2004 - 2005 Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Option
Admission Requirements | Program Requirements | Adult Nurse Practioner Plan of Study | Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Plan of Study | Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Plan of Study | Course Descriptions
A Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Option is available for the nationally certified adult nurse practitioner (ANP), gerontological nurse practitioner (GNP), or pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) who wishes to become a family nurse practitioner (FNP).
The graduates are prepared to provide primary health care services to clients across the life span in a variety of settings, including medically under-served communities and nurse shortage areas, and in collaboration with multi-disciplinary health care teams.
In addition to the admission requirements for the generic MSN students, the certificate option applicant must present evidence of advanced health/physical assessment, advanced pathophysiology, and advanced pharmacology in his/her master's level Nurse Practitioner Program. Without evidence of such course work, the certificate option student must complete advanced health/physical assessment, advanced pathophysiology, and advanced pharmacology in Westminster's MSN Program. Those students who have not been practicing within the past three years will be required to take the advanced health/physical assessment course. It is the responsibility of the certificate option student to show evidence of previous nurse practitioner course work to the selected national certifying agency.
To fulfill the requirements of the Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Option,
students must complete the courses outlined on the Plan of Study for the ANP,
GNP, or PNP. Students may enter the certificate option program at the beginning
of any semester.
The student will complete a minimum of 19 credits: 9 credits are in theory and the remaining 10 are clinical practice (420 clinical clock hours). Those students who need more course work because they do not hold a current Utah Advanced Practice License with prescriptive privileges will need to work with their faculty advisors to prepare individualized plans of study.