Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Practitioner (Family Nurse Practitioner)


Individuals who have a master's degree in nursing may be considered for admission to a Post-master's Certificate as a Nurse Practitioner.

Those students admitted to the Certificate program must have completed a graduate Physical Assessment course, a Pharmacology course, and a course in Pathophysiology with a grade of B or better (The three 'Ps'). The Pharmacology course must have been successfully completed within 6 years of the anticipated completion of the Post-Master's Certificate. Prerequisite courses for the Post-Master's Certificate are not required that are part of the MSN degree since all students admitted to the Certificate program must have a master's degree in nursing. Therefore, courses within the MSN are waived as pre-requisite except the Assessment, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology. 

A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) who holds a master’s or doctoral degree in a specific population focus.  These include family, adult-gerontology (primary or acute care), neonatal, pediatrics (primary or acute care), women’s health, or psychiatric-mental health populations.  Texas Woman’s University offers programs for family, adult-gerontology (primary and acute care), pediatric primary care, women’s health, and psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner tracks.

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) provides care for patients of all ages and within many settings.  The FNP role focuses on health promotion and health maintenance of patients while also managing both common acute and chronic health conditions across the lifespan in primary care. 

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

  1. Work well with teams and complete project work.
  2. Collect and analyze information, problem-solve, and make decisions.
  3. Effectively communicate through a variety of mediums and modes.


All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.

This academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.

Certificate Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

27 semester credit hours (SCH).


These courses are considered prerequisites to a Post-Master's Certificate. If a student is practicing as an advanced practice registered nurse and is currently credentialed by the Texas Board of Nursing as an advanced practice registered nurse, the pharmacology course must have been completed no more than six years earlier (must be current within six years of anticipated certificate completion). If not, this coursework will need to be repeated for the new certificate. 

Required Courses
BIOL 5333Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 5663Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice3
NURS 5643Advanced Health Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice3
Total SCHs9

Required Courses

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Online / Hybrid
NURS 5602Foundational Concepts for the Family Nurse Practitioner2
NURS 5603Principles of Care Management, Diagnostics, and Common Procedural Interventions in Primary Care 3
NURS 5303Primary Care Management of Common Acute Illnesses across the Lifespan3
NURS 5493Primary Care Disease and Restorative Health Practicum I3
NURS 5893Chronic Disease and Restorative Health Management across the Lifespan3
NURS 5665Chronic Disease and Restorative Health Practicum II5
NURS 5703Synthesis and Transition to Professional Practice for the Family Nurse Practitioner3
NURS 5705Primary Care Disease Management across the Lifespan Practicum III5
Total SCHs27