Specialize in Caring for the Health Care Needs of Families

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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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Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (Post-Master)

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*Due to the competitive nature of clinical placements for our MS in Nursing FNP Program, enrollment in our FNP Post-Master’s Certificate is very limited and may not be offered each year.  Please contact an Admissions Counselor for more information on the current status of enrollment in this certificate program at healthcare@regis.edu or call 303.458.4344.

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.

Don't you owe it to yourself to expand upon your proven skills? Let Regis University take you the rest of the way to a rewarding future!

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 600 Theoretical Framework (3 semester hours)
NR 602 Research in Nursing (3 semester hours)
NR 605 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice (3 semester hours)
NR 607 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice (3 semester hours)
NR 608 Health Care Policy (3 semester hours)
NR 614 Foundations of Health Care Economics (3 semester hours)
NR 630 Advanced Practice Assessment (3 semester hours)
NR 637 Women's Health and Childbearing for the Family Nurse Practioner (2 semester hours)
NR 651 Professional Integration (3 semester hours)
NR 659 Primary Health Care of Children and Their Families (2 semester hours)
NR 660 Primary Health Care Across the Lifespan I (5 semester hours)
NR 661 Primary Health Care Across the Lifespan II (5 semester hours)
NR 662 Primary Health Care Across the Lifespan III (5 semester hours)
NR 667 Primary Care Procedures I (1 semester hours)
NR 668 Primary Care Procedures II (1 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.

Accreditation

Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science degree in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Regis University’s Loretto Heights School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


Tuition

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 for the Family Nurse Practitioner Program.



How to Apply

*Due to the competitive nature of clinical placements for our MS in Nursing FNP Program, enrollment in our FNP Post-Master’s Certificate is very limited and may not be offered each year.  Please contact an Admissions Counselor for more information on the current status of enrollment in this certificate program at healthcare@regis.edu or call 303.458.4344.


POST-MASTER'S CERTIFICATE, FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER SPECIALIZATION

  • A master's degree in nursing from an NLN or AACN-CCNE accredited program, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • Evidence of a minimum two years work experience in nursing
ADDITIONAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTIFICATES
  • An active, unrestricted or unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license in the state in which your clinical/practicum experience will be completed.
  • Completion of a statistics course with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification for Health Care Providers.
  • Eligibility for this program is pending the successful completion of a drug screening and a criminal background check. For a complete list of Disqualifying Offenses, click here.
  • A complete health history and physical examination record indicating that the student is physically able to meet the objectives of the program, and is appropriately immunized is required after admission to the program.
  • If English is not your native/first language, you must meet either of the following language proficiency requirements:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – Internet-based: Minimum score of 82 (24 Writing, 20 Speaking, 22 Reading, 16 Listening), Computer-based: Minimum score of 213. Regis University's TOEFL code is 4656.
    • Applicants that have successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited US institution do not need to provide a TOEFL score.

All applicants must apply through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS). Review the NursingCAS site and the information below for details on how to apply. All application materials are sent to NursingCAS directly. Your application must be submitted to NursingCAS by the deadline date.

It is in the applicant’s best interest to initiate the application no less than a month prior to the application deadline. It is the responsibility of the applicant to plan ahead to ensure that all parts of the application arrive by the specified deadline and to monitor their application status to ensure that all parts of the application arrive on time (transcripts and letters of recommendation, along with all other components of the application).

*Please note that due to the competitive nature of clinical placements for our MS in Nursing FNP, enrollment in the Post-Master's Certificate FNP is very limited and may not be offered each year. Please contact an Admission Counselor for more information on the current status of enrollment in this certificate program.

  1. Submit the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) application online at www.nursingcas.org.  Select the 'Hybrid' option in the first drop down menu.  Applicants to the Post-Master's Certificate complete the NNP application.  
  2. Submit three recommendation forms directly through NursingCAS. Select professional and/or academic references that can address your academic, professional, and leadership potential. One recommendation must be from your current employer or supervisor. The recommendation forms provided must be used. 
  3. Submit (upload) a one-page typewritten statement (double-spaced) that addresses the essay question per the NursingCAS application instructions.
  4. Submit (upload) a current resume noting professional and volunteer experiences and relevant healthcare certifications.
  5. Request official university and/or college transcripts to be sent directly to NursingCAS. Official transcripts should not to be sent directly to Regis University. Arrange for NursingCAS to receive a separate official transcript from each regionally accredited U.S. university and/or college you attended. NursingCAS will not verify your application until all official transcripts and other required materials are received. See NursingCAS for Transcript Request Forms. 
  6. A personal interview may be required.

Materials in support of an application for admission become the property of Regis University and will not be provided or returned to an applicant.

RANKING

  • The FNP program has a competitive admissions process where students are selected based on a number of factors, including cumulative GPA, current resume, three recommendation forms, work experience, and the personal statement. A personal interview may be required.

PROGRAM EXCEPTIONS

Due to regulatory requirements in the states listed below, Regis University’s Loretto Heights School of Nursing is unable to accept or enroll students who intend to reside and/or do clinical in any of these states while pursuing RN-BSN, MS Nursing, Post-Graduate Certificate, or DNP education through any of our distance learning formats. For more information click here.

Kentucky | Louisiana | New York | North Dakota | Oregon (APRN only)