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  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Advanced Certificate

    Explore Mercy College's Family Nursing Practitioner Program
    Gain the skills necessary to provide lifelong, comprehensive care through disease management, health education, primary care health services to patients of all ages.
    Program:
    Certificate
    School:
    School of Health and Natural Sciences
    Location:
    Dobbs Ferry
    Credits:
    21

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Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Advanced Certificate Curriculum

Core 2 Credits
Specialization 19 Credits
Total 21 Credits

Core

  • NURS 758 Genetics and Genomics Essentials
  • NURS End of Life and Palliative Care

Specialization

  • NURS 756 Advanced Health Assessment Lab
  • NURS 771 Clinical Practicum I
  • NURS 772 Clinical Practicum II
  • NURS 773 Clinical Practicum III
Prerequisite Courses

There are three prerequisite courses required prior to admission to the program:

  • NURS 748: Advanced Pathophysiology - 3 credits
  • NURS 751: Advanced Health Assessment - 3 credits
  • NURS 749: Advanced Pharmacology - 3 credits
Academic Program Sequence Map

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Is there financial aid available?
There is no financial aid for certificate programs. However, there are government programs such as the National Health Service Corps available to family nurse practitioners who agree to practice in medically underserved areas.
Do I have to take online courses?
The FNP program is designed to be taken in-person. However, there are several non-clinical related courses that may be taken online. Students are able to take up to 9 credits online. All courses that are necessary for clinical placements must be taken on campus.
Do I need to take the GRE or MAT for admission consideration?
The FNP program does not require applicants to take the GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) or the MAT (Miller Analogies Test) for admission consideration.

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Advanced Certificate Overview

The Advanced Certificate Family Nurse Practitioner program educates advanced practice nurses to practice primary care, which includes health promotion, health maintenance, disease prevention, and diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illness, in a variety of settings (e.g., community clinics, private offices, urban areas, rural areas, school-based clinics, prisons) throughout the patient’s lifecycle. 

Degree Requirements

The program is designed for professional nurses who have a MS in Nursing degree.

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Advanced Certificate FAQS

Is there financial aid available?
There is no financial aid for certificate programs. However, there are government programs such as the National Health Service Corps available to family nurse practitioners who agree to practice in medically underserved areas.
Do I need to take the GRE or MAT for admission consideration?
The FNP program does not require applicants to take the GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) or the MAT (Miller Analogies Test) for admission consideration.
Admission Requirements
  • A Master's in Nursing from an accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above is required
  • Completion of advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology and advanced health assessment
  • Applicants with international education are required to have their earned credits evaluated by NACES to be comparable to United States standards
  • Copy of currently registered and unencumbered New York State RN License
  • Professional résumé
  • Personal statement (500 words - Why you want to become a FNP). Contact admissions for essay guidelines.
Accreditation

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The master’s degree in nursing at Mercy College is accredited by the New York Board of Regents, New York State Education Department, 89 Washington Avenue, Board of Regents, Room 110 EB, Albany, New York 12234


The Advanced Certificate Family Nurse Practitioner program is not accredited by CCNE. However, for the time being, students who graduate from this program are allowed to sit for the national certification exam offered by ANCC or AANP.