Family Nurse Practitioner

Family Nurse Practitioner

Post-Master’s Online

This graduate certificate is designed for the nurse practitioner (FNP, PNP-Primary Care, Adult-Geriatric Primary Care NP) working or wishing to work in an urgent care or emergency department setting. It is also appropriate for the primary care focused nurse practitioner who wants to add these skills to be certified as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP). This certificate does not provide the education to become certified as an acute care nurse practitioner with either the adult-geriatric or pediatric populations. A minimum of 13 credits is required although some students will need additional clinical credits. An analysis of the individual student’s transcript will determine the specific number of credits required.
*Students seeking only a certificate program are not eligible for financial aid. Courses taken after completion of a degree program in order to complete the certificate are not eligible for financial aid.

Application Deadline

The MSN uses a cohort model.  There are 2 admission cycles, Fall 1 and Spring 1.

A cohort may not run if a minimum number of students are not admitted.

  • Priority application deadline for the Spring 1, 2017 cohort is October 28, 2016
  • Final completed application deadline for Spring 1, 2017 admission is December 26, 2016
  • Priority application deadline for Fall 1, 2017 admission is May 13, 2017
  • Final completed application deadline for Fall 1, 2017 is August 22, 2017
Post Master’s Online – Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate
Admission Requirements

The College of Nursing at USU uses a holistic admission process to evaluate each applicant on their merits. A wide range of abilities, interests, backgrounds, life experiences, and other aspects that diversity brings to the academic environment are considered.

  • Complete and submit an application for admission through the NursingCAS website at  You must select United States University.
  • Nationally certified nurse practitioner.
  • Unencumbered registered nursing license in the state the applicant plans to do clinical.
  • Unencumbered advanced practice nursing license in the state the applicant plans to do clinical.
  • One year of emergency department, urgent care, or other critical care nursing experience is recommended (if applicant does not have this experience it will take longer to be eligible for certification as an ENP)
  • Official Transcripts from Nurse Practitioner program where received the MSN or DNP
  • Completion of Weaver Assessment Exam.

Students are required to have the following information current and uploaded into American DataBank/Complio:  (Students who do not have all data in Complio by the date of orientation will be administratively withdrawn from the certificate).

  • Background clearance (must be cleared for admission into the certificate)
  • Proof of negative drug screen (must be cleared for admission into the certificate)
  • Current professional liability insurance
  • Current personal health insurance
  • CPR certification for Healthcare providers by American Heart Association
  • PALS and ACLS certification
  • Proof of a negative Tuberculosis (TB) skin test or appropriate treatment
  • Proof of two doses of Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) or titer
  • Proof of Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap) immunization within the last 10 years
  • Proof of Varicella immunization or titer
  • Proof of Hepatitis vaccine or titer
  • Proof of annual influenza vaccine
  • Active unencumbered RN and APRN license in the state where student resides

Additional laboratory tests, immunizations and/or documentation may be required for clinical experiences.

Tuition & Cost

Per Credit Hour: $350
Estimated Tuition: $6,300