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 for the fall semester and complete the requirements in four semesters. After completing coursework, students are eligible to sit for national certification examinations. This program is distance based requiring a few visits to campus each semester for face-to-face interactions, simulations, and competencies. Students who already possess a nurse practitioner degree may be excused from some of the requirements.

Prerequisites/Co-requisites:

There are two required prerequisite/co-requisite courses for the Post Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Program. Students may complete Advanced Health Assessment and Advanced Pathophysiology at UAH or another institution prior to applying to the program or they may take them (fall semester) while in the program.

Courses Credits
Advanced Health Assessment 3
Pathophysiology 3

Post Master's Program of Study:

FALL SEMESTER I
 NUR 610-PM  FNP I
 (168 clinical hours)
 6 SH
SPRING SEMESTER
 NUR 611-PM  FNP II
 (168 clinical hours)
 6 SH
 NUR 607  Pharmacology  3 SH
SUMMER SEMESTER
 NUR 612-PM  FNP III
 (168 clinical hours)
 6 SH
FALL SEMESTER II
 NUR 613-PM  FNP IV
 (168 clinical hours)
 6 SH

Total clinical: 672 clinical hours

Primary Care:

Primary Care-Family/Individual across the lifespan total clinical hours:
To meet the program objectives, you are required to complete a total of 672 clinical hours. Of the total 672 hours, 500+ direct patient care clinical hours is regarded as a minimum. “It is expected the NP student provide direct patient care to multiple age groups across the lifespan (i.e. the Family Nurse Practitioner student should receive experiences with individuals/families across the lifespan). It is also expected the NP student exceed the minimum 500 hour direct patient care clinical hour requirement.” National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (2016). The 500+ direct patient care hours must be in primary care. The remaining hours would include clinical seminar, pre-approved CE’s (12 per semester), simulation experiences and other pre-approved (by Nurse Practitioner Coordinator) primary care related specialties.

Clinical Experience:

The UAH College of Nursing currently maintains over 800 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.

To Apply:

Students applying for fall admission must submit their ENTIRE application package by the Priority Application Deadline: April 1.

Each student must apply to the UAH School of Graduate Studies as well as apply to the College of Nursing. All students must meet the requirements for admission into the School of Graduate Studies and the College of Nursing (Admission Requirements listed below).

Step One: Apply online with UAH School of Graduate Studies at:
http://www.uah.edu/admissions/graduate/admission-process
Have official transcripts sent to UAH from any university you have attended.

Step Two: Apply online with UAH College of Nursing at:
http://www.uah.edu/images/colleges/nursing/files/msn-application.pdf
(Note: download and open with Adobe Reader to submit via email nursing-grad-app@uah.edu by April 1). Email your resume or CV to nursing-grad-app@uah.edu

Step Three: Have 2 completed Graduate Recommendation Forms submitted from individuals familiar with applicant's academic and clinical abilities. Download the form at:
http://www.uah.edu/images/colleges/nursing/files/graduate-recommendation-form.pdf

Admission Requirements:

Applicants for this program must:

  • Hold a master's degree in nursing from an accredited institution.
  • 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.