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Specialize in Caring for the Health Care Needs of Families

If you have a Master of Science in Nursing degree and want to become a family nurse practitioner without earning a second master's degree, our on campus Post-Master’s Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner is the solution for you.
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Post-Master in Nursing Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner

Degree Overview

Loretto Heights School of Nursing’s on-campus graduate certificate options are designed for nurses who have a Master of Science in Nursing and want to expand upon their knowledge and skills without earning a second master's degree.

The Post-Master’s Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner is an ideal solution if you already have an MS in Nursing degree or its equivalent and want to become a family nurse practitioner. The curriculum focuses on health promotion, disease prevention and management of acute and chronic illness and injury. The curriculum is designed to develop critical-thinking ability, creativity, and clinical expertise in competencies identified by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) and National Task Force (NTF), American Nurses Association (ANA), Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), and National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and the Consensus Model Advanced Practice Nurse Regulation documents. Clinical experiences are offered in a variety of health care settings in both urban and rural communities.

Completion of this specialization will make you eligible to take both the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Examination upon graduation.

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Learn more about graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed this program and other important information regarding gainful employment for the current academic year. 

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for the Post-Master in Nursing Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner program at Regis University. The total certificate requires 12-31 semester hours.

Family Nurse Practitioner Post Master's Certificate Courses
NR 605 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan (3 semester hours)
NR 607 Advanced Pharmacology for Advanced Practice (3 semester hours)
NR 614 Foundations of Financial Management for Nursing Leaders (3 semester hours)
NR 630 Advanced Health Assessment of the Patient and Family (3 semester hours)
NR 642 Primary Health Care of Children and Their Families (5 semester hours)
NR 645 Clinical Integration Practicum (5 semester hours)
NR 649 Primary Care Procedures (1 semester hour)
NR 651 Professional Integration (3 semester hours)
NR 663 Primary Health Care of Adults and Older Adults I (5 semester hours)
NR 664 Primary Health Care of Adults and Older Adults II (5 semester hours)
NR 699 Comprehensive Evaluation, Master of Science (0 semester hours)

Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above. For further information contact the Office of Admissions at 303.458.4344.


Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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The baccalaureate degree in nursing/master's degree in nursing leadership and nurse practitioner/Doctor of Nursing Practice and/or post-graduate APRN certificate at Regis University-Loretto Heights School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

May 2014-April 2015

Tuition (per semester hour) $695
Other Fees
Application Fee $75
Lab Fee (one time only) $300
Health Insurance* (waived with proof of other insurance)
   Summer (May 5, 2014-August 21, 2014)
   Fall Rate (August 22, 2014-December, 31 2014)
   Spring/Summer Rate (January 1, 2015-August 21, 2015)

Background Check and Drug Screen (external agency fee) $105
Graduation Application Fee $50

*Students who elect the University sponsored health insurance are enrolled for the entire year and cannot drop mid-year without a change of life exception. Only students who are enrolled in programs that require health insurance are eligible for the University sponsored plan.

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