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Post Master's Certificate

Graduates of this program are prepared to deliver evidence-based direct patient care at an advanced practice level to individuals across the lifespan in primary care settings with an emphasis on rural healthcare. Graduates are eligible to write certification examinations in Family Nurse Practitioner from either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Certification Program (AANPCP)

A blend of online and face-to-face course delivery ensures convenience and accessibility. Students complete a minimum of 1000 hours of clinical practice preceptorship.

The Department of Graduate Nursing offers a Post Master's Certificate in the following specializations, select a specialization to view the curriculum plan:

Clinical Nurse Leader

Nurse Educator

Family Nurse Practitioner


Certification Eligibility

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Announcement

The South Dakota State University Post Graduate Certificate Family Nurse Practitioner program has met ANCC's certification eligibility educational requirements.

Students who complete these programs have the educational preparation to sit for the ANCC certification in the respective role and population.

Applicants must also meet any additional eligibility criteria in effect when they apply for certification" (ANCC, December 14, 2016).