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.


There are three required prerequisite/co-requisite courses for the Post Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Program. Students may complete Advanced Health Assessment, Advanced Pathophysiology, and Advanced Pharmacology at UAH or another institution prior to applying to the program or they may take them while in the program.  Advanced Health Assessment and Advanced Pharmacology are offered during the summer and Advanced Pathophysiology is offered during the fall. All three courses must not be older than 2 years at the time of admission.

Courses Credits
Advanced Health Assessment 3
Pathophysiology 3
Pharmacology 3

Post Master's Program of Study:

 NUR 610-PM  FNP I
 (180 clinical hours)
 6 SH
 (180 clinical hours)
 6 SH
 (180 clinical hours)
 6 SH
 (180 clinical hours)
 6 SH

Total clinical: 720 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.

Priority Application Deadline

The priority deadline for applications is March 1st.

To apply, go to UAH Graduate Admissions at:

To be considered for admission, an applicant must provide a complete application which includes the following:

  1. Official transcripts from each university or college attended.
  2. Resume/CV including educational history, professional employment, and current certifications.
  3. Three evaluations submitted from individuals familiar with your academic and/or clinical abilities.
  4. Proof of unencumbered nursing license.
Meeting the above does not guarantee acceptance.

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.