School of Nursing

Post-Graduate Options

The family nurse practitioner program enables a nurse who already holds a master's degree in nursing to be prepared as specialists in the delivery of primary care services to individuals and families in a wide variety of settings. The program emphasizes health promotion and wellness as well as the management of common and complex health problems. Graduates are eligible to take the family nurse practitioner certification exam.

Option One: Family Nurse Practitioner

Advanced Practice Core Courses (11-14 Credit Hours)
NURSG 500 Population/Aggregate Health Issues: Assessment & Planning (3)*
NURSG 502 Advanced Health Assessment (3)
NURSG 503 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
NURSG 572 Family Systems Assessment (2)
NURSG 525 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing (1)
NURSG 512 Pharmacology (2)
FNP Clinical Courses (16-17 Credit Hours plus 600 Clinical Contact Hours)
NURGP 502 Advanced Health Assessment Clinical Practicum 1 credit hour; 75 clinical contact hours
NURSG 519 Family Health Promotion in Primary Care 5 credit hours; 150 clinical contact hours
NURSG 538 Management of Common Problems in Primary Care 5 credit hours; 150 clinical contact hours
NURSG 539 Management of Complex Problems in Primary Care 5 credit hours; 150 clinical contact hours
NURSG 591 FNP Role synthesis 2 plus 75 clinical contact hours
NURSG 592 FNP Internship in Community Health 1 credit hour; 45 clinical contact hours*

*Students who hold a master's degree in community health/public health nursing may be able to waive this course.

The certificate program in nursing education is designed to prepare experienced nurses with the knowledge and skills that are necessary to teach in a classroom and clinical settings. The program consists of three courses, totaling 9 credit hours of graduate-level credit. Each course is taught in a 10 week block, using a combination of classroom and online activities. The third course includes a practicum component, which provides opportunities for the student to work with a full-time faculty member.

Eligibility criteria for the certificate program include: 

  1. bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN)
  2. master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field
  3. current enrollment in the MSN program at Saint Xavier (the certificate will not be awarded until completion of the MSN degree). 


Course content and activities reflect best practices in nursing education. The curriculum incorporates the Core Competencies of Nurse Educators© as defined by the National League for Nursing (NLN). Threaded throughout the courses are three core concepts that are essential to effective teaching of nursing students: clinical decision-making, communication and cultural competence.

NURSG 550 Concepts, Theories and Issues in Nursing Education (2)
NURSG 554 Learning Principles and Instructional Methods for the 
Adult Learner
NURSG 551 Nursing Education Role Practicum (4)