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 interested in pursuing certification in advanced nursing practice. The Department of Nursing currently offers a Post-Masters Certificate in Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner.  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 Master'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 June 30, 2025.

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 III (3) cr.

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

The Post - Masters Certificate in 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 Post-Masters 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