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2019-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

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The post-graduate family nurse practitioner (FNP) certificate program is designed for master prepared registered nurses who are not prepared as nurse practitioners or are prepared as practitioners in one specialty and desire to prepare themselves for FNP specialty.  MSN graduates who wish to take the FNP program of study in preparation for sitting for FNP certifications examination may apply for non-degree FNP Certification status.  Admission to this option is competitive and is granted for the entire series of clinical required in the program of study except for practicing nurse practitioners.

Students in FNP certification program are prepared to obtain and assess health history and physical exam data, order/interpret appropriate diagnostic tests, identify any potential health problems, and formulate with the patient and/or family a comprehensive plan of therapeutic measures that promote, maintain, or restore health.  This plan may include consultation with other health professionals or referral for complicated medical management.  Upon completion of the nurse practitioner program of study, the student is eligible to sit for FNP certification examinations offered by American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.  Graduates will achieve the same competencies and objectives and expected outcomes as it is described for Master of Science in Nursing family Nurse Practitioner curriculum.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Family Nurse Practitioner track will be able to demonstrate the following specific competencies:

  • Management of patient with acute and chronic illness
  • The nurse practitioner-patient relationship
  • Teaching-coaching function.
  • Professional role.
  • Managing and negotiating health care delivery. 

Admission Requirements

Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Admission Requirements

The requirements for admission into the Post Graduate Certificate are as follows:

  • Complete WSSU Graduate Program Application
  • Master’s degree in Nursing from a program accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting body
  • A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or greater
  • Three letters of reference. The letter should reflect the applicant’s intellectual ability, academic achievement, and professional commitment. 
  • Professional resume or curriculum vitae
  • Official transcripts from all previous academic work (MSN and BSN)
  • Documentation of an active and unencumbered North Carolina or Compact State registered nurse license
  • Copy of Nurse Practitioner Certification for Nurse practitioner applicants
  • Submit an Admission essay of 350-500 words describing the reason for choosing the MSN program at WSSU, short and long term goals, and your understanding of the advanced nursing role (ANE or FNP).

Post Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate Courses

Fall Year One

Course Title


NUR 6511  

Advanced Health Assessment, Health Promotion and Diagnostic Reasoning


NUR 6310  

Advanced Pathophysiology


Total Fall Year One Credit Hours


Spring Year One

Course Title


NUR 6312  

Advanced Pharmacology


NUR 6423  

Primary Health Care of Adults/Older Adult Practicum


NUR 6325  

Primary Health Care of Adults/Older Adult in Families


Total Spring Year One Credit Hours


Summer Year One

Course Title


NUR 6322  

Primary Health Care of Women in Families


NUR 6327  

Primary Health Care of Women Practicum


Total Summer Year One Credit Hours


Fall Year Two

Course Title


NUR 6307  

Advanced Nursing Technologies (optional)


NUR 6324  

Primary Health Care of Children in Families


NUR 6326  

Primary Health Care of Children Practicum


Total Fall Year Two Credit Hours


Spring Year Two

Course Title


NUR 6444  

Residency Practicum


NUR 6243  

Nurse Practitioner Role Preparation and Transition


Total Spring Year Two Credit Hours




Total Credits:  36-39 /Total Clinical:  672

Note: Nurse Practitioner applicants will be evaluated based on their specialty area for the required credits and the clinical hours.

This is a sample curriculum plan of study. An individual course of study and program completion time may vary. All course work must be completed within six years.


Departmental Links

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