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Post-Graduate Certificate

Family Nurse Practitioner

  • One year and three months, Full-Time Program
  • 100% Online Coursework – One Campus Residency
  • Clinical Placement Support

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TAKE YOUR ADVANCED NURSING DEGREE TO THE NEXT LEVEL

For more than 50 years, Cleveland State University has delivered quality nursing education with a mission of inspiring innovation and inclusivity, promoting health equity and wellness and educating with excellence. For those who have already earned your master's or doctoral degree in nursing, Cleveland State University’s online Post-Graduate Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner program can lead you to a new specialized career path without completing an entire additional degree program. This track prepares you to provide family-focused primary care for patients across the lifespan. A post-graduate certificate can open pathways for new leadership opportunities, educational advancement and the potential to build advanced practice skills to provide needed care in your community.

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ABOUT THE PROGRAM

For those who want to explore new a new nursing specialization, CSU’s online Post-Graduate Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner offers a pathway to further your career. With combined higher education and hands-on real-world experiences, you’ll develop advanced practice skills to provide needed care across your patients’ lifespan. Coursework includes focused study on such topics as primary care of adults, women’s health in reproductive years, care of children and adolescents, and more. 
 

  • 100% online coursework 
  • One on-site residency on our dynamic campus 
  • 780 clinical hours near your community 
  • Clinical placement services are provided as part of the program 
  • Complete this program full-time in less one year and three months 
  • Taught by tenure-track professors who are active in initiatives and research and are dedicated, caring and experienced professionals who want you to succeed 
  • Strong community-focused program 
  • Become fully prepared for the FNP certification exam approved by your state’s board of nursing 

POST-GRADUATE CERTIFICATE – FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER

Curriculum Sample

This practicum course offers opportunities for students to engage in specific components of advanced nursing practice during self-directed clinical experiences in collaboration with preceptors. Students will apply advanced knowledge of normal anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology and psychosocial concepts to nursing care of children and adolescents and their families. (3 credits)

This course provides the opportunity for students to apply theoretical knowledge and psychomotor skills in learning to perform procedures commonly performed in the family practice setting. Emphasis is on the provision of safe and effective advanced practice nursing care to clients in a variety of settings. This course includes laboratory activities. (1 credit)

This course develops the foundation for managing the care of the adult client with acute and chronic illness in primary care and community settings. Included is health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis and management of common chronic and acute conditions. Issues of gender, race, and genetics are addressed, with knowledge of pathophysiology and pharmacology applied in the holistic management of care. (3 credits)

This course focuses on the health of women in the reproductive years, providing knowledge needed for health promotion, illness prevention, diagnosis and management care of women from diverse populations in primary care and community settings. Issues of age, gender, ethnicity and sexuality will be addressed as strategies are explored for the care of well and sick female clients. (3 credits)

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NURSE PRACTITIONERS BY THE NUMBERS

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CLINICAL PLACEMENT SERVICES

Our clinical placement services team will work with you to find clinical placement opportunities in your area. However, as a student you will be responsible for key parts of the placement process. These FAQs can help you better understand the clinical placement services provided as part of your FNP nursing education experience at CSU.

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How does the clinical placement process work?

You’ll work directly with your dedicated clinical placement team who will help identify a suitable clinical placement site within a reasonable distance from your home and coordinate the preceptor details.

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How do I prepare for nursing clinicals?

You’ll work with and remain in close communication with your placement team throughout your program. This team will advise you to ensure you complete all requirements, meet deadlines and have completed all requirements on your nursing clinicals checklist.

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When can I expect to receive details regarding clinical placement?

Prior to each clinical start date, your placement team will notify you of your clinical assignment and start date. Once confirmed and communicated, you’ll be encouraged to work with your preceptor to establish your schedule.

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What can I expect from my clinical experience?

Each individual clinical placement will be its own unique experience due to the variety of health care environments students will work in. During your clinical rotations which go hand in hand with your nursing courses, you’ll work under the close supervision of your preceptor and, indirectly, the CSU clinical faculty.

Frequently Asked Questions

There is a 38% job growth projection for nurse practitioners through 2032 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The total annual median income for full-time Family Nurse Practitioners is $115,000.

Family Nurse Practitioners practice in diverse environments including private practice, community health centers, health care systems and universities.

Yes. Cleveland State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the largest regional accreditor in the U.S. 

Yes. Our clinical placement services team will work with you to find clinical placement opportunities in your area. However, as a student you will be responsible for key parts of the placement process.

You’ll work directly with your dedicated clinical placement team who will help identify a suitable clinical placement site within a reasonable distance from your home and coordinate the preceptor details. However, as a student you will be responsible for key parts of the placement process.

This five-semester program requires 35 credits of online coursework, 780 clinical hours and one on-site residency on our dynamic campus. It can be completed full-time in one year and three months.

The online Post-Graduate Certificate FNP program costs $614.25* per credit hour for in-state students ($21,498.75 total* + fees) and $615.25* for out-of-state students ($21,533.75 total* + fees).  

*Tuition rates as of 01/22/2024. Rates are subject to change. Visit csuohio.edu/bursar/tuition-and-fees for current rates. 

Yes. You’ll learn alongside faculty who conduct cutting-edge research across a range of areas. Our faculty members are dedicated, caring and experienced professionals who are committed to excellence in nursing education, research and service.

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