FNP Post-Graduate Certificate Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Elms College Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate Program, the ideal candidate will have met the following criteria and requirements:

  • Minimum of a Master of Science degree from a nationally accredited school of nursing and are nationally certified as a nurse practitioner in another specialty.
  • Transcripts of a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in graduate work as a graduate of an NLNAC or CCNE approved graduate program in nursing.
  • Evidence of passing grades of B or better in graduate level courses in Advanced Health and Physical Assessment, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Health Assessment within the past 7 years.
  • Submission of a completed Elms College DNP application, curriculum vitae or resume of professional accomplishments.
  • A copy of a current advanced practice nurse license without restriction in the state where practice occurs.
  • Two letters of reference pertaining to the candidate’s academic ability and clinical practice. References included with the application packet are to be sealed in envelopes and signed across the envelope seal by the endorsers.
    • Two letters should address professional competency
  • Evidence of at least two years of progressive professional nursing experience.
  • Evidence of national certifications in advanced practice nursing specialty.
  • Written responses to the following questions in a thoughtful and scholarly manner:
    • What are your career goals, and how do you see the post-master’s FNP certificate contributing to meeting them?
    • What are you most proud of, in terms of your professional accomplishments as an advanced practice nurse?