Jun 28, 2022  
2020-2021 Graduate Bulletin 
2020-2021 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Bulletin/Catalog Year 2020-2021
College of Behavioral and Health Sciences
School of Nursing

Dr. Eve Rice
Interim Director, School of Nursing
Location: McCord Building, Room 218
Phone:  931-221-7438
Email: ricem@apsu.edu

Dr. Michelle Robertson
Coordinator, Professor of Nursing
Location: McCord Building, Room 313
Phone:  931-221-7489
Email: Robertsonm@apsu.edu
Website: www.apsu.edu/nursing

The School of Nursing offers a Post-Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner certificate.   This program is designed for individuals who have already earned a MSN degree and who have a desire to provide comprehensive health care services, in a primary care setting, to patients across the lifespan.

Students completing the certificate program are eligible to sit for the AANP or ANCC FNP certification examination. 

The program is flexible to meet the needs of practicing nurses.

Admission Requirements

Students who have received a MSN are eligible to apply for a Post-Graduate Certificate. Post-Graduate Certificates are available in Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator. A post-graduate applicant must have a minimum of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the Master’s degree. The Bachelor’s degree GPA will also be considered. Post-graduate students choosing the FNP option will be required to provide proof of completion of Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credit hours), Advanced Pharmacology (3 credit hours), and Advanced Physical Assessment (3/1 credit hours). If the student has not successfully completed the required courses, or the courses taken are not comparable to those required by the MSN program at APSU, the student will be required to complete those before beginning the clinical components of the curriculum.

All applicants for the Graduate Nursing Program must complete and show evidence of the following:

  1. $45 application fee. (Non-refundable)
  2. Official transcripts from all colleges attended (graduate and undergraduate) verifying that a bachelor’s degree in nursing has been earned with an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Applicant Resume.
  4. Applicant Goal Statement (e.g., reasons for pursuing graduate studies). The personal goal statement should be a one-page essay. It must be written in your own words. It should contain the following:
    • Details on your decision to obtain a Master’s degree in nursing
    • Description of your particular interest in and potential for contributing to the nursing profession, specifically as a Master’s prepared nurse
    • Career objectives
    • Plan to be successful in the MSN program, specifically addressing your goal of full or part-time study and the many hours required studying and in clinical.
  5. Licensure Verification (proof of an unencumbered, current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee or the state in which the clinical assignments are completed).
  6. Military documents if applicable.
  7. Successful completion of a 3-semester hour or 4 quarter hour undergraduate level Statistics course is required.
  8. Reply from Nursing Admission committee. Admission decision will be rendered from APSU’s School of Nursing Graduate Curriculum, Admission, and Retention committee.

Application Deadlines

The Graduate Nursing program admits twice each calendar year.

Summer Admission:  Application due April 1 (Courses begin in Summer II term)
Spring I Admission:  Application due September 2 (Courses begin in the Winter term - Spring I Ft. Campbell)