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Specialize in Caring for the Health Care Needs of Families

If you have a Master of Science in Nursing degree and want to become a family nurse practitioner without earning a second master's degree, our on campus Post-Master’s Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner is the solution for you.
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Post-Master in Nursing Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner

Degree Overview

Loretto Heights School of Nursing’s on-campus graduate certificate options are designed for nurses who have a Master of Science in Nursing and want to expand upon their knowledge and skills without earning a second master's degree.

The Post-Master’s Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner is an ideal solution if you already have an MS in Nursing degree or its equivalent and want to become a family nurse practitioner. The curriculum focuses on health promotion, disease prevention and management of acute and chronic illness and injury. The curriculum is designed to develop critical-thinking ability, creativity, and clinical expertise in competencies identified by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) and National Task Force (NTF), American Nurses Association (ANA), Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), and National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and the Consensus Model Advanced Practice Nurse Regulation documents. Clinical experiences are offered in a variety of health care settings in both urban and rural communities.

Completion of this specialization will make you eligible to take both the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Examination upon graduation.

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Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of this degree at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 34.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

Family Nurse Practitioner Post Master's Cert

NR 605F - Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice

Utilizes a comprehensive approach addressing the underlying principles of disease processes. Includes etiology, epidemiology and theories related to pathogenesis. Focuses on the differentiation of pathophysiological findings and identification of treatment modalities. *Note: NR 605F is designed for Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) students and NR 605N is designed for Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) students.

NR 607F - Adv Pharmacology for Advanced Practice

Prepares advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) and MS in Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems students for drug therapy management across the life span in a variety of primary care settings. Studies the mechanisms of action, indications for use, efficacy, adverse effects, monitoring parameters, dosing principles and drug interactions for common drug classes used in primary care. Identification and selection of appropriate drug management regimens for selected disease states will be addressed. Develops safe prescribing techniques using evidence-based pharmacotherapeutics and standards of practice. NOTE: Graduate standing or permission of Program Director required.

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*600 OR NR*622;

NR 630 - Adv Health Assessment Patient & Family

Provides a framework for systematic data collection, organization, precise recording, accurate physical and psychosocial assessment, and communication of data reflecting the health status of the patient and family. A holistic perspective facilitates an analysis of cultural, occupational, and environmental factors integral to an understanding of both the patient and family?s physical and psychosocial wellbeing. Provides the student an opportunity to develop advanced skills necessary to evaluate deviation from the normal assessment. Includes practice advanced physical assessment skills in simulated clinical settings. NOTE: Graduate standing or permission of Program Director required.

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*600 OR NR*622;

NR 640 - Adv Practice Roles/Concepts

Addresses a variety of concepts essential to advanced nursing practice. History and role development within advanced nursing practice and primary care are examined. Family theory and dynamics integral to advanced nursing practice are explored. Standards of advanced practice nursing are defined and practiced.

NR 642 - Prmry Hlth Care of Chldrn/Fam

Addresses well child care, and health maintenance and promotion for children from birth through adolescence. Develops skills in assessment and management of minor acute illness, chronic illness and injuries. NOTE: 105 clinical hours required.

Pre-requisite: NR*644

NR 645 - Clinical Integration Practicum

Integrates advanced family nurse practitioner theory and practice. Students examine and evaluate outcomes of nursing therapeutics and collaborative management strategies in specific primary care situations. Students discuss and defend clinical data assessment and decision making. Liability insurance fee required. NOTE: 315 clinical hours required. Current Regis University liability insurance is required.

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*642 NR*663 NR*664;

NR 649 - Primary Care Procedures

A theory, application, and skills course addressing the assessment and management of urgent patient conditions commonly encountered in primary care settings.

Pre-requisite: NR*607 NR*630 AND NR*643

NR 663 - PHC-Adult/Older Adult I

Addresses health maintenance, disease prevention, and health promotion for adults from young adulthood through geriatric age. Emphasizes skills in assessment, diagnosis, treatment, management, education and follow up of health maintenance exams, minor acute illness, and minor acute injury. NOTE: 105 clinical hours of preceptored experience are required.

Pre-requisite: NR*605 NR*607 NR*630

NR 664 - PHC-Adult/Older Adult II

Addresses health maintenance, disease prevention, and health promotion for adults from young adulthood through geriatric age. Emphasizes skills in assessment, diagnosis, treatment, management, education and follow up of complex and chronic illness. NOTE: 105 clinical hours of preceptored experience are required.

Pre-requisite: NR*663

NR 699 - Comprehensive Eval/Master of Science

A comprehensive evaluation of the student's achievement of Regis University and LHSON MS Program outcomes. Students provide a presentation reflecting on the Regis University and LHSON MS Program Outcomes with provision of evidence of this achievement. NOTE: All MS coursework must be completed or student must be in NR 623 to register for this course. Pass/No Pass grading only.

Accreditation

Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

Commission URL: http://www.ncahlc.org
Commission Phone: 312-263-0456

The Loretto Heights School of Nursing is accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing - Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (AACN-CCNE). The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science (MS) programs are accredited through 2019. Additionally, effective October 2012, the DNP program is now fully accredited by AACN-CCNE.

If you would like more information on AACN-CCNE please go to: www.aacn.nche.edu/accreditation.

May 2014-April 2015

Tuition (per semester hour) $695
Other Fees
Application Fee $75
Lab Fee (one time only) $300
Health Insurance* (waived with proof of other insurance)
   Summer (May 5, 2014-August 21, 2014)
   Fall Rate (August 22, 2014-December, 31 2014)
   Spring/Summer Rate (January 1, 2015-August 21, 2015)

$652
$1,102
$1,102
Background Check and Drug Screen (external agency fee) $105
Graduation Application Fee $50

*Students who elect the University sponsored health insurance are enrolled for the entire year and cannot drop mid-year without a change of life exception. Only students who are enrolled in programs that require health insurance are eligible for the University sponsored plan.

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