Post Masters Adult/Gerontology and Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Program

The Program

The program is designed for professional registered nurses who have previously earned a Masters degree with a major in nursing and who now want to become eligible to be certified as an Adult/Gerontology or Family Nurse Practitioner.  The department of nursing currently offers a Masters degree in Nursing with an Advanced Practice track.  Students in the Post - Masters Certificate Program will complete the necessary theory and practicum course requirements in the track in order to be eligible to sit for the Adult/Gerontology or Family Nurse Practitioner certification examination (American Association of Nurse Practitioners or American Nurses Credentialing Center). The Mater's Degree Program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) 1 Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, D.C., Telephone (202) 887-6791, till March 2015.

Course Requirements

-NUR 5461 - Advanced Pathophysiology (3) cr.

-NUR 6001 - Advanced Health Assessment (3) cr.

-NUR 6011 - Advanced Pharmacology (3) cr.

-NUR 6041 - Adv. Nursing Practicum I (4) cr.

-NUR 6111 - Advanced Nursing Theory I (3) cr.

-NUR 6121 - Advanced Nursing Theory II (3) cr.

-NUR 7011 - Adv. Nursing Practicum II (4) cr.

-NUR 7251 - Adv. Nursing Role Practicum (4) cr.

Additional courses required for FNPs:

-NUR 6210- Advanced Health Assessment of the Pediatric and Childbearing Client (1) cr.

-NUR 6130 - Advanced Nursing II (3) cr.

-NUR 7070- Adv. Nursing Practicum III (4) cr.

The Post - Masters Certificate Program in the Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner track requires completion of 510 hours and the Family Nurse Practitioner track requires completion of 680 hours.

Students will be required to complete NUR 5081, The Role of the APN (3) credits, as an additional prerequisite if they have not completed a graduate level role course.

Students in the certificate program will attend classes with current masters’ students.  Upon completion of the required coursework, the certificate student will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination and upon passing to apply for an advanced practice nursing license in the state of New Jersey.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of application and fee
  • Official transcript of MSN degree
  • Copy of NJ registered license
  • Interview with graduate program director