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Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

The Family Nurse Practitioner Program prepares advanced practice nurses to manage the health care of individuals and their family across the life span in a changing health care system. Emphasis is on health promotion and primary care management of the acute and stable chronically ill patient. A Family Nurse Practitioner is provided with a broad preparation for the delivery of health services to individuals, families, and groups in a variety of settings. Graduates are prepared to be recognized as advanced practice nurses by the Texas Board of Nursing and to take the Family Nurse Practitioner National Certification Exams through American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

The certificate is available in a 100% Online format. For more information on Online Admissions, visit our partner website.

Students who desire face-to-face, in-person contact with instructors and classmates should consider the On-Campus delivery option for the FNP Certificate. Campus-based courses are offered in a hybrid format, combining online coursework with on-campus meetings. Usually, a class will have no more than four on-campus sessions during a semester, but students should check with course instructors and syllabi for the requirements of their specific courses. A student who is able to make a full-time commitment to the FNP certificate program can complete the certificate in as little as 10 months.

Lynda Jarrell, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CNE
Director, Family Nurse Practitioner Program
Assistant Professor Clinical, College of Nursing

This program provides you a background to:

  • Assume responsibility as a Family Nurse Practitioner to provide health care in the areas of health promotion, disease prevention, and/or clinical management to patients and families in a variety of settings.
  • Develop collaborative relationships with other health care providers to focus on economic, psychosocial, cultural and environmental factors in the quality improvement of health care delivery for varied populations.
  • Use research and theoretical principles in the management and quality improvement of health care delivery and clinical outcomes in Family Nurse Practitioner practice.
Clinical Requirements

Please be aware of expectations concerning clinical requirements, as described in the section labeled "clinical requirements" on this page (click or tap here).

Degree Plans

Post-graduate certificate degree plans are individually created based on a gap analysis of the applicant's MSN transcript and experience. If you have questions about a post masters certificate program and what your specific degree program might look like, you will need to apply for admission to the university, including the submission of your transcripts and curriculum vitae for review.

The degree plan will be based on the MSN FNP course list, which you can find on this page.