Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate

The advanced practice post-masters certificate programs are currently under revision.

Students must be admitted into the university before registering for this program. The Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate program is designed as a nondegree course credit option for nurses with a master’s degree in nursing.1 This program prepares students with primary health care skills through didactic education and clinical supervision. Nurses are eligible to apply to the state of California Board of Registered Nursing for certification as a nurse practitioner, and may apply for national FNP certification through examination.

1

Students may be given transfer credits for previous content completed in a master’s degree program. Students who hold current California certification as a nurse practitioner or nurse midwife, and students who hold a master’s degree in nursing and/or national certification as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) may challenge or request waiver of the coursework required for the Family Nurse Practitioner program, as appropriate to the student’s current specialty. Petitions for challenge or waiver of courses must be initiated upon admission and approved by the MSN chair. Students must show proof of current nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, or clinical nurse specialist certification.

Academic and Advanced Practice Core Courses18
GNRS 504Bioethics and Health Care Policy3
GNRS 506Spiritual Concept Analysis in Health Care3
GNRS 512Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion4 (3/1)
GNRS 513Advanced Nursing Practice Role 12
GNRS 515Advanced Pathophysiology3
GNRS 594Pharmacology in Advanced Practice Nursing3
Advanced Practice Specialty Courses18
GNRS 590APrimary Health Care of the Young Family6 (3/3)
GNRS 591Primary Health Care of the Childbearing Family4 (2/2)
GNRS 592APrimary Health Care of the Adult and Aging Family6 (3/3)
GNRS 592BPrimary Health Care Clinical Practicum2 (0/2)
Specialization Option Courses4
Select from the following:
GNRS 543Transitions Across the Care Continuum4 (2/2)
- or -
GNRS 593Psychosocial Primary Health Care of the Adult and Aging Family4 (2/2)
- or -
GNRS 589Adolescent Health Care4 (2/2)
Total Units40
1

This requirement is waived for APU master’s graduates between the years of 1992–93 to 1995–96, as the content was integrated in the clinical courses.