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2015-2016 General Catalog 
2015-2016 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Post-Master’s Certificate, APN Applicant

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The Florida A&M University School of Nursing master’s program provides post-master’s certificate (PMC) program for both nonadvanced practice nursing (Non-APN) master’s graduates and APN master’s graduates who want to become AGPCNP. Non-APN graduates are those who hold master’s degree in a nonadvance practice nursing role such as nursing education or nursing administration. APN graduate applicants are those who have master’s degree in nursing with national certification as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS), certified nurse midwife (CNM), certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) or NP in other specialties such as pediatric nurse practitioner or neonatal nurse practitioner.

For APN prepared master’s graduate applicants, up to 21 credits may be awarded based on grade and recency of the courses taken. The courses credited are those taken within the past five of years of admission and grade of B and above. PMC admission requirements and curriculum for APN applicant are listed below:

Both Non-APN and APN master’s graduate applicants must complete all of the fourth and fifth semester Population Foci/ Role Core courses at FAMU with 675 clinical hours.

Graduate School

To be eligible for admission to the School of Nursing, the applicant must first meet the School of Graduate Studies and Research (SGSR) admission requirements that are listed in the graduate section of this catalog. Admission requirements for the on-line program are identical to the on-ground program.

Admission Requirements: Post-Master’s Certificate (APN Applicant)

  1. Master’s degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program (ACEN or CCNE)
  2. Current valid, unrestricted, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) in the state of Florida or current license from the state in which the applicant is practicing. License is to be kept current during the program.
  3. Evidence of current practice as APN (NP, CRNA, CNM, CNS) or of maintenance of national certification.
  4. Graduate GPA 3.0 or above in all work attempted in the master’s degree program.
  5. Identification of qualified available clinical preceptor(s), i.e. nationally certified nurse practitioners in adult, gerontology, women’s health or a licensed physician (on-line students only).
  6. Three professional references
  7. Documentation of current physical examination, labs (CBC and urinalysis), and tuberculosis test and/or chest X-ray. A state or military certificate of immunization status documenting immunity for measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), hepatitis b (HBV), Varicella (Var.), and diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis (DTaP) or tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) is required. If certification of immunization is not available, a titer is required.
  8. Proficiency in use of computers.
  9. Statement of professional goals (please indicate your specialty track of interest)
  10. Foreign applicant (TOEFL>550)

Requirements After Admission

  1. The state RN license must be kept current annually (mandated by the clinical agencies).
  2. Professional NP liability insurance
  3. Current CPR certification
  4. Documentation of current medical history, physical examination, and tuberculosis skin test or chest X-ray
  5. Level II background check and a lab-controlled drug screen (Local background check may be required by an agency).


Courses Waived based on earned master’s degree in nursing

Total: 5

Courses credited from previous master’s program based on grade of >B and within five (5) years

Total: 9

Total: 7

*Individual assessment of classes and education will determine if courses are needed or waived.

Population Foci:

Total Curriculum: 42


Curriculum plan for Non-APN Applicant and APN Applicant in the Post-Master’s Certificate program will be individually developed based on accepted credits.

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