Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program

Program Description

The Family Nurse Practitioner post-master’s statutory certificate program is designed to allow master’s prepared registered nurses to add professional competencies which prepare them for additional areas of gainful employment.  Family Nurse Practitioners deliver care through the life cycle utilizing obstetric, pediatric, gynecologic, as well as adult and geriatric primary care diagnostic and management skills.

The scope of practice of the family nurse practitioner (FNP) is based on a team approach. An interdependent member of the health care team, the FNP provides primary care through the following means:

  • Documentation of individual and family health history
  • Physical assessment
  • Diagnostic, therapeutic, and educational care plans
  • Collaboration with physicians and other health care professionals
  • Referral to appropriate health care providers Coordination of health care

Graduates are eligible for certification as a nurse practitioner in all states in which certification is required. Graduates are also eligible to take the certification examination offered by the American Nurses Association and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.


Please contact the Office of Admissions for details regarding admission and financial aid packages. Faculty review applications on a rolling basis so that students may apply to begin this program in the summer or fall semester. Please note, applications for the Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program can only be submitted online.

Admission criteria include:

  • Master's degree in nursing from an NLN or CCNE accredited program with official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Minimum of one year clinical experience
  • Personal interview with the program director
  • Current New York State nursing license or eligibility
  • Three references attesting to applicant's academic ability and potential
  • Personal goal statement that is congruent with program goals (two pages, double-spaced, 12 pt. font)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Students must secure a site and preceptor for primary care student practice that is acceptable to the program director.


The minimum credits for the post master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program is 27 credits and represents the basic post-master’s statutory certificate in this major.

Individual students may need additional course work, depending on previous study and experience. Students may receive advanced standing or exemption, based on standard School policy.

A sample curriculum is provided below to make you aware of the academic requirements of the program. Please be advised that this is a sample curriculum plan, and individual plans of study are reviewed and approved upon acceptance to the program. Progression in the program is contingent upon meeting academic policies. The School of Nursing reserves the right to change the course offering schedule as stated in the student bulletin.

Course Number Course Name Credits
N6930 Interpersonal Violence and Abuse: Prevention, Assessment and Intervention for Health Care Professionals 1
N6940 Management and Advanced Practice Nursing 1
N8545 Diagnosis and Management of Illness in Families I 4
N8546 Diagnosis and Management of Illness in Families II 3
N8557 Family Primary Care I 2
N8558 Family Primary Care II 2
N8559 Family Primary Care III 2
N8560 (Family) Family Theory in Context 3
N8566 Family Primary Care: Practicum IIIA 2-4
N8567 Family Primary Care: Practicum IIIB 2
N8568 Practicum in Advanced Clinical Assessment for Family Nurse Practitioners 2
N8693 Family Primary Care: Practicum IIA 2
N8786 Advanced Clinical Assessment Across the Lifespan 3
Total Credits 29

The above information is current as of 07/02/2009 and is subject to change.

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