Post-Masters Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Beginning in Fall 2024, new students will complete the updated curriculum (below), aligned with the 2022 AACN Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education. If you have questions regarding the updated curriculum, please contact your Program Chair.

Students enrolled before Fall 2024 are not affected.

Professional Licensure Information

Prospective students seeking professional licensure outside of Delaware should verify state licensure requirements before applying.  For state-by-state contact information for individual state licensure requirements, please visit NC-SARA's Professional Licensure Directory.

Family Nurse Practitioner

The Post-Masters Family Nurse Practitioner certificate program provides a pathway for master’s prepared nurses to acquire the requisite training to become a nurse practitioner. The curriculum emphasizes relationships among advanced nursing practice, theory, and scholarly inquiry through didactic coursework and 700 hours of clinical practicum completed within various clinical settings. Graduates are  eligible for national board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board.

Each student will undergo a GAP analysis to confirm the completion of Advanced Practice Roles, Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Health Assessment across the lifespan. If any of these courses have not been completed, students must complete Advanced Practice Roles, Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Health Assessment across the lifespan during the program.

Program Competencies:

In addition to the University’s graduate graduation competencies, students will be able to:

1. Examine evidence-based practice and clinical judgment to improve quality, safety, and clinical outcomes for professional nursing practice;

2. Evaluate social justice, diversity, equity, inclusion, and ethical principles for professional nursing practice;

3. Analyze health policy, fiscal, and information technology implications for professional nursing practice;

4. Assess the impact of social determinants of health for professional nursing practice;

5. Design effective leadership strategies with interprofessional teams to enhance systems-based professional nursing practice;

6. Demonstrate effective communication, compassionate care, personal health, and professional maturity.

Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty Competencies:

1.  Demonstrate competence in management of patient health/ illness;

2.  Employ evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to guide screening activities; identify health promotion needs; and provide anticipatory guidance and counseling addressing environmental, lifestyles, and developmental issues;

3.  Plan and implement diagnostic strategies and therapeutic interventions to help patients with unstable and complex healthcare problems regain stability and restore health in collaboration with the patient and multidisciplinary healthcare team.

Family Nurse Practitioner

Core Courses ( 16 Credits)

GRN 7000 Scholarly Writing

GRN 7102 Advanced Practice Roles in Nursing Practice

GRN 8102 Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice

GRN 8103 Epidemiology and Population Health

GRN 8104 Healthcare Politics and Policy

GRN 8105 Healthcare Informatics

Family NP Courses ( 39 Credits, 700 Clinical Hours)


GRN 7101 Advanced Pathophysiology

GRN 7103 Advanced Pharmacology Across the Lifespan

GRN 7104 Advanced Health Assessment

GRN 7105 Differential Diagnosis and Clinical Decision Making Across the Lifespan

GRN 7121 Family Practicum I

GRN 7106 Acute and Chronic Care Across the Lifespan I

GRN 7122 Family Practicum II

GRN 7107 Acute and Chronic Care Across the Lifespan II

GRN 7108 Acute and Chronic Care Across the Lifespan III

GRN 7123 Family Practicum III

GRN 7124 Family Practicum IV

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2024-2025 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2023 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.