2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
    May 11, 2021  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Post Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Mary Minton, Associate Dean for Graduate Nursing
Department of Graduate Nursing
Wagner Hall 217, Box 2275
E-mail: SDSU.gradnursing@sdstate.edu

Program Information

Nurses who have a master’s in nursing but are not nurse practitioners are eligible to apply. Graduates of this program are prepared to deliver evidence-based direct patient care at an advanced practice level to individuals across the lifespan in primary care settings. Graduates are eligible to write certification examinations in Family Nurse Practitioner from either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP).

The program has many online courses, and some where intermittent in-person attendance is required. Students who have completed graduate nursing courses in pharmacology, pathophysiology and advanced health assessment in the last five years may be able to use those course towards certificate requirements. Students complete a minimum of 1000 hours of clinical practice preceptorship in a variety of settings, including mandatory practice in rural settings.

Program Outcomes

To prepare Clinical Nurse Leaders, Nurse Educators, and Family Nurse Practitioners who:

  • apply knowledge of evidence-based practice,
  • engage in life-long learning, and
  • serve South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world in urban, rural, and frontier health care settings.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Display competence within the legal scope of practice for chosen specialization. 
  • Evaluate and utilize research within advanced nursing practice. 
  • Integrate cultural learning into nursing practice to effectively tailor health care to the diverse lifeways of clients. 

Course Delivery Format

The program coursework is delivered online and face-to-face. Students complete a minimum of 1000 hours of clinical practice preceptorship.

Total Required Credits: 41


Additional Admission Requirements

GRE: Not required
TOEFL: Score of 600 paper-based, 100 Internet-based, OR
IELTS: 7.0 total band

In addition to meeting basic requirements for admission to the Graduate School, applicants for graduate study in nursing must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program with an upper division major in nursing with a “B” average (3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point grading system).
  • Master’s degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program with a “B” average (3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point grading system).
  • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the United States or its’ territories prior to enrollment in first graduate nursing course.
  • 1500 hours of documented nursing practice experience prior to first clinical lab or within first year of program.
  • Completed approved statistical methods course within the past 5 years.
  • Completed and verified application to the Graduate Nursing program via NursingCAS website.
  • Compliance requirements: Background check, FBI rolled fingerprint, drug screen, Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, ACLS certification for FNP specialization, professional liability insurance, influenza vaccine, and TB test.
  • Interview with graduate faculty for FNP specialization only.
  • Completion of written response to questions regarding educational goals, scholarly practice interest and desired practice career.

Additional Information

Students enrolled in SDSU certificate programs are not eligible for federal student financial aid. The non-federal alternative loan programs may be used for students meeting the lender criteria as found at www.sdstate.edu (search alternative loans). For further information, please contact the SDSU financial aid office at 605-688-4695 or finaid@sdstate.edu.

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