2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (March 2022) 
    
    Dec 02, 2022  
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (March 2022) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Post-Master’s Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner


This certificate program prepares nurses with an MSN or a nurse practitioner MSN degree with the specialized information, knowledge, and skills to be eligible to take the national NP certification examination appropriate to the specialty and to obtain NP licensure at the state level.

Certificate Requirements


  • 38 total quarter credits
    • Core course (3 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (35 cr., includes the required 640 practicum hours*)

Fast Track (for students with appropriate APRN licensure and certification)

  • 38 total quarter credits
  • Core course (3 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 cr., includes the required 500 practicum hours*)
  • Prior nursing credit from certain approved APRN licensure and certification (up to 20 cr.)

Fast Track (for Walden Adult Gerontology Primary Care alumni with appropriate APRN licensure and certification)

  • 36 total quarter credits
  • Core course (3 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (13 cr., includes the required 500 practicum hours*)
  • Prior nursing credit from certain approved APRN licensure and certification (up to 20 cr.)

Course Sequence


Students undertake courses in the following sequence.

Quarter Course Credits
1   3 cr.
   5 cr.
2    5 cr.
   5 cr.
3  
 
5 cr. (3 cr. didactic, 2 cr. practicum)
4  
 
5 cr. (3 cr. didactic, 2 cr. practicum)
5

 
 

5 cr. (3 cr. didactic, 2 cr. practicum)
6  
 
5 cr. (3 cr. didactic, 2 cr. practicum)

*Courses must be taken at Walden University.
With the exception of NURS 6003, all didactic courses are 5 quarter credits.
All clinical courses are 3 credits didactic and 2 credits clinical practice.

Fast Track for Walden AGPC Alumni


Walden Adult Gerontology Primary Care alumni are eligible for this track and can transfer in up to 20 credits of prior nursing credit.

 

Quarter Course Credits
1 NURS 6003 - Transition to Graduate Study for Nursing   3 cr.
NURS 6501 - Advanced Pathophysiology♦   5 cr.
2 NURS 6521 - Advanced Pharmacology♦   5 cr.
NURS 6512 - Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning♦   5 cr.
3

NRNP 6531 - Primary Care of Adults Across the Lifespan *

PRAC 6531 - Primary Care of Adults Across the Lifespan Practicum 

5 cr. (3 cr. didactic, 2 cr. practicum)
4

NRNP 6541 - Primary Care of Adolescents and Children *

PRAC 6541 - Primary Care of Adolescents and Children Practicum 

5 cr. (3 cr. didactic, 2 cr. practicum)
5

NRNP 6553 - Advanced Nurse Practice in Obstetric Health Care *

PRAC 6553 - Advanced Nurse Practice in Obstetric Health Care Practicum *

Note: NRNP/PRAC 6553 is required for Walden MSN-AGPC Alumni.  All other students are required to take NRNP/PRAC 6552. 

 

3 cr. (1 cr. didactic, 2 cr. practicum)
6

NRNP 6568 - Synthesis in Advanced Nursing Practice of Patients in Family Care Settings *

PRAC 6568 - Synthesis in Advanced Nursing Practice of Patients in Family Care Settings Practicum 

5 cr. (3 cr. didactic, 2 cr. practicum)

*Courses must be taken at Walden University.

With the exception of NURS 6003, all didactic courses are 5 quarter credits.

With the exception of NRNP 6553 and PRAC 6553, all clinical courses are 3 credits didactic and 2 credits clinical practice

Note on CCNE Accreditation


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), post-graduate APRN certificate program, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Note on Licensure, Certification, or Other State Credential Necessary to Practice as a Nurse Practitioner


Most states require graduation from a CCNE-accredited nurse practitioner program to be eligible to apply for certification to practice as an NP. However, the requirements for certification as a nurse practitioner vary from state to state. Each state board that is responsible for regulating the practice of nurse practitioners has its own academic requirements and issues its own certification to practice in that state. While Walden University enrollment specialists can provide general information relating to the state-by-state educational requirements for certification, it remains the student’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to field education experiences, licensing or certification, authorization or endorsement for the state in which she or he resides. Walden University makes no representations or guarantee that completion of its coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure, certification, authorization, endorsement, or other state credential. Licensure and certification eligibility determinations are ultimately determined by the appropriate state board that issues the credential to practice.

Prospective students enrolling in licensure/certification-leading programs are advised that relocation to another state may impact the student’s ability to complete field experiences and/or to obtain professional licensure, certification or other credential in another state. Prospective students are advised to carefully review, evaluate and understand the requirements of the applicable board of nursing or agency that has jurisdiction over Registered Nurses (RNs) and Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) in the state in which they intend to relocate.

Note on Field Experience and Relocating


Students who are considering relocating are advised to contact their student success advisor prior to any decision to relocate in order to determine how relocation may impact progress in their program.  Advisors can provide information and guidance on how relocating may result in possible changes, restrictions, and/or additional requirements affecting field experience. Each Board of Nursing and Higher Education Authority governs the field experience rules and regulations in their respective states, and students may be unable to complete field experience in the state in which they plan to relocate. While Walden is committed to working collaboratively with students to secure field sites across the United States, it is imperative that students contact their student success advisor immediately when considering relocating.