Post MSN

The Post Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program

This self-support certificate program is not currently accepting applications, but those interested are encouraged to apply for the stateside Master of Science in Nursing as a second master's degree.

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, 36-semester unit program. See the School of Extended and International Education for current fee schedule. Courses are face-to-face, hybrid and online using a variety of modalities. Students 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 members. 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.