Post Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

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Advance your nurse leadership goals

As an experienced RN with a master’s degree, you’ve already made the connection between quality care and higher education. The Post Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate can help you prepare for greater autonomy in your practice and a more hands-on role with patients’ health.

In this certificate program, you’ll learn to:

  • Assume leadership roles in advanced practice and educational settings
  • Perform comprehensive or symptom-focused physical exams
  • Order, perform and interpret diagnostic and screening tests
  • Offer preventive care

You can complete your certificate in as little as 2 years and 8 months by taking just one course at a time, so you can balance work and life on the path to your certificate.

Course length:

6 weeks

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Requirements and prerequisites

You’ll need 41 credits to complete this certificate program. Credits can be earned through required courses and may vary based on previous experience, training or transferable credits.

View additional requirements for licensure.

Curriculum alignment

Our nursing certificate programs are designed in close collaboration with senior and executive leaders across the healthcare industry to anticipate emerging needs and trends in the health sector. This is just one more way a University of Phoenix® FNP certificate can help you develop the skills you’ll need in the world of nursing.

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Program purpose statement

The Certificate/Family Nurse Practitioner is a post-graduate education program designed for nurses with current RN licensure and a previous master’s degree in nursing, who wish to obtain certification as a family nurse practitioner (FNP). The program educationally prepares nurses for advanced practice to function in leadership roles in practice and educational settings and emphasizes comprehensive, preventative care in addition to treatment. As part of this program, students are required to complete a five-day residency. Graduates are eligible to apply to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Family Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (FNP-BC) credential or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Family Nurse Practitioner-Certified (FNP-C) credential.

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Institutional accreditation

Regional accreditation is an institution-level accreditation status granted by one of six U.S. regional accrediting bodies. Accreditation by more than one regional accrediting body is not permitted by the U.S. Department of Education.

University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Since 1978, University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

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What sets us apart?

When you choose our Post Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate, you can:

Focus your career path

Build upon your master’s degree and prepare to meet challenges of primary family care with the advanced clinical focus of an FNP certificate.

Lock in your tuition

We promise you’ll keep the same affordable tuition until you complete your certificate program. Count on tuition to be as dependable as your education.

Prepare for certifications

Our FNP certificate prepares students to sit for national certification exams, such as the American Nurses Credentialing Center FNP-BC and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners FNP-C.

Take the next step

It’s time to let your education prepare you for the next phase of your career. You’ve got the will. And, by taking one course at a time toward a Post Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate, you’ve got the way.

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