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Family Nurse Practitioner (CAGS)

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Program Information

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The purpose of the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) is to allow post graduate registered nurses the ability to become Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs), or allow a Nurse Practitioner in another practice area the ability to obtain additional certification which will allow them to work as an FNP. The program coordinator will conduct a gap analysis of applicants’ academic transcripts in order to identify the courses they will need to complete in order to obtain the relevant post master’s certificate. Once accepted, students will take the required courses according to their personal course sequence. Upon successfully completing the course sequence, students will receive a certificate of completion and be eligible to take the certification exam.

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The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Family Nurse Practitioner is a part-time program offered in an hybrid format at our Glassboro, NJ campus. Students must take at least four courses (two didactic and two clinical) at Rowan University to receive the CAGS. The program coordinator will review transcripts and previous course descriptions to determine the number of courses needed to complete the CAGS. Course requirements range from 4 courses to 44 courses depending on previous coursework completed and certifications held.

Students may obtain more than one certification. However, only one certificate may be completed at a time due to the amount of clinical practicum hours required. The minimum clinical requirement is 400 hours.

  • 6 Courses / 18 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements URL: Yes
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 12 S.H.
NURS 05532 Across the Life Span Primary Care 3
NURS 05538 Adult Acute and Chronic Disease Management 3
NURS 05544 FNP Women’s Health/Pediatric Clinical 3
NURS 05545 FNP Clinical I 3
NURS 05546 Women’s Health and Pediatrics 3
NURS 05547 FNP Clinical II 3

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional actions or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below, a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation, or will indicate any missing items.


  • Completed Application Form
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) in Nursing from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Master’s degree (or its equivalent) in Nursing from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of the number of credits earned; presented in a sealed official envelope)
  • Current professional resume
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the state of NJ
  • Individual Professional Malpractice Insurance
  • Copy of all valid CPR cards
  • Interview. Applicants will be contacted directly by the Faculty Admission Committee regarding the interview. The interview can be in person or via telephone.
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • Letters of recommendation should be from professional administrators and include information, which attests to the applicant's ability to pursue a graduate degree.
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