Mount Carmel College of Nursing’s accelerated online Post-Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate Program is designed for experienced Advanced Practice Nurses. Eligible APRN’s are those with at least 12 months of experience as an APRN who are currently working in primary care, women’s health, pediatric, rehabilitation, outpatient, and/or emergency room settings that hold an active, unrestricted APRN license.

These advanced professionals are typically employed in primary care, ambulatory, outpatient, urgent care, emergency care, and rehabilitative settings to provide population-based care across the health care continuum for the purpose of restoring individuals to their maximal health potential. The program is offered fully online.

The Post-Graduate Certificate Program will meet the professional standards set forth by the American Nurse Credentialing Center and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty. In only two semesters, (20 semester hours) you will be eligible for your certification as an Family Nurse Practitioner.

Plan of Study

Dependent upon master’s degree courses previously completed. A typical plan of study may be as follows:

Accelerated Post-Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner Curriculum Plan (Fall Start)

2 Semesters — 20 credit hours / 500 clinical hours

Class Credits Clinical Hours
NURS 588 Family Practice 1 10 (Full semester) 250
Total 10 250

Class Credits Clinical Hours
NURS 589 Family Practice 2 10 (Full semester) 250
Total 10 250

Total Program Hours 20 500
Total Clinical Hours 500

Class Start Date

Online (Accelerated) Post-Master’s Certificate Family Nurse Practitioner classes begin Fall Term.

Transfer Credit

For those students who already hold a national nurse practitioner certification and seek a second nurse practitioner area of focus, their transcripts will be evaluated for clinical practicum hours and courses. Our FNP nurse practitioner programs require the attainment of 500 clinical practicum hours. National FNP certification exams require a minimum of 500 clinical practicum hours.

Program Completion

The certificate program is approximately 2 semesters in length depending on the candidate’s transfer credit. However, all students must successfully complete specialty track coursework, achieve 650 clinical practicum hours and maintain a 3.0 GPA to earn a program certificate.

Important Note for Prospective Students: If you are considering an online program that leads to a professional license in a state other than Ohio, it is highly recommended that you contact the appropriate licensing agency in your state to seek information and additional guidance before beginning the program. For licensing board contact information, licensure requirements and program approval status, please email the State Authorization team.

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