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Post Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

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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
  • Career statement
  • 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.

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