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Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner

The post-master's Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certificate option is available for individuals who already hold a master's degree in nursing and wish to become licensed and practice as family nurse practitioners. The coursework required for the post-master's certificate is determined for each student following an assessment of the applicant's prior graduate nursing education.

This certificate requires 26 credit hours for completion.

See more information on our graduation rates, cost of education, and the median loan debts of students who complete the program.

University Admission Requirements

A student applying to a graduate certificate program or as a graduate student at-large must:

  • have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year

International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.

Additional Program Admission Requirements

A student applying to this program must:

  • have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from an NLN-accredited program or from a program accredited by the commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • have a master's degree in nursing from an NLN-accredited program or from a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework; to include courses in which the student is currently enrolled
  • have evidence of satisfactory completion of statistics, nursing research, and physical assessment courses with a grade of a C or better at the baccalaureate level
  • have satisfactory completion of a graduate level statistics course. Note: If not completed prior to entry into the program, provisional admission may be granted with the requirement that the graduate level statistics course be taken before the graduate nursing research course.
  • submit a two to three page essay outlining educational and professional goals
  • submit a current resume
  • provide your RN license number, as evidence of RN licensure in Illinois
  • submit one recommendation form (available on the college's website)

Two years of recent full-time relevant clinical or administrative nursing experience is preferred, but not required.

Admission Dates and Deadlines

Term Application Deadline
Fall  February 1 

Graduate Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Kim Astroth  Edwards 204  (309) 438-2367 
2016-08-30T13:46:29.206-05:00 2016