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2015-2017 Graduate Catalog

Post-Master's Graduate Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner- see addendum for Fall 17


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School of Nursing
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Program director:
Colleen Meade Ripper
2042 Human Health Building
(248) 364-8724
cmripper@oakland.edu

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Graduate Catalog Addendum 

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Program description

The Post-Master’s Graduate Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares the advanced practice nurse as a primary care provider for clients across ages in a variety of settings. The curriculum focuses on culturally sensitive care, incorporating health promotion and management of acute and chronic health problems. The graduate is prepared to apply nursing theory, principles of advanced practice nursing and the research process in the design and delivery of primary care. Knowledge for advanced nursing practice is synthesized from concepts in nursing, as well as the biological and social sciences. Graduates of the Family Nurse Practitioner program are prepared to take a Family Nurse Practitioner national certification examination.

Admission terms and application deadlines

Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning by the deadline listed below. Incomplete applications will not be sent to departments for admission review.

All applicants to this program are admitted for the fall semester only. The application deadlines are:

  • April 1 for fall semester
  • International students: April 1 for fall semester

Beginning FALL 2017 Semester

All applicants to this program are admitted for the fall (full time and part time) and winter semester (full time) only. The application deadlines are:

  • February 15 (early) April 15 (regular) for fall semester
  • August 1 for winter semester
  • International students: April 1 for fall semester

Application requirements

To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all Graduate Application Requirements and additional department requirements by the published application deadlines:

  1.    
     
  2. Additional department application requirements
      
  • School of Nursing Supplemental Application    
  • Completion of a master’s degree in nursing from an institution accredited by the National League for Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education with an overall graduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.
  • Eligible for a current Registered Nurse license in the applicant’s state of practice.
  • Professional statement of 500 to 1,000 words. The professional statement should focus on the applicant’s recent clinical experience, how a post-master’s certificate will enhance professional development, and career goals after completion of the program. The professional statement will be evaluated on content and appropriate use of grammar, style, spelling and rhetoric.
  • Syllabi from previous academic institution for Advanced: Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, and Physical Assessment
  • Requirements for recommendations:
    The two recommendations (above) must be from healthcare professionals (prefer letters from nurses in leadership/education) who are able to attest to the applicant’s nursing skills and/or abilities. At least one reference must be from a colleague who is familiar with the applicant’s work.
  • Proof of current unrestricted Registered Nurse License in the United States or its territories.
  • Qualified applicants will be selected for an individual interview with a School of Nursing faculty. The interview will be scheduled after all application materials have been submitted.
  • Students must meet the same admission requirements as those students entering the MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner program except the GRE requirement is waived.
  • A minimum of one year of clinical experience as an R.N. is required during which time the applicant must have functioned as an independent decision maker and demonstrated advanced psychomotor skills, within two years of the application deadline.

Admission review and assessment

Admission to graduate study at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning, each department assesses the potential of applicants for success in the program by examining their undergraduate records, professional statement, letters of recommendation, prerequisite courses and any other admission requirements established by the academic department.

Certificate requirements


The Post-Master’s Graduate Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner is awarded upon satisfactory completion of 15 to 32 credits in an approved program of study. The program of study will be developed after evaluation of course content taken to fulfill requirements of the applicant’s prior master’s program.

Post-MSN Adult/Gerontological nurse practitioners who seek certification as Family Nurse Practitioners are required by national certification boards to complete coursework in women’s health and pediatric content.

Satisfactory academic progress


Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is the term used to denote a student’s successful completion of coursework toward a certificate or degree. Federal regulations require the Office of Financial Aid to monitor Satisfactory Academic Progress for all financial aid recipients each semester.

Students who fall behind in their coursework, or fail to achieve minimum standards for grade point average and completion of classes, may lose their eligibility for all types of federal, state and university aid. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for additional details.

Good academic standing


All graduate students are expected to remain in good academic standing throughout the entire course of their graduate program. To be in good academic standing, a graduate student must make satisfactory progress toward fulfilling degree requirements, including the completion of critical degree milestones as set forth by the academic program. The student must also maintain a minimum semester and overall GPA of 3.0.

Good academic standing is a requirement for:

  • Holding a Graduate Assistantship
  • Receiving a fellowship or scholarship
  • Advancing to candidacy for a graduate degree
  • Going on a leave of absence
  • Obtaining a graduate certificate or degree from Oakland University.

Additionally, graduate students must meet all department academic standards which may be more stringent than the minimum set forth by the University.

Program requirements:   Students are required to follow the university policies and procedures for graduate students, as described in the Oakland University Graduate Catalog. In addition to the university requirements, specific School of Nursing policies and procedures are outlined in the School of Nursing Graduate Student Handbook.

Students are expected to earn a grade of 3.0 or above in each course in the MSN program. In courses graded Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory (S/U), students are expected to earn a course grade of satisfactory. Students who are not making satisfactory progress in the program may be placed on probation with conditions imposed for retention in the program or may be recommended for dismissal from the program.

Students are required to keep health requirements current and must maintain an RN license that is current and free of any complaint or restriction throughout the program.  See the School of Nursing Web site for health requirements. Students are also required to meet any requirements of the health care facilities where they have clinical learning experiences.  

Graduate students who are not in good academic standing for any reason are subject to probation and/or dismissal from further graduate study.

Related program information


Plan of study

All accepted applicants, in consultation with their assigned faculty program adviser, must develop a plan of study that details specific courses the students will use to satisfy their degree requirements. The plan of study must be approved by the faculty program adviser and submitted by the student to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning. The plan of study must be signed by the program director and student prior to submission to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning.

Master’s and graduate certificate students must submit a department-approved plan of study by the end of their first semester of graduate coursework. Doctoral students must submit an approved plan of study prior to completion of the first year of coursework. (See the Graduate Student Responsibility  section of this catalog.)

Note:  Credit granted for successful completion of a course toward an undergraduate degree program may not be repeated for a graduate degree. If a substitution is approved, the minimum number of program-approved graduate credits will be required. A Petition of Exception - OU Course Waiver/ Substitution requesting the substitution must be approved.

Leave of Absence

Students may maintain leave of absence status in the Family Nursing Practitioner (FNP) program for up to one year. Before assuming leave of absence status, the student is required to fill out the Request for Leave of Absence form and meet with the SON Graduate Academic Adviser. Return to the program is contingent upon availability of space in the program following return. The following requirements must be met by returning students:

  1. Notify SON Graduate Academic Adviser of intention to return no later than three months prior to the requested return semester.
  2. Develop a revised plan of study with the SON Graduate Academic Adviser prior to registering for courses in the FNP tracks.
  3. Comply with all SON policies and requirements in effect at the time of return.

Note: Submitting a leave of absence form does not guarantee approval. If the form is approved, the student will be required to complete a new plan of study and will be placed in a new cohort as space is available. This will delay the completion of the program by at least one year. If the student does not return to the program by the Anticipated Return From Leave date indicated on the form, the student must reapply to the program. If the student plans to be out two semesters or more, the student will be required to reapply to the program.

 

 

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