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Post Masters Certificate: Adult-Gerontology or Family Nurse Practitioner

The Post Master's Certificate curriculum prepares nurses with a master's degree in nursing for primary care practice as an Adult-Gerontology or Family Nurse Practitioner. A Post Master's Certificate is awarded after successful completion of the program. Participants may then apply for national certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse in Adult-Gerontology or Family Health.

Program Requirements

  • Students are required to follow the policies and professional standards established by the graduate nursing department. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the program. If a student withdraws from the program and is readmitted at a later time, the requirements in effect at the time of readmission will apply.
  • Proof of current registered nurse license, per admission criteria.
  • Proof of current CPR certification for healthcare professionals from the American Heart Association or American Red Cross.
  • Proof of liability insurance with a minimum coverage of 1,000,000/6,000,000.
  • Proof of current health clearance issued by the Felician College Wellness Center.
  • Adherence to health clearance obligations as required by the clinical or practicum agency.
  • Students are responsible for securing their own clinical and/or practicum placements with faculty approval. Students are expected to travel to clinical and or practicum sites and are financially responsible for all costs associated with travel.
  • Criminal history background checks. The agency reserves the right to exclude a student from their site. Such exclusion shall result in dismissal from the program.
  • Standardized testing may be used in the curriculum. Specifics of standardized testing are contained within individual course syllabi. Students are financially responsible for all costs associated with standardized testing.
  • Students are required to register for a certification review course prior to completion of NURS 590/1. Students are responsible for all costs associated with certification review courses.
  • A practicing professional nurse for a minimum of one year and currently employed in professional nursing practice.
  • Proof of student nurse practitioner liability insurance with a minimum coverage of 1,000,000/6,000,000.
  • Participation in on-campus residency requirements. Residencies consist of workshop and clinical evaluations conducted in both the clinical setting and the Nursing Resource and Simulation Center.

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

The program requirements can be met in the following ways:

  • Complete 31 credits at Felician College and 780 clinical hours and on-campus residencies in designated courses.
  • Transfer credits from another Nurse Practitioner Program accredited by a national accrediting agency. Credits must have been earned within the past five years, and the student must have received a grade of B or higher. The Associate Dean of the Department of Graduate Nursing will determine the equivalency of courses and transfer credits on an individual basis after the student has been accepted into the program. Clinical courses, if considered for transfer credits, must contain the equivalent clinical experience/hours. A minimum of 12 credits must be completed at Felician College. Clinical hours must total 780.

Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP)

The program requirements can be met in the following ways:

  • Complete 28 credits at Felician College and 600 hours of clinical practice and on-campus residencies in designated courses.
  • Transfer credits from another Nurse Practitioner Program accredited by a national accrediting agency. Credits must have been earned within the past five years, and the student must have received a grade of B or higher. The Associate Dean of the Department of Graduate Nursing will determine the equivalency of courses and transfer credits on an individual basis after the student has been accepted into the program. Clinical courses, if considered for transfer credits, must contain the equivalent clinical experience/hours. A minimum of 10 credits must be completed at Felician College. Clinical hours must total 600.

Admission Requirements

  • A completed application.
  • A Master of Science in Nursing degree from a program accredited by a national accrediting agency.
  • 3.0 or higher GPA.
  • Licensure as a registered professional nurse in New Jersey. The licensee cannot have any pending disciplinary action against their nursing license from any Board of Nursing.
  • Submission of two professional and/or academic references from persons qualified to judge applicant's ability to succeed in graduate study.
  • Submission of all official academic transcripts.
  • International academic credentials are reviewed by an international accrediting agency (World Education Services) on an individual basis.
  • A minimum score of 79 in the Internet-based TOEFL or 550on the paper-based TOEFL is required of graduates of non- English speaking countries.
  • Criminal history background check(s) or other requirements mandated by the practicum site.
  • A practicing professional nurse for a minimum of one year and currently employed in professional nursing practice.
  • Successful completion of undergraduate or graduate courses in statistics, pathophysiology and health assessment and a graduate course in nursing research and epidemiology.
  • A notarized copy of the photo page of a government-issued identification such as passport or driver’s license.
  • Identified clinical placement site location and preceptor for clinical experience.