Saint Xavier University School of Nursing

School of Nursing

Post-Master's Options

Family Nurse Practitioner

The family nurse practitioner certificate program enables a nurse who already holds a master's degree in nursing to be prepared as a specialist in the delivery of primary care services to individuals and families in a wide variety of settings. The program emphasizes health promotion and wellness as well as the management of common and complex health problems. Graduates are eligible to take the family nurse practitioner certification exam.

Students admitted as post-master's certificate students will meet with the FNP Program Director prior to enrollment to develop an individualized plan of study. The individualized plan of study will vary in total number of credits, depending on the student's previous graduate level course work in nursing and its recency. The student's previous master's study will be evaluated for successful completion of courses and/or content equivalent to the following Saint Xavier University MSN courses:

  • NURSG 544: Epidemiology and Population Based Health Care
  • NURSG 509: Nursing Research
  • NURSG 503: Advanced Pathophysiology*
  • NURSG 512: Advanced Pharmacology*
  • NURSG 505: Advanced Health Assessment for FNPs*
  • NURGL 505: Advanced Health Assessment for FNPs Lab

Note: If these courses were not included in the student's prior master's study, the student must take the course(s) as part of their post-MSN FNP certificate program.

*These courses must have been completed within five years of enrollment in the post-master's FNP certificate program or they will need to be taken as part of the certificate program. Students who have taken a graduate level advanced health assessment course within the past five years will be required to demonstrate proficiency in advanced health assessment by return demonstration prior to enrollment in NURSG 519 and NURGP 519.

Specialty FNP Courses

  • NURSG 525: Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing (1)
  • NURSG 519: Family Health Promotion in Primary Care (5); 150 clinical contact hours
  • NURSG 535: Management of Common Problems in Primary Care (6); 225 clinical contact hours
  • NURSG 536: Management of Complex Problems in Primary Care (6); 225 clinical contact hours
  • NURSG 537: FNP Role Synthesis (2)

Certificate in Nursing Education

The certificate program in nursing education is designed to prepare experienced nurses with the knowledge and skills that are necessary to teach in a classroom and clinical settings. This online program consists of three courses, totaling 9 credit hours of graduate-level credit. Each course is taught in a 15-week block. The third course includes a practicum component, which provides opportunities for the student to work with a full-time faculty member.

Eligibility criteria for the certificate program include:

  1. bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN)
  2. master's degree in nursing (MSN) or
  3. current enrollment in the MSN program at Saint Xavier (NURS 551 must be taken after successful completion of the MSN degree)

Note: Post-master's Certificate in Nursing Education courses must be completed within three years.


Course content and activities reflect best practices in nursing education. The curriculum incorporates the Core Competencies of Nurse Educators© as defined by the National League for Nursing (NLN). Threaded throughout the courses are three core concepts that are essential to effective teaching of nursing students: clinical decision-making, communication and cultural competence.

NURSG 550: Concepts, Theories and Issues in Nursing Education (2)
NURSG 554: Learning Principles and Instructional Methods for the
Adult Learner
NURSG 551: Nursing Education Role Practicum
(135 Practicum Hours)

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