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Classes Canceled Monday, March 30

In light of the ongoing recovery efforts related to the EF-3 tornado that hit our hometown of Jonesboro Saturday, Chancellor Kelly Damphousse has canceled classes for Monday, March 30. Monday was to be our first day back from Spring Break, and a continuation of our all-online instruction because of COVID-19.

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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 program, candidates must meet the following criteria:

    • Hold a BSN degree from an accredited institution
    • Hold a current unencumbered licenses to practice nursing
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 overall or 3.0 on the last 60 hours of course work
    • Be CPR certified (professional level)
    • Have completed a course in health assessment or demonstrative proficiency in health assessment which includes physical examination and history taking (Clinical Nurse Specialist, Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator Option)
    • Provide verification documentation of 1,500 RN practice hours prior to admission to the FNP option.

    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 60 hours of undergraduate 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.

  • Admission Process

    How to Apply

    Applying to the Graduate School

    All applicants for any MSN program must first be accepted by the Graduate School. Apply online here.

    • Send official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate work (personal copies will not be accepted) to: ASU Graduate Admissions, PO Box 1570, State University, AR 72467
    • Designated, non-refundable application fee
    • Written documentation of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) immunization
    • US citizens must be registered or exempt with Selective Service. Affirmation Action information can be found here.

    For questions, contact the Graduate School at (870) 972-3029.

    Applying to the MSN Program

    After applying to the Graduate School, candidates must also apply to the MSN program:

    1. Be accepted by the Graduate School for admission.
    2. Complete the MSN application
    3. Meet the Application Deadlines:
      - Family Nurse Practitioner - Fall Term Admission Only, Application Deadline is February 1st
    4. Pre-Clinical Requirements
    • One year experience as an RN
    • CPR Certification
    • TB Skin Test
    • Evidence of Hepatitis B Immunization
    • Professional Liability
    • Valid, Unencumbered RN License in the State of Practice
  • 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 whose attrition rate was 27%.  The 2018 National Certification Examination first time pass rate was 93%, with 96% on the second attempt.  One Hundred percent of the 2018 graduates received offers of employment.