Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate

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Why Choose the Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program?photo of two nursing students studying

This certificate as a family nurse practitioner (F.N.P.) builds on your original master's degree curriculum. All F.N.P. required courses must be taken at Wright State University or you will take an examination or demonstrate similar course content in your previous graduate program. The coursework is delivered online, except for five campus visits, making the program highly accessible to those who have complicated work schedules and might not live in proximity to the Dayton campus.

Academics and Curriculum

View the family nurse practitioner certificate program information and degree requirements in the Academic Catalog.

Year 1


  • NUR 7801 (6 credit hours)—Primary Health Care of Women, Children and Adolescents

Fall Semester

  • NUR 7802 (5 credit hours)—Primary Care of Adults

Spring Semester

  • NUR 7803 (6 credit hour)—Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum



To be eligible to apply to this post master's certificate nursing program, applicants must meet the following criteria:


Be a master's prepared nurse from a C.C.N.E. accredited master's program (official transcript from master's program required).


Be a registered nurse with an unencumbered license and current professional licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse (A.P.R.N.) in the states where clinical experiences are planned, and have a minimum of one year of post master’s clinical nursing experience 


Apply to the Wright State Graduate School

The application to the Graduate School must contain:

  • A nonrefundable application fee (currently $10)
  • An official transcript reflecting the award of a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Nondegree applicants having completed graduate work should also submit official transcripts reflecting that work.)  

Submit transcripts with evidence of the following classes with a grade of C or above:

  • Pharmacology
  • Advanced health assessment
  • Advanced life span pathophysiology

Credit hours are variable from 12-19 depending on transcript review.


Provide evidence of no criminal history record on file from both a Federal Bureau of Investigation and an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (or applicable state) background check. Please be aware that background checks may take up to 30 days to process. It is to your benefit to complete the background check one month prior to the college application deadline. The results must be sent to School of Nursing, Kinesiology, and Health Sciences, 160 University Hall, Wright State University, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435.

Keep in mind that it takes 2-6 weeks to process an application in the Graduate School. Once all your application materials have been received, you will be contacted to interview with the director.

Graduate Financial Aid Application (PDF)

Program Outcomes

The M.S. graduate will:

  1. Examine scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for the continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings 
  2. Demonstrate leadership skills necessary for ethical and critical decision making, effective working relationships, and a systems-perspective to promote high quality and safe patient care
  3. Apply quality principles within an organization and articulate the methods, tools, performance measures, and standards related to quality
  4. Apply evidence-based outcomes 
within the practice setting, resolving practice problems, working as a change 
agent, and disseminating results  
  5. Use communication strategies and patient-care technologies to integrate, coordinate, deliver, and enhance care
  6. Examine the policy development process and advocacy strategies necessary to intervene at the 
system level to influence health and health care
  7. Use communication strategies necessary for interprofessional collaboration and consultation to manage and coordinate care
  8. Integrate broad, organizational, client-centered, and culturally appropriate concepts in the planning, delivery, management, and evaluation of evidence-based clinical prevention and population care and services to individuals, families, and aggregates/identified populations
  9. Demonstrate advanced level of understanding of nursing and relevant sciences as well as the ability to integrate this knowledge into practice including both direct and indirect care components that influence health care outcomes for individuals, populations, or systems

Contact Information

Concentration Contact

Crystal Hammond, MSN, APRN, CNM, NP-C Family
Clinical Assistant Professor
Phone: 937-775-3778
Fax: 937-775-4571

General Contact Information

School of Nursing, Kinesiology, and Health Sciences
Phone: 937-775-3131
Fax: 937-775-4571

Questions about the graduate school application? Contact:

The College of Graduate Programs and Honors Studies
Location: 344 Student Union
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: 937-775-2976
Fax: 937-775-2453

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