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Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate (Post-Master's Certificate)

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Family Nurse Practitioner, Post-Master's Certificate

Overview

Advanced Certificate Program

This certificate program, which is registered with the New York State Education Department, is designed to provide a focused course of study for individuals already holding a master of science degree in nursing to position themselves for certification as a family nurse practitioner.

This program includes 700 hours of direct care of patients in health care settings. Students learn under the supervision of expert nurse practitioners and physicians. Preceptorships include 200 hours in pediatrics, 200 hours in women’s health and 300 hours in adult settings. The program can be completed in 12-24 months depending on previous coursework. Graduates will be eligible to take the ANCC or AANP certification exam as a family nurse practitioner.

Grading policies and academic regulations are consistent with those previously described in the master’s degree family nurse practitioner program. Please refer to the general Academic Regulations section of this catalog for health, CPR and malpractice insurance requirements.

As a graduate of the program, you will be prepared to take the exam for board certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and AANP to further demonstrate your expertise in the family health field.

Technical, professional, and behavioral standards for all Nurse Practitioner students are covered in detail in the Graduate Nursing Student Handbook. All standards apply to MS and Post-graduate APRN students."

Courses

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 the graduate nursing student preparing for the family nurse practitioner role, or the community health nursing advanced clinical track. Students learn how to competently perform and document a complete history and physical for people of all ages. Opportunities to practice their developing health assessment skills are provided in the on-campus lab.

Prequisites: NUR-631L

3
NUR 631L

Advanced Health Assessment Lab

This course is designed for the graduate nursing student preparing for the family nurse practitioner role, or the community health nursing advanced clinical track. Students learn how to competently perform and document a complete history and physical for people of all ages. Opportunities to practice their developing health assessment skills are provided in the on-campus lab.

Prequisites: NUR-631

1
NUR 632

Advanced Pharmacology

Designed for the graduate nursing student preparing for family nurse practitioner practice, or the community health nursing clinical track, this course provides advanced concepts of pharmacology. These include the actions, usual dosages, absorptions, distributions and side effects of commonly prescribed drugs. Legal and ethical issues related to prescription writing are included. This course meets the requirements of New York state for nurse practitioner licensure.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: None

3
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
Prequisites: None

3
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
Prequisites: NUR-631 NUR-631L, NUR-632 NUR-633

3
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.

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

3
NUR 637

Health Promotion Adults Aging Population

This course was developed for the family N.P. student preparing to work with adults. It provides the theoretical background necessary to make sound clinical decisions. The role of the N.P. in health promotion and treatment of health problems will be stressed Nursing care of adults from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds will be explored. The special needs of aging clients will also be stressed. Students must plan to take NUR 640S in the following semester.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: NUR-631 NUR-631L, NUR-632 NUR-633

3
NUR 638

Fnp Practicum in PediatricsIn 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.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: NUR-631 NUR-631L NUR-632 NUR-633 NUR-634

3
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.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: NUR-631 NUR-631L NUR-632 NUR-633 NUR-635

3
NUR

NUR 640S/640CL FNP Clinical Practicum in Adult Health and Aging Populations

5

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.

Admissions

Admissions Requirements

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

  1. Master of science degree in nursing
  2. All official graduate transcripts. If health assessment, pathophysiology, and pharmacology courses were taken at the undergraduate level those official transcripts must be submitted.
  3. Active, unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse in New York state or Ontario if Canadian.
  4. Baccalaureate-level health assessment, pathophysiology and pharmacology courses or equivalent
  5. Interview with program director/faculty
  6. At least two references on clinical performance from a supervisor or colleague
  7. A minimum of one year of experience as a registered nurse is recommended.
  8. A student who meets the entry requirements and is currently enrolled in the Nurse Practitioner program or Doctor of Nursing Practice program at another college or university, must obtain a letter from that School of Nursing stating that the student is in good standing, not on probation, and able to register for classes. Students who were dismissed from a graduate or doctoral program will not be considered for admission.
Department

School of Nursing

The undergraduate and graduate programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The basic professional program leads to the bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N.) degree in four academic years and prepares the student for the NCLEX-RN Examinations. The program has a strong liberal arts foundation preparatory to and correlated with professional courses. Students begin clinical coursework in their Sophomore year and complete a variety of clinical experiences before graduation.

A special curriculum (R.N. to B.S.N.) is available for R.N. students with an associate degree or diploma in nursing. The curriculum, offered completely online, is designed to capitalize on the knowledge and experience gained from practicing as a professional nurse and from previous college coursework.

Graduate nursing programs are offered leading to a master’s of science in nursing including psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner degrees. These programs are 40 credits and a thesis or a project option is available in each.

All programs include a focus on evidence based practice, interdisciplinary health care studies and collaboration and partnerships with clients, health care professionals and agencies.

Graduates are prepared for careers in a multitude of health care settings including primary care, community and home health nursing, hospital nursing, long-term care nursing and new independent roles in managed care settings. Employment opportunities vary by specific programs.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, the master degree, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and the post-graduate APRN certificate at D’Youville College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
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Suite 750 Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202 887-6791