Online Post-Master's FNP Certificate Program

A Cincinnati Family Nurse Practitioner student smiles and poses in a simulated hospital environment.

UC Online’s Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certificate program is ideal for advanced nurses who want to expand their careers and deepen their understanding of family-focused medicine. Designed for working professionals, this completely online program can accommodate flexible schedules with both full and part-time options.

Our nationally-ranked College of Nursing prepares students to become leaders in the field. With the FNP certificate, students gain the knowledge and skills to diagnose and manage patients of all ages and with a wide array of complex issues. The program is regionally accredited by the higher learning commission of the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools. We are also nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


UC Online’s Post-Master’s FNP curriculum encourages advanced nurses to blend real-world experience with sophisticated theoretical knowledge. Taught by our award-winning faculty, classes combine a technology-based approach with clinical experience.

In this certificate program, students prepare themselves to care for patients of all ages from assessment through diagnosis. Courses cover advanced topics such as prescribing medications, interpreting diagnostic studies, monitoring chronic diseases, and providing patient or family health education.

In order to apply for the family nurse practitioner program, prospective students must have already completed a master’s degree in nursing and have at least one year of clinical nursing experience. Since UC Online understands that every student brings different knowledge with them to the program, our curriculum is designed to be flexible. Students do not need to take coursework that was covered in their previous master’s program. You can view our sample Family Nurse Practitioner Curriculum to learn more about the specifics of the program.

It is important to note that every state has authority to regulate institutions offering education within the state’s boundaries, including online and distance learning. However, state regulations may not allow for the delivery of education to out-of-state residents. Learn more about which online programs are available in your state.

Careers for Family Nurse Practitioners

Graduates of this program are poised to take the next step in their careers, tackling the challenges of family nursing with confidence. Employment in the healthcare industry is expanding. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, nurse practitioner employment is expected to grow by 31% from 2014 to 2024. As a result, graduates of this certificate program are well positioned to take on challenging roles in a wide array of healthcare settings.

Our graduates have gone on to work in clinics, primary care offices, and many other community settings. This certificate lends itself to a wide application across the healthcare industry and we encourage our graduates to seek new opportunities as family nurse practitioners.

Upon completion of the certificate, graduates will be eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) certification exams.

Learn more about our Post-MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate today!

UC Online’s Post-Master’s FNP certificate program accepts applications year-round. Need a deeper understanding of the program? Request more information today. Ready to take the next step? Start your application.


Quick Facts

  • Master’s degree in nursing and at least one year of clinical nursing experience required.
  • The FNP Post-Master’s Certificate Program is not eligible for financial aid or financial assistance.
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