1. Earned bachelor’s degree. Graduation from a state-approved baccalaureate program in nursing, or graduation from an associate degree or diploma program in nursing with a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science in another field*. Applicants to the post-master’s certificate programs must have an earned master’s degree in nursing.
2. A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.3 or higher is required. Conditional acceptance will be offered to a candidate who presents with a GPA of 3.0 to 3.29 dependent upon interview and at the discretion of the Graduate Admissions Committee.
3. A completed application, including statement of purpose clearly identifying why the applicant wants to pursue the Advanced Practice Nursing (APN) role of the FNP, official transcripts of all colleges/universities attended, and three (3) letters of reference, one each from professional colleagues as follows: (1) an RN peer, (1) a nursing supervisor or faculty member, (1) a Nurse Practitioner or Physician.
4. Prior to the start of NSG 671: FNP clinical I, the candidate must have completed one year or a full time equivalent of RN nursing practice in Medical-Surgical Nursing in an acute care setting.**
4. A personal interview.
5. Evidence of unencumbered, current licensure to practice as an RN in New York State.
6. Current CPR certification and evidence of recent physical exam (within 12 months), up-to-date immunization status, and PPD status.
7. A professional resume listing relevant educational and work experience.
8. Completion of basic statistics course or equivalent and an undergraduate Health Assessment course.
* Candidates with a BA or BS in a field other than Nursing must complete the Post-Baccalaureate RN-MS Prerequisite program offered through the Center for Continuing Education.
** Other RN nursing experience may be considered at the discretion of the director of the Advanced Practice Nursing Program.
Prerequisites- Epidemiology, Family Nursing (class or module)
Please Note: Because of the regional competition for clinical preceptors, we strongly encourage students interested in the FNP program to begin networking with potential preceptors in an effort to secure clinical practice sites in advance of the start of the program.