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Post-Master’s Certificate Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner (PMC-FNP) Program


    • About the PMC-FNP Program
    • State Authorization and Licensure
    • Admission Criteria
    • Costs & Financial Aid
    About the PMC-FNP Program

    The Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Post-Master’s Certificate FNP is designed for the the working registered nurse who has a Master’s in Nursing degree and is seeking education and clinical skills as a Family Nurse Practitioner.  This program is a mix of asynchronous online education, in-person residency days, and on-site clinical experiences.

    Students who successfully complete the program requirements are eligible to sit for either the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Certification Board (AANPCB) FNP Exam or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) FNP Exam.   

    The program is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. Students living outside of Pennsylvania should investigate the requirements of the State Boards of Nursing in their respective home states.

    Course Catalog Major Requirements

    State Authorization and Licensure

    The programs meet licensure requirements in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and are approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing, which can be contacted at:

    P.O. Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA, 17105; (717) 783-7142; https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/Nursing/Pages/Board-Approved-Nursing-Education-Programs.aspx

    Following successful completion of the master’s or post-master’s certificate program, students may be eligible to sit for the family nurse practitioner national certification examination from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB).   

    Students may be eligible for certification as a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) in Pennsylvania through the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing or in any state in which the program is available for enrollment. We are working hard to expand the number of states in which each program is authorized. Refer to the University’s State Authorization web page for additional information and program availability. 

    Since this program leads to a professional license or certification, authorization may or may not be required of the University from the state professional licensing board prior to the student beginning a clinical or field experience in a state other than Pennsylvania. Check with your program clinical coordinator with questions about state professional licensure board requirements prior to enrollment. Any changes in state of residence after enrollment could affect eligibility to complete the program. 

    The Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing requires that the Pharmacy course must be taken within 5 years of intended completion of the MSN Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner program for the applicant for CRNP licensure to be eligible for prescriptive licensure. Students living outside of Pennsylvania should investigate the requirements of the State Boards of Nursing in their respective home state.

    Please note that most states require nurses to be nationally certified and to have completed an accredited graduate nursing program in order to obtain licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse. Each national certification provider and state Board of Nursing will have eligibility requirements in addition to these educational requirements, such as passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they are eligible for state Board of Nursing approval and certification as an advanced practice registered nurse in their state. Students can obtain additional information from their state's Board of Nursing, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB). The National Council of State Boards of Nursing website [https://www.ncsbn.org/contact-bon.htm] provides contact information for each state Board of Nursing.

    For more information regarding authorization and licensure, visit the University’s State Authorization web page [https://www.francis.edu/State-Authorization/]. 

    Admission Criteria

    To qualify for the online Post-Master’s Certificate, Family (Individual across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner track, the candidate must meet the following prerequisites:

    • Official transcripts verifying the conferral of a baccalaureate (bachelor's) degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE-accredited program.

    • Official transcripts verifying the conferral of  a master’s of science in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE-accredited program

    • A GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.    

    • Have at least one full calendar year of full-time experience as an RN prior to registration in clinical or specialty courses.

    • Current RN license in the U.S. state/territory or locale where student will complete clinical requirements. Licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is required for clinical coursework completed in Pennsylvania.

    • Complete an undergraduate statistics course

    • Complete a Gap Analysis Form

    • Application essay that includes career goals

    • Two professional references (These letters should be completed by two people who can attest to the applicant’s aptitude for leadership in the profession.)

    • Experience/employment history/professional activity (e.g., community, organizational, and volunteer service, and creative professional accomplishments)

    • Interview with program faculty (in person or by phone)

    • Ability to attend the required program residencies (and review course for FNP Students)

    • Students must meet the Technical Standards for Admission

    • Proficiency in English 

      • All applicants whose first language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL, http://www.toefl.org)
      • The minimum overall TOEFL score is 84 (Internet-based test); 24 is the minimum score in the speaking section, and 24 is the writing section minimum score

    Official transcripts certifying graduate level courses completed at another institution prior to admission to Saint Francis University should be submitted at the time of application and should be evaluated for acceptability as advanced standing credit in the PMC-FNP track. Transfer credit will only be accepted for courses in which a minimum grade of “B” (QPA = 3.0 on 4.0 scale) or higher or its equivalent has been received from degree granting programs. Generally, courses must have been completed within 5 years of admission. However, the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing requires that Pharmacology must be taken within 5 years of the intended program completion in order to be eligible for prescriptive licensure. Students living outside of Pennsylvania should investigate the requirements for the State Board of Nursing in their home state.

    Please note: All submitted materials become the property of Saint Francis University

    Placement/Advanced Standing

    A maximum of nine (9) graduate-level credits from a regionally accredited university and approved program may be transferred toward completion of the requirements for the Post-Master’s Certificate, Family (Individual across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner track. Transfer credit will only be accepted for courses in which a grade of “B” (GPA = 3.0 on 4.0 scale) or its equivalent has been received. Courses taken over five years prior to admission will not be accepted. Official transcripts certifying graduate level courses completed at another institution prior to admission to Saint Francis University should be submitted at the time of application to be  evaluated for acceptability as advanced standing credit in the PMC-FNP track/MSN Program.

    Procedure for Requesting Transfer Credits

    Contact the Post-Master's Certificate FNP Program Director for transfer credit evaluation.

    *Note the Curriculum is subject to change. 

    Costs & Financial Aid

    Tuition:

    • 36 credits of course work @ $625/credit (subject to change)
    • One time graduation fee - $195 (subject to change)
    • Estimated fees for clinical coursework supplementary resources are approximately $300 per semester while in FNP specialty courses ($300 x 7 semesters = $2100).  These fees are subject to change based on vendor rates over time.

    Students will also be required to purchase course text books.

    These estimated costs do not include any costs associated with travel/lodging to and from residency days and clinical experiences, required clinical clearances and background checks.

    Financial Aid

    Please contact Financial Aid for student loan options at FinAid@francis.edu or (814) 472-3010.

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