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Mount Carmel College of Nursing’s Traditional Post-Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate Program is designed for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses that hold a master’s degree in nursing. Eligible APRN’s must have at least one year of registered nursing experience.

These advanced professionals are typically employed in primary care, ambulatory, outpatient 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 in an online format with immersive experiences.

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. Graduates will be eligible to sit for board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the ANCC or AANP.

Plan of Study

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

Traditional Post-Graduate Certificate Family Nurse Practitioner Curriculum Plan (Summer Start)

Approximately 3 Semesters — 24 credit hours / 500 clinical hours

Summer
Class Credits Clinical Hours
NURS 573 Procedures & Diagnostics for the FNP 1 (First 4-weeks)
NURS 580 Primary Care 1 7 (Full semester) 100
Total 7 100


Fall
Class Credits Clinical Hours
NURS 581 Primary Care 2 8 (Full semester) 200
Total 8 200


Spring
Class Credits Clinical Hours
NURS 582 Primary Care 3 8 (Full semester) 200
Total 8 200


Total Program Hours 24 500
Total Clinical Hours 500


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

Approximately 3 Semesters — 24 credit hours / 500 clinical hours

Fall
Class Credits Clinical Hours
NURS 580 Primary Care 1 7 (Full semester) 100
Total 7 100


Spring
Class Credits Clinical Hours
NURS 581 Primary Care 2 8 (Full semester) 200
Total 8 200


Summer
Class Credits Clinical Hours
NURS 573 Procedures & Diagnostics for the FNP 1 (First 4-weeks)
NURS 582 Primary Care 3 8 (Full semester) 200
Total 8 200


Total Program Hours 24 500
Total Clinical Hours 500

Class Start Date

The Traditional Post-Master’s Certificate Family Nurse Practitioner classes typically begin Summer Term and Fall Term (dependent on individual student plan of study).

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 programs require the attainment of 500 direct clinical practicum hours. National FNP certification exams require a minimum of 500 clinical practicum hours.

Program Completion

This certificate program is approximately 3-4 semesters in length depending on the candidate’s transfer credit. However, all students must successfully complete specialty track coursework, achieve 500 clinical practicum hours and maintain a 3.0 GPA to earn a program certificate.

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Why Choose Us

8:1

clinical student: faculty ratio

903

2020-21 students enrolled

10%

undergraduate male students