Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate Program 

Xavier University prepares masters prepared registered nurses in the nurse practitioner role with the family across the lifespan population focus. The family nurse practitioner (FNP) will apply family centered primary care including preventive care, diagnosis and treatment, as well as health maintenance and management of chronic illness to individuals across the life span in predominantly ambulatory primary care settings. The FNP track follows an integration of the MSN and nurse practitioner core courses and practicum experiences specific to the preparation of a family nurse practitioner.  The course of study will culminate with an immersion practicum in the role of the FNP.

Experienced registered nurses with an MSN from a regionally accredited college or university and CCNE accreditation are eligible to apply for the post-master's certificate program.  The FNP post master's certificate program requires 18 to 27 semester hours, depending upon the student's previously completed course work.
This program is offered at the main campus and at select partner sites via video-conferencing. It is not an online program.

Family Nurse Practitioner Track Courses (18-27 semester hours/600 clinical hours) 

Nurse Practitioner Core (9 semester hours)
Previous course work will be reviewed at the time of application to determine if any of the Nurse Practitioner Core (3 'P's) requirements have been met 
NURS 658         Clinical Pharmacology (3)
NURS 680         Advanced Pathophysiology for RNs (3)
NURS 756         Advanced Health Assessment for RNs (3)
FNP Core (18 semester hours)                                                                      Clinical Hours
NURS 770         Primary Care FNP Role (3)
NURS 771         Childbearing Family Care Practicum (1)*                                        120
NURS 772         Childbearing Family Care (3)
NURS 773         Pediatric and Adolescent Family Care Practicum (1)*                      120
NURS 774         Pediatric and Adolescent Family Care (3)
NURS 775         Adult and Geriatric Family Care Practium (1)*                                 120
NURS 776         Adult and Geriatric Family Care (3)
NURS 777         FNP in Practice Practicum (2)*                                                      240
NURS 778         FNP in Practice (1)
( )* indicates the number of didactic credit hours to practicum credit hour.  Each practicum credit hour is 8 clinical contact hours:  1:8. The total number of practicum hours required for the FNP is 600.

Pre/Co-requisites: NURS 770 is pre/co-req for NURS 775/776 & 775/776 are prereqs for NURS 773/774 & NURS 771/772.

FNP Track Objectives »                                  Admission information and how to apply »                 

Please contact the advisor of this track for more information:

Dr. Kimberly Toole

Assistant Professor and FNP Coordinator
School of Nursing
Office: (513) 745-3095