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Advanced Holistic Nursing (AHN) Overview

This 33 credit concentration advances knowledge of contemporary views of healing and holistic nursing practice grounded in caring. The Advanced Holistic Nursing (AHN) concentration courses offer content and practice in the integration of mind-body practices, manipulative body practices, integrative nurse coaching, and energy-based healing modalities to promote health and well-being.

Students will earn a MSN degree and are eligible to sit for two Board Certifications; one in Advanced Holistic Nursing (AHN-BC) and the second in Health and Wellness Nurse Coaching (HWNC-BC). The Advanced Holistic Nursing Concentration does not prepare students to enter a  Nurse Practitioner role.

Applicants with an earned Masters degree in Nursing can earn a post master’s certificate (PMC) in Advanced Holistic Nursing. A gap analysis is conducted to identify required courses and practicum hours. All PMC students must complete NGR 6110 Advanced Nursing Practice Grounded in Caring. Nurse Practitioners may be particularly interested in a PMC in Advanced Holistic Nursing.

Completely online, full and part time study is available. Every effort is made to accommodate the practicum needs of students in various geographic areas.

Preceptor and practicum site decisions are determined in collaboration with Faculty. The practicum hours may be completed at the students’ place of employment, if appropriate, with an approved preceptor.

Preceptor and practicum/clinical site decisions are determined in collaboration between faculty and students. Every effort is made to accommodate the practicum/clinical  needs of students in various geographic locations.

FAU is authorized to offer online nursing programs in many states. Individual state authorization status is available online at If you are a resident of a state in which FAU is not currently authorized to provide post-secondary educational instruction,  please contact us to discuss program options.

Second MSN Degree Option

Applicants that have a MSN degree seeking specialization in another concentration requiring 30 credits or more to complete required courses in the new concentration should consider applying for a second MSN degree. Second MSN degree applicants should complete Step 1 and Step 2 of the application process (FAU and NursingCAS) by published deadlines. A minimum of 30 credit hours is required to earn a second MSN degree from FAU.

Once accepted, an analysis will be completed to determine each student's plan of study. Students must provide syllabi from other institutions for all transfer courses.

PMC Option

Applicants with an MSN in a NP concentration seeking specialization in another NP concentration requiring less than 30 credit hours should consider applying for a Post Master’s Certificate (PMC).  

PMC applicants may be considered for a fall or spring admission and are accepted on a space available basis.

  1. PMC applicants submit a preliminary application along with a copy of all official academic transcripts, a current RN license, one (1) letter of recommendation, a statement of philosophy, and a current CV.
  2.  Once the College of Nursing reviews the preliminary application, applicants will be notified to complete the online non-degree FAU application.

Once applicant has been accepted into a concentration, a gap analysis will be completed to determine the required courses for each student. A minimum of 10 credits are required to earn a PMC from the College of Nursing at FAU.  Students must provide syllabi and/or course descriptions from other institutions for all transfer courses.  


MSN Academic Coordinator Graduate Coordinator AHN Concentration 

 Valentine Etienne

Susan Dyess PhD, RN, AHN-BC, NE-BC 

777 Glades Rd.

Boca Raton, FL  33431

777 Glades Rd

Boca Raton, FL 33431

Phone: 561-297-3261

Phone: 561-297-3236

Fax: 561-297-3652

Fax: 561-297-3652







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