Nurses prepared with a masters degree in nursing from an accredited program and a specialty other than family can enhance their degree through our Post-Masters Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate program. Students develop skills in critical thinking, communication, and advanced clinical decision-making in the context of relationship-based primary care.
The 12-month Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner certificate is designed for registered nurses that have already completed a master’s degree in nursing and wish to pursue preparation as a family nurse practitioner.
The admission requirements of the post master’s family nurse practitioner program are consistent with those requirements specified by the Graduate School of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In addition, students must also meet the following requirements for the College of Nursing:
- A master’s degree in Nursing from an accredited program.
- Completion-with a grade of B or better-of a graduate-level course in physiology, pharmacology, comprehensive assessment, and epidemiology. Evidence of prescriptive authority in the state of Wisconsin will be accepted in place of graduate pharmacology.
- Current registration as a professional nurse in the state of Wisconsin.
- Three (3) letters of recommendation, two (2) of which are from persons most knowledgeable about the applicant’s recent academic and work experiences. Personal interviews with a faculty member may be requested.
- Completion of an autobiographical sketch.
- Students wishing to obtain this certificate must declare their intention by applying to the program office or director.
- All graduate certificate applicants—even those already enrolled in a UWM graduate program—must apply to the Graduate School through the Panthera Admission Application.
- Graduate degree and previously admitted graduate non-degree students who decide to pursue a certificate program must submit the Panthera application before completing 6 credits in the certificate sequence.
- Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree and have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average to be admitted in to a certificate program.
- Credits and courses required for a certificate may double count toward meeting UWM graduate degree requirements subject to the following restrictions:
- Degree programs must approve the courses from certificates that can double count toward the degree.
- All credits taken in completion of certificate requirements may count towards a UWM graduate degree as long as they do not contribute more than 90% of the total credits needed to obtain the degree. (Note: Students in Ph.D. programs must still complete the minimum residency requirements)
- Certificate courses used toward meeting degree requirements must be completed within the time limit for transfer credit.
- Courses completed for a degree may be counted toward a subsequent certificate, subject to all certificate policy requirements.
- A course may count toward no more than one certificate and one degree.
- Students may not earn a certificate subsequent to a concentration in the same area.
Certificate program time limits shall be established as follows:
18 or fewer credits/Three years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.
19 or more credits/Four years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.
For certificates that are designed as add-ons to degree programs and are awarded concurrent with the degree, the time limit shall be the same as that of the degree program.
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