Family Nurse Practitioner Post Master's Certificate

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) post-master's certificate program prepares nurses to diagnose and manage common and complex medical conditions in children and adults.

Certification & Career

Graduates are eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) certification exam. Graduates of the FNP program acquire clinical experiences caring for clients across the lifespan creating a wide variety of job opportunities. Some common settings include private practice, school nursing, health departments and clinics in primary care.

Clinical Hours

Students spend a minimum of 504 hours of clinical time with experienced preceptors from all specialties. The preceptors work one-on-one with students, guiding them through the clinical hours.

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Prior Experience

At least one year of RN work experience is preferred. We encourage students to have excellent assessment skills at the generalist level before undertaking advanced practice, and offer a part-time program option to allow nurses to continue working while gaining valuable skills.

Program of Study

The plan of study for the program is individualized and depends on students' previous MSN coursework.

Program Courses

As mentioned above, the plan of study is highly individualized. For an idea of the courses that may be required, review the schema for the Family NP Onsite MSN program.


Please note that certificate programs are not eligible for federal financial aid; consequently, you will not be able to fill out a FAFSA to seek financial aid for these programs. Students most commonly pay for courses independently, use employer tuition-assistance programs, or seek external scholarships for funding support.


If you have specific questions about the program, contact the Office of Student Recruitment at 513-558-8400 or