GW SON Top-Ranked

GW SON continues to be ranked among the top 50 schools of nursing. GW is in the top 11% of ranked graduate nursing schools. 

US News & World Report also ranks our online MSN #9 out of more than 130 programs nationwide.  This top ranking reflects the quality of our student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, peer recognitions, and admissions selectivity.

Post-Graduate APRN Certificate: FNP

Nursing Students Studying

The Post-Graduate APRN Certificate: FNP allows Master’s-prepared nurses to expand their scope of practice to include care of all age groups. The program features an array of didactic and clinical experiences that focus on the primary care needs of patients, families, and communities. Through the coursework, family theory is integrated into students' program of study to develop their abilities in recognizing and managing family issues in health care.

Curriculum content includes pathophysiology, pharmacology, as well as health assessment for those students with Master’s degrees in areas other than advanced practice. Health maintenance and promotion, anticipatory guidance, and diagnosis and management of common primary care health concerns are at the core of the primary care education and experiences. These provide the theoretical and practical foundations for nurses to expand their scope of practice.

Completion of the certificate requires 30 credits of coursework, but an advanced, 17-credit track for certified nurse practitioners is also available. Students pursuing a Post-Graduate APRN Certificate: FNP must complete 700 clinical hours at a site in their area. Preceptor and site information must be submitted to the school for approval before a student's clinical work can begin. Clinical rotations begin during students' first semester.

The certificate program’s versatile distance-based format allows professional nurses to advance their education while working, but also provides students with a rigorous curriculum and access to the resources and experts at GW. Selected on-campus experiences invite students to campus to interact with faculty and other students.

Contact Information for Post-Graduate Certificate: FNP

School of Nursing
The George Washington University
2030 M Street, NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 994-7901
Fax: (202) 994-2777

For additional information regarding the Gainful Employment Disclosure of our Certificate programs, please view each of the following:
Family Nurse Practitioner
Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner 
Palliative Care Specialty for Nurse Practitioners