Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program

Students already possessing a master's degree in nursing have the opportunity to pursue a family nurse practitioner certificate. Students are admitted to the family nurse practitioner certificate program on a full-time basis to complete the requirements in four semesters. After completing coursework, students are eligible to sit for national certification examinations.


There are two required prerequisite courses for the Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Program; students must have completed Advanced Health Assessment and Advanced Pathophysiology at UAH or another institution prior to applying to the program.

Courses Credits
Advanced Health Assessment 3
Pathophysiology 3

Post Masters Program of Study:

Students normally begin classes in the Fall semester which meets 7 times per semester with last class being the final exam to allow for full-time employment; students enrolling in the program will complete the requirements in four semesters. The program of study is as follows:

 NUR 610  FNP I
 (168 clinical hours)
 6 SH
 NUR 611  FNP II
 (168 clinical hours)
 6 SH
 NUR 607  Pharmacology  3 SH
 (168 clinical hours)
 6 SH
 NUR 613  FNP IV
 (168 clinical hours)
 6 SH

Total classroom: 27 semester hours

Total clinical: 672 clinical hours

Clinical Experience:

The UAH College of Nursing currently maintains over 600 contracts with clinical agencies and preceptors. You will be matched with a preceptor who meets your particular background and needs, and you can request a preceptor close to where you live. Clinical experience is earned outside of your classes.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants for this program must:

  • Hold a master's degree in nursing from an accredited institution.
  • Complete UAH Application for Graduate Admission (sent to the Graduate Studies office).
  • Submit official copies of transcripts from each college/university attended (sent to the Graduate Studies office).
  • Submit two recommendation forms - one to be completed by a person familiar with the applicant's clinical ability, and one by a person familiar with the applicant's academic ability (sent to the Office of Graduate Programs).
  • Have completed two prerequisite courses: 1) Advanced Health Assessment, and 2) Pathophysiology.
  • Complete and submit the Nursing Graduate Application to the Office of Graduate Programs by April 1.
  • Current unrestricted RN license in the state of Alabama or eligibility for an Alabama license. Alabama license must be obtained prior to enrollment in graduate courses.
  • Meet all health and background/drug clearance requirements.