Family Nurse Practitioner, Post-Master's Certificate

The coursework prepares the student to sit for a national certification exam from either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Certification Program (AANPCP) to become a family nurse practitioner. Otterbein consistently achieves an exceptional FNP pass rates.

Our curriculum is designed with a core online component, and a science core comprised of advanced health assessment, advanced pharmacology and advanced pathophysiology. We value offering you the opportunity to practice advanced assessment and procedures/skills in our on campus lab. The clinical component is comprised of courses in wellness, acute/common illnesses, complex/chronic illnesses for adult, women and child populations. Clinical courses (600 clinical hours) are precepted by a nurse practitioner or physician in your community arranged by the student in collaboration with nursing faculty. Upon receipt of the transcripts, the Director of the FNP major will do a gap analysis to determine which courses must be completed. This occurs on an individual basis.

Post-Master's Certificate

Applications for admission will be reviewed once per year by the Nursing Admission Review Committee. The most qualified applicants will be selected on a space-available basis. It may be necessary for some students to take undergraduate courses to meet prerequisites of selected graduate courses.

Candidates that do not meet all the admission criteria, but who wish to be considered for admission must submit a petition requesting special consideration along with their application materials.

Admission Criteria

  1. Graduate degree in nursing from an institution of higher education that is fully accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency, and from an ACEN- or CCNE-accredited graduate nursing program.
  2. A current valid and unrestricted license as a Registered Nurse in Ohio. In addition, an applicant must not have had a previous revocation, denial, suspension, or restriction of their license from any state or country. Current unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse in the state where the clinical experiences will be conducted.
  3. Minimum of one (1) year paid clinical work experience within the past three years as a Registered Nurse before the application deadline, documented on the submitted resume. Clinical work experience including direct care in a public health, community, hospital, or ambulatory care setting that serves patients across the life span is recommended.
  4. Evidence of capacity for graduate study.
    • A blended cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all previous course work on the submitted transcripts;
    • A Science GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale comprising grades in anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, microbiology, statistics, and chemistry courses;
    • Completion of an undergraduate- or graduate-level statistics course with a grade of B or better; and
    • Positive professional recommendations.
  5. Ability to articulate one’s professional goals, evidenced by the faculty interview, with applicant’s goals congruent with the objectives and resources of the Otterbein University Department of Nursing.

After review of the written materials, a selected pool of applicants will be required to participate in a faculty interview.

The following experiences are not criteria for selection, but are highly recommended:

  1. Demonstrated facility with computer-based office productivity tools, including word processing, electronic mail, and spreadsheet manipulation. This may be achieved by completing one or more of several online tutorials and face-to-face workshops; and
  2. Demonstrated facility with the most recent version of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (aka APA style). This may be achieved by taking one of several available tutorials, including the APA Tutorial available at the APA Website.

Application Process

  1. Complete the online application. Indicate Summer Semester 2020 start date.
  2. Submit to grad@otterbein.edu, preferably as an MS Word or PDF file, a resume with all professional experience documented. also include leadership activities, scholastic awards, nursing organizational memberships, and community service, as applicable.
  3. Request from all institutions of higher education where you have earned credit, irrespective of number of courses taken, that an individual, official transcript be sent to The Graduate School, Otterbein University. They may be sent directly from the institution electronically to grad@otterbein.edu
  4. Request from two individuals who can support your potential academic ability, clinical competency, and personal character that they complete and submit a recommendation form. At least one should be from a clinical preceptor or person who has evaluated your clinical ability. Otterbein University reserves the right to contact persons providing recommendations and to acknowledge receipt of recommendations. Request that they be sent electronically to grad@otterbein.edu.

Students must submit documentation of meeting health requirements – including completion of the American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) curriculum – prior to starting classes, and must submit documentation of keeping health requirements current throughout their course of study.

Curriculum Requirements

Total of 22 graduate credit hours. All courses are required.

Note: A minimum grade of B minus (B-) is required in all courses. Students must also maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 throughout the program.

Advanced Practice Core Courses
NURS 6810 3 hrs Advanced Pathophysiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse
NURS 6820 3 hrs Advanced Pharmacology for the Advanced Practice Nurse
NURS 6830 3 hrs Advanced Physical & Health Assessment for the Advanced Practice Nurse
Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty Courses
NURS 7510 3 hrs Health Promotion for the Family Nurse Practitioner
NURS 7520 3 hrs Procedures, Skills, & Prescribing for the Family Nurse Practitioner
NURS 7530 5 hrs Common & Acute Illnesses for the Family Nurse Practitioner
NURS 7540 6 hrs Complex & Chronic Illnesses for the Family Nurse Practitioner
NURS 7550 4 hrs Advanced Practicum & the Family Nurse Practitioner Role

Sample Plan of Study Grid

First Year Family Nurse Practitioner Major Post-Master’s Certificate

Summer Semester
Previous Current Course Title Hours
NURS 5330 NURS 6810 Advanced Pathophysiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse 3 hrs
Semester Hours = 3
Fall Semester
Previous Current Course Title Hours
NURS 5310 NURS 6820 Advanced Pharmacology for the Advanced Practice Nurse 3 hrs
Semester Hours = 3
Spring Semester
Previous Current Course Title Hours
NURS 5320 NURS 6830 Advanced Physical & Health Assessment for the Advanced Practice Nurse 3 hrs
NURS 6510 NURS 7510 Health Promotion for the Family Nurse Practitioner 3 hrs
Semester Hours = 6
Total Year Hours = 12

Second Year Family Nurse Practitioner Major Post-Master’s Certificate

Summer Semester
Previous Current Course Title Hours
NURS 5340
NURS 6520
NURS 7520 Procedures, Skills, & Prescribing for the Family Nurse Practitioner 3 hrs
NURS 6530 NURS 7530 Common & Acute Illnesses for the Family Nurse Practitioner 5 hrs
Semester Hours = 8
Fall Semester
Previous Current Course Title Hours
NURS 6540 NURS 7540 Complex & Chronic Illnesses for the Family Nurse Practitioner 6 hrs
Semester Hours = 6
Spring Semester
Previous Current Course Title Hours
NURS 6550 NURS 7550 Advanced Practicum & the Family Nurse Practitioner Role 5 hrs
Semester Hours = 6
Total Year Hours = 20

Total Program Hours = 32

Tuition & Financial Aid

Program Tuition Estimates

The following fees are for tuition only. Additional lab, resource, and technology fees can be found on the fee schedule on the Business Office websiteAcceptance deposit fees that are credited towards tuition are: BSN-to-DNP Nurse Anesthesia $1,000; all other degrees and certificates $500. Costs subject to slight increases each academic year.

Graduate Nursing Program MSN Tuition Estimate DNP Tuition Estimate
ADN2(MSN+1)=DNP
Family Nurse Practitioner, ADN2(MSN+1)=DNP $35,210 $47,280
Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, ADN2(MSN+1)=DNP $43,020 $55,090
BSN2(MSN+1)=DNP
Family Nurse Practitioner, BSN2(MSN+1)=DNP $27,680 $39,750
Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, BSN2(MSN+1)=DNP $35, 490 $47,560
BSN to DNP
Nurse Anesthesia (Click here for more cost info for the NA major) $90,186
Master’s Degree to DNP
Advanced Practice Nurse Focus $24,850
Nurse Executive Focus $24,850
Post-Master’s Certificate
Advanced Practice Nurse Educator $5,670
Family Nurse Practitioner $22,000
Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner $29,100
Graduate Nursing Tuition Fees per Credit Hour
5000- and 6000-Level Courses $630 per cr hr
7200-, 7300-, 7400-, 7500-, 7900-, and 8000-Level Courses $710 per cr hr
7600-, 7700-, and 7800-Level Courses $1,052 per cr hr

 

Payment Options

To help you manage your graduate school expenses Otterbein offers the ePay payment system and resources you may research for scholarship opportunities (see non-Otterbein Sources of Aid below). We recommend that you speak with the graduate financial aid counselor at 614-823-1379. See the Business Office site for information about ePay.

Graduate Nursing Financial Aid Options

Non-Otterbein Sources of Aid

Graduate students are eligible for consideration for a variety of scholarships and loans.

Otterbein Financial Aid
For information about financial aid available from Otterbein, see the Office of Financial Aid site.

Application Deadline

Graduate Nursing Application Deadlines

Program of Study Annual Deadline
Master’s Degree to Doctor of Nursing Practice
Advanced Practice Focus
Nurse Executive Focus
April 1*
Family Nurse Practitioner
BSN to DNP (MSN included)
Post-Master’s Certificate
Associate’s Degree in Nursing to DNP, MSN included
April 1*
Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
BSN to DNP (MSN included)
Post-Master’s Certificate
Associate’s Degree in Nursing to DNP, MSN included
April 1*
Nurse Anesthesia
BSN to DNP September 1
Advanced Practice Nurse Educator
Post-Master’s Certificate February 1, odd-numbered years

*Applications will be reviewed monthly; while seats remain available.