ARNP Certificate

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Master of Science in Nursing

Post Graduate Advanced Certification

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Why This Program?

Make a difference in health care. 

Do you already have your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, and want to go into an advanced practice nurse practitioner role? Enroll in our online Post-Graduate ARNP Certificate program, and be eligible to take the certification exam for advanced practice in just two years.

Advance care in your community by choosing a track:

Family Nurse Practitioner

Become qualified to serve as a general primary health care provider. Students who successfully complete the program (25 credit hours) are eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam offered by the ANCC and AANP. 

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

Care for individuals across the lifespan with psychiatric mental health conditions and diseases. Students who successfully complete the program (23 credit hours) are eligible to sit for the certification exam offered by the ANCC. 

Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Practice primary health care in multiple settings, particularly while caring for an aging population. Students who successfully complete the program (22 credit hours) are eligible to sit for the Adult Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certification exam offered by the ANCC and AANP. 

How does the certificate program work?

  • MSN in hand: You must have your Master of Science in Nursing degree to be eligible to enter the program.
  • Convenient, online courses: The Master of Science in Nursing is a three-year part-time program where all course work, aside from our summer health assessment course and clinical, take place online. FNP & AGNP students are expected to attend 5 mandatory on-site days on the BCU campus (2 days in Summer Year 1 during Advanced Health Assessment and 3 days in Summer Year 2 during Advanced Skills Lab). PMHNP students are expected to attend 2 mandatory on-site days (2 days in Summer Year 1).
  • Clinicals with impact: We'll work with you to find clinical preceptors close to home, at places where you can truly make a difference. The 600-hour clinical component also includes an experience in a rural, underserved or multicultural setting where you'll help provide primary care to those who need it most.
  • Caring, veteran faculty mentors: Who says an online program can't be personal? Our instructors have decades of teaching and professional experience, and they'll be with you at every step never more than an email, phone call, or video chat away