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

Students in the FNP CAGS program must have evidence of successful completion of the following courses:

  • Advanced Pathophysiology across the lifespan
  • Advanced Pharmacology across the lifespan
  • Advanced Health Assessment across the lifespan
  • Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse Scholarship for Advanced Nursing
  • Building an Evidence-Based Practice
  • Human Diversity Social and Policy Issues
  • Translating and Integrating Scholarship Practicum

The courses must have been completed with a letter grade of B or higher at an accredited 4 year academic institution. Students who have not completed the academic equivalent of these courses previously will be required to take the course in order to complete the CAGS.


Year One: Semester One

NUR 701 Professional Role Development for Advanced Practice Nursing*  3
NUR 706 Advanced Pathophysiology 3

Year One:Semester Two

NUR 707 Advanced Pharmacology 3

Year One:Semester Three

NUR 703 Advanced Health Assessment Across Lifespan (requires 75 hours clinical practicum) 5
NUR 801 Survey of Telemedicine  1

Year Two:Semester Four

NUR 810 Family Primary Care II (Adult) (225 clinical hours) 6

Year Two:Semester Five

NUR 809 Family Primary Care I (OBGYN and Pediatric) (225 clinical hours) 6

Year Two: Semester Six

NUR 811 Family Primary Care III (Geri) (225 clinical hours) 6

*Students who have completed a previous Masters in Nursing Nurse Practitioner Program that included a distinct Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner role course and are currently licensed as a Nurse Practitioner may not be required to complete this course. Please contact the School of Nursing for additional information. 

Residency Requirement

In addition to coursework, the FNP CAGS program requires students to attend three on campus residencies, generally which are 1-3 days in length. These residencies include: a new student orientation, a second year residency which takes place prior to entering track specific clinical coursework at the beginning of Year Two, and a final residency that coincides with the student's graduation.