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Family Nurse Practitioner (Advanced Certificate)


Graduates of the FNP certificate program will be eligible to take the Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam.

Case management, preventive services, prescription writing, and family/client education are an integral part of the nurse practitioner practice.

D'Youville's advanced certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner is designed for students who have already earned a master's degree in nursing. Graduates of the certificate program will be eligible to take the Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam.

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Our Family Nurse Practitioner Advanced Certificate program is offered online and on campus.

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • The 30-credit-hour program can be completed in 12 to 24 months
  • Students accomplish 700 hours of clinical preceptorships and are well prepared to provide primary care to patients of all ages

Admission Requirements

Program Requirements
  1. Completed online graduate application for admissions (no application fee)
  2. Completed masters of science degree in nursing from a CCNE or NLNAC (ACEN) accredited program at a college or university in the US (or by the CNO in Ontario).
  3. Evidence of capability to succeed in a graduate program based on an overall GPA of at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Non - U.S. students must submit a ‘course-by-course’ evaluation (or equivalent) of all college and/or university transcripts through the World Education Services (WES) or other approved foreign transcript evaluation agencies.
  4. All official graduate transcripts. If health assessment, pathophysiology, and pharmacology courses were taken at the undergraduate level those official transcripts must be submitted.
  5. An overall G.P.A. of at least 3.0. Applicants with a masters’ degree in nursing, earned more than five years ago, with an overall G.P.A. less than 3.0 but more than or equal to 2.7, who have achieved significant professional success as documented on curricula vitae, may submit an application for consideration. Preferential admissions will be given to applicants with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher.
  6. Active, unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in New York state or Ontario if Canadian.
  7. Current CPR Certification with psychomotor component
  8. A minimum of one year of experience as a registered nurse with a baccalaureate degree is required
  9. Baccalaureate-level health assessment, pathophysiology and pharmacology courses or equivalent
  10. Two references on clinical performance with one reference from an advanced practice nurse (NP) or a physician attesting to clinical knowledge, skills, leadership and the ability to be a good NP candidate. Other acceptable references include supervisors, managers or a former professor.
  11. Writing assignment on your philosophy of nursing, 2 pages in length, double space and 12-point font that includes philosophy of nursing focused on past experience, what influencing nursing has had on your career, why you chose to pursue this degree, how you see this degree enhancing your career and how you will utilize this degree to advance patient care and health care outcomes.
  12.  A student who meets the entry requirements and is currently enrolled or previously enrolled in the Nurse Practitioner program or Doctor of Nursing Practice program at another college or university, must obtain a letter from that School of Nursing stating that the student is in good standing, not on probation, and able to register for classes. Students who were dismissed from a graduate or doctoral program will not be considered for admission.
  13. Applicants who work full-time are not eligible for planned 2-year completion of the Family Nurse Practitioner certificate program.

Course Requirements

Find detailed course information for the Certificate for Family Nurse Practitioner (Post-Master's) program, tools to plan your education, and complete academic policies and procedures in the D'Youville academic catalog.

Required Courses
Number Name Credits
NUR-631 Advanced Health Assessment 3
NUR-631L Advanced Health Assessment Lab 1
NUR-632 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NUR-633 Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology 3
NUR-634 Health Promotion-Children & Families 3
NUR-635 Health Promotion-Women 3
NUR-637 Health Promotion Adults Aging Population 3
NUR-638 Fnp Practicum in Pediatrics In Pediatrics 3
NUR-639 FNP Practicum-Women Health Care 3
NUR-640 Clinical Practicum in Adult Health I 1
NUR-641 Clinical Practicum in Adult Health II 4
Total Credits   30

Total required for Post-Masters Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner: 30*

* An individual gap analysis assessment will be made of each applicant's transcripts to determine what additional courses or clinical hours may be needed to satisfy the DNP requirements.