Post Master's Certificate in Advanced Practice Registered Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner Across the Lifespan

Overview

This 21 credit hour post masters certificate program consists of specialty courses in advanced practice nursing. This certificate program will prepare nurses holding masters degrees in nursing to enter advanced practice nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner Across the Lifespan. Nurses already certified as Psych NP’s, Women’s Health or Pediatric NP’s will be evaluated for possible exclusion of respective specialty courses and practica from their program. The recipients of this certificate will be eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner (AANP) examination for Family Nurse Practitioner Across the Lifespan. Course work must be completed within four years and a 3.0 (B) grade point average is required.

Graduates are prepared to work in:

  • Primary Care Practices
  • Community-based Clinics
  • Public Health Departments
  • Rural/Urban Settings

The program consists of 21 credit hours and can be completed in 24 months. Students are admitted once per year for the Fall term.

 Admission Requirements

General requirements for graduate students at UNC Charlotte can be found on the Graduate Admissions website. Additional information can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, admission to this graduate certificate program also requires the following:

  1. 1. A masters degree in nursing from a nationally accredited nursing program.
  2. An application to Graduate Admissions.
  3. Unencumbered North Carolina License as a Registered Nurse.
  4. Official transcripts from the Masters degree.
  5. Evidence of a MAT or GRE score
  6. Graduate Health Assessment course equivalent within the last 3 years.**
  7. Graduate Pharmacology course equivalent within the last 3 years.**
  8. Graduate Pathophysiology within the last 3 years.**
  9. The Statement of Purpose required by the Graduate School should explain the applicant's career goals relative to primary care and family practice.
  10. The three letters of recommendation required by the Graduate School should be from professional colleagues, and should speak to clinical knowledge and expertise and one's ability to function as a member of a health care team. At least one reference from a supervisor is preferred.

**Nurses certified as adult nurse practitioners, women’s health nurse practitioners, or pediatric nurse practitioners may have these courses waived from the admission requirements after assessment of transcripts, career goal in relation to primary care and family practice. 

Application Instructions

Application Deadline: February 1st for Annual Fall Admission

Process: All applications are submitted online to the Graduate School using Apply Yourself. Information about the GRE or the MAT, the University Catalog, the Apply Yourself application system can be obtained from:

Graduate Admissions
UNC Charlotte
Cato 210
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
704-687-5503 (phone)
704-687-1668 (fax)
https://gradadmissions.uncc.edu/

Degree Requirements

Nurse Practitioner Across the Lifespan program consists of 21 semester hours that can be completed on a part-time basis.

Additional Degree Requirements

  1. 1. A minimum of 600 hours of supervised clinical experience as a Nurse Practitioner student is required.
  2. 2. Students may receive no more than one “C” grade in any graduate course. The second “C” will result in suspension from the program
  3. 3. In order to progress in the specialty, a grade of “B” is required in the following courses:

    a. BIOL 6274 Advanced Human Pathophysiology (3)
    b. NURS 6220 Pharmacotherapeutics in Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
    c. NURS 6230 Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning for Advanced Practice (3)
    d. NURS 6430 Advanced Health Assessment Practicum (1)*
    e. All required courses with a NUNP prefix.
     
  4. Faculty advising is required. 

Curriculum

All courses are offered once a year and must be taken in sequence as shown below.

Year One
 
Fall
BIOL 6274 - Advanced Human Pathophysiology (3hrs)
NURS 6220 - Pharmachotherapeutics in Adcanced Practice (3hrs)
 
Spring
NURS 6230 - Advanced Health Assessment (3hrs)
NURS 6430 - Advanced Health Assessment Practicum (1hr)
NURS 6210 - Family Health in Advanced Practice Nursing (2hrs)
 
Year Two
 
Fall
NUNP 6250 - Advanced Primary Care of Adults (3hrs)**
NUNP 6240 Advanced Primary Care Reproductive Health Care (3hrs)***
NUNP 6450 Advanced Primary Care and Health Promotion of Adults Practicum (2hrs)**
 
Spring
NUNP 6260 - Advanced Primary Care of Children and Adolescents (3hrs)****
NUNP 6440 - Reproductive Care Practicum (2hrs)***
NUNP 6460 - Primary Care of Children and Adolescents Practicum (2hrs)****
 
Summer
NUNP 6400 - Internship in Family Health Nursing (4hrs)

Clinical Course require 60 hours practice for each 1 credit hours.

**Nurses certified as Adult nurse practitioners will not be required to take these courses.
***Nurses certified as Women’s Health nurse practitioners will not be required to take these courses.
****Nurses certified as Pediatric nurse practitioners will not be required to take these courses.

NOTE: Nurses with other backgrounds will be evaluated on an individual basis. 

Contact information

 
Interim Associate Director for Graduate Programs
Dr. David Langford, PhD, RN
UNC Charlotte School of Nursing
Charlotte, North Carolina
704-687-7967
drlangfo@uncc.edu
 

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