Main Content


A certification program is offered for registered nurses who already hold a master's degree in nursing. The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certificate program provides the opportunity for these nurses to gain additional specialization by a sequence of master-level courses (27 credits) that qualify candidates to take the nurse practitioner certification examination.  Consideration will be given to the transfer of core courses (advanced health assessment, advanced pathophysiology, and advanced pharmacology) that have been taken elsewhere.

 The program requires 660 clinical hours at precepted clinical sites . Hours include practice in pediatrics, women's health, and internal medicine/family practice.  The student and faculty work together to arrange appropriate sites for clinical practice to achieve the required clinical hours.  No thesis or special project is required.  All courses are offered one day per week on Tuesday.  It takes approximately 2 years to complete this program.

Candidates must comply with the Department of Nursing requirements by providing and maintaining current health records, CPR and CT RN license

Students should submit  all application materials to the School of Graduate Studies No GRE or MAT test is needed.   See the School of Graduate Studies for additional admission requirements.   An interview in the Department of Nursing is also required.

Entrance Requirements:

  • MSN from accredited School of Nursing
  • Current RN License

 Course of Study

Course Title Credits
NUR521 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NUR524 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NUR526 Advanced Health Assessment Course 3
NUR534 Role of the Family Nurse Practitioner I 6
NUR535 Role of the Family Nurse Practitioner II 6
NUR536 Role of the Family Nurse Practitioner III 6

Planned Program of Study (PDF)

For more information contact:

Dr Cynthia O'Sullivan Graduate Program Coordinator

Phone: (203) 392-6486

Please visit our Gainful Employment Disclosures website for more information about non-degree programs (i.e. certificate programs) graduation rates, median loan debt of students who complete the program, and other important information.

updated February 2017