Certificate Programs

Family health nurse practitioner certificate program

The Family Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program is designed for nurses with a master's degree in nursing who seek advanced clinical preparation as a family nurse practitioner.

Graduates of the program are prepared to provide primary care to families. The program prepares nurses for advanced practice with families by addressing individual and family health problems, family functioning and complex families. 

Supervised clinical practice is an integral part of the program. Whenever possible, clinical experience will be arranged near the student's place of residence.

Upon completion of the certificate program, graduates are eligible for certification as a family nurse practitioner in New York state and are eligible to sit for a national certification examination.

Curriculum

Below is a sample curriculum plan for the Family Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program. Students are encouraged to review the University Bulletin for more information or contact the Decker Academic Advising and Student Services Office.

Semester 1, fall

Credits

NURS 502: Concepts in Health Assessment for Nurses in Advanced Clinical Practice

3

NURS 518: Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan

3

Semester total 

6

Semester 2, spring

Credits

NURS 519: Advanced Pharmacology for Clinical Practice

3

NURS 521: Nursing in Family Practice I

3

NURS 553: Family Nurse Practitioner Role I

4

Semester total

10

Semester 3, fall

Credits

NURS 522: Nursing in Family Practice II

3

NURS 554: Family/Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Role II

4

Semester total

7

Semester 4, spring

Credits

NURS 555: Family/Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Role III

4

NURS 596: Nursing in Family Practice III

3

Semester total 

7

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR COMPLETION

30

Application criteria

A complete listing of application criteria for this certificate program is presented on the Certificate Programs General Information webpage.

Students holding an MS degree in nursing may enroll in the post-graduate adult-gerontological nurse practitioner program. Depending on prior educational preparation, several course requirements may be eligible for waiver by the graduate nursing program director with the submission of official transcripts reflecting successful completion of previous coursework (grade of B or better) and related supporting course syllabi. Review Decker's policy on transferring graduate credit in the Graduate Student Handbook.

NOTE: Graduate record examination (GRE) scores are not required for admission to this program.

Application procedures

Information on admissions, financial aid, housing, program costs and visiting Binghamton University's campus (including a virtual tour) is presented on the Graduate School website.

Complete instructions for applying to a certificate program at Binghamton University are available on the Graduate School's how to apply webpage. If you have questions regarding application submission, contact the Graduate School at 607–777–2151 or gradadmission@binghamton.edu.