Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner


The post -master's Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner option is available to applicants that have already earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree with a major in Nursing from an accredited program. This certificate program does not lead to an academic degree from University of Detroit Mercy. 

The graduate certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner Program requires 29 credit hours of coursework and 720 clinical hours. An individualized program of study will be designed based on an applicant’s prior academic coursework and professional and clinical experiences. Transcripts from prior academic institutions will be reviewed by the FNP program coordinator/advisor to determine an applicant’s specific program of study and a gap analysis will be completed. The FNP program does not accept any clinical courses (theory or didactic) or advanced health assessment as transfer courses. If courses in professional role, pathophysiology, and pharmacology have been completed prior to admission to the certificate program and are equivalent to the course content in approved MSON courses, they may be transferred to the program. 

Graduates of the FNP post-master's certificate program are eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP).

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    Admission Criteria

    1. A master’s degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program.
    2. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
    3. An unencumbered Michigan/state nursing license to practice as a registered nurse.
    4. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
    5. One letter of professional recommendation from someone in a supervisory capacity.
    6. Current resume or professional CV.
    7. An autobiographical statement of personal goals and objectives.
    8. An interview with graduate faculty.

    Requirements for Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner (29 credits)

    • NUR 5900 Pathophysiology (3 credits)
    • NUR 5800 Pharmacology for the Advanced Practice Nurse (3 credits)
    • NUR 5150 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan (2 credits)
    • NUR 5160 Advanced Health Assessment (3 credits)
    • NUR 5250 Common and Episodic Problems Across the Lifespan (3 credits)
    • NUR 5260 Clinical Practicum II (2 credits)
    • NUR 6150 Chronic and Complex Problems Across the Lifespan (3 credits)
    • NUR 6160 Clinical Practicum III (2 credits)
    • NUR 6250 Psychosocial Health Integration Across the Lifespan (3 credits)
    • NUR 6260 Clinical Practicum IV (2 credits)
    • NUR 6030 Professional Role Development and Business Practices (2 credits)
    • NUR 6130 Procedures and Diagnostic Workshop for the APN (1 credits)

    Total: 29 credits



    The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, Master of Science in Nursing degree, Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, and post-graduate APRN certificates at the University of Detroit Mercy McAuley School of Nursing are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW Suite 750, Washington, DC  20001. Telephone: 202-887-6791.


    Program Contact Information

    Jennifer Ruel, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, ENP-BC
    Program Coordinator
    College of Health Professions, 231
    McNichols Campus
    Telephone: 313-993-1612

    Julie Bazydlo, Graduate Recruiter
    College of Health Professions, 121
    McNichols Campus
    Telephone:  313-993-1828