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Acute Care Nurse Practitioner to Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Online

Pursue your professional goals to provide comprehensive healthcare services to patients of all ages with this flexible online nurse practitioner program built for busy schedules.

10/01/20 Next Application Due Date
10/14/20 Start Classes

Program Overview

$11,822 Total Tuition
As few as 14 months Program Duration
19 Credit Hours

The Acute Care Nurse Practitioner to Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate online at Northern Kentucky University prepares you to broaden your career focus and transition from acute care to all aspects of primary care for adolescents and adults, including geriatric patients. In this accelerated online certificate program, you will study topics that relate to the primary care of adults, with special focus given to women's health, gynecology, men's health and hematological, immunological, and respiratory systems.

Coursework emphasizes topics related to the primary care of adults, including pathophysiology, principals of health promotion, disease prevention, assessment, and diagnosis and therapeutic management of common health problems. You will also study advanced psychopathopharmacological concepts and theories and issues related to psychiatric and mental health disorders and treatments.

Five supervised FNP clinical residency courses are embedded in the program. You will engage in health promotion, problem identification, management of acute and chronic illness, and other therapeutic interventions. As a graduate, you will be eligible for the FNP certification exam.

In this online program, you will:

  • Prepare for your nurse practitioner certification exam and expanded practice opportunities to diagnose and treat patients of all ages
  • Use evidence-based practice to demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking, and accountability while implementing change to improve healthcare outcomes
  • Gain an understanding of the management of common illnesses affecting geriatric patients and the pharmacology required to treat
  • Engage in health promotion, problem identification, management of acute and chronic illnesses, integration of advanced assessment, and management of pharmacological and other therapeutic interventions
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The baccalaureate degree in nursing/master's degree in nursing, postgraduate APRN certificate, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Northern Kentucky University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington DC, 20001, 202-887-6791.

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Northern Kentucky University offers a variety of Master of Science in Nursing degrees, an RN to BSN, a Post-Master's DNP, and several nursing certificates online. Check out our other online nursing programs.

Tuition

Tuition for the Acute Care NP to FNP Certificate online program is the same for in-state and out-of-state students and can be paid by the course. All fees are included in the total cost. Financial aid may be available for those who qualify.

Tuition breakdown:

$550 Per Credit Hour
$11,822 Program Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Required Fees Total With Fees
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner to Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate $550 $1,372 $11,822

Contact your enrollment specialist for information on currently available tuition-saving offers. Offers cannot be combined. Tuition is subject to change at any time.

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NKU is ranked #23 in the "Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs" by U.S. News & World Report (2020)

Calendar

The Acute Care NP to FNP Certificate online program features 7-week courses and six start dates a year. View the calendar to find the best class start for you and be sure to submit your application, documents, and tuition—as well as register for class—by the associated deadlines.

Now Enrolling:

10/01/20 Apply By
10/14/20 Start Classes

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Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Summer 2 06/29/20 06/17/20 06/22/20 06/25/20 06/29/20 08/14/20
Fall 1 08/17/20 08/05/20 08/10/20 08/13/20 08/17/20 10/02/20
Fall 2 10/14/20 10/01/20 10/06/20 10/09/20 10/14/20 12/04/20
Spring 1 01/11/21 01/04/21 01/06/21 01/08/21 01/11/21 02/26/21
Spring 2 03/15/21 03/03/21 03/08/21 03/11/21 03/15/21 04/30/21

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Northern Kentucky University?

Admissions

We've simplified the admission process for the Acute Care NP to FNP Certificate online program to help you get started. Please review the Program Map to determine eligibility of this program in your state. Requirements for admission include:

3.0 GPA or higher on accredited MSN degree
1,000 clinical hours of practice as an RN
RN license and national NP certification

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Acute Care NP to FNP Online Admission Requirements

  • Completed application for graduate admission
  • $40 application fee paid
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate academic work
  • Valid RN license and national NP certification
  • Master of Science in Nursing degree from an ACEN, CCNE, or CNEA-accredited program
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in MSN graduate coursework
  • 1,000 clinical hours of practice as a Registered Nurse; fill out the verification form here

Official documents may be mailed or emailed to:

NKU Office of Graduate Education
302 Lucas Administrative Center
Highland Heights, KY 41099

graduate@nku.edu

Have a question? Call us at 800-985-7215.

Courses

In order to earn the Acute Care NP to FNP Certificate online, students must complete nine courses comprising 19 credit hours. This includes five core courses and 4 credit hours of supervised clinical study. All courses are seven weeks in length. 500 clinical hours will be required to complete the program.

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Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Interactive course covering topics related to the primary care of adults, specifically examining the ears, eyes, nose & throat, neurological, psychosocial, dermatological, musculoskeletal, and abdominal systems. Pathophysiology, principles of health promotion and disease prevention, assessment, diagnosis, and therapeutic management of common health problems within these systems will be presented.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Interactive course covering topics related to primary care of adults, specifically examining the renal, women's health & gynecology, fetal development, preconception & prenatal, men's health, hematological, immunological, & respiratory systems. Pathophysiology, principles of health promotion, disease prevention, assessment, diagnosis, and therapeutic management of common health problems within these systems presented.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Interactive course covering topics related to primary care of adults, specifically examining cardiac and endocrine systems, palliative care, minor emergency care, and common laboratory and diagnostic tests. Pathophysiology, principles of health promotion and disease prevention, assessment, diagnosis, and therapeutic management of common health problems within these systems will be presented.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This interactive course focuses on the management of common illnesses affecting and pharmacological management of geriatric patients. Students incorporate principles of health promotion, disease prevention, pathophysiology, and assessment to develop therapeutic management and evaluation strategies for geriatric patients.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course addresses the role of the primary care nurse practitioner in well-child supervision and the clinical management of common pediatric health problems. This advanced pediatric course will integrate principles of child development, pathophysiology, pharmacology, epidemiology, genetics, and cultural considerations in the primary care of children.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

The first in a series of courses comprised of a supervised FNP clinical residency in a variety of primary care settings. Students will engage in health promotion, problem identification, management of acute and chronic illnesses, integration of advanced assessment, and management of pharmacological and other therapeutic interventions.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

The second in a series of courses comprised of a supervised NP clinical residency in a variety of primary care settings. Students will engage in health promotion, problem identification, management of acute and chronic illnesses, integration of advanced assessment, and management of pharmacological and other therapeutic interventions.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

The third in a series of courses comprised of a supervised NP clinical residency in a variety of primary care settings. Students will engage in health promotion, problem identification, management of acute and chronic illnesses, integration of advanced assessment, and management of pharmacological and other therapeutic interventions.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

The fourth in a series of courses comprised of a supervised FNP clinical residency in a variety of primary care settings. Students will engage in health promotion, problem identification, management of acute and chronic illnesses, integration of advanced assessment, and management of pharmacological and other therapeutic interventions.

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