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Post-Master’s APRN Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care

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Program director:
Carolyn Tieppo
2042 Human Health Building
(248) 364-8714

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CCNE Accreditation

he baccalaureate degree program in nursing/ master’s degree program in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Oakland University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Program description

The Post-Master’s APRN Certificate for the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) prepares the current MSN graduate as a primary care provider for clients from pregnancy to end of life in a variety of settings. The curriculum focuses on culturally sensitive care, incorporating health promotion and management of acute and chronic health problems. 

Required coursework is based upon a GAP analysis that compares prior MSN didactic and clinical experience with the FNP national certification requirements to determine the courses for the Plan of Study. Graduates of the Post Master’s APRN Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner are eligible to take a Family Nurse Practitioner national certification examination. 

Master’s program outcomes

Building on the foundation of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program will prepare graduates as transformational leaders with advanced nursing knowledge and practice expertise for optimizing health outcomes. (Essential IX)

The Post MSN Certificate program prepares graduates to:

  1. Integrate theories and scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, and organizational sciences using translational processes to improve evidence-based nursing practice across diverse settings. (Essentials I & IV, VIII, IX)
  2. Describe concepts from organizational leadership, systems leadership, and information technology in the promotion of quality improvement and safety. (Essentials II, III, V, IX)
  3. Synthesize requisite knowledge of legal and regulatory processes, health policy, ethics, and advocacy to improve health outcomes of diverse populations at the organizational, local, state, and federal level. (Essentials IV, VI, VIII, IX)
  4. Formulate intra/interprofessional collaborative strategies integral to the design and delivery of evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention interventions to improve health outcomes in individuals, families, communities, and populations. (Essentials IV, VII, VIII, IX)
  5. Integrate professional standards and guidelines in the provision of nursing practice in a specialty area. (Essentials IX)

Admission terms and application deadlines

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

All applicants to this program are admitted once a year in the fall (full time and part time). The application deadlines are:

  • February 15 for admission to the following fall semester
  • International students: April 1 for admission to the following fall semester (see additional requirements below)

Application requirements

Applicants do not submit an online Oakland University Graduate Application.  A completed application and required materials must be submitted through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS).  Information and instructions for applying through the NursingCAS can be found at the School of Nursing website. 

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

Additional department application requirements


  • Applicants for admission to the Post Master APRN Certificate of Science in Nursing program must have completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and a Master of Science in Nursing degree with an overall undergraduate cumulative grade point average of B (3.0) or above from an institution accredited by the National League for Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  • Applicants must submit all transcripts from previously attended institutions. 
  • Proof of a current unrestricted Registered Nurse license in the United States or its territories.
  • A minimum of one year of clinical experience as an R.N. (at time of application deadline) is required during which time the applicant must have functioned as an independent decision maker and demonstrated advanced psychomotor skills.
  • Two (2) Recommendations must be completed by healthcare professionals in nursing, leadership, administration/management, or education and are able to attest to the applicant’s nursing skills and/or abilities. One reference must be from a colleague who is familiar with the applicant’s work. 
  • Post MSN Certificate Nurse Practitioner tracks:  Professional statement of 500 to 1,000 words.   The professional statement should focus on the consensus model within the APRN scope of practice, the applicant’s career goals after completion of the program, how recent clinical experiences have prepared him/her for an advanced practice role, and plans for professional development. 

International Students 

  • International students are encouraged to contact The Graduate School (www.oakland.edu/grad) to determine what additional documentation is required for admission eligibility.

Admission review and assessment

Admission to graduate school at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to Oakland University Graduate School, 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. 

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.

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Post Master’s APRN Certificate requirements

A GAP analysis of prior didactic coursework and clinical experiences from an applicant’s master’s degree program will be completed to determine coursework required for the post-master’s APRN FNP certificate. The GAP analysis will identify Foundation, Clinical Core and Specialty course content necessary to prepare students to be eligible to sit for a national certification exam that corresponds with the role and population focus of the FNP track. Additional clinical hours may be necessary to meet the 500 minimum required for FNP certification. Students completing all required courses based on the GAP analysis will earn a post-master’s certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner. Based on the GAP analysis courses for the student’s Plan of Study (POS) will be selected from the following list of Foundation, Clinical Core and Specialty courses.

The PM APRN Certificate, FNP Primary Care is awarded upon satisfactory completion of a minimum of 15 credits in an approved plan of study.

Course Requirements Based upon a GAP analysis.


a. Foundation course requirements (10 credits)

Foundation courses address critical content needed by all graduate nursing students.

b. Clinical core courses ( 7-11 credits)

The clinical core courses provide graduate students with advanced clinical knowledge and skills and are based on population foci.

c. Specialty courses ( 22-26 credits)

Specialty courses are comprised of didactic and clinical courses that prepare students for advanced practice nursing. The specialty courses build upon nursing knowledge and skills learned at the undergraduate level and graduate foundation, clinical core courses and are based on population foci.

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 B (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 B (3.0) or above in each course in the PM APRN Certificate 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 Website 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.

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Plan of study

All accepted applicants, in consultation with their assigned NP program director, 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 signed by the program director and student prior to submission to Oakland University Graduate School.

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.

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