Post-Graduate Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Certificates

Samford University's Ida Moffett School of Nursing prepares advanced practice nurses to deliver primary health care to individuals and families throughout their lives. Family and emergency nurse practitioners are growing in importance as the entire industry looks for innovations that improve outcomes while also reducing overall costs.

Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Ida Moffett School of Nursing offers a FNP post-graduate APRN certificate for licensed nurse practitioners who have a M.S.N. Applications to this certificate program are considered on an individual basis following a gap analysis to guide the applicant's placement in the program. Completion of this program prepares you to sit for the FNP national certification exam with either the ANCC or AANPCB.

Outcomes

  • Work in diverse practice settings providing comprehensive primary health care to all age groups
  • Diagnose and manage common acute and chronic health problems as an interdisciplinary health care team member
  • Write prescriptions and order diagnostic tests
  • Apply a holistic, evidence-based, family-centered approach to care
  • Promote quality health care and improve clinical outcomes of patients
  • Emphasize health promotion and disease prevention

Admission

Application Deadline

August 1 for Spring entry in January

Admission Criteria

  • Graduate degree in nursing from CCNE, CNEA, or ACEN (formerly NLNAC) accredited program
  • Active unencumbered nursing license
  • A video submission
  • Cumulative graduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • International applicants (applicants who are not United States citizens or permanent residents) must contact the director of graduate student services for detailed program requirements
  • American citizens or permanent residents who learned English as a second language must score at least 550 (paper), 213 (computer) or 80 (internet) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • If accepted, a non-refundable fee of $750 is required to secure admission into the program. This fee is applied to the first semester's tuition
  • Should any of the above conditions not be met, the applicant may be considered on an individual basis

Plan of Study

Plan of Study will be based on a GAP Analysis review. 

Financial Aid

Financial aid is not available for certificate programs.

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Post-FNP Emergency Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Pending SACSCOC Approval

The Post-FNP Emergency Nurse Practitioner Certificate program is designed for currently licensed and certified FNPs to complete two semesters of course work and clinical rotations specific to emergency and urgent care. Completion of this program prepares you to sit for the ENP-C national certification examination.

Outcomes

  • Obtain specialty certification as an emergency nurse practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) that will recognize your expertise in emergency care
  • Expand your scope of practice beyond primary care to include urgent care facilities and hospital-based emergency departments
  • Lead an interdisciplinary team in urgent care, fast track, and emergency practice settings
  • Deliver evidence-based care for common acute health conditions and exacerbations of chronic diseases
  • Function as a provider in the care of patients with life-threatening, traumatic injuries in pre-hospital, emergency department, and emergency transport settings
  • Contribute to the health care system as a specialist in emergency care cost-containment and resource utilization
  • Provide care congruent with the Emergency Nurses Association Competencies for Nurse Practitioners in Emergency Care
  • Increase your marketability as a provider in an ever-changing health care climate

Admission

Application Deadline

June 1 for Fall entry in August

Admission Criteria

  • Graduate degree in nursing from CCNE, CNEA, or ACEN (formerly NLNAC) accredited program
  • Hold current national certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Active unencumbered nursing license
  • Emergency department or critical care experience preferred
  • A video submission
  • Cumulative graduate GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.
  • International applicants (applicants who are not United States citizens or permanent residents) must contact the director of graduate student services for detailed program requirements
  • American citizens or permanent residents who learned English as a second language must score at least 550 (paper), 213 (computer) or 80 (internet) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • If accepted, a non-refundable fee of $750 is required to secure admission into the program. This fee is applied to the first semester's tuition
  • Should any of the above conditions not be met, the applicant may be considered on an individual basis

Plan of Study

Post-FNP Emergency Nurse Practitioner Certificate Plan of Study

Financial Aid

Financial aid is not available for certificate programs.

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Why Samford?

  • Earn a certificate online without having to relocate
  • Participate in cutting edge, web-based learning with clinical experiences close to home
  • Access all coursework and resources anywhere, anytime and from any internet-connected electronic device
  • Complete clinical hours in a variety of settings across the United States
  • Receive instruction from experienced nurse practitioners and physicians who are dedicated to excellent patient care and student education
  • Receive close, personal attention from highly educated and experienced faculty who are readily available to you
  • Experience a rich tradition of high academic standards and quality education practices