Adult Nurse Practitioner to Family Nurse Practitioner


This program is fully approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing and is accelerated, offering completion of the Post Master's Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate in 14 weeks. This is a unique resource for meeting the needs of nurse practitioners seeking to be competitive not only in Louisiana but also in the regional health care market. The program enhances the educational options for master's prepared nurses by providing an avenue for Louisiana nurse practitioners to meet their educational goals within the state of Louisiana rather than out of state. The program prepares nurse practitioners to care for patients across the lifespan, thus providing a more educated nursing workforce to meet the needs of recipients of health care and health care employers in Louisiana.



Nurses currently holding a master's degree in nursing from a nationally accredited graduate nursing program and national certification as Adult Nurse Practitioners are eligible to apply to the Post-Master's FNP Certificate program. This program will enhance the capabilities of existing nurse practitioners to care for patients across the lifespan. The post master's certificate program will prepare completers as Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP) and make them eligible to apply for an advanced practice FNP license and to take the National FNP certification exam.

Other factors considered for admission to the program include:

  • A minimum graduate GPA of 3.00 as verified by transcript submission
  • A current unencumbered registered nurse license in the State of Louisiana
  • Two professional references
  • Current resume
  • Formal application to the university is required

Online Learning

All practicum experiences must be completed in the state of Louisiana. The didactic courses are offered online, and practicum courses have an online didactic component plus a clinical experience component (120 hours in each) in which the student works with an approved advanced practice preceptor guided by a graduate faculty. The 12 credit hour curriculum includes four courses: Family Psychosocial Health Issues or Family Health I, Family Health Practicum I, Evidence Based Care of the Family or Family Health II, and Family Health Practicum II.

Program Outcomes

Those who earn a Southeastern Post-Master's FNP certificate will:

  • Develop cultural competence that embraces cultural awareness, sensitivity, and clinical reasoning when caring for families, child-bearing women, infants and children.
  • Utilize theoretical concepts to develop evidence-based treatment plans for individuals and families across the life span with biological, cognitive or psychosocial problems.
  • Synthesize evidence for practice to assess and manage both health and illness states in the care of families, child-bearing women, infants and children.
  • Engage in the diagnostic process using clinical reasoning, differential diagnoses, and the integration and interpretation of evidence.
  • Plan and implement therapeutic patient-centered, culturally appropriate, evidence-based interventions including pharmacological therapies for child-bearing women, infants and children.


Admission Information

Curriculum Information

For More Information:

Graduate Coordinator
School of Nursing
SLU Box 10448
Hammond, LA 70402

Tel: 985-549-5045
Fax: 985-549-5087