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2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 

Advanced Graduate Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner (ON HOLD)

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Plan Description

Individuals who already have a master’s degree in nursing, and meet the admission qualifications will be allowed to take courses as a non-degree student. No degree will be awarded, but a certificate documenting completion of the course work will be provided and transcripts showing completion of the courses will be available. Each individual applicant will be evaluated to determine the courses required in order to complete the specific certificate program. Additional courses beyond the minimum courses needed for the certificate program may be required if the applicant’s earned MS in nursing lack courses required by the UNLV School of Nursing.   

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Plan Admission Requirements

Application deadlines

Applications available on the UNLV Graduate College website.

Students must apply and submit all admission materials via the Grad Rebel Gateway system available through the Graduate College. The following items are required:

  1. Official transcripts of all course work for both baccalaureate and master’s degrees must be sent to the School of Nursing and Graduate College. Transcripts must show coursework in Advanced Physical Assessment, Advanced Pathophysiology, and Advanced Pharmacology. Additionally, if unofficial transcripts are available to the student, please upload to the Grad Rebel Gateway application. Nursing course work must have been completed at a nursing program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  2. Three (3) letters of recommendation from either instructors or employers that speak to the applicant’s potential to complete the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner Program.
  3. Statement of 300 words describing the students’ professional goals and reason for seeking a nurse practitioner certificate.
  4. Current resume or curriculum vitae (CV).
  5. Current, unrestricted, valid RN license in state of residence. Have practiced as a baccalaureate prepared registered nurse (RN) for a minimum of 2000 hours prior to beginning coursework in the program.

All applicants must review and follow the Graduate College Admission and Registration Requirements.

Students are accepted into a certificate program as described in the Graduate Catalog. The faculty and corresponding sub-disciplines and sub-plans within the described programs are subject to change at any time.

Plan Requirements

Total Credits Required: 28

Plan Certificate Completion Requirements

The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College and then apply for graduation in MyUNLV by the appropriate deadline.

Plan Disclaimer

In Nevada, the educational prerequisites for professional licensure or certification for the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) are an active Nevada RN License, National Certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner, and graduation from a nationally accredited Nursing Program with a minimum of 500+ hours of direct patient care. The Advanced Graduate Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner does NOT currently satisfy those licensure and certification requirements as accreditation by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is pending and the University expects to hear something by April 2018.  UNLV School of Nursing has not made a determination with respect to the licensure requirements in any other state.  As such, Advanced Graduate Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner is not authorized in any other state in which the prospective or enrolled student resides.  If you reside in a state other than Nevada or CCNE does not grant accreditation as anticipated, UNLV will refund the applicable application fee in accordance with its procedures.  License requirements for other states are being explored. Please check our website for current information about Fall 2019 application.

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