The post-graduate Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate is designed to prepare experienced nurses for career advancement in caring for patients across the lifespan. Clinical courses build on existing clinical skills and broaden knowledge base related to care of the family and individuals across the lifespan essential to independent or collaborative practice in primary care settings.

The Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate is 32 credits and 730 clinical hours. The minimum time for program completion is 1.5 years, and students have up to five years to complete all certificate requirements from first enrollment. Support courses are offered on-campus at Villanova University or online, while clinical courses are taught on-site.

Support Courses

Course Number

NUR 8901

NUR 8910

NUR 8903

NUR 8615

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology

Advanced Physical Assessment

Advanced Pharmacology

Issues Across the Lifespan


3 credits

4 credits

3 credits

3 credits

Clinical Courses

NUR 8611

NUR 8612

NUR 8609

NUR 8610

NUR 8613

NUR 8614

Clinical Management in Family Care I

Practicum in Family Care I (305 hours clinical)

Clinical Management in Family Care II

Practicum in Family Care II

Clinical Management in Family Care III

Practicum in Family Care III
Primary Care II (305 hours Clinical)

3 credits

4 credits

3 credits

2 credits

3 credits

4 credits



Dr. Elizabeth Blunt, Director Nurse Practitioner Programs



Mary Terhaar, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
Associate Dean, Graduate Program 

Elizabeth Blunt, PhD, RN, APRN, BC, FAANP
Director, Nurse Practitioner Programs

Jan Campbell 
Assistant Director, Graduate Programs



MaryAnn Cantrell, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN
Director, PhD Program

Jodie Szlachta, PhD, CRNA
Program Director, Post-baccalaureate Nurse Anesthesia Doctor of Nursing Practice

Debra Shearer, EdD, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC
Director, Post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice

Sandi Schultz
Assistant Director, Doctoral Programs

Villanova Graduate Nursing Program