Specialize in your field. Stand out in your practice.
As an advanced practice nurse, you play a leading role in some of life’s most important events ― from delivering babies to treating traumas and providing end-of-life care.
In each of these situations, you must function as a full partner in the relentless effort to maximize patient outcomes and minimize cost. You can give yourself an edge by specializing in your field of choice and developing the expertise to stand out as advanced practice professional.
Your master’s is just the beginning — keep building your expertise with an online post-master’s certificate specialized in family nurse practitioner (FNP) from Misericordia University.
Why earn your family nurse practitioner certificate?
You’re already a master’s-level nurse — now it’s time to specialize your knowledge. Prepare for advanced practice in primary care settings and gain the autonomy to diagnose, treat, and manage health issues in patients of all ages.
Earn your post-master’s certificate with a specialization in family nurse practitioner and prepare to:
- Apply critical thinking and evidence-based decision-making to improve patient outcomes across the lifespan
- Form lasting relationships with individuals and families based on trust
- Build interpersonal relationships with other healthcare professionals to encourage cross-functional collaboration
- Be aware of industry trends and seek ways to integrate them to impact healthcare policy and regulatory changes
- Apply advanced practice knowledge to support the well-being of individuals and families from diverse populations
- Monitor and ensure quality care practices through patient advocacy and ethical decision-making
Quality care is your top priority. Quality education is ours.
The faculty at Misericordia is composed of diverse experts with well-rounded industry experience in acute, urgent, primary, pediatric, and geriatric care. They know what it takes to be leaders in nursing because they’re nurse leaders themselves. And when you learn from them, you can become one, too.
The online family nurse practitioner post-master’s certificate enables MSN degree holders to complete requirements and qualify for board certification as an FNP. Graduates are eligible to sit for the national family nurse practitioner certification examinations offered by the following organizations:
- American Nurses Credentialing Corporation (ANCC)
- American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
FNP Certificate Program Curriculum
Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate — 50 credits | 630 clinical hours
The focus of this 50-credit certificate program centers around the primary care and management of acute episodic or chronic health problems of individuals and families.
Year One (3 semesters)
|NSG 527||Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology||3 Credits|
Concepts of physiology and pathophysiology, essential to diagnosis and management of health problems of individuals and families across the lifespan, are the focus of this course. Emphasis is placed on genetic, cellular and biochemical pathophysiology. A body systems approach is used to explore the etiology, pathophysiology, prevalence, and clinical manifestations of commonly occurring disease managed by advanced practice nurses.
|NSG 528||Advanced Physical Ex and Dx Reasoning||3 Credits|
This course focuses on comprehensive physical examination of individuals across the lifespan. The process of diagnostic reasoning, hypothesis formulation and differential diagnosis of disorders commonly seen in a variety of healthcare settings is stressed. Students learn to interpret diagnostic and laboratory findings and use effective communication skills to develop clinical hypotheses.
|DNP 800||Evidence-Based Practice Theory and Role||3 Credits|
This course focuses on key concepts related to the role of the DNP and advanced practice nursing in the clinical and healthcare environments to assist in role transition. It further examines development and evaluation of ethical and evidence-based approaches to practice and healthcare delivery models based on nursing and interdisciplinary theories, and equity of care delivery for vulnerable, underserved, and diverse populations.
|NSG 526||Advanced Pharmacology for Primary Care||3 Credits|
Major principles of pharmacology are examined in the context of advanced practice nursing across the lifespan. The use of protocols, prescription writing, legal, ethical and economic issues in prescribing and/or monitoring pharmacologic therapies are explained. Emphasis is placed on age appropriate content related to pharmacokinetics, dosages, expected outcomes and side effects of selected drug categories of chronic and acute health problems across the lifespan. Emerging issues in pharmacoinformatics such as pharmacogenetics, pharmacogenomics, and E-prescribing are reviewed.
|DNP 802||Advanced Biomedical Ethics & Healthcare Policy||3 Credits|
This course examines the merging challenges in the current healthcare system. Frameworks of ethical decision making are explored and applied to the analysis of complex biomedical ethical dilemmas. Concepts and issues related to policy making and political processes are explored in relation to the DNP and contemporary systems and their impact on outcomes. Policy decisions and strategies that advocate for quality healthcare outcomes are discussed and evaluated at the local, national and international level.
|NSG 690||Primary Care OCI I (FNP and AGPCNP tracks)||1 Credit|
The focus of the On Campus Intensive (OCI) I is to synthesize and apply basic Advanced Practice Nursing concepts and skills learned in NSG 527 Advanced Pathophysiology, NSG 528 Advanced Physical Assessment and diagnostic reasoning, and NSG 526 Advanced Pharmacology prior to entering the first clinical rotation NSG 524. Emphasis will be placed on evaluation of students’ preparedness to enter into the clinical setting by evaluating advanced physical assessment skills, formulation of differential diagnosis, and interpretation of diagnostic and laboratory findings.
|NSG 529||Introduction to Clinical Management of Health Promotion & Disease Prevention in Advanced Practice Nursing||4 Credits|
Students will apply advanced physical assessment, diagnostic reasoning knowledge, and skills with individuals and families in primary care. The APN direct care, teaching-coaching and management of patient health/illness status role competencies will serve as a foundation for assessment and management of individuals and family health promotion needs and disease prevention services.
Year Two (3 semesters)
|NSG 613||Acute Episodic Health Needs of Adults and Older Adults||3 Credits|
This course focuses on a systems-based approach to disease management of adults and older adults. Emphasis is placed on the diagnosis and management of common acute and episodic health problems using evidence-based practice guidelines. The immediate stabilization of emergent acute health problems is stressed.
|NSG 614||Chronic Health Needs of Adults and Older Adults||3 Credits|
This course focuses on a systems-based approach to disease management of adults and older adults. Emphasis is placed on the diagnosis and management of common chronic health problems using evidence-based practice guidelines. The immediate stabilization of chronic disease exacerbations in primary care settings is stressed.
|NSG 615||Clinical Management of Acute and Chronic Health Needs of Adults and Older Adults||4 Credits|
Students will apply advanced physical examination and diagnostic reasoning knowledge and skills with adults and older adults in primary care. Emphasis will be placed on the diagnosis and management of acute/episodic and chronic health needs and stabilization of emergent conditions. The APN direct care, teaching-coaching, and management of patient health/illness status role competencies will serve as a foundation for the comprehensive, integrated management of acute/episodic and chronic health needs in adults and older adults in selected settings.
|NSG 616||Evidenced-Based Research Utilization for Advanced Practice Nursing||3 Credits|
This course builds upon undergraduate statistics and nursing research courses and prepares advanced practice students to use the evidence-based information to critically appraise practice innovations for their relevance and appropriateness to primary care practice. Emphasis is placed on identifying appropriate focused clinical questions to address health problems of individuals and families in the primary care setting; locating, critically appraising and synthesizing best evidence; and applying relevant theoretical frameworks for translating research evidence into practice.
|NSG 691||Primary Care OCI II (FNP and AGPCNP tracks)||1 Credit|
The focus of the On Campus Intensive (OCI) II is to synthesize and apply higher level Advanced Practice Nursing concepts and skills in the care of Women and Children prior to entering the Women’s Health (FNP and AGPCNP tracks) and Pediatric clinical rotation (FNP track only). Emphasis will be placed on evaluation of students’ preparedness to enter into the clinical setting by evaluating communication skills, specialized history and physical assessments associated with women and children, formulation of differential diagnosis, and interpretation of diagnostic and laboratory findings. This OCI will also provide advanced office procedures workshops and skills practice.
|NSG 617||Women’s Health||3 Credits|
This course focuses on the integrated healthcare management of gynecological and reproductive health concerns of women throughout the lifespan. Course content includes developmental, physiological, pathological, and psychosocial changes relative to health maintenance, illnesses and life transitions in women. Emphasis is placed on comprehensive, coordinated care in selected health settings.
|NSG 618||Clinical Management of Women’s Health||2 Credits|
Students will apply advanced physical and diagnostic reasoning knowledge and skills in the gynecologic and reproductive health care needs of women. Emphasis will be placed on the diagnosis and management of common health concerns of women throughout the lifecycle. The APN direct care, teaching-coaching, and management of patient health/illness status role competencies will serve as a foundation for assessment and management of women.
Year Three (2 semesters)
|NSG 619||Health of Children||3 Credits|
This course focuses on health promotion and disease management of common health concerns of children and adolescents in the primary care setting. Normal growth and development of well child and adolescent care are included. Anticipatory guidance for parents/caregivers is stressed. The use of appropriate pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic clinical therapeutics in the management of children and adolescents experiencing acute and chronic illness is stressed.
|NSG 620||Clinical Management of Children’s Health||2 Credits|
Students will apply advanced physical and diagnostic reasoning knowledge and children and adolescents in primary care. Comprehensive, integrated care of pediatric patients, their health promotion needs, evaluation of growth and development, family and cultural dynamics, physical and psychosocial status are covered. The APN direct care, teaching-coaching, integrated management of acute/episodic and chronic health problems of children and adolescents in primary care settings.
|NSG 612A||Advanced Practice Nursing Clinical Synthesis||3 Credits|
This clinical course serves as a culminating experience in the primary care FNP nurse practitioner clinical specializations. Students work with clinical preceptors to integrate and apply previously acquired knowledge and skills. The capstone clinical experience focuses on demonstration of competency in the areas of: management of client health/illness status; nurse-client relationship; teaching-coaching function; professional role; managing and negotiating the delivery of health care within a system; and monitoring and ensuring quality of health care practices. Independent clinical management of acute a chronic health problem in primary care are emphasized. Synthesis of practice management skills pertaining to economics, reimbursement for services, time management, and entry into advanced practice nursing is stressed.
|NSG 622||Evidence-Based Practice Synthesis 3 for APRN (Capstone)||3 Credits|
Knowledge of integrated evidence-based practice is synthesized as students carry out a capstone EBP project, in collaboration with their clinical preceptor in selected healthcare settings. Using a small-group seminar approach, students are guided through the implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of results.