Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

The Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate allows masters-prepared nurses to expand their scope of practice across the lifespan. This program option features an array of didactic and clinical experiences that focus on the primary care needs of patients, families and communities.

Who Should Apply

If you’re already working as a nurse, have a master’s degree in nursing and are interested in advancing your education to provide care for children and adults of all ages, you should consider our Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner program.

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About the Program

Complete applications that are submitted by the priority deadline will be reviewed first. Applications do not have to be verified by the priority deadline, only completed and submitted. Questions? Contact the Office of Admissions at [email protected]

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A completed application includes the following components:

  • Master’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Preferred scholastic GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts (from all post-secondary schools)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Current resume
  • Personal statement
  • Evidence of current nursing licensure
  • Those eligible for admission to the Post Graduate FNP Certificate Program include:
    • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners, Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
    • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners
    • Acute Care Nurse Practitioners
  • The GRE is not required for this program



  1. GW Nursing is subject to state authorization requirements in order to offer an approved nursing curriculum. View available states.
  2. This is a graduate certificate requiring 17 credits for completion and is not eligible for Federal funding.

Advanced Pharmacology, Advanced Pathophysiology and Advanced Health Assessment are prerequisites for this program.

These must be three separate courses, across the lifespan, and designed for advanced practice clinicians.


The Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner program consists of 17 credit hours and 500 clinical hours. Questions about program requirements should be directed to the program director.


Program of Study

Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate, Summer entry (part-time)



For full listing of courses and descriptions, please visit the University Bulletin.


On-Campus Requirements

Students in the Family Nurse Practitioner certificate program are required to attend two on-campus simulation-based learning events.

Fall Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)

Near the end of the fall semester, students visit campus for an opportunity to work with faculty through a series of OSCEs in the CLASS Center.  Through the use of standardized patients (SPs) in faculty constructed case scenarios, students are afforded a safe learning environment to demonstrate critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning.  Student progression toward nurse practitioner competency is again evaluated.  A number of hands-on skills workshops are held.

Program Test Outs

All nurse practitioner students are required to complete an end of program skills assessment. During this final on-campus simulation-based learning event, students have an opportunity to showcase


Technology Requirements

Beginning fall 2018, each student admitted to the Certificate program is expected to own and have ready access to a laptop or tablet with basic productivity software for classroom use.

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You must record a minimum of 500 hours of clinical experience with an approved preceptor. You are encouraged to find your own preceptor, but we can provide information on local clinical sites if needed.  A clinical site visit will be conducted, usually during your second or final clinical course, by a faculty member.

Questions about clinical placement requirements should be directed to [email protected].

Graduate tuition is charged per credit hour unless otherwise noted, and is listed under “School of Nursing” by the university’s Student Accounts Office. Rates vary by program and are subject to change without prior notice. Changes to a student’s program or course load may result in additional tuition charges and fees.

This program does not qualify for Title IV funding. For important information regarding educational debt, earnings and completion rates of this certificate, view the Gainful Employment Disclosure.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at GW Nursing.