The purpose of the Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program at Purdue University Northwest is to increase the numbers of family nurse practitioners prepared to provide primary care. Primary care is currently undergoing a period of expansion in order to meet the increasing healthcare needs of our nation’s citizens. The post-master’s certificate program at Purdue University Northwest exists to address the need for increased numbers of primary care providers. The target audience for this program includes master’s prepared nurses that are interested in becoming family nurse practitioners.
The admission process for the Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program adheres to Graduate School Admission policies regarding English as a foreign language and parallels that for students seeking a Master’s Degree in Nursing. Specific requirements are:
Master’s degree in nursing from an accredited institution or admission and enrollment in a master’s degree program in nursing.
Minimum graduate GPA of 3.0/4.0 with the possibility of conditional admission for applicants who do not meet this requirement.
Evidence of current registered nurse licensure.
A minimum of one year or 1500 hours of experience as a registered nurse.
Criminal background check clearance (Information about testing to be obtained through College of Nursing.)
Credit Hour Requirements: The certificate requires students to complete a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 30 credit hours consisting of the following courses: