Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

The Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate allows master’s-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. 

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Program Information


Admissions Requirements

  • Admission to the program is based upon a Master’s degree in Nursing or other health related professional discipline, and meeting the University’s requirements and current requirements for admission to the School of Nursing.
  • 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
  • Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all coursework, though the admissions committee reserves the right to interview all applicants who have less than a 3.0 GPA. Applicants must comply with all required university policies regarding the student admissions requirements.
  • The GRE is not required for this program.  

Note: This is a graduate certificate requiring 17 credits for completion and is not currently eligible for Federal funding.

Note: Due to licensure legislation, we do not accept applicants from LA, ND, NY, & AL.

Program of Study

On-Campus Requirements

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 Out:

All nurse practitioner students are required to complete a final skills assessment, or Program Test Out.  This is a highly objective exam is conducted in the OSCE format.

Clinical Requirements

Students pursuing a Post-Graduate APRN Certificate: FNP must complete 500 clinical hours at an approved clinical site.

Cost and Aid

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.