Family Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care Certificate
Description and Outcomes
If you are a registered nurse interested in expanding your knowledge as it relates to the role of the family nurse practitioner, consider the Family Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care Certificate program. This certificate program is designed to educate you on the topics of how to best deliver care as a member of an interprofessional team and how to improve the availability of evidence-based, culturally relevant health care in diverse communities. The curriculum helps you develop the skills to evaluate the health and wellness of individuals, families, and their communities. The nurse practitioner is expected to possess skills in diagnosing, treating, and managing acute and chronic health conditions, to deliver preventive care, and to participate in the development of appropriate policy and evidence-based practice.
Refer to the Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams section for important program disclosure information.
Note: the Family Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care Certificate program is not available in all states. Refer to the State Approvals section for details.
Clinical Practice Experience
You will complete a clinical practice experience designed to provide the opportunity for application of theoretical knowledge while working with a designated, qualified preceptor. The clinical practice experience occurs in a facility or clinical site you select in consultation with the faculty and the Clinical Placement Team.
Refer to the State Approvals section for details.
The Family Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care, Primary Care Certificate program consists of a minimum of 60 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of this program, you will be awarded a certificate.
- Demonstrate, through synthesis of theoretical and scientific knowledge, the safe, effective practice of primary care through management of both health and illness states.
- Collaborate with the individual, family, and community as well as other health care professionals for the purpose of ensuring high-quality, holistic primary care services.
- Demonstrate the role of the nurse practitioner as a health educator and coach to individuals, families, and communities using a wide range of skills.
- Demonstrate commitment to the implementation, preservation, and evolution of the family nurse practitioner role.
- Incorporate critical thinking, collaboration, and interdisciplinary relationships into client care to achieve optimal outcomes.
- Serve as an advocate for the client as he or she interfaces with the health care system.
- Demonstrate a commitment to ensuring quality of care through consultation, collaboration, continuing education, certification, and selfreflection.
- Provide culturally sensitive care in a holistic manner that is responsive to the client's cultural and spiritual beliefs.
Policy information specific to the Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate program is noted below.
You must meet the below admissions requirements in addition to Kaplan University's general requirements.
If you are an international applicant, you are not eligible to enroll in this program due to clinical requirements.
If applying for admission, you must submit a current, professional resume or curriculum vitae that verifies you have worked a minimum of 1,000 clinical hours as a registered nurse within the past 3 years and in a patient care setting that the School of Nursing has determined address the clinical skills and experience needed to serve as a basis for an entering nurse practitioner. Acceptance into the program is determined by the School of Nursing's review of your professional resume or curriculum vitae.
Prior to enrollment, you must submit an unofficial transcript indicating receipt of a master's degree with an upper-level major in nursing from an accredited institution. By the end of the first term, you must provide Kaplan University with an official copy of the transcript. Refer to the First-Term Responsibilities section for additional information.
If your master’s degree nursing focus is in one of the four advanced practice registered nurse roles (nurse midwife, registered nurse anesthetist, clinical nurse specialist, or nurse practitioner), or you have completed a post-master’s certificate in one of the four roles, you must also submit evidence of national certification and/or advanced practice recognition/licensure from your state in the role in order to be considered for admission to the program.
You must have an approved criminal background check from the Kaplan University-approved vendor on file prior to the first day of your first term. Please refer to the Additional Requirements for Graduate Programs section under Admissions Requirements. The criminal background check must not contain information that would prohibit you from being licensed as an advanced practice nurse and/or being granted prescriptive authority under your state’s Nurse Practice Act.
- You are responsible for meeting all requirements for advanced practice certification and/or licensure in your state. To find your requirements, contact your state’s board of nursing. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing has 60 member boards and contact information for each state can be found at www.ncsbn.org/contactbon.htm. While the Kaplan University curriculum meets national certification requirements, some states may have additional licensure standards including, but not limited to, additional clinical or residency hours.
- You must complete your clinical experience in a setting that has been approved by the Clinical Placement Team. You are responsible for participating in locating, selecting, and obtaining an agreement with an appropriate site that best fits your location preferences and meets program requirements. You are required to speak with the program's staff to determine your exact responsibilities and process for site selection. You are responsible for arranging and paying for your own transportation, housing, and availability to attend the clinical practice experiences.
- Prior to registering for the first clinical course, you must submit the following:
- Documentation of a health assessment/physical examination completed within the 6 months prior to beginning the first clinical course, including applicable immunization records and drug screening results.
- Proof of professional liability insurance coverage in the amount of at least $1 million per incident/$3 million per aggregate.
- A criminal background check, as required by applicable federal and/or state regulatory agencies. The background check must be able to qualify you for practice as a nursing student under the requirements of the state of your clinical placements.
Some facilities may require additional documentation, as necessary, to comply with specific federal and/or state requirements for nursing student candidates. Failure to submit appropriate documentation to participate in clinical experiences by the required date will result in you being unable register for the clinical course.
- In addition, prior to beginning the first clinical practice experience, you will be required to provide documentation of compliance with all federal, state, and/or local regulatory requirements related to the activities that are required elements of the specialization. These will include, but are not limited to, immunization status, drug screening, physical history, and examination records, and evidence of an unencumbered registered nurse license.
- You are expected to conduct yourself in a professional manner and maintain a safe environment. If a faculty member and/or agency consider you to be in violation of either one of these requirements, you may be removed from the clinical setting and may receive a failing grade for the course if the course outcomes are not met. Unprofessional and/or unsafe practices will be reviewed by the administrative staff as needed.
- You may apply transfer credit toward the following courses only:
Course List Code Title Credits MN551 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Life Span 5 MN552 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning 5 MN553 Advanced Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics 5
The School of Nursing provides all the School of Nursing guidelines, policies, and documents that are necessary to plan for and support you in meeting the expectations to secure a practicum or clinical experience.
It is your responsibility to obtain and understand the requirements of certification, state board, or national board licensing exams specific to your location and the certification or licensure you seek to function in your professional role. Such requirements may change during the course of the academic program. Upon completion of the academic program, you receive verification of completing an education program specific to your area. The education programs are designed to prepare you to take various certification and licensing exams; however, Kaplan University cannot guarantee you will be eligible to take these exams or become certified. Your eligibility may depend on your work experience, completion of education and/or degree requirements, not having a criminal record, meeting other licensure or certification requirements, or the program or the University itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure.
Please note that most states require nurses to be nationally certified in order to obtain licensure as a nurse practitioner. It is your responsibility to determine whether you will be eligible for state Board of Nursing approval and certification as a nurse practitioner in your state. If eligible, upon completion of the Family Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care Certificate, you may sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Family Nurse Practitioner certification or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners’ Family Nurse Practitioner certification. These are primary care certifications.
Due to the number of different certification organizations and the individual state requirements related to nurse practitioner responsibilities, completion of the Family Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care Certificate program does not imply or guarantee certification or licensure. You are responsible for investigating the qualifications and requirements for certification and/or licensure in your specific location.
|MN551||Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Life Span||5|
|MN552||Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning||5|
|MN553||Advanced Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics||5|
|MN566||NP I - Introduction to Primary Care for the Nurse Practitioner||5|
|MN568||FNP I - Primary Care Across the Life Span||5|
|MN569||FNP I Clinical - Life Span Health Focus||5|
|MN576||NP I - Primary Care of Women's Health||5|
|MN577||NP II Clinical - Women's Health Focus||5|
|MN580||FNP II - Primary Care of Children and Adolescents Health||5|
|MN581||FNP II Clinical - Children and Adolescent Health Focus||5|
|MN605||Transition to Practice||5|
|MN610||NP III Clinical - Primary Care Focus||5|
|Total Core Requirements||60|