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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

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* 
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 90 hours clinical practicum)
NUR801 Survey of Telemedicine  1

Year Two:Semester Four

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

Year Two:Semester Five

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

Year Two: Semester Six

NUR 811 Family Primary Care III (Geri) (180-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.

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

Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C.

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.

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certification Pass Rates

2021 ANCC: N/A
2021 AANPCB: N/R (Program pass rates are not reported (N/R) when less than 3 testers)

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.

The online testing in the program is monitored and proctored by ProctorU. Learn more about ProctorU using the information below.


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