner