Post MSN


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The Post Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program

The Family Nurse Practitioner concentration focuses upon the theoretical and scientific bases for the diagnosis and treatment of common illness, as well as health teaching, counseling and preventive services. Emphasis is placed upon advanced clinical skills, including history-taking and physical examination, health screening, management of common illness, and techniques of prevention and risk reduction.

SSU’s Post-Master’s FNP Certificate program is a four semester two-year program, 36 semester unit program. See School of Extended and International Education for current fee schedule. Courses are face to face, hybrid and on-line using a variety of modalities. Student will need to come to Sonoma 8 or more times during the first semester and 3 -4 times in subsequent semesters. Clinical preceptorships are conducted in the student’s local community with oversight from SSU clinical faculty member. The majority of the programs’ coursework is web-based and students need to be comfortable in using a computer and the internet. The program is currently offered in the geographic service areas of Sonoma State University, Chico, Redding and Turlock, Modesto, Stockton and Merced.  The program accepts students from all geographic areas in Northern and Central California with the acknowledgement that students will be required to attend some seminars and labs on the SSU campus.

The Post-Master’s FNP certificate is for nurses who already hold a Master of Science in Nursing degree from an accredited school. The academic plan includes coursework to be Licensed as a FNP and qualify for national certification. This is a two year program and students are integrated into our FNP Masters track. Gap analysis is used to determine previous coursework and are not required to take all courses due to their previous degree.

For further information, please see the FNP Certificate Program website.