Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate
The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate program is a nondegree course credit option for nurses with a master’s degree in nursing.1 This program prepares students with primary healthcare skills through didactic education and clinical supervision. Nurses are eligible to apply to the California Board of Registered Nursing for certification as a nurse practitioner, and may apply for national FNP certification through examination. Students must be admitted into the university before registering for this program.
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.
|Advanced Practice Core Courses||12|
|GNRS 513||Advanced Nursing Practice Role 1||2|
|GNRS 610||Advanced Pathophysiology||3|
|GNRS 611||Advanced Pharmacology||3|
|GNRS 612||Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning 2||4 (3/1)|
|Advanced Practice Specialty Courses||18|
|GNRS 590A||Primary Health Care of the Young Family||6 (3/3)|
|GNRS 591||Primary Health Care of the Childbearing Family||4 (2/2)|
|GNRS 592A||Primary Health Care of the Adult and Aging Family||6 (3/3)|
|GNRS 592B||Primary Health Care Clinical Practicum||2 (0/2)|
|Specialization Option Courses||4|
|Select from the following:|
|GNRS 543||Transitions Across the Care Continuum||4 (2/2)|
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|GNRS 593||Psychosocial Primary Health Care of the Adult and Aging Family||4 (2/2)|
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|GNRS 589||Adolescent Health Care||4 (2/2)|
This requirement is waived for 1992-96 APU master’s graduates, as the content was integrated in the clinical courses.
Units in parentheses are classroom/clinical units.
University graduate admission and program-specific requirements must be met before an application is complete (see Admission to the University). Program-specific application requirements are available online.
International students should contact Graduate and Professional Admissions for application procedures.
Program Learning OutcomesStudents who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
- Articulate a Christian worldview, demonstrating respect for the dignity and uniqueness of others, valuing diversity, and applying spiritual concepts.
- Engage in scholarly inquiry and critical thinking, including evaluation and application of evidence-based research.
- Appraise and apply knowledge to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions that promote health and prevent disease.
- Demonstrate thoughtful analysis of the legal, political, ethical, and/or financial factors impacting healthcare.
- Use information systems and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, promote quality, mitigate error and support decision-making.
- Demonstrate the ability to coordinate and collaborate with other health care team professionals.
- Engage in clinical reasoning, effective communication, and act as change agents to develop professional identity and practice skill.