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Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program

Holy Names University offers a Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate program of study for registered nurses with a master degree in nursing. Qualified applicants must have a MSN, MN, or MA in nursing from a nationally accredited agency such as the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The program consists of eleven courses which is 32 units of graduate study. Clinical requirements include assignments to approved clinical sites with a qualified preceptor. Up to six units of coursework completed at the graduate level elsewhere can be transferred for credit if equivalency can be demonstrated. However, all preceptor supervised hours of study (624) must be completed at Holy Names University.

Nurses who complete the program of study are eligible to apply for the nurse practitioner certificate in the State of California. They are also eligible to sit for the ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center) and the AANP (American Academy of Nurse Practitioners) certification examinations.

The fall 2014 application period for the Family Nurse Practitioner is now closed. The next available semester will be spring 2015. The deadline for spring 2015 is October 17, 2014.

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Job Placements**

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Program Costs***

Typical program costs (32 units) include:

  • $27,320, Tuition & Fees
  • $1,656, Books & Supplies
  • $28,976, Total

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* The positions listed here are ones identified by the University as positions for which a program completer would be educationally qualified. This list will be updated as necessary and appropriate.

**The Placement Rate is based on internal data available for students graduating between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 who have obtained employment within their field or a related field within 180 days of receiving the certificate. To determine the rate:

  • Numerator1: the number of students who, within 180 days of the day they received their degree, certificate, or other recognized educational credential [in a given award year], obtained gainful employment in the recognized occupation for which they were trained or in a related comparable recognized occupation and, on the date of this calculation, are employed, or have been employed, for at least 13 weeks following receipt of the credential from the institution.
  • Denominator: the number of students who, during the award year, received the degree, certificate, or other recognized educational credential awarded for successfully completing the program.

Certain graduates are excluded from cohort such as those who are continuing their education and those that have waived employment assistance due to extenuating circumstances such as a medical condition or a decision to work in an unrelated field.

*** Tuition and fees for this program are based on pricing for 2012 – 2013. Pricing is subject to change. Please contact an enrollment counselor or student financial assistance counselor for more information.


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