Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate

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The post-master's Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate prepares nurses who already have received a master's degree in nursing for positions as Family Nurse Practitioners.


The certificate program is 22 credit hours and includes up to 720 hours of clinical practice. There are 12 credit hours of prerequisite requirements.
Total Credit Hours Required:
22 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master's Degree

Prerequisites—12 Credit Hours

Students must demonstrate successful completion of the following courses:

  • NGR 5003 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (2 credit hours)
  • NGR 5003L Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (1 credit hour; 60 clinical hours)
  • NGR 5141 Pathophysiological Bases for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 5638 Health Promotion (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6172 Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours) 

Required Courses—22 Credit Hours

In addition, students must successfully complete all of the following DNP Family Nurse Practitioner Track courses:

  • NGR 6334 Women's Health for APNs (2 credit hours)
  • NGR 6201 Adult I Primary Care (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6240L Adult I Primary Care Clinical (3 credit hours; 180 clinical hours)
  • NGR 6263 Gerontologic Care for APNs (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6263L Gerontologic Care Clinical for NPs (2 credit hours; 120 clinical hours)
  • NGR 6305 Pediatric Primary Care (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6305L Pediatric Primary Care Clinical (2 credit hours; 120 clinical hours)
  • NGR 6342L Women’s Health for Advanced Practice Nurses Clinical (1 credit hour; 60 clinical hours)
  • NGR 6248L Family Nurse Practitioner/Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Practice Practicum (3 credit hours; 180 clinical hours)

Application Requirements

Admission is open to those with a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

Admission is open to those with MSN Degrees and are licensed as an advanced practice registered nurse, but who are not prepared as Family Nurse Practitioners. In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • BSN and MSN degree from an accredited institution.
  • Undergraduate Statistics course.
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
  • Licensure as an advanced registered nurse practitioner in the State of Florida. (Out of state applicants must be eligible for licensure in Florida and must achieve licensure to begin clinical courses.)
  • Address the following 3 items in a written essay. Total word count for all (not each) answers should be 500 words or less, double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, and 1 inch margins:
    • Discuss the impact of the graduate nursing education in your desired track on the evolution of your professional role. 
    • Describe the path you would take to ensure success in your graduate nursing education    .
    • Identify one significant contemporary issue or problem in US health care and explore how members of the nursing profession can help address that issue or solve that problem.
  • Curriculum Vitae which reflects prior education, recent clinical accomplishments, any recent scholarly work (publications and presentations), awards, additional certifications, and activities with professional organizations. For recent graduates this can include accomplishments as a student.
  • An interview with faculty may also be required.

Before submitting your application, it is recommended that applicants call the College of Nursing Graduate Office at 407-823-2744 to schedule an appointment with a DNP adviser to discuss your goals for graduate study. It is advantageous to discuss the program before writing the required essay because the essay must address your goals for post-master’s preparation for advanced nursing practice. 

Admission to the program is competitive, based on evaluation of the applicant’s abilities, past performance, recommendations, FDLE/FBI finger printing and certified background checks, and the match of UCF’s master's programs with career goals. The College of Nursing accepts the most qualified students. Since enrollment is limited, not all students who apply may be accepted, even if minimum requirements are met.

Effective August 2017, the College of Nursing will be implementing a database, LEAP*RN (ProjectConcert) to manage information regarding student course work and plans of study, clinical placements, and all evaluation data. This database will assist us in maintaining standards required for CCNE accreditation, facilitate student progression, and enhance clinical tracking. All students will be responsible for an annual subscription of $77.40 payable directly to ProjectConcert. Holds will be placed on registration and enrollment if the subscription cost is not paid. Further information will be disseminated early in the summer.

Application Deadlines

Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants



Oct 15


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*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.