Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate
Expand your horizons. Grow your career.
Become part of the growing nurse practitioner workforce who have gained support for a future in independent clinical practice and healthcare delivery here in California and across the nation. Nurse Practitioners offer holistic care in many different focus areas and TUC offers you a variety of clinical experiences to expand your skill set.
The FNP-C is a hybrid post-master's program that is 90% online and 10% on-campus intensives (for procedures, urgent care, and gynecologic/genitourinary care). Clinical opportunities are found in multiple sites, including those with exposure to adults, children, geriatric, women's health, behavioral health, street medicine, mobile health, and wellness programs.
Our certificate program is guided by the competencies from the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Competencies and prepares the newly graduated family nurse practitioner to practice clinically in a multitude of settings.
The FNP-C track requires the nursing student to possess a graduate degree as a part of the admission criteria. Adherent to the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Competencies, the FNP-C track prepares Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) with the most advanced clinical and organizational skills to provide the highest standard of care for individuals, families, and communities.
By combining advanced practice nursing skills and knowledge of evidence-based research and practice, graduates are empowered to be more efficient and competent practitioners.
FNP-C students are prepared to:
- Perform comprehensive health assessments, including ordering and interpreting diagnostic procedures
- Partner with patients and families for health promotion and disease prevention
- Generate differential diagnoses and manage acute and chronic health problems and distressing symptoms based on a strong biological science foundation
- Prescribe and evaluate therapies (medication and non-medication based)
- Utilize developmental, patient-and family-centered approaches with a specific emphasis on vulnerable populations
- Act as leaders in healthcare systems
- Advocate for nursing, advanced practice and interprofessional care in a university setting that includes osteopathic physicians, diabetes specialties, physician assistants, national and international public health practitioners, and pharmacists.
In our certificate program you:
- Build on existing curricula found in masters’ nursing programs
- Learn within a social justice framework
- Have access to a variety of unique clinical rotations
- Take part in a unique hybrid (90% online, 10% on-campus intensives) program
- Become eligible to test for national FNP certification exams
- Are trained with nationally recognized competency standards through the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Competencies (NONPF)
- Are supported by caring faculty and staff members
- Become part of the worldwide Touro Nursing family
Your four-semesters of coursework in TUC's FNP-C program will allow you to assume an advance-practice nursing role as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). FNPc graduates are prepared as clinical experts in the delivery of primary care, with a focus on management of the diabetes across the lifespan.
Coursework is offered over 4 semesters (90% online and 10% on-campus) beginning in January each year, with 630 direct clinical hours in a variety of practice settings, synchronous and asynchronous online courses, and on-campus intensives each semester.
The program includes a minimum of 630 clinical practice hours to build and assimilate knowledge for advanced practice at a high level of complexity.
Spring Semester I
NRSC 604 Advanced Physical Assessment
This course provides the student with knowledge and clinical experience in advanced health assessment of diverse clients across the life span within the context of the advanced practice role. Emphasis is on acquisition and analysis of relevant data for the development of a comprehensive and holistic assessment.
NRSC 607 Advanced Pharmacology
(This course is designed to prepare advanced practice nurses to manage drug therapy for clients across the lifespan. Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles and current research form the foundation for discussion of selected drug groups. Emphasis is given to indications, mechanisms of action, dosages, adverse side effects and control, cost containment, and client education. NRSC
NRSC 608 Advanced Pathophysiology
The course builds on a basic understanding of pathophysiology, providing in- depth understanding of adaptation and alteration in cellular function, biorhythms, cardiovascular system, pulmonary system, neuroendocrine system, immune system, and musculoskeletal system. Alterations due to internal/external stressors and aging will be identified.
NRSC 707 Diagnostics for Family Nurse Practitioner
This course provides the diagnostic reasoning skills, which enables the family nurse practitioner to order and interpret appropriate clinical laboratory tests. Students apply these skills during clinical experiences throughout the family nurse practitioner curriculum for the management of chronic and acute illnesses.
NRSC 708 FNP Role I
Adult/Geriatric This seminar offers the opportunity to evaluate family health theories and concepts. Emphasis is on the development of the FNP in primary care and the integration of theoretical and methodological approaches to family health care. The family nurse practitioner’s role and function as a member of an interdisciplinary team are introduced as well as working with geriatric, unhoused and other vulnerable populations.
RSC 709* Management of Common Chronic and Acute Health Problems I
This course is the first on clinical management of common acute and chronic health problems. The focus of the course is on the recognition and management of common chronic and acute health problems of clients across the lifespan. The course integrates assessment, current research findings, and theory into the diagnostic reasoning and management of primary care. Concepts of health promotion and maintenance, anticipatory guidance, health education, behavioral management strategies, and family-focused health care are emphasized. Clinical experiences are used to apply knowledge to practice in collaborative settings with a preceptor. (135 hours)
NRSC 704 Family and Behavioral Approaches to Population Health
Explores existing theories across disciplines relevant to health promotion and risk reduction. Students will review and critique individual, interpersonal and community level models used in health promotion and risk reduction research.
NRSC 711 FNP Role II
Obstetric/Women’s Health/Pediatric/Psyche/Special Populations This seminar builds on the development of the FNP and emphasizes issues related to advanced practice roles and functions in primary care. The course offers the opportunity to evaluate family health theories and concepts with a specific focus on the primary care management in women’s health, pediatrics, and psychiatry/mental health and community health in interprofessional settings.
NRSC 712 Management of Common Chronic and Acute Health Problems II
This course is the second course in the series on the management of common chronic and acute health problems. The focus is on the family nurse practitioner’s role in the recognition and management of common chronic and acute health problems of clients across the lifespan. The course integrates assessment, current research findings, and theory into the diagnostic reasoning and management of primary care. Concepts of health promotion and maintenance, anticipatory guidance, health education, behavioral management strategies, and family-focused health care are emphasized. Clinical experiences are utilized for the application of knowledge to practice. (135 hours)
NRSC 713A Advanced Clinical Management of Diabetes across the Lifespan I
This focus of this course is diabetes (T1 and T2) throughout the lifespan. The course explores, epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical disease management, treatment, education, and self-care management of diabetes for the patient and their families.
Spring Semester II
NRSC 713B Advanced Clinical Management of Diabetes across the Lifespan II
This second section of the course provides the interprofessional educational experience with engagement in case studies related to diabetes and integration of care through assignments and discussions.
NRSC 714** Family Nurse Practitioner Residency I
This clinical practicum provides an in-depth focus on the development of leadership and clinical management skills and the application, refinement, and synthesis of knowledge and skills developed in previous didactic and clinical courses. Interdisciplinary collaborative practice and the student’s own advanced nursing practice model are emphasized (180 hours).
NRSC 715 Family Nurse Practitioner Residency II
This course is a continuation of Family Nurse Practitioner Residency I. This clinical practicum provides an in-depth focus on the development of leadership and clinical management skills and the application, refinement, and synthesis of knowledge and skills developed in previous didactic and clinical courses. Interdisciplinary collaborative practice and the student’s own advanced nursing practice model are emphasized (180 hours).
*NRSC 709 and NRSC 712 = 135 direct clinical hours each course (270 hours).
**NRSC 714 and NRSC 715 = 180 direct clinical hours each course (360 hours).
Transfer Credits to Waive the First Semester (Spring 1)
For incoming students who have completed any prerequisites for NP education, including Advanced Physical Assessment, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Pathophysiology within the last 5 years, you may request transfer credit for these courses. You can request transfer credit for Advanced Physical Assessment, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Pathophysiology coursework – the courses in the first semester - and start the program in the summer, or second, semester. You must have completed the courses no more than 5 years prior to matriculation into the program and complete an online diagnostic reasoning test for the 3Ps with a pass score of 80%.
- If coursework was taken greater than 5 years prior to matriculation into the program, you must enroll in all three courses for credit (begin in the spring semester).
- If you are an actively practicing advanced practice nurse (NP, CNS, CRNA, Mid-Wife) or CNL and desire to change your specialty to Family Nurse Practitioner you must submit syllabi from previous master’s or post-master’s nurse practitioner program for evaluation of equivalency.
- If you are an actively practicing advanced practice nurse in (NP, CNS, CRNA, Mid-Wife) or CNL, NRSC 604, Advanced Physical Assessment can be waived after demonstrating competency using the rubric for the final head-to-toe exam of NRSC 604.
- Provide the highest level of advanced nursing care resulting in high quality, cost-effective patient outcomes.
- Evaluate healthcare programs and outcomes to improve and achieve quality healthcare services.
- Analyze patient outcomes related to healthcare interventions built on evidence-based practice recommendations and professional standards of care.
- Integrate Information Systems/Technology and Patient Care Technology for the Improvement and Transformation of Health Care.
- Analyze the influence of public policy decisions on the health promotion, disease prevention, and health restoration services provided to diverse populations.
- Collaborate with healthcare providers in intra-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary healthcare teams to provide patient-centered, quality, and safe healthcare services.
- Expand clinical judgment and decision-making abilities based on ethical and moral principles to promote the well-being of individuals, families, and health care providers and in local, national, and international communities.
- Apply theoretical and research-based knowledge from nursing and other disciplines to plan and implement safe, quality health care for vulnerable individuals and groups.
FNP Boards and Certifications
Below are links to the FNP certification and licensure you’ll be pursuing:
The Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) certifies public health nurses and advanced practice nurses.
Advanced practice nurses include nurse practitioners, nurse-midwives, clinical nurse specialists, and nurse anesthetists.
The nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who possesses additional preparation and skills in physical diagnosis, psychosocial assessment, and management of health and illness needs in primary health care.
The BRN issues a furnishing number to a nurse practitioner that allows him or her to "order" or furnish drugs and devices to patients using approved standardized procedures. A nurse practitioner with a furnishing number may obtain a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration number if they want to order controlled substances as needed for patient care.