APRN Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate
Learn to meet and care for your ethnically and culturally diverse patients where they are—not where you’d like them to be.
You don’t need to look like or share beliefs with patients to provide quality patient care, but it is important to recognize how our biases can affect our work, our patients, and our patients’ experiences within any larger health care system. As a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), you can make a difference in the lives of underserved, urban populations who may not feel comfortable or knowledgeable to navigate their own health and care alone.
Learn how to:
- Apply advanced knowledge from sciences and humanities to support advanced nursing practice and role development
- Advance nursing practice through advanced knowledge of nursing theories and concepts
- Apply knowledge and skills to specialized nursing roles
- Apply advanced knowledge and skills to the research process
- Use appropriate theoretical frameworks to provide care for urban-based ethnically and culturally diverse clients, in health and illness
- Plan, initiate, and evaluate change in the health care system
- Use computers and other technologies to manage, evaluate, and investigate health care issues
- Develop and implement leadership strategies to improve health care
- Foster continuity of care through collaboration with multi-disciplined health care teams
- Advocate for health care consumer improvement and advancement of the nursing profession
- Serve the nursing profession as a lifelong learner and professional member of society
- Apply program knowledge and skills to doctoral study.
750+ Course Options
The Coppin State University Academic Catalog has a wide variety of skill-building courses designed to inspire and prepare you to be in-demand professionals and transformational leaders.
The graduate nursing certificate responds to the health personnel trends and needs of Baltimore City's urban communities. Courses focus on the roles and responsibilities of being a Family Nurse Practitioner, and preparing students to practice and lead family care across a variety of health care environments.
Our program provides the space for practicing nurse professionals to learn and advance the skills needed to serve as experts in the specialized area of family practice. Graduates incorporate advanced theory and research into the competencies required to assume responsibility and accountability for the health promotion, assessment, diagnosis, and management of health for issues related to culturally diverse clients and their families.
Any student interested in the graduate-level Family Nurse Practitioner certificate must have the following:
- Master’s degree in Nursing
- 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale for all Master’s coursework
- At least 1 graduate-level course in research
- At least 1 graduate-level in statistics
Important Application Dates
The FNP program admits students for fall, spring, and summer terms. The deadlines to submit your application and all required documentation to the Office of Admissions are:
- July 15th for fall semester
- December 15th for spring semester
To be considered for admission to the graduate-level Family Nurse Practitioner certificate, submit or prepare for the following:
- Coppin State University online application and application fee
- Personal statement detailing your professional goals and objectives
- Official transcripts from each college or university attended Proof of satisfactory completion of statistics and nursing research courses (may be shown within official transcripts)
- 3 letters of recommendation highlighting your personal and professional qualifications
- Photocopy of R.N. licensure active in the State of Maryland or current member of the Nurse Multi-State Licensure Compact
- Official English equivalency scores (for International Student applicants only)
- Personal interview
We recommend you keep copies of all your application documents for your records. These application documents may include transcripts, recommendations, and applications. Also, be sure to contact the School of Graduate Studies as soon as you apply to schedule a meeting with a graduate faculty member.
Important Dates to Remember
- July 15th is application deadline for fall semester
- December 15th is the application deadline for spring semester
Be sure to connect with your academic advisor to plan your semester courses. While most graduate students follow this study plan, your journey may have different requirements.
Fall Semester (7 credits)
|NURS 610||3||Advanced Principles of Pathophysiology|
|NURS 600||4||Advanced Health Assessment and Promotion|
Spring Semester (9 credits)
|NURS 660||3||Primary Health Care for Adults/Older Adults in the Family|
|NURS 661||3||Primary Health Care for Adults/Older Adults in the Family Practicum|
|NURS 615||3||Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice|
Summer Semester (5 credits)
|NURS 650||2||Primary Health Care for Women in the Family|
|NURS 651||3||Primary Health Care for Women in the Family Practicum|
Fall Semester (6 credits)
|NURS 640||3||Primary Health Care for Children in the Family|
|NURS 641||3||Primary Health Care for Children in the Family Practicum|
Spring Semester (4 credits)
|NURS 700||4||Primary Health Care for the Family (Practicum)|
|NURS 507||2||Global Health: Problems and Issues|
|NURS 530||3||Curriculum Development in Nursing Education|
|NURS 531||3||Nursing Education|
Fall Semester (13 credits)
|NURS 315||3||Nursing Research|
|NURS 411||2||Contemporary Issues in Nursing|
|NURS 430||4||Community Nursing|
|NURS 432||4||Mental Health Nursing|
Spring Semester (15 credits)
|NURS 421||3||Leadership in Nursing|
|NURS 424||6||Advanced Medical/Surgical Nursing|
|NURS 460||3||Ethics in Nursing|
|NURS 480||3||Senior Practicum|
Important Note: Students who do not successfully take the 2nd comprehensive exam during their final semester must enroll in NURS 410: Scientific Principles in Nursing.
Nursing is in the Helene Fuld School of Nursing in the College of Health Professions.