Post Doctoral Certificate, Family/Across the Lifespan NP

This certificate is designed for the APRN who has a doctorate in nursing and wants to add a new NP specialty. For the family nurse practitioner certification, students will acquire skills in managing the care of individuals and families across the lifespan in environments such as private practice, urgent cares, outpatient or community clinics.  Areas of focus include: care management of common, complex, acute and chronic issues across the lifespan.

Family/Across the Lifespan Program Overview

The Post-Doctoral Certificate, Family/Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner gives an APRN with a Ph.D. or DNP the opportunity to add a specialty in family nursing. Course work trains you to appropriately assess and improve healthcare needs of patients and populations. 

  • Expand your scope of practice, increase professional opportunities, and meet requirements for national certification in a new NP specialty.
  • Explore managing common, complex, acute and chronic issues across the lifespan.
  • Learn from online lectures, demonstrations and exercises as well as internships/clinical practice in hospitals, clinics and health centers near your home or work.
  • Attend face-to-face and virtual immersion sessions.
  • Complete your program in as little as 6 months.
  • Become eligible for the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) and/or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Certification Board (AANPCB) certification examination after graduation.
Students enrolled in a certificate program only are not eligible for financial aid. Courses taken after completion of a degree program in order to complete the certificate are not eligible for financial aid.


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Spring I (Jan 14, 2019)

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Working adults prefer the flexible format that allows them study any time of day.
It was a big sacrifice with two daughters in college and it takes persistence and patience. Brandman is very supportive of students. They push their students in the right direction and motivate them. It was a positive experience and coming from a family of nurses, that’s saying a lot.
Lorelei P. | Doctorate of Nursing, 2017
sharon h nurse practitioner brandman was always my goal to become a Nurse Practitioner. I wanted to mentor other nurses who were new to the profession and share my experiences with them.
Sharon H., Nurse Practitioner | Doctorate of Nursing, 2015

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    Admissions Requirements

    Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Completed application
    • Three on-line forms (preferred) or letters of recommendation forms
    • Goal statement
    • Self evaluation
    • Current resume or CV
    • Personal interview with Program Director
    • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions where post-baccalaureate coursework was completed or attempted
    • National certification as an APRN or CNS (or eligible to take National Certification exam), if required by your State Board of Nursing to practice
    • DNP or Ph.D. from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited program
    • Unencumbered APRN license in your current specialty*
    • Unencumbered RN license from the state where you plan to do your precepted clinical practicum hours*
    Spring Application Deadlines
    • Priority application deadline: Oct. 30, 2018
    • Final completed application deadline: December 1, 2018

    * Unencumbered APRN license is not required of CNS or other APRN if license is not required by their state to practice, or if in the process of taking national certification exam in specialty.

    Program Curriculum

    • NURU 603  Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan and Cultures


      NURU 605  Advanced Pathophysiology across the Lifespan


      NURU 606  Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics Across the Lifespan


      NURU 610  Synthesis of Advanced Practice Management, Role and EBP


      NURU 671  Foundations of Interprofessional Collaborative Practice


      NURU 672  Management of Common and Acute Problems in Family/Across the Lifespan Care *


      NURU 673  Practicum in Common and Acute Problems in Family/Across the Lifespan Care (255 hours) *^^


      NURU 674  Management of Complex and Chronic Problems in Family/Across the Lifespan Care *


      NURU 675  Practicum in Complex and Chronic Problems in Family/Across the Lifespan Care (255 hours) *^^


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