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.
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.
Important information about the GRE:
The SON accepts GRE scores from both old and new test formats. When available, equivalency tables for old scores (200-800) and new scores (130-170) will be used so that the published preferred GRE score for admission will not change.
In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, admission to this graduate certificate program also requires the following:
- 1. A masters degree in nursing from a nationally accredited nursing program.
- An application to Graduate Admissions.
- Unencumbered North Carolina License as a Registered Nurse.
- Official transcripts from the Masters degree.
- Evidence of a MAT or GRE score
- Graduate Health Assessment course equivalent within the last 3 years.**
- Graduate Pharmacology course equivalent within the last 3 years.**
- Graduate Pathophysiology within the last 3 years.**
- The Statement of Purpose required by the Graduate School should explain the applicant's career goals relative to primary care and family practice.
- 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 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:
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
Nurse Practitioner Across the Lifespan program consists of 21 semester hours that can be completed on a part-time basis.
Additional Degree Requirements
- 1. A minimum of 600 hours of supervised clinical experience as a Nurse Practitioner student is required.
- 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. 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.
- Faculty advising is required.
All courses are offered once a year and must be taken in sequence as shown below.
- Advanced Human Pathophysiology (3hrs)
- Pharmachotherapeutics in Adcanced Practice (3hrs)
- Advanced Health Assessment (3hrs)
- Advanced Health Assessment Practicum (1hr)
- Family Health in Advanced Practice Nursing (2hrs)
- Advanced Primary Care of Adults (3hrs)**
Advanced Primary Care Reproductive Health Care (3hrs)***
Advanced Primary Care and Health Promotion of Adults Practicum (2hrs)**
- Advanced Primary Care of Children and Adolescents (3hrs)****
- Reproductive Care Practicum (2hrs)***
- Primary Care of Children and Adolescents Practicum (2hrs)****
- 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.
Associate Director for the Graduate Division
Dr. David Langford, PhD, RN, CNE
Associate Director, Graduate Division
School of Nursing
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