The Postgraduate Certificate Program allows nurses who have a master’s degree in nursing from an NLN/CCNE accredited program to pursue further post-graduate study in APRN (Advanced Practice Nursing) in:

  • adult-gerontology primary care,
  • family primary care, or
  • psychiatric/mental health.

Upon completion of any of the three programs, the graduate is eligible for the Advanced Practice Nurse Certification Examination.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements are in common across the three programs:

  • Master’s degree in Nursing from an NLN/CCNE accredited program
  • GPA of 2.8
  • Current New Jersey RN license or eligibility for RN licensure in NJ

 

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Required Courses (24 credits)

The ANPG post-master’s certificate program includes didactic and clinical experiences that focus on the primary care needs of families and communities. Designed for MSN-prepared nurses, who are interested in becoming Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners, graduates are eligible for national certification.

(Note: NURS6615 must have been taken within five years of entry into the Program; NURS7702, NURS6620, NURS6621 must have been completed within ten years of entry into the Program)

NURS6615  Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)
NURS7702  Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits) 
NURS6620  Advanced Health Assessment (2 credits) 
NURS6621  Advanced Health Assessment Practicum (2 credits) 
NURS6682  Advanced Nursing: Primary Care I Lecture (3 credits)
NURS6683  Advanced Nursing: Primary Care I Practicum (1 credit)
NURS7735  Advanced Nursing: Primary Care II: Lecture (3 credits)
NURS7736  Advanced Nursing: Primary Care II: Practicum (1 credit)
NURS7759  Advanced Nursing: Primary Care III: Lecture (3 credits)
NURS7760  Advanced Nursing: Primary Care III: Practicum 1 credit
NURS7813  ANP practicum 2-10 credits

Total credits required are determined on an individual basis after gap analysis of prior education and certification. Total clinical hours: 555 hours completed in the program

Family Nurse Practitioner Required Courses (24 Credits)

The FNP post-master’s certificate program includes didactic and clinical experiences that focus on the primary care needs of families and communities. Designed for MSN-prepared nurses, who are interested in becoming Nurse Practitioners, graduates are eligible for national certification.

(Note: NURS6615 must have been taken within five years of entry into the Program; NURS7702, NURS6620, NURS6621 must have been completed within ten years of entry into the Program)

NURS6615  Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)
NURS7702  Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)
NURS6620  Advanced Health Assessment (2 credits)
NURS6621  Advanced Health Assessment Practicum (2 credits)
NURS6682  Advanced Nursing: Adult Primary Care I Lecture (3 credits)
NURS6683  Advanced Nursing: Adult Primary Care I Practicum (1 credit)
NURS7735  Advanced Nursing: Adult Primary Care II Lecture (3 credits)
NURS7736  Advanced Nursing: Adult Primary Care II Practicum (1 credit)
NURS7794  Advanced Nursing: Family Primary Care I Lecture (3 credits)
NURS7795  Advanced Nursing: Family Primary Care I Practicum (1 credit)
NURS7810  Advanced Nursing: Family Primary Care II: Lecture (3 credits)
NURS7811  Advanced Nursing: Family Primary Care II: Practicum (1 credit)
NURS7812  Family Systems (3 credits)
NURS7813  APN practicum (2-10 credits)

Total credits required are determined on an individual basis after gap analysis of prior education and certification. If a student is not Nurse Practitioner, then they must complete Primary Care I and II as well as Family Primary Care I and II.

Total clinical hours: 650 hours to be completed in the program; 250 for each Family Primary Care Course for Graduates of our Nurse Practitioner program

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Required Courses (24 Credits)

As Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse practitioners, graduates of the program will be qualified to diagnose and treat clients with a wide variety of mental illnesses. Students are eligible to take the family psychiatric/mental health practitioner examination (ANCC) to become certified in the field.

(Note: NURS6615 must have been taken within five years of entry into the Program; NURS7702, NURS6620, NURS6621 must have been completed within ten years of entry into the Program)

  • NURS6615  Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • NURS7702  Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)
  • NURS6620  Advanced Health Assessment (2 credits)
  • NURS6621  Advanced Health Assessment Practicum (2 credits)
  • NURS6701  Psychopharmacology (3 credits)
  • NURS7812  Family Systems (3 credits)
  • NURS7815  Advanced Practice Role Development (3 credits)
  • NURS6501  Advanced Psych I /Family & Children (3 credits)
  • NURS6502  Advanced Psych I /Fam & Child: Practicum (2 credits)
  • NURS6503  Advanced Psych II /Adults (3 credits)
  • NURS6504  Advanced Psych II/Adults Practicum (2 credits)
  • NURS6505  Advanced Psych III/Geriatrics (3 credits)
  • NURS6506  Advanced Psych III/Geriatrics Practicum (2 credits)
  • NURS7813  APN Practicum (2 – 10 credits)

Total clinical hours: 555 hours completed in the program

CCNE Accredited“The (baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master’s degree program in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program and/or post-graduate APRN certificate program) at Fairleigh Dickinson University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).”