2023-2024 Catalog


Post Graduate APRN Certificate - Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

The post-graduate APRN certificate program at Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Upon completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Provide primary care to diverse populations across the lifespan.
  • Initiate an evidence-based approach to improve primary care practice.
  • Collaborate with multiple professions to provide care for individuals, families, and communities with complex health needs.
  • Integrate a Christian perspective in providing primary care.
  • Influence healthcare policy, organization, and finance in primary care practice.

Admission Requirements

An individual with a Masters or Doctoral degree in Nursing from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by both the ED and CHEA and national nursing programmatic accreditation (CCNE, ACEN, CNEA):

  • May apply to complete a post graduate certificate in a Masters Nursing major for which they do not already hold a degree.
  • Must meet Masters Nursing admission requirements for the major program.
  • Must submit an official transcript showing completion of a masters or doctoral degree in Nursing.
  • A criminal history background check (at the student's expense) must be completed upon admission to any track of the Masters Nursing program. A criminal background check must be completed within six weeks following the start of the program. Upon request, documentation of background checks, required health information, immunization information, drug screening results, and other required information may be provided to healthcare facilities where the student will be completing clinical/practicum requirements as part of their required course of study. Progression in the program is dependent on the results of the reports.

To assist in the decision-making process, the Division of Masters Nursing reserves the right to require the applicant to:

  • Interview; and/or
  • Take the GRE

Acceptance into any Masters Nursing program will remain valid for a period of 18 months.

Prerequisite Requirements

To enter the FNP Post Graduate certificate, the prerequisites are Graduate Level Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, and Advanced Health Assessment.  These prerequisites can be met in one of the following ways:

  • Successfully complete a program-specific Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, and/or Advanced Health Assessment course with a minimum grade of "B" within one year of the start of the program.
  • Successfully achieve a passing score on the IWU Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, and/or Advanced Health Assessment competency exams. Competency exams must be completed within six months of starting the PMC program. The applicant will be given two attempts to pass the exams. A fee will be assessed for each exam/attempt.
  • Provide proof of current APRN certification and 500 hours of current APRN practice within the last year.

Program Requirements

  • Students must maintain an RN license that is active and unencumbered at all times during enrollment in the program. Students must have a valid unencumbered RN license in the state(s) of the practicum sites. If students have multiple state licenses, all must be unencumbered. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the School of Integrated Health if the status of his or her RN license changes. Students will be administratively withdrawn from the program at any point if this status is not maintained.
  • Clinical Compliance Documentation: Before beginning any clinical or practicum experiences, students must meet all practicum agency requirements (at the student's expense). All Advanced Practice Registered Nursing students, and as required other students, must complete a second criminal background check and a drug screen, and submit documentation of health clearance, immunizations, and meet any other requirements of the practicum site before any client contact. In addition, random drug testing (ex. annually) or drug testing based on reasonable suspicion can be implemented at any time and without prior notice. Students who do not comply will be dismissed from the program. Progression in the program is dependent on the results of the reports. 
  • Upon request, documentation of required health information, background check reports, drug screening results, and other required information may be provided to healthcare facilities where the student will be completing clinical/practicum requirements as part of their required course of study.
  • Nurse Practitioner students will be academically dismissed upon receipt of a second unsatisfactory grade.

Completion Requirements

To complete the Post-Graduate certificates, students show evidence of the following:

  • Successful completion of the specific curriculum as described below.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in all graduate work and a minimum grade of "B" in each course.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a certificate.

Post Graduate (APRN) Certificate Family Nurse Practitioner - Program of Study

Plan of Study for Family Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Certificate

Prerequisites: Graduate Level Advanced Health Assessment, Graduate Level Pathophysiology, and Graduate Level Pharmacology

Prerequisite Courses

PYC-614Advanced Pathophysiology


PYC-612Advanced Pharmacology


PYC-660Advanced Health Assessment


Core Courses

PYC-602Professional Role Development for the Advanced Practice Nurse


PYC-681Primary Care Across the Lifespan I


PYC-682Primary Care Across the Lifespan II


PYC-683Primary Care Across the Lifespan III


Total Credit Hours:34

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