The Post Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate has a competitive admissions process. Successful applicants will meet the following additional admissions criteria:
3 references – from peer, supervisor and prior faculty
BSN and MSN from accredited institution
Cumulative GPA in MSN program of 3.5
All official transcripts
Resume or CV
Active unrestricted, unencumbered RN license in the US
Iflicensed as a NP in another specialty then the NP license must also be unrestricted and unencumbered
If nationally certified as NP then must be unrestricted and unencumbered
TOEFL if needed
Note: Applicants who have had license sanctions must be without restrictions during the two years prior to Saint Joseph’s application.
The Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate is a 28-credit post-graduate program designed to prepare RNs with an undergraduate and graduate degree in nursing for a career as a Family Nurse Practitioner. This certificate program prepares the graduate to sit for the national FNP certification exam. To ensure students have met various skills and role competencies, a minimum of 600 supervised clinical hours will be completed in the students geographical location. Only Nurse Practitioner specific courses are needed for post-MSN FNP certificate completion.
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) began accrediting post-master’s certificate programs January 2014. Programs are not eligible for review until their next schedule CCNE on-site evaluation. Saint Joseph’s College next on-site evaluation is scheduled for Fall 2019.