College of Nursing

Family Nurse Practitioner/Graduate Certificate


Graduate application materials are submitted through the Nursing Centralized Application Service(NursingCAS) A supplemental application is also required and can be found at Program admission cycle information posted at

The Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate program is offered to individuals who have completed a master's degree in nursing and who desire to obtain specialized knowledge to seek certification as an FNP. Graduates of the program will be qualified to take national FNP certification examinations.

The program is offered in a four-semester, part-time option. The curriculum is designed to prepare professional nurses for the FNP role in primary nursing care. The curriculum includes a minimum of 600 contact hours for clinical practice and laboratory experiences.

Admission Requirements:

  • Master's degree in nursing from an accredited college/university.  Degree in nursing from a school that is accredited by a nationally recognized body for nursing education accreditation.
  • Overall grade point average of 3.0 in graduate work. 
  • Official transcripts from all academic institutions attended, one of which must state the Master's degree earned. 
  • Personal statement describing career goals, future plans for employment and expectations for graduate study.Submit your personal statement via the "Personal Statement" section of the NursingCAS, title it "University of Toledo" *
  • Current resume or CV, submit a copy of your current resume or CV in the "Documents Upload" section of NursingCAS. *
  • Three recommendation forms completed by professional sources (Master in Nursing preferred) to be submitted electronically on your behalf via the "References" section of NursingCAS.
  • Active unrestricted unencumbered Ohio RN license.
  • Computer competency that includes Word processing skills and ability to communicate electronically.
  • The Graduate Record Exams (General Subject GRE) and TOEFL* or IELTS* are required for international applicants.

*Minimum required test scores:

  • Interview, if requested.
  • Admission is competitive.
  • Students are required to authorize The University of Toledo to obtain criminal record checks (BCII & FBI) & are responsible for fingerprinting expenses. Students must declare and document misdemeanor and/or felony offenses that occur prior to admission to the nursing program and/or during program progression. In compliance with Ohio Revised Code 4723-7 convictions will result in denial of admission to the program or dismissal after matriculation.

*Applicants must attach the file on designations page to The University of Toledo in order for the school to have access to the file.

View the Graduate Nursing Program Application Process and Checklist


Fall Semester
Course # Course Title Credit
NURS5680 Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology*


NURS5740 Advanced Health Assessment (4 lab hours/week)* 4


Spring Semester
Course # Course Title Credit
NURS5690 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics


Summer Semester    
NURS6210 FNP I: Adolescents and Adults (180 clinical hours)


Fall Semester
NURS6220 FNP II: Women and Children (180 clinical hours)


Spring Semester
NURS6230 FNP III: Adults and Older Adults (270 clinical hours)


Total Semester Credits  25 

*If the course was completed greater than 5 years prior to matriculation, the course must be completed.
Last Updated: 8/21/18