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Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Online

Complete Coursework: as few as 22 months Credit Hours: 35 Tuition: $23,880

Overview


Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Online

Expand your professional nursing practice with the Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate online from Northern Kentucky University. This accelerated certificate program is a valuable addition to your MSN and prepares you to provide a full range of primary healthcare services, make referrals, and serve as an educator, counselor, and advocate for patients of all ages.

The program's 35 credit hours of coursework emphasizes patient interaction in primary care settings, the development of advanced skills in physical, cognitive, nutritional and functional domains, and the integration of appropriate data and diagnostics so you can transition successfully into the role of an FNP. The comprehensive Post-Master's FNP Certificate online courses cover pediatrics through geriatrics, clinical residency, and a capstone to synthesize your learning.

Our certificate program can be completed in as few as 22 months. Once you complete the program, you will be prepared to take the FNP certification examination.

In this program, you will:

  • Prepare to manage your patients' conditions through health education, disease management and preventative care
  • Advance your understanding of treating psychiatric and mental health disorders through discussing psychopathopharmacological concepts and theories
  • Collaborate in interactive courses covering the primary health issues and concerns of patients within pediatrics, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics to become the well-rounded practitioner families seek for care
  • Use evidence-based practice to demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking, and accountability while implementing change to improve healthcare outcomes
  • Participate in a series of supervised clinical residencies and engage in health promotion, problem identification, management of acute and chronic illnesses, and integration of advanced assessment
  • Explore the history and role of an FNP as a provider, consultant, leader, and administrator as well as legal and ethical issues
  • Demonstrate effective communication in order to facilitate nursing practice at an advanced level

Courses

In order to earn the Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate online, students must complete 15 MSN courses comprising 35 credit hours. These include nine core courses, five primary care clinical residencies, and three credit hours for a capstone project. All courses and clinical residencies are seven weeks in length.

To see the full list of online courses for this program, view courses.

Admissions

The admission process is the first step toward obtaining a certificate that will add to your expertise and introduce more career options. We've streamlined the process to make it as quick and easy as possible. Applicants for the Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate online program must submit official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework from accredited institutions (MSN degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA required), a copy of your current, unencumbered RN license, and 1,000 clinical hours of practice as an RN verified by employer.

To learn more about the admission requirements for this program, view admissions.

Please review the Program Map to determine eligibility of this program in your state.

Tuition

Tuition for the Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate online degree program is $23,880 which includes all required fees. The graduate application fee is $40. Tuition is the same for students living inside or outside Kentucky and can be paid by the course.

To learn more about the tuition for this program, view tuition.

Calendar

For the convenience of our Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate online students, multiple start dates are offered during the academic calendar year. Students should consider application deadline dates, turn in all of their documents, register, and pay tuition for their desired program start date.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for this program, view calendar.

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Courses


For the Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate online, students must complete 15 courses, comprising 35 credit hours. These include nine core courses (27 credit hours), five credit hours of clinical residencies, and three credit hours for a capstone project.

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Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Development of advanced skills in assessment of physical, cognitive, nutritional and functional domains: integration of appropriate test data and diagnostic reasoning.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Review of pharmacological physiology of selected therapeutic agents; pharmacological management of clients, including drug selection, client/family education, and monitoring and evaluating pharmacological interventions.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course explores the history and role of Advanced Practice Nurses. This includes an overview of the role of the Advance Practice Nurse as a Provider, Consultant, Educator, Researcher, Collaborator, Leader and Administrator. Selected legal, practice, and ethical issues are explored. Nursing theory is incorporated into the course.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A systems-based approach designed to study the physiology and pathophysiology relating to human health. Integrative regulatory mechanisms responsible for homeostasis and cellular adaptation will serve as the foundation for clinical assessment, decision-making, and management in clinical practice.

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.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

The fifth 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.

Students must take the following course, totaling three credit hours, as part of the Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate online practicum.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Practicum synthesizing content from all previous courses in the Advanced Practice Nurse majors. This culminating experience will result in a project synthesizing all previous learning.

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Admissions


The admission process is the first step toward earning your degree online. Find out the requirements for the Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate online, what additional materials you should send, and where you need to send them.

Post-Master's FNP Cert Online Requirements

  • Completed application for graduate admission
  • $40 application fee paid
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate academic work
  • Verification of your current, unencumbered RN license with expiration date in the state in which you are licensed and practice.
  • Master of Science in Nursing degree from an ACEN, CCNE, or CNEA accredited program
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in MSN graduate coursework
  • 1,000 hours of work experience. Verification form, click here.

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

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

Or email documentation to graduate@nku.edu

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

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Tuition


The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate online. Tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included in the total tuition cost.

Program Per Credit Hour Required Fees Total With Fees
Post-Master's FNP Cert $621 $2,145 $23,880

Scholarships may be available. For more information, contact your enrollment specialist.

Tuition is subject to change at any time.

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Calendar


For the Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Online

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Class Day
Summer 1 May 13, 2019 April 29, 2019 May 6, 2019 May 8, 2019 May 13, 2019 June 28, 2019
Summer 2 July 1, 2019 June 17, 2019 June 24, 2019 June 26, 2019 July 1, 2019 August 16, 2019
Fall 1 August 19, 2019 August 7, 2019 August 12, 2019 August 15, 2019 August 19, 2019 October 4, 2019
Fall 2 October 16, 2019 October 4, 2019 October 9, 2019 October 12, 2019 October 16, 2019 December 6, 2019
Spring 1 January 13, 2020 January 2, 2020 January 6, 2020 January 9, 2020 January 13, 2020 February 28, 2020
Spring 2 March 16, 2020 March 4, 2020 March 9, 2020 March 12, 2020 March 16, 2020 May 1, 2020
Summer 1 May 11, 2020 April 29, 2020 May 4, 2020 May 7, 2020 May 11, 2020 June 26, 2020
Summer 2 June 29, 2020 June 17, 2020 June 22, 2020 June 25, 2020 June 29, 2020 August 14, 2020
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