Degree Plan

This post-master's FNP certificate is uniquely designed for nurses who have completed a master's in nursing degree. The certificate program provides the knowledge and clinical experiences a master's educated nurse would need to transition into a role as a primary care family nurse practitioner. The priorities of the practice for FNPs focus on wellness, health promotion, disease prevention, and client education in a variety of primary care settings. The goal of the MSN-FNP program is to help prepare advanced practice registered nurses to provide safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable care.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Post Master’s Family Nurse practitioner certificate program, prospective candidates must first meet all requirements for graduate admission to UT Rio Grande Valley, as well as the other requirements listed below:

  • A Master’s or doctoral degree in nursing from a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited program in nursing. .
  • An Advanced Health Assessment course equivalent to UTRGV SON NURS 6305 within the last 3 years*
  • An Advanced Pharmacology course equivalent to UTRGV SON NURS 6306 within the last 3 years*
  • An Advanced Pathophysiology course equivalent to UTRGV SON NURS 6304 within the last 3 years*
  • A current unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the State of Texas and in good standing.
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
  • An official transcript from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Three (3) letters of professional recommendation.
  • A written statement of purpose (letter of intent).
  • A current resume/curriculum vitae.
  • A cleared criminal background check.
  • Evidence of current immunizations required by the Texas Department of Health for students in health-related academic programs

Master of Science in Nursing(MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner(FNP) Program of Study

Post Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate – Degree Plan