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Post Graduate Certificate - Family Nurse Practitioner

Develop Your Skills in Primary Care Family Nursing

Ready for a change? You can build a solid foundation for your transition and earn your Family Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Certificate in 15 months or less with our flexible, CCNE-accredited programs. Learn more today about our on-campus or online family nurse practitioner education options.

Prepare for Family Nurse Practitioner Certification

In our Family Nurse Practitioner certificate program, your courses will focus on preventive care, health promotion, diagnosis, and treatment for patients and families across the lifespan. Our family nurse practitioner education blends nursing theory with advanced practice concepts, including nurse practitioner clinical experiences supervised by supportive and knowledgeable mentors. The certificate program can also help you to refine your clinical judgment, critical thinking, communication, and leadership skills.

You can complete our 42-credit Family Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Certificate program in as little as 13 months online or 15 months on campus. After completing the program, you’ll qualify to sit for nurse practitioner certification examinations* through national certifying bodies (American Nurses Credentialing Center [ANCC]; American Association of Nurse Practitioners [AANP]).

To help you with family nurse practitioner school cost, financial aid and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

Post Graduate Certificate - Family Nurse Practitioner Course Curriculum

Our post graduate certificate courses are carefully selected and designed to build on your existing knowledge and experience to prepare you for a career as a family nurse practitioner. Below are some of the topics you’ll study in our Family Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Certificate program courses.

  • Advanced nursing practice
  • Pharmacology
  • Advanced health and physical assessment


After passing pre-specialty and pre-clinical evaluations, you’ll also be required to complete practicum courses in several areas including:

  • Family health - adult and gerontology
  • Family health - women's health
  • Family health - pediatrics
  • Family health - primary care

Finally, you’ll conduct a scholarly project in nursing in which you combine and apply the advanced nursing knowledge, critical thinking, and research skills you’ve acquired in this program.

Post Graduate Certificate - Family Nurse Practitioner Requirements

This post graduate certificate program is designed for nurses who already hold a master’s degree that prepared them to practice in another advanced nursing role.

The Post Graduate Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner requirements for admission are as follows:

  • Completion of the application for admission.
  • An official transcript documenting the award of a master’s degree in nursing from an accredited nursing program with a GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
  • Official transcripts from every college or university attended within 10 weeks of starting the program.
  • Holds a valid and unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the state in which the student completes all assignments for the program. (Note that military, federal, and foreign educated nurses must meet this state requirement for nursing licensure). An unencumbered license must be maintained throughout the program.
  • Submission of the following:
    • Three references using the Nursing Graduate School Appraisal Form. At least two of your references should hold a master’s degree in Nursing.
    • A resume describing relevant work and professional and volunteer experiences.

If you have any questions on these requirements, please contact us at 1.800.688.0932.

BSN-prepared nurses who wish to pursue a career in family practice nursing and nurse practitioner certification can find what they need in our MSN with a Specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner program.

RNs who do not hold a BSN can take a streamlined path to becoming a family nurse practitioner in our RN to MSN with a Specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner program.

The Role of a Family Nurse Practitioner

Vital to their communities and healthcare systems, family nurse practitioners specialize in building relationships with patients to effectively provide primary care, health education, and health promotion at all developmental stages. Collaborating with physicians or working independently in private practices, hospitals, community treatment centers, or walk-in clinics, a family nurse practitioner may conduct physical exams, perform diagnostic tests and procedures, and write prescriptions as they help patients to manage acute or chronic illnesses.

There are many benefits, including salary and a promising job outlook, to becoming a nurse practitioner. The average family nurse practitioner salary varies based on state or geographic region, workplace setting, clinical focus, and more. Family nurse practitioner salary can increase as you gain experience in the field.

*Note: South University does not guarantee third-party certification/licensure. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to South University.


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