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

Location: Online
Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer

As a family nurse practitioner, you work directly with individuals and families throughout their lives, providing expert care, support and compassion. This program builds on your master’s degree in nursing so you can become eligible for national certification and advance practice licensure as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

This two year, part-time program, is offered entirely online with clinical experiences in your community, giving you the flexibility to continue to work. You’ll expand your education and clinical experience to provide safe, effective culturally competent and advanced practice nursing care to individuals and families as a member of an interdisciplinary team and in the context of the community. When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner Board Certification Exam and advance your fulfilling career.

Learn more about the CAGS Family Nurse Practitioner program.

For admission to the program, an applicant must have:

  • A master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program by either Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education (CCNE) or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
  • A post-graduate grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better
  • A valid nursing license in the state in which you intend to complete your clinical experience
  • Current American Heart Association Certification for Healthcare Providers in CPR (BLS)

Application Requirements

For consideration for admission, the following application materials must be submitted:

  • Completed MCPHS Application
  • Official college transcripts from every college attended
  • 1 professional letter of recommendation
  • Photocopy of current RN license
  • Resume (may be included within application or as a separate document)

Once all supporting documents are received, your application will be complete and ready for review by the Admission Committee. Application materials can be mailed to the address below:

Online Programs
MCPHS University
Admission Office
179 Longwood Ave.
Boston, MA 02115


CAGS Year One: Summer*

NUR 706 Advanced Pathophysiology 3

Year One: Fall*

NUR 707 Advanced Pharmacology 3

Year One: Spring*

NUR 703 Advanced Health Assessment Across Lifespan
(requires 90 hours clinical practicum)

Year Two: Summer

NUR 810 Family Primary Care II (Adult) (180-clinical hours) 6

Year Two: Fall*

NUR 809 Family Primary Care I (OBGYN and Pedi) (180-clinical hours) 6

Year Two: Spring*

NUR 811 Family Primary Care III (Geri) (180-clinical hours) 6

Residency Requirement

In addition to online coursework, the CAGS program requires students to attend two residencies, generally 1-3 days in length, and one orientation during their respective tenure in the program. These residencies include: new student orientation, second residency and final residency in May that coincides with graduation.

*Students are responsible for finding their own clinical placements within the respective specialty areas.

MCPHS University accepts nursing students into its programs from the following states:

Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia

Admission into a nursing program is dependent on program availability in the state where the student is physically located at the time of matriculation. If a student moves to a different state after matriculation, continuation within the program will depend on the availability of the program within the new state where the student is physically present. It is the student's responsibility to notify the University of a change in physical presence. Program availability is subject to change.

Online tuition is calculated at a cost-per-credit rate based on the program you choose and the number of credits for which you register. Learn more about Online tuition and fees here.

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Balance career advancement with the rest of your life by studying online, on your schedule.