Post-Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

If you are a Master’s prepared RN with the desire to become a Family Nurse Practitioner, The Post-Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate (FNP-C) is designed for you.


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As a candidate in the FNP-C track, you will be prepared to care for individuals and families in diverse healthcare settings. These settings include clinics, community-based settings, long-term care facilities, and hospitals. Family Nurse Practitioners focus on health promotion and disease prevention and are trained to diagnose and develop treatment plans for acute and chronic diseases.

As a student in the FNP-C track, you will interact with multidisciplinary representatives —exploring collaborative best practices. By sharing professional experiences in discussion and writing assignments, you will achieve further development. As a practicing nurse, you’ll appreciate the flexibility and convenience of this online FNP certification program*.

*Clinical hours will be fulfilled with self-selected preceptors in a clinical setting.

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APRN/FNP Educational Requirements

Olivet Nazarene University fulfills the educational requirements for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) professional state licensure for employment as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) in certain states while there are other states that Olivet Nazarene University has not yet made that determination.

Please check the disclosures for states that are approved or not approved. The status of these states is subject to change. If you have any questions, please send an email to our FNP Practicum Coordinator.

It is essential that you notify our Professional Online Advising Team of any address changes while you are in the FNP track. Please be aware that even if you reside in an approved state, you may not do your practicum hours in a state that is not approved. Students switching tracks or returning to the FNP track will need to comply with the above requirements.

Course Overview

  • Format: Accelerated FNP 8 week classes meet online
  • Program Length: 7 courses x 8 weeks = 56 weeks
    • Program length would be longer if the student needs to take the 3 Ps still as a prerequisite for the track:
      • 6 more classes x 8 weeks = 48 additional weeks = 56 – 104 weeks, if adding
  • Credit Hours: 27-39 credit hours
  • Tuition: $690 per credit hour

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Commonly Asked Questions

In addition to the General Admissions Requirements, the must:

  • Complete an application.
  • Submit an official transcript from a regionally accredited college or university showing an earned Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree.
  • Have attained an MSN GPA of 3.0 or better (4.0 scale).*
  • Submit current, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license in a geographical jurisdiction of the United States.*
  • Have successfully completed (defined as a grade of B- or above) within the last five years Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, Advanced Health Assessment (only FNP & Education tracks).**
  • Submit a signed consent regarding criminal background and drug screening requirements.
  • Submit evidence of having worked as an RN for at least 2,000 hours prior to starting the respective clinical/practicum tracks (ED: NRSG 634, FNP: NRSG 665, & TL: NRSG 648).**


*Students who do not meet these criteria, please speak with an Admissions Counselor about a possible conditional admission.

** Students who do not meet these criteria, please speak with an Admissions Counselor about a possible conditional enrollment.

While much of the learning takes place online, FNP Certificate students will need to complete their practicum hours in an approved state. Please click here to see if this program meets the educational requirements of professional licensure in your state.

Students will complete a total of 720 clinical hours in the Post-Graduate FNP Certificate Track.

While a family nurse practitioner is a specialization of a general nurse practitioner, those who are studying specifically focus on family practice.

  • Outpatient clinics
  • School clinics
  • Prisons/jail
  • Military bases
  • Primary care
  • Family practice
  • Internal medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Women’s health
  • Retail health clinics
  • Short & long term care
  • Urgent/immediate care
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