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Introduction to the Advanced Holistic Nursing Concentration
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, and energy-based healing modalities to promote health and well-being.
Students will earn a MSN degree and are eligible to sit for Board Certification in Advanced Holistic Nursing (AHN-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.
Curriculum for Advanced Holistic Nursing Track
*Requires 145 hrs of supervised clinical experience in skills lab and in community.
**The Holistic Concentration Courses must be taken in the sequence listed above.
A breakdown of FAU Tuition and fees is located online:
Fee for Lab Courses
There is a $150.00/credit fee for the Advanced Health Assessment lab course. The purpose of the fee is to cover the higher cost of instruction for these courses due to lower faculty-student ratios and increasing use of simulation and standardized patients.
The following course carries this fee:
• NGR 6002L - 1 credit, $150 fee
Applicants with an MSN seeking specialization in another 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. PMC applicants complete the Step 1 of the application process (FAU application) and submit the supplementary application materials to student services via Karen Kasmer. (PMC Applicants do not submit supplementary materials through NursingCAS).
Once accepted, a gap analysis will be completed to determine the required courses for each student. Students must provide syllabi from other institutions for all transfer courses.
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.
Core Courses Typically Completed in Concentrations at FAU*
*(Courses may vary by graduation year)
Contacts for Advanced Holistic Nursing Program
Susan Dyess, PhD, RN, AHN-BC
Coordinator, Advanced Holistic Nursing Program
Phone: (561) 297-3236
Marlaine Smith, RN, PhD, AHN-BC, FAAN
Phone: (561) 297-3318
MSN Program Coordinator
Phone: (561) 297-3261
Fax: (561) 297-0088