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Family Nurse Practitioner

Post-Graduate Certificate (Certificate)

College: College of Nursing and Health Professions | Graduate School

Department: Nursing

Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate is available to RNs who have recent clinical experience and have completed a MSN with advanced preparation in another specialty area from an accredited institution.  Graduates of a MSN program with a FNP option that did not include the required certification eligibility requirements from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and/or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology; Advanced Health Assessment, including diagnostics and disease management; Advanced Pharmacology; and/or minimum of 500 faculty supervised clinical hours) are also eligible to apply. A request for a curriculum “Gap Analysis” to determine an individual Plan of Study will be requested from the Program Coordinator prior to admission.

  • Prerequisites

    Admission Requirements

    In order to be considered for admission into the MSN program, candidates must meet the following criteria:

    • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program of nursing from a regionally accredited college or university. 
    • Hold a current unencumbered license to practice nursing
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.25 overall

    English Proficiency Requirements

    The School of Nursing requires a high level of proficiency in English so that all students will be able to fully meet academic and clinical objectives as well as meet criteria for professional licensure. All foreign born students and Registered Nurses must take one of the following tests: 

    1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 83 on the preferred internet-based test (iBT), 570 on the paper-based test, or 213 on the computer-based test. 
    2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a score of at least 6.5 and a spoken band score of 7. 
    3. Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a score of 56. 

    The TOEFL is available at the ASU Testing Center.  When taking the exam off campus, the report code for ASU is 6011.   

    Who does this apply to?

    The term foreign born refers to people residing in the United States who were not U.S. citizens at birth. The foreign-born population includes naturalized citizens, lawful permanent immigrants, refugees and asylees, legal non-immigrants (including those on student, work, or other temporary visas), and persons residing in the country without authorization. In contrast, the term native born refers to people residing in the United States who were U.S. citizens in one of three categories: 1) born in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia; 2) born in United States Insular areas such as Puerto Rico or Guam; 3) born abroad to at least one U. S. citizen parent. 


    You may be exempt for the English proficiency testing if you are foreign born but attended school in the United States since kindergarten.  For the exemption you must provide official school records showing continuous enrollment in U. S. schools since kindergarten.  

    English as a Second Language

    Students who do not meet the required English language proficiency may enroll in ASU’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program in the International Center for English. Potential nursing students enrolled in the ESL program must maintain an average of 85 or higher in levels 0 through 4. In the final or 5th level of the ESL program an average of 90 or higher must be maintained. On completion of the ESL program, the potential nursing student must take the internet based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Upon successfully meeting the proficiency requirement, potential students are eligible to apply to the School of Nursing. 

    For questions or equivalencies with other tests of English language proficiency please contact the School of Nursing at 870-972-3074.

    Unconditional Admission

    To establish unconditional admission at the master's degree level, applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 overall or 3.0 on the last 55 hours of undergraduate nursing course work. All courses attempted, including any repeated courses, are considered in the computation of the grade point average.

    Admission to the Graduate School and meeting eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission to all majors.

    Professional Liability Insurance

    Prior to taking the first clinical course, the student must have an unencumbered Arkansas RN license and present evidence of professional liability insurance (minimum $1,000,000/$6,000,000 coverage), current CPR (professional level) certification and acceptable immunization status.

  • Apply Here

    How to Apply

    Apply online here (Deadline: May 17th, 2021.)

    • Login or create an account.
    • Register and receive temporary PIN.
    • Set Password.
    • Select "Start New Application".
    • Fill out application for "2021 Application 100% Online".

    For questions, contact the School of Nursing at (870) 972-3074.

  • FNP Program Statistics

    Program Statistics:  Arkansas State University Family Nurse Practitioner Program graduated its first class in 1996.  The most recent class graduated in May of 2019 with an attrition rate of 3%.  The 2019 National Certification Examination first time pass rate was 83%, with 100% on the second attempt.  One Hundred percent of the 2019 graduates received offers of employment.

Accredited by ACEN

ACEN LogoThe most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Master's/Post-Master's Certificate nursing programs is Continuing Accreditation with Conditions. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm.  

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, Telephone: (404) 975-5000. http://acenursing.org/.

The MSN program is also approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.