Post-Master's Certificate - Family Nurse Practitioner

Enables certified pediatric primary care nurse practitioners or adult/gerontological (or adult) primary care nurse practitioners, who have M.S.N./D.N.P. degrees, to become educated and certified as family nurse practitioners. 

Learning outcomes

The post-master’s certificate is individually designed based on the course work documented on the transcript of the student’s master’s degree. The courses listed are required in the post-master’s curriculum plan unless these courses, or their acceptable equivalent, are documented on the master’s transcript. A minimum of 12 credits is required for the post-master’s certificate. An additional credit in assessment is required if the student’s original assessment course did not include an across-the-lifespan focus. The certificate includes a minimum of 500 supervised clinical practice hours. 

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  • Program Highlights
  • Curricular Plan
  • Admission Requirements
  • Program Faculty
  • The program can be completed in 1 calendar of part-time study. The program has a fall semester start and is completed the following summer.
  • Requires 16 hours a week of clinical practice during weekday, daytime hours in spring semester and 20 hours a week during the summer.

Adult/gerontology primary care nurse practitioners need the following courses to complete the family nurse practitioner certificate program:

NURS 6540     Seminar in Child and Family Health

NURS 6542     Nursing Therapeutics for Acute/Episodic Illenesses in Children and Adolescents

NURS 6551     Advanced Nursing Care of Children and Families 1 – Clinical

NURS 6975     Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical

NURS 6931     Topics in Nursing (Health Assessment of Children and Adolescents

                        (1 credit may be required)

 

Pediatric primary care nurse practitioners need the following courses to complete the family nurse practitioner certificate program:

NURS 6037     Management of Episodic Health Problems

NURS 6240     Complex Health Problems

NURS 6251     Advanced Nursing of Adults and Older Adults - Clinical

NURS 6975     Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical

NURS 6931     Topics in Nursing (Health Assessment of Adults and Older Adults

                        (1 credit may be required)

  • Applicants for a post master’s certificate program must have earned a graduate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program and be academically prepared as a primary care pediatric or adult /adult-gerontology nurse practitioner.
  • The required minimum graduate level GPA of 3.000 on a 4.000 scale is required. For graduates of foreign nursing schools, a formal evaluation of their nursing program of study documenting equivalency to a U.S. Bachelor of Science and master’s degrees in nursing degree must be submitted.
  • Unencumbered Registered Nurse license to practice in the United States. A Wisconsin or eNLC license is required at the time of admission.
  • Clinical experience requirements – Experience as a primary care nurse practitioner in pediatrics or adult-gerontology.
  • BCLS from the American Heart Association, which must be maintained during all programs.
  • A written statement of professional goals, including reasons for pursuing graduate study in general and midwifery specifically.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume.
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges or universities - must reflect undergraduate courses in health assessment, nursing research and statistics (including inferential analysis).
  • (For international applicants only) a TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
  • A completed application form and fee online directly to NursingCAS

Information regarding Graduate School tuition/fees and financial assistance is located on the Graduate School website.

 

Chris Shaw PhD, FNP-BC; ANP-BC (Option Coordinator)

Kristin Haglund, PhD, RN, FNP, PNP- BC