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2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate

The College of Nursing offers certificates for nurses who need additional training. A master’s degree in nursing is required for admission. This graduate certificate prepares advanced practice nurses for a career as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Advanced practice nursing involves the delivery of care, management of resources, interdisciplinary collaboration, and application of technology, information systems, knowledge, and critical thinking. The total credit hours will vary depending on the student’s academic record, clinical experience, and objectives. Students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours. Certificate coursework must be completed within 2 years of admission. Contact the Assistant Dean, Graduate Studies for more information.

Campus Code

Distance Education

Graduate Certificate Type


Add-On (concurrently with another degree in rare cases)

Academic Standards

The College of Nursing will observe the following grading scale:

A   =  92 – 100 4 quality points
B+ =  88 – 91 3.3 quality points
B   =  83 – 87 3 quality points
C+ =  78 – 82 2.3 quality points
C   =  75 – 77 2 quality points
D   =  67 – 74 1 quality point
F   =  66 or below 0 quality points

Credit Hours Required

Minimum of 12 graduate credit hours; total credit hours may vary based on the student’s academic record, experiences, and objectives.

Required Courses

  • NURS 659  (3 credit hours)
  • NURS 660  (3 credit hours)
  • NURS 661  (3 credit hours)
  • NURS 662  (1 to 5 credit hours)
  • Plus, additional credit hours as determined by the college and chosen in consultation with the certificate advisor