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Post Master's Certificate; Family Nurse Practitioner

Individuals, who already have a master's degree in nursing, meet the admission qualifications and are accepted as a post-master's candidate will be allowed to take the Education Pathway or NP pathways of their choice.

No degree will be awarded, but a certificate documenting completion of the pathway courses will be provided and transcripts showing completion of the courses will be available.

The MSN curriculum is being revised to meet the 2011 Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The revision will be implemented during fall 2014 and applies to students who matriculate during and after that semester.

Learning Objectives

  • Competently assess, diagnose, prescribe, evaluate and create a holistic plan of treatment.
  • Articulate the professional role, which includes the ethical code of conduct and scope of advanced practice.
  • Develop and monitor comprehensive, holistic plans of care that address the health promotion and disease prevention needs of diverse client populations.
  • Assess and monitor teaching/learning needs in a diverse client population.

Career Possibilities

The master’s degree program builds on the education of a clinical practice generalist and prepares an advanced practice Nurse. The educational experience facilitates the student to validate and expand research findings through application of theory and scientific inquiry.


Graduates of the master’s degree program FNP are expected to function collaboratively and independently in an advanced practice role with various populations and primary care settings.

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