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Family Nurse Practitioner


Program Overview

Complement your master’s or doctoral nursing education with a graduate certificate you can earn online and around your rounds. Our graduate certificate program builds on your prior education to further develop your knowledge and competencies for specialized practice as a family nurse practitioner.

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Develop a specialization for family care

The Family Nurse Practitioner program focuses on care of individuals across the lifespan with an emphasis on preventive health care as well as the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illness for individuals and families.

Currently, only residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia are eligible for admission to NP concentrations.

  • Application DeadlineAugust 1 for spring admission


Students who focus on the graduate certificate program will complete 21 credit hours. Please note that courses are subject to change.

Spring – Year 1

  • NUR 567 Family Nurse Practitioner Role and Issues

Semester Credits: 3

Summer – Year 1

  • NUR 569 Family Nurse Practitioner I
  • NUR 570 Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical I (180 Clinical Hours)

Semester Credits: 6

Fall – Year 2

  • NUR 571 Family Nurse Practitioner II
  • NUR 572 Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical II (180 Clinical Hours)

Semester Credits: 6

Spring – Year 2

  • NUR 573 Family Nurse Practitioner III
  • NUR 574 Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical III (180 Clinical Hours)

Semester Credits: 6

The student’s transcripts will be assessed for the following courses. In the absence of transcript credit, the following courses must be completed.

  • NUR 505 Advanced Health Assessment
  • NUR 521 Advanced Pharmacology
  • NUR 529 Advanced Pathophysiology


Admission requirements are consistent with those of the Graduate School. Applicants for the nurse practitioner post-graduate certificate will be considered on a competitive basis. Nurses who are interested in a post-graduate certificate program are encouraged to contact the Capstone College of Nursing (CCN) Graduate Recruitment and Retention Liaison, Vickie Samuel, at (205) 348-8163 or

NOTE:  Currently, only residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia are eligible for admission to NP concentrations.  Please check this site in the future for changes in the residency requirement.

The following are requirements for admission:

  1. Master’s degree in nursing from an accredited graduate program in nursing or a master’s degree in a health-related field with a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited program.
  2. For regular admission, a grade point average of at least 3.0 overall (based on a 4.0 grading scale) or 3.0 for the graduate work is required.
  3. Students must reside and hold a current unencumbered RN licensure in a state approved for admission. View the states here from which the College of Nursing accepts applications for admission.
  4. Final admission is contingent upon drug and background screen results that are deemed acceptable by appropriate University officials.

Enrollment into the Post-Graduate Certificate program is available for the Spring semester each year.  Your completed application must be received by the August 1 deadline.

Post-Graduate Application Process

  • Begin your graduate application at the UA Graduate School.
    • For “Program Type” select Distance (Online/Blended/Gadsden)
    • For “Campus” select Distance Learning 
  • Request transcripts following the Graduate School’s transcript instructions.
  • Upload and submit the following supporting documents:
    • Statement of purpose. Please refer to the Post-Graduate Certificate Statement of Purpose Guidelines from the Capstone College of Nursing.
    • Resume or curriculum vitae. 
    • Contact information for two references. The references should be professionals who can provide insight regarding your potential for success in the graduate program.  The Graduate School will contact these references via e-mail.
    • Copy of active RN license from every state in which you are licensed. Note: Licensure must be maintained throughout the program.
  • Interview – Applicants will receive instructions on this step once the application is complete with the above requirements.

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