Online F.N.P. Certificate

Help shape the future of family health.

Quality of care impacts quality of life. When people have access to comprehensive health care, they are more likely to prevent disease, manage their well-being and live longer, according to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Moreover, having consistent access to care helps improve health outcomes — not only for individuals, but for families and whole communities.

When you earn your online Post-Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner certificate, you can build on your nursing expertise and learn to provide critical health care services to families from infanthood through adulthood. By broadening your scope of practice, you can magnify your impact in the community — and in the world of health care.

As a certified F.N.P., you’ll assess patients of all ages, diagnose health issues and create treatment plans. But most important, you’ll help address resource gaps and provide primary care for underserved populations across the lifespan.

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Why earn an online Post-Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner certificate?

Consistent access to health care is a major factor in managing wellness. Yet, for 23% of people living in rural areas, lack of accessibility prevents them from getting the medical care they need.* But you can change this statistic.

When you broaden your scope of practice, you gain the opportunity to reach more people. Your Post-Graduate F.N.P. certification can prepare you to administer family-centered care for issues ranging from mild ailments to serious conditions. Learn to improve more lives in your community and be a frontline leader for health care.

*Pew Research

What can you do as a certified family nurse practitioner?

When you pursue a new focus, you can impact new patients. And that’s exactly what you’ll do as a certified F.N.P. You can treat more people by widening your scope of practice. You’ll be able to provide support that leads to improved patient outcomes, in addition to promoting long-term well-being across the lifespan.

As a certified F.N.P., you’ll be trained to work as an independent primary care provider, as well as in a collaborative setting with other health care providers. This flexibility can help you build a career as diverse as your patients.

Practice in the following settings:

  • Private practice
  • Health care clinics
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Private homes

Family Nurse Practitioner Career Outlook

  • Greater demand NPs in primary care. The nurse practitioner job outlook is projected to grow 26% from 2018 to 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Increased demand for health care services. As baby boomers age, they’ll need specialty care from nurses trained to treat acute and chronic conditions.  
  • Demand for accessible health care. Populations living in underserved areas have limited access to health care. When you broaden your scope of practice, you can reach more people.

Why choose UND for your Post-Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner certificate?

As an advanced practice nurse, you already help patients manage their health. Now you can impact wider populations. With your online Post-Graduate F.N.P. certificate from UND, you can grow your nursing expertise and treat the entire family unit across the lifespan. Our program can build your primary care knowledge so you can help families and societies to live longer, healthier lives.

UND is recognized for quality and chosen for excellence:

University of North Dakota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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What can you learn from UND’s online Post-Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner certificate program?

A passion for helping people is the bedrock of nursing. With your Post-Graduate F.N.P. certification, you can learn to provide comprehensive care across the lifespan. You’ll build the knowledge to translate critical medical information in an approachable way, and assist patients in navigating their health.

UND’s online Post-Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner certificate is designed for working professionals looking to broaden their scope of practice. Spanning infancy through geriatrics, our coursework delves into all stages of life and can help bring awareness to various health care issues.

  • Learn the pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of common acute and chronic illnesses encountered in primary care settings.
  • Develop the clinical decision-making skills required in the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic health conditions throughout the lifespan.
  • Gain extensive clinical experience and learn to translate theoretical knowledge into clinical practice.

Online F.N.P. Certificate Curriculum

6 semesters | 23 Credits

Family Nurse Practitioner Coursework

NURS 532Family Centered Advanced Practice Nursing3 Credits
NURS 534Management of Health Conditions, Primary Care I3 Credits
NURS 540Management of Health Conditions, Primary Care II3 Credits
NURS 559Maternal and Child Health in Primary Care2 Credits
NURS 597AAdvanced Clinical Practicum I4 Credits
NURS 597BAdvanced Clinical Practicum II4 Credits
NURS 597CAdvanced Clinical Practicum III4 Credits

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of an advanced practice registered nurse graduate educational program from an accredited program of nursing
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in previous graduate program (official transcripts must be submitted)
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Current U.S. unencumbered RN and APRN licensure (upload Nursys verification report in application)
  • Active national certification in an APRN specialty
  • Satisfaction of the School of Graduate Studies’ English language proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog
  • Statement of goals
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Interview may be required (via web, phone or in person)
  • Successful passage of criminal background check and drug screen will be required upon offer of admission
  • Satisfaction of current health and immunization policy of the Department of Nursing will be required upon offer of admission

UND may not be able to accommodate clinical experiences in some states due to specific state regulations and competitiveness of placement. Please contact your state board of nursing PRIOR TO APPLYING to see if there are any restrictions or special requirements that could impact your attendance at an out-of-state online nursing program.

Students must have had the content listed in the following courses in their prior master’s program. Prior transcripts will be reviewed. Course descriptions from the college catalog may be requested to assist in this evaluation. Course content must cover the lifespan. These courses do not count against the transfer credit limit.

  • Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology (lifespan)* (3 credits)
  • Advanced Physical Assessment (3 credits)
  • Advanced Pharmacology* (3 credits)
  • Health Promotion and/or Maintenance (3 credits)
  • Role of the NP* (if the student has not completed this course, it will be added to the required program of study for that student)

*Must be listed as a separate course on the transcripts.

Program of study plans are developed based on previous graduate coursework. Course descriptions from the college catalog may be requested to assist in this evaluation. Coursework at the undergraduate level will not be considered for graduate credit.

Applicants who meet the minimum admission requirements are evaluated individually. Admission decisions are made by the graduate program leadership team.

CCNE Accreditation

The post-graduate APRN certificate program at the University of North Dakota is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Application Deadlines

Priority Application DeadlineFinal Application DeadlineClasses Begin
Fall 20206/1/20207/1/20208/31/2020