APRN Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Degree Type

Post-Master's 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
  • Demonstrate inter and intra professional effective communication necessary for activities that enhance the care environment to include planning, implementation and evaluation of care to target populations
Students studying

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 Family Nurse Practitioner certificate responds to the health personnel trends and needs of urban state, national, and international 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 environment for practicing nurse professionals to learn and advance the skills needed to serve as experts in the specialized area of primary health care for individuals, families and groups. 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.

Admission Requirements

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

Study Plan

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)

Course credits name
NURS 610 3 Advanced Principles of Pathophysiology
NURS 600 4 Advanced Health Assessment and Promotion

Spring Semester (9 credits)

course credits name
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)

course credits name
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)

Course credits name
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)

Course credits name
NURS 700 4 Primary Health Care for the Family (Practicum)

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