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Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate

Purdue University Global offers a Family Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care Certificate program to Registered nurses who've earned a master's degree. Keep reading to learn about admissions requirements, course requirements, and program outcomes.

Official Program Name:

Family Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care Certificate

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:

Post-Master's Certificate

Program Prerequisites:

This program is for experienced nurses who have a master's degree in nursing. Nurses whose previous education included training in an advanced practice nursing specialty, such as nurse anesthetists, will need to submit proof of professional certification or licensure in addition to their graduate transcripts. A clear criminal background check is also required.

Program Description:

he Family Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care Certificate program at Purdue University Global is designed for nurses interested in developing the skills needed to provide primary care for patients of all ages. Instruction is delivered through a combination of online coursework and on-campus meetings. Students also complete between 300 and 645 hours of preceptorship experience and have access to Purdue University's nursing clinics. Research opportunities are also available. Students can focus their efforts on such areas as health promotion, nursing education, and healthcare delivery systems.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

60 credits

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants and loans. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Family Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care Certificate:

Purdue University Global's certificate program consists of 12 courses, for a total of 60 credit hours. The number of courses students are required to complete varies depending on their academic background. Nurses who've already received training for another specialty could be required to complete between 10 and 34 credit hours of study.

Contact Purdue University Global for the most current course and credit hour requirements, as these are subject to change from one semester to the next.

Core Requirements (60 credits)

  • Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Life Span
  • Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
  • Advanced Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics
  • Introduction to Primary Care for the Nurse Practitioner
  • Primary Care Across the Life Span
  • Primary Care of Women's Health
  • Primary Care of Children and Adolescents Health
  • Life Span Health Focus Clinical
  • Women's Health Focus Clinical
  • Children and Adolescent Health Focus Clinical
  • Primary Care Focus Clinical
  • Transition to Practice

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Once nurses complete the Family Nurse Practitioner Primary Care Certificate curriculum offered by Purdue University Global, they could be eligible to sit for certification exams administered by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and American Nurses Credentialing Center. They might also be prepared to take on the role of a family nurse practitioner in the following settings, among others:

  • Private practices
  • Nursing homes
  • Urgent care facilities

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