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Advanced Certificate Program: Family Nurse Practitioner

Advanced standing is available to applicants who already hold a Master of Science degree in an advanced practice nursing role and wish to earn an advanced certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Individual program plans will be developed to maximize students’ educational and work experience toward fulfilling program requirements. Up to 24 of the 36 credits required for the certificate may be transferred or challenged by examination. An administrative fee is required for the challenge examination.

The Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares registered nurses with the advanced theoretical knowledge, clinical judgment, and practice skills that undergird the care of families across the age continuum. Family Nurse Practitioners provide comprehensive, culturally sensitive primary health care that emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention, as well as the holistic management of clients with commonly occurring acute and chronic health problems.

Educational experiences include classroom instruction from a distinguished multidisciplinary faculty and supervised experiences in the clinical management of clients of all ages in a variety of care settings. As advanced practice nurses, Family Nurse Practitioners perform comprehensive health assessments; conduct risk analyses; provide client education and counseling to promote wellness; diagnose and treat common health problems; and maximize the functional and self-care abilities of individuals of all ages.

Upon successful completion of the Master of Science degree, graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to apply for Nurse Practitioner Certification in New York State.