Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner

Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner
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What will I learn in a Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate program?

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Post-Master’s Certificate Program graduates obtain the necessary skills and knowledge needed to assess, diagnose and manage patients along the continuum of health. FNP professionals care for patients across the lifespan in a wide array of primary care settings including clinics, offices and other community settings.

University of Cincinnati’s Post-Master’s FNP Online Certificate Program

Prospective students must have a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from an accredited institution to apply. An additional year or more of clinical nursing experience is also required. Graduates of the Post-Master’s Certificate FNP program will have met the criteria for taking both the ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center) and AANP (American Academy of Nurse Practitioners) certification exams.

The FNP Post-Master’s Certificate Program is not eligible for financial aid or financial assistance. However, a payment plan is available through the Bursar’s Office. For more information, please click here.

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UC Online | Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program Overview

Want to know what to expect from UC’s Post-Master’s FNP online program? Hear from program director Sherry Donaworth, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, FPCNA. In this video, you’ll hear Dr. Donaworth talk about the importance of clinically practicing faculty, how she prepares students for success and what you can expect to gain from the online Post-MSN FNP program.

UC Online Post-MSN FNP Program Highlights

For nurses, compassion, empathy and critical thinking go without saying. University of Cincinnati nurses build on these traits to become leaders in whichever setting they choose to work.

For over a decade, we have pioneered online nursing education across the nation. Our mission is to ensure our graduates are empowered to think critically; advocate for patients and the profession; and explore, generate and apply nursing knowledge in any setting.

The UC Difference

Affordable Quality Education:
  • Payment plans available through the Bursar’s Office
  • Post-MSN FNP certification exam pass rate of 100% in 2023*
  • Faculty are practicing nurses, up-to-date clinically
  • 100% online program, no site visits required
  • Option to transfer credits
  • Courses offered in spring, summer and fall semesters
  • Asynchronous coursework
Support from Application to Graduation:
  • Enrollment advisors help you navigate the application/enrollment process
  • Student and faculty advisor support through the program
  • Clinical planning support team and resources
  • Join network of nearly 20,000 alumni throughout the U.S.

* ANCC certification pass rates are based on 2023 graduates. Data published 3/27/2024.

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UC’s Accredited Post-Master’s Certificate FNP Program

Our online nursing programs are nationally recognized for our academic standards, diversity and inclusion efforts, technology application, and research activity.

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Ranked Top 40 in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs


Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

The baccalaureate, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, D.C. 20001. Contact CCNE at 202-887-6791. CCNE is the accrediting arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).


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The University of Cincinnati Post-graduate Certificate in Nursing Program (all tracks except AGACNP, NNP, and ACPNP tracks are delivered via distance education) holds pre-accreditation status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation, located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20037. 202-909-2487. Holding pre-accreditation status does not guarantee that initial accreditation by NLN CNEA will be received.

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Veterans to Nurses
Our Graduate Nursing programs were ranked in the Top 10 for Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans. UC Online is a member of the Yellow Ribbon Program and believes in providing opportunities to Veterans not only locally, but across the United States. Our flexible and fully online curriculum makes it easy for veterans to balance school and life by logging on to class when it is convenient to you. For more information, check out our military page or reach out to an advisor.
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Post-MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, family nurse practitioner job growth is projected to increase by 38% through 2032 due to an interest in preventative care combined with an aging population in need of healthcare services.

A family nurse practitioner works closely with patients throughout the course of their lives, helping them reach greater wellness and happiness through health. To excel in this career field, nurses must be compassionate and dedicated to forming a bond of trust with their patients.

Where can I work as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)?

FNPs provide a wide range of healthcare services and when you get your Post-MSN FNP from University of Cincinnati, you open yourself up to a career in a diverse range of settings.

FNPs can look forward to promising careers in fields such as:

  • Private Practice
  • Hospitals
  • School Nursing
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Health Departments
  • Rural Clinics
  • Community Based Organizations
  • Health Care Facilities

Is UC Online right for me?

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Practicing Faculty
Our programs are taught by faculty who are all clinically up-to-date, practicing advanced practice nurses.
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Start-to-Graduation Support
Student Success Coordinators are available to students enrolled in online programs — they are your on-campus partner who can help you manage your time and whatever you need to get you to graduation.

100% pass rate on the Family Nurse Practitioner American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification exam


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Tuition Scholarships

If you are an employee or member of one of our partner organizations, you may be eligible for a tuition scholarship.