Curtis Mathis, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC
Director, Family Nurse Practitioner Program, 
Instructor of Nursing 

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Dr. Curtis A. Mathis, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC
Graduate Chair
School of Nursing
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Post-Master's APRN Certificate

The purpose of the post-master’s certificate program is to provide an educational route to specialization in an area other than that obtained in their master’s or doctoral program for nurses who already hold a master’s degree in nursing. The program is designed to strengthen or broaden the clinical, or management capabilities of master’s-prepared nurses who are planning a role expansion or role change.

Post-master’s certificate (PMC) students must successfully complete all didactic and clinical requirements of the desired area of practice. In order to obtain a PMC in the family nurse practitioner specialty, students are required to complete a minimum of 560 supervised hours in direct patient care. The program of study includes academic and clinical courses, and completion results in awarding a certificate of academic achievement of post-master’s study. Completion of the requirements for the PMC is posted on the student’s official University of Mobile transcript.

The Family Nurse Practitioner will be prepared to promote the health and education of patients who may be encountered as individuals, groups and/or families. Students will experience an online program with intensives interspersed once each semester, allowing students an opportunity to be face-to-face with faculty and time to network with other nursing professionals. Cutting-edge simulation and technology in the new Center for Excellence in Healthcare Practice will be utilized to develop clinical expertise.

  • Submission of application. Applications will be accepted until the class is filled;
  • Submission of official transcripts of all college coursework from all institutions attended;
  • International Students:
    • Students with international transcripts must provide an evaluation from Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (org) for previous nursing coursework;
    • Students with international transcripts must provide evaluation from World Education Services ( for previous non-nursing coursework;
    • International students must show proof of English proficiency. Applicants should request that official TOEFL test scores be sent directly to Enrollment Services;
  • Completion of MSN degree from a regionally accredited educational institution;
  • Minimum cumulative GPA 2.75 on last 60 hours of academic coursework;
  • Must hold and maintain an unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in a state or territory of the United States in which the student will complete clinical experiences;
  • Minimum of one (1) year of clinical experience preferred but not required;
  • Submission of a clear background check and absence of criminal conviction;
  • Submission of a clear drug screen when requested;
  • Submission of health history and record of required immunizations;
  • Submission of record of American Heart Association BLS Healthcare Provider Certification;
  • A personal interview with the Graduate Admissions Committee of the School of Nursing may be required, if requested;
  • Submission of current personal health insurance coverage;
  • We currently do not accept students from NY, CO, or LA;


  • Three reference forms from:
    • A current clinical supervisor or nurse manager who has direct knowledge of the applicant’s skills in the clinical setting and how they will translate into the Family Nurse Practitioner role;
    • A professor, faculty member or academic advisor who can provide a meaningful assessment of the applicant’s academic record;
    • A practicing clinical nursing professional, or APRN, who has served as a mentor and can speak about the applicant’s abilities as a nurse and potential to become a Family Nurse Practitioner;
  • Current Curriculum Vita or Resume is required. The Curriculum Vita or Resume should include:
    • Educational background including institutions, degree(s) awarded, degree(s) in progress, dates of degree(s) awarded and/or anticipated date of receiving degree(s);
    • Relevant employment history, including:
      • Job title, job description, and relevant duties performed;
      • Employment dates of each position;
    • Community service or volunteer experience;
    • Any awards, publications, presentations, memberships, or honors;
    • Evidence of leadership and career progression;
  • Personal statement of no more than two pages discussing:
    • How your previous education, experience and professional interests have prepared you to be successful in the Family Nurse Practitioner program;
    • Your professional goals and how completing the Family Nurse Practitioner track will help you achieve your professional goals;
    • Your understanding of the Family Nurse Practitioner role and your intentions regarding service in primary care practice;
    • How have you prepared for success in this program;
    • Your essay should be clear, succinct, and double-spaced;