Graduate Program Tracks

Family Nurse Practitioner Track

The Family Nurse Practitioner Track (FNP) is a traditional program designed to prepare registered nurses who have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or a Master of Science in Nursing degree to work as Family Nurse Practitioners. The programs of study options include a Master of Science in Nursing Degree and a Post-Master’s Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner. The Master of Science in Nursing degree option consists of 46 semester hours and the Post-Master’s Certificate option consists of 32 semester hours. Full-time and part-time plans of study are available for both options. The graduate curriculum prepares nurses to achieve the core competencies required of the Family Nurse Practitioner. Coupled with the necessary number of clinical hours the curriculum is sequenced in a manner to facilitate the student’s progression and transition into the advanced practice role. Upon completion of the requirements of a program of study the graduate is eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination.

Nurse Educator Track

The Nurse Educator Track is offered online and is designed to prepare registered nurses who have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or a Master of Science in Nursing Degree to teach in academic and clinical settings, including staff development, continuing education and community education programs. The programs of study options include a Master of Science in Nursing degree and a Post-Master’s Certificate as a Nurse Educator. The Master of Science in Nursing degree option consists of 39 semester hours and the Post-Master’s Certificate option consists of 16 semester hours. Full-time and part-time plans of study are available for both options. In addition, the proposed plan of study for the Post-Master’s Certificate is one calendar year for full and part-time students. Upon successful completion of the requirements of a program of study and the necessary years of full-time teaching experience in an academic role, graduates are eligible to sit for the National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) Examination.