The post-master’s certificate family nurse practitioner option is designed for nurses who have completed a master’s degree in nursing.

This program provide healthcare across patients’ lifespan in a family practice setting. In addition to the classroom requirements, you will complete supervised clinical hours in primary care settings caring for adults, children, women, and families. 

You may complete all the coursework for this option online. You will need to find your own preceptors and clinical supervisors in your geographic area. 

On completion of the program, you will be eligible to apply for the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certification exam (ANCC and/or AANP).

Courses for the Post-Master's Certificate Family Nurse Practitioner Option

For students with a nursing master's degree that is not in a nurse practioner concentration

  • NUR 605 Nursing Information Technology (2 credit hours) – (required if a student does not have a nursing master’s degree from Ball State)
  • NUR 681 Primary Care of the Adult 1 (4 credit hours) (120 hours clinical, 1 day per week average) 
  • NUR 682 Primary Care of Children (4 credit hours) (120 hours clinical, 1 day per week average) 
  • NUR 683 Primary Care of the Adult 2 (4 credit hours) (120 hours clinical, 1 day per week average) 
  • NUR 684 Primary Care of Women (4 credit hours) (90 hours clinical) 
  • NUR 673 Practicum—Family Nurse Practitioner (5 credit hours) (180 hours clinical, 1.5-2 days per week average) 

Courses for the Post-Master's Certificate Family Nurse Practitioner Option for the Adult Nurse Practitioner or Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner 

  • NUR 605 Nursing Information Technology (2 credit hours) – (required if a student does not have a nursing master’s degree from Ball State)
  • NUR 682 Primary Care of Children (4 credit hours) (120 hours clinical, 1 day per week average) 
  • NUR 684 Primary Care of Women (4 credit hours) (90 hours clinical) 
  • NUR 673 Practicum—Family Nurse Practitioner (5 credit hours) (180 hours clinical, 1.5-2 days per week average) 

Your transcripts and course descriptions from your master’s program will be reviewed to determine what additional courses you will need to complete for certification eligibility as a family nurse practitioner.

Conditional to your transcript(s) the following courses may be required for these Post-Master’s Certificates: Family Nurse Practitioner, and Family Nurse Practitioner for the Adult or Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner.

  • NUR 630 Advanced Practice Nursing and Role Theory (3 credit hours) 
  • NUR 632 Pathophysiology and Nursing Practice (3 credit hours) 
  • NUR 634 Advanced Health Assessment (3 credit hours) (*60 hours clinical, 1 day per week average) 
  • NUR 638 Advanced Clinical Pharmacology (3 credit hours)