Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies — Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

School of Nursing

Location: Online
Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer

Build on your existing master’s degree in nursing to gain the knowledge and skill required to be a family nurse practitioner.

The Flexibility of Online Study + In-Person Clinical Experience

Coursework for this two-year, part-time program is offered entirely online, giving you the flexibility to continue working as you pursue your certificate. You also will have the opportunity to complete the required clinical rotations in your community, eliminating the need for extensive travel. During these two years, you’ll gain the education, clinical experience, and cultural sensitivity to provide safe, effective, and advanced nursing care to individuals and families as a member of an interdisciplinary team. When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner Board Certification Exam and advance your fulfilling career. You may start the program in the fall, spring, or summer.

Your Two-Year Journey

In addition to the coursework focused on nursing science and practice that are the foundation of our CAGS-FNP program, you will gain invaluable experience as a member of a care team through multiple clinical opportunities.

First-Year Experience

  • participate in professional role development for advanced practice nursing
  • study advanced pharmacology and telemedicine
  • complete an advanced health assessment of the human lifespan, which requires 90 hours of clinical practicum

Second-Year Experience

  • complete family primary care practicums in three areas: OB/GYN and Pediatrics, Adult, and Geriatric, each of which requires 180 hours of clinical experience

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