The DNP in family nurse practitioner is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) with specialized knowledge and skills to provide comprehensive health care to diverse populations across the lifespan in a family practice setting such as: adult primary care, urgent care, private practice, long term care and hospital and community based settings.

The competencies of the family nurse practitioner (FNP) are concentrated in the comprehensive and preventative health care within a family-centered model including health assessment, follow-up care for health problems, and health promotion and disease management activities based upon care of children, women and adult populations. The FNP curriculum is designed to provide in-depth content focused on medically stable patients across the lifespan, in the framework of the family and community.

The Elms DNP graduate is prepared to be “job-ready” as a Family Nurse Practitioner working in a multitude of community settings such as clinics, private practice, schools, businesses, and specialty offices to increase health care access for patients of all ages with the greatest opportunities in urban and rural underserved communities.


Post-Graduate Certificate

FNP Post Graduate Certificate Launching in the Fall of 2017

The Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate (FNP PGC) program is available to registered nurses who possess a minimum of a master’s degree and are nationally certified as a nurse practitioner in anther specialty. Students have the opportunity to continue their education and expand their skillset as a Family Nurse Practitioner needed to diagnose and manage acute and chronic health problems across the lifespan.  The purpose of the post-masters student program is to provide, for advanced practice nurses who already hold a master’s degree in nursing, an educational route to specialization in an area other than that obtained in their master’s degree.

The Post Graduate Certificate is a variable credit-hour program, ranging from 8 to 34 credits, depending on prior education and certification. A Gap analysis that considers prior education will be conducted for each applicant in order to determine an individual course of study.

The program can be completed in approximately 12-24 months. Plans of study will be individualized according to academic didactic and clinical needs. Students will acquire knowledge and clinical experience that will prepare them to sit for a family nurse practitioner certificate examination.

Students completing the post-master’s certificate many continue their education with the DNP HSIL Track leading to a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree. Our students benefit from personalized faculty attention and join classmates who also have diverse backgrounds that enrich learning.