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Graduate Catalog 2009-2010 
Graduate Catalog 2009-2010 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

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The post-master’s family nurse practitioner (FNP) certificate program is designed for master prepared registered nurses who are not prepared as nurse practitioners or are prepared as practitioners in one specialty and desire to prepare themselves for FNP specialty.  MSN graduates who wish to take the FNP program of study in preparation for sitting for FNP certifications examination may apply for non-degree FNP Certification status.  Admission to this option is competitive and is granted for the entire series of clinical required in the program of study except for practicing nurse practitioners, who will be evaluated based on the five program options and obtain preparation within a 12-18 month program of study.

Students in FNP certification program are prepared to obtain and assess health history and physical exam data, order/interpret appropriate diagnostic tests, identify any potential health problems, and formulate with the patient and/or family a comprehensive plan of therapeutic measures that promote, maintain, or restore health.  This plan may include consultation with other health professionals or referral for complicated medical management.  Upon completion of the nurse practitioner program of study, the student is eligible to sit for FNP certification examinations offered by American Nurses’ Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.  Graduates will achieve the same competencies and objectives and expected outcomes as it is described for Master of Science in Nursing family Nurse Practitioner curriculum.


Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Family Nurse Practitioner track will be able to demonstrate the following specific competencies:

  • Management of patient with acute and chronic illness
  • The nurse practitioner-patient relationship
  • Teaching-coaching function.
  • Professional role.
  • Managing and negotiating health care delivery. 

Admission Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Nursing
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Interview with faculty members
  • Current North Carolina nursing license or compact agreement
  • Official transcript of all baccalaureate and master’s level work in nursing
  • Brief resume or curriculum vita
  • Current work experience as a registered nurse

Provisional admission may be granted to applicants with an overall GPA of 2.7 better.  Students with provisional admission must earn a grade of “B” or better in the first nine hours of course work and may take no more than 6 credit hours per semester for the first nine hours of course work.

International applicates must submit an official TOEFL score report with a minumum score of 550 for the paper-based test or 231 for the computer-based test.  Transcripts from outside the United States must be evaluated by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc (ECE).

Course of Study

Fall Year One                                                                                                                                


Spring Year One


Summer Year One


Fall Year Two


Spring Year Two


*The Nurse Practitioner applicants will be evaluated based on their specialty area for the required credits and the clinical hours.

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