Advanced Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner

LIU Post also offers a post-master’s Advanced Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner for nurses who have a Masters of Nursing degree in other specialty areas. Candidates for this program are evaluated on an individual basis and plans of study range from 13 credits (for practicing adult nurse practitioners) to 40 credits. This advanced certificate provides eligibility to sit for national board certification as well as New York State certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

The program is designed in part-time study format. Candidates for the certificate will be required to complete course work in pharmacology, family theory and preceptored clinical practice in settings providing primary health care to families. Coursework in advanced pathophysiology, research, and advanced health assessment are required for admission. 

The program is seeking accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Check out the LIU Post Graduate Bulletin to learn about degree requirements, course descriptions, and more.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the Advanced Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner program must meet the following requirements for admission.

  • Application for Admission
  • Application fee: $50 (non-refundable)
  • Possess a current New York State Registered Nurse license
  • One year of clinical experience preferred
  • Official copies of your undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts from any college(s) or universities you have attended
  • Bachelor degree in Nursing required (BSN)
  • Possess a master's degree in nursing (with a minimum 3.0 GPA) from an accredited school of nursing
  • Prerequisite coursework in advanced physiology and pathophysiology and advanced health assessment. This coursework may also be completed at LIU Post.
  • Qualified candidates may transfer from 3 to 11 credits for advanced standing in the program through the presentation of acceptable courses from an accredited school of nursing taken within the last five years (provided a “B” grade or better was received in the course).
  • A personal interview with faculty
  • Two professional and/or academic letters of recommendation (one letter must be from a practicing nurse practitioner or physician) that address the applicant’s potential in the profession and ability to complete a graduate program.
  • Personal Statement that addresses the reason you are interested in pursuing graduate work in this area of study.
  • a minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • International students are also required to achieve a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 85 Internet-based (a minimum listening score of 22 is also required); 225 Computer-based; or 563 Paper-based. IELTS of 7.5 or above is also acceptable.

Send application materials to:

LIU Post
Graduate Admissions Processing Center
15 Dan Road, Ste. 102
Canton, MA 02021

Course Description

NUR 600P Practicum

Students who meet any of the following criteria will need to register for NUR 600P. Fee is equivalent to one credit per 100 practicum hours. 1) Students who require additional time beyond the academic semester to achieve the total required practicum hours are required to register for NUR 600P. 2) Students in the advanced practice program who have a two semester lapse in time between any of the practicum graduate courses are required to register for NUR 600P. 3) Students who are considered by faculty to be borderline satisfactory competency standard/s are required to register for NUR 600P. 4) Post Master’s FNP Certificate Program students.
0 credits

NUR 605 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing

In order to prescribe medication appropriately and safely, the advanced practice nurse must have an understanding of pharmacology, the use of therapeutic agents in specific disease states, dosage, toxicity, and monitoring parameters. This course builds on previous nursing knowledge to provide the understanding necessary to safely and effectively prescribe drug therapy. Content also includes both state and federal laws, and regulations relating to prescribing drugs in a managed care environment.
Fall, 4 credits

NUR 611 Diagnosis and Management I: Primary Care of the Adult I

This course focuses on the management of an adult client’s common complaints and/or symptoms. The student is introduced to practice protocols and competencies used to manage the client’s health care problem in a primary care setting. An emphasis is placed on a comprehensive client management plan that includes health promotion and disease prevention, as well as evidenced-based decisions that promote optimal physical and mental health. A case study format is utilized.
Co-requisite: NUR 622 and 622S
Fall, 4 credits

NUR 612 Diagnosis and Management II: (Primary Care of Families (Women and Children)

This course focuses on the diagnosis and management of common acute and chronic health issues found in women (gynecologic/reproductive) and children in the primary care setting. Emphasis is placed on the reinforcement and synthesis of clinical knowledge from nursing and medical sciences as a foundation for critical thinking and clinical reasoning in the management of the pediatric patient and women in the primary are setting.
Prerequisite of NUR 606 & Co-requisite of NUR 623 & NUR 623S are required.
Spring, 4 credits

NUR 621 The Family: Social, Ethical and Policy Issues

Through the exploration of family theory and the examination of cultural, social, ethical, legal and family policy issues, the student will develop a comprehensive view of issues which need to be considered in the delivery of quality health care.
Fall, 3 credits

NUR 622 FNP Practicum I: Primary care of Families (Adult)

This is the first clinical course (270 hours) of the diagnosis and management sequence wherein students are assigned preceptors (a nurse practitioner or a physician) in a primary care setting. Students are introduced to practice protocols and essential competencies necessary to provide primary health care to a diverse adult client population. Comprehensive client management, including a holistic client approach, health promotion, disease prevention, and evidence-based decisions are emphasized in this course.
Co-requisite: NUR 611 and NUR 622S
Fall, 6 credits

NUR 622S Diagnosis & Management I Seminar

In conjunction with the practicum experience, a seminar component facilitates the student’s progress throughout the practicum experience.
Fall, 0 credits

NUR 623 FNP Practicum II: Primary Care of Families (Women and Children)

This is the second clinical course (270 hours) of the diagnosis and management sequence. The preceptored clinical experience takes place in a setting that provides the opportunity for the family nurse practitioner candidate to practice/refine their skills and develop essential competencies in diagnosing and managing common acute and chronic conditions as well as complete growth and development evaluations and physical examinations on infants, children and adolescents. The preceptored clinical experience in women's health takes place in a setting that focuses on women's health issues (gynecologic/reproductive) and provides additional experience that are not included in the NUR 611 clinical practicum.
Co-requisite: NUR 612 and NUR 623S
Spring, 6 credits

NUR 623S Diagnosis and Management II Seminar (Women and Children)

The family nurse practitioner student is provided with a review of practical knowledge and skills needed to succeed in both the women's health and pediatrics clinical settings. The students will attend a two-day (7hr/day) seminar prior to the start of NUR 623.
Spring, 0 credits

Typical Sequence

Pre-requisite courses:

  • Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology
  • Advanced Health Assessment

Spring I Semester
NUR 615 Advanced Pharmacokinetics & Pharmacotherapeutics (3)

Summer I Semester
NUR 621 The Family: Social, Ethical and Policy Issues (3)

Fall II Semester
NUR 770 Diagnostic & Clinical Reasoning – 25 Lab hours (4)
NUR 775 Diagnostic & Clinical Reasoning Practicum – 90 hours (2)

Spring II Semester
NUR 660 Diagnosis and Management I: Adult – Geriatric Health (3)
NUR 665 FNP Practicum I: Primary Care of Families (Adults – Geriatric Health) – 180 hours (4)

Summer II Semester
NUR 670 Diagnosis and Management II: Pediatric & Women’s Health (3)
NUR 675 FNP Practicum II: Primary Care of Families (Pediatrics and Women’s Health) – 180 hours (4)

Fall III Semester
NUR 780 Diagnosis and Management III: Management of Chronic Complex Medical Conditions Across the Lifespan (3)
NUR 785 FNP Practicum III: Management of Chronic Complex Medical Conditions Across the Lifespan – 180 hours (4)
Total: 33 credits and 630 practicum hours


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