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Postgraduate Certificate—Family Nurse Practitioner Required Coursework

These requirements are for students meeting the 2023-2024 catalog and after. Please note that this program of study can be individualized. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the graduate nursing. 

This plan of study was developed for persons holding a Graduate (master’s or doctoral) degree in nursing who are not currently Family Nurse Practitioners.

Required Coursework

Coursework is delivered online and includes a field-based practicum. 26 total credits are required. 1020 total clinical hours are required.

Year One Coursework

Semester offeredCourseCredits
SpringNURS 765 - FNP Integration Practicum I*


SummerNURS 768 - FNP Integration: Practicum II*


Year Two Coursework

Semester offeredCourse


FallNURS 771 - FNP Integration: Practicum III*


SpringNURS 776 - FNP Integration: Practicum IV**8


*240 clinical or lab hours

** 300 clinical or lab hours

  • Clinical dates will vary dependent upon preceptor schedules.
  • Completion of advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology all with a lifespan component are required prior to the start of the first course.
  • NURS 765, 771 and 776 require students to be on campus one time during the semester for simulation and/or procedure lab. Typically, the on-campus component occurs on the Sioux Falls campus, but select experiences may also occur at the Brookings and Rapid City campus.