Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program

Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program

The Byers School of Nursing Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate Program allows Master's prepared nurses to expand their scope of practice to include care of individuals across the lifespan. The program includes didactic and clinical experiences that focus on the primary care needs of individuals, families, and communities. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for a national Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam.

The Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate Program objectives are to:
  1. Demonstrate personal, collegial, and collaborative approaches that enhance the family nurse practitioner's effectiveness in working in an interprofessional manner.
  2. Synthesize theoretical, scientific, and contemporary clinical knowledge for the assessment and management of both health and illness states, health promotion, health protection, disease prevention, and treatment of all patients including those with multiple chronic conditions. 
  3. Ensure quality of care through consultations and collaboration with other professions. 
  4. Analyze situations to improve health outcomes for patients, communities, and systems by overseeing and directing the delivery of clinical services within an interprofessional system of health care.
  5. Translate knowledge and psychomotor skills to enhance patient's ability for self-care through advocating, modeling, and teaching. 
  6. Demonstrate a commitment to the implementation, preservation, and evolution of the family nurse practitioner role as well as build interprofessional relationships to provide optimal care to the patient. 
  7. Provide culturally competent care with respect to cultural and spiritual beliefs and make health care resources available to patients from diverse cultures. 

Target Audience

  • Nurses who are DNP or PhD graduates or students who wish to gain expertise as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
  • Master's students within any other track of Walsh's Master's Nursing program.
  • Post-Master's nurses with clinical expertise who are seeking advanced education for preparation for the Family Nurse Practitioner role. 

Features of the Program

  • Access to excellent faculty with real-world teaching experiences.
  • The Post-Graduate FNP Certificate program allows Master's prepared nurses to expand their scope of practice to include care of individuals across the lifespan. The program includes didactic and clinical experiences that focus on the primary care needs of individuals, families, and communities.
  • Option to participate in global experience opportunity.

Global Experiences

While enrolled in the certificate program, certificate students may participate in the Byers School of Nurisng's global experience(s). The student is advised to seek more information on global experiences from the Graduate Program Director of the Office of Global Learning. 

Certificate Academic Guidelines

Admission Policy

Participants enrolled in the Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate program must comply with The Byers School of Nursing Graduate admission requirements.

PROGRAM DELIVERY

The Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate program is offered using a distance learning methodology*. Students are required to be on campus for two residencies.

REGISTRATION PROCEDURES

Students enrolling in coursework for their first semester may register by completing a Graduate Registration Form.  This form may be found either in the Student Service Center in Farrell Hall or downloaded from the file gallery on our website www.walsh.edu/forms4.  Complete, sign and do one of the following (you do not need an advisor's signature):

Bring this form to Graduate Admissions, Barrette Business Center Room #139.

Scan and email to adice@walsh.edu or Fax the form to 330-244-4680.

You may also mail this form to:

Walsh University, Student Service Center
2020 East Maple Street
North Canton, OH 44720-3336
Attn:  Graduate Admissions

Certificate students who have completed at least one semester in the program are strongly encouraged to utilize the Cavalier Center to register. 

*Online refers to the definition from the Higher Learning Commission: Distance-delivered courses are those in which all or the vast majority (typically 75% or more) of the instruction and interaction occurs via electronic communication, correspondence, or equivalent mechanisms, with the faculty and students physically separated from each other  

Certificate Requirements

To receive the Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate, a student will complete the following curriculum:

NURS 612Advanced Pharmacology 13
NURS 642Clinical Pharmacology 13
NURS 640Clini Assessment & Management 13
NURS 641FNP I :Care of Adult/Gero Cl 26
NURS 643FNP II: Care of Child/Adoles 26
NURS 645FNP III: Care of Women 26
NURS 647FNP IV:Clients Mult Chron Cond6
NURS 649FNP V: Care of Fam Pri Care5
NURS 648Interprofessional Collaborat1
Total Credit Hours 24-39

Courses may be waived for advanced practice nurses with prescriptive authority and current practice.

2 Courses may be waived for currently certified practicing nurse practitioners in specialty practice (adult, women's health, pediatrics, nurse midwifery).