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Family Nurse Practitioner (Advanced Certificate)

D'Youville students in a clinical skills lab

Graduates of the FNP certificate program will be eligible to take the Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam.

Overview

Overview

Case management, preventive services, prescription writing, and family/client education are an integral part of the nurse practitioner practice.

D'Youville's advanced certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner is designed for students who have already earned a master's degree in nursing. Graduates of the certificate program will be eligible to take the Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam.

  • The 30-credit-hour program can be completed in 12 to 24 months.
  • Students accomplish 700 hours of clinical preceptorships and are well prepared to provide primary care to patients of all ages.

Gainful employment information is available for review.

Our Family Nurse Practitioner Advanced Certificate program is offered online and on campus.

Course Requirements

Course Requirements

Family Nurse Practitioner
Degree: Post Master's Certificate

Required Courses:

Course Number Course Name Credits
NUR 631

Advanced Health Assessment

This course is designed for graduate nursing students preparing for the role of a Nurse Practitioner and may be taken by other advanced practice nursing students preparing for direct practice roles such as nurse educators. Students learn how to obtain a complete health history, competently perform a complete physical examination and document critical elements necessary for developing differential diagnoses for persons across the lifespan. Practice/evaluation of skills are provided in on-campus lab (NUR-631L) which is a co-requisite.

Prerequisites: NUR-631L

3.0
NUR 631L

Advanced Health Assessment Lab

This course is designed for graduate nursing students preparing for the role of a Nurse Practitioner and may be taken by other advanced practice nursing students preparing for direct practice roles such as nurse educators. Students learn how to competently perform and document a complete history and physical examination for persons of all ages across the lifespan. Practice and evaluation of health assessment skills will be provided in the on-campus lab. There are 30 hours of practice lab under the guidance of skilled faculty.

Prerequisites: NUR-631

1.0
NUR 632

Advanced Pharmacology

This course is designed for graduate nursing students preparing for the role of a Nurse Practitioner and may be taken by other advanced practice nursing students preparing for direct practice roles. This course utilizes a systems approach to the study of normal human physiology and pathologic variations of normal physiology. Pathophysiologic changes and adaptations are examined across the lifespan (neonate to adult) for persons experiencing a wide range of health concerns.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
NUR 633

Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology

Designed for the graduate nursing student preparing for family nurse practitioner practice, or the community health nursing advanced clinical track, this course utilizes a systems approach to the study of normal human physiology. Variations of normal physiology are explored in relation to adults and children experiencing a wide range of health concerns.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
NUR 634

Health Promotion-Children & Families

This course was developed for the family nurse practitioner student preparing to work with children. This course provides the theoretical knowledge necessary to make sound clinical decisions. Advanced level normal growth and development will be presented, along with common variations from health. The role of the nurse practitioner. in the health promotion of children within the family system will be stressed Care of children and families from diverse ethnic backgrounds will be explored. Students must plan to take NUR-638 the following semester.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: NUR-631 NUR-631L, NUR-632 NUR-633

3.0
NUR 635

Health Promotion-Women

This course was developed for the family nurse practitioner student preparing to work with women and the childbearing family. The course provides the theoretical knowledge necessary to make sound clinical decisions when providing primary health care to women and childbearing families. Advanced level normal growth and development will be presented, along with common variations from health. The role of the nurse practitioner. in the health promotion of women and pregnant women within the family system will be stressed. Care of women and families from diverse ethnic backgrounds will be explored. Students must plan to take NUR-639 in the following semester.

Prerequisites: NUR-631 NUR-631L, NUR-632 NUR-633

3.0
NUR 637

Health Promotion Adults Aging Population

This course was developed for the Advanced Practice Nursing Student including Nurse Practitioners preparing to work with adults and provides foundational background knowledge to make sound clinical decisions. The role of APRNs in health promotion and treatment of health problems in adults will be stressed. Primary care of adults from a variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds will be explored with special consideration to the needs of aging clients.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: NUR-631 NUR-631L, NUR-632 NUR-633

3.0
NUR 638

Fnp Practicum in Pediatrics In Pediatrics

Students will complete 200 hours of guided clinical experiences providing primary health care to pediatric patients. Client assessment and management skills will be stressed Health promotion of underserved populations through patient education and collaboration with other health professionals will be developed.

Prerequisites: NUR-634, NUR-631 NUR-631L NUR-632 NUR-633

3.0
NUR 639

FNP Practicum-Women Health Care

Students will complete 200 hours of guided clinical experiences providing primary health care to women of all ages. The childbearing cycle will be included in this practicum. Client assessment and management skills will be stressed Health promotion of underserved populations through patient education and collaboration with other health professionals will be developed.

Prerequisites: NUR-635, NUR-631 NUR-631L NUR-632 NUR-633

3.0
NUR-640

FNP Clinical Practicum in Adult Health and Aging Populations

1
NUR 641

Clinical Practicum in Adult Health II

Advanced practice nursing students will complete a minimum of 240 hours of guided clinical experience with adult patients. Client assessment and management skills of patients with increasingly complex disorders will be stressed. Health promotion for all populations will be accomplished through direct care, patient education and collaboration with other health professionals.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: NUR-631 NUR-631L NUR-632 NUR-633 NUR-637 NUR-640

4.0
Total 30

Total required for Post-Masters Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner: 30*

*An individual gap analysis assessment will be made of each applicant's transcripts to determine what additional courses or clinical hours may be needed to satisfy the DNP requirements.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements for the graduate programs at D'Youville, applicants to the post-master's certificate in family nurse practitioner must present the following:

  • Master of science degree in nursing
  • Active, unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse in New York state or Ontario if Canadian
  • Baccalaureate-level health assessment, pathophysiology and pharmacology courses or equivalent
  • Interview with the program director/faculty
  • At least two references on clinical performance from a supervisor or colleague

A minimum of one year of experience as a registered nurse is recommended.