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Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Online

Get on the fast track to becoming a family nurse practitioner and prepare for new job responsibilities including ordering tests and analyzing results, developing treatment plans, and prescribing medications. This Post-Master’s FNP Certificate online program is designed to allow students who already hold a master’s degree in nursing to specialize as a family nurse practitioner without having to complete a full master’s degree.


Program Overview

Here’s What You Need to Know About our Post-Master’s FNP Online Certificate Program

Prepare to take your advanced knowledge in nursing even further with the Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate online program from St. Thomas University. Develop the credentials to become a successful primary care provider and supply a wide range of family-focused health care services for children, adults, women, and the elderly in a variety of settings including private practice, and outpatient clinics.

$18,500* Total Tuition

as few as 14 months Program Duration

32 Credit Hours

In this STU Post-Master’s FNP Certificate program, you will enhance your ability to work independently and collaboratively with other health care professionals to provide the best possible outcomes for patients. Gain the confidence to make critical judgments in all areas of health care, including health promotion and disease prevention.

You will build your knowledge in health assessment, diversity, and other health care best practices to increase the standard of care, as well as expand your FNP leadership. Be prepared to empower patients to maintain healthy lifestyles.


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The baccalaureate, master's, and post-master's certificate nursing programs at St. Thomas University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791


Learning Outcomes

  • Integrate advanced knowledge in nursing, related science, and leadership skills that will emphasize ethical and critical decision-making to promote safe, high quality, cost effective, and culturally appropriate care across diverse settings
  • Incorporate evidence-based research to resolve practice problems and improve knowledge
  • Apply patient-care technology such as informatics to enhance patient care using a collaborative approach
  • Construct processes for self-accountability of professional growth, adopt lifelong learning, and practice safely and effectively within your chosen specialty to maintain health and improve patient outcomes
  • Establish an environment of advanced practice that is conducive to the development of effective interactions with patients, other disciplines, and other entities in communities
  • Advocate for policies that lead to improved health outcomes for populations and the improvement of the quality of the health care system at the local, regional, state, national, and global level
  • Demonstrate competence in the communication, collaboration, and consultation to advance interprofessional teams
  • Integrate clinical prevention and health promotion strategies to maintain optimal health and improve patient health outcomes
  • Apply advanced knowledge gained from nursing and other related sciences to practice as a competent health care provider

Nursing Career Opportunities

  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Practitioner Supervisor
  • Occupational Medicine Nurse Practitioner
  • Associate Professor
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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Tuition

This Certificate Program is an Important Investment in Your Future

Tuition for the Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate online program is the same for in-state and out-of-state students and can be paid by the course. The program consists of 12 courses for a total of 32 credit hours. Each course has a technology fee as noted in the below table. The tuition shown here reflects 32 hours of nursing courses and is inclusive of the fees.

Tuition Per Credit Hour Technology Fee Per Course Total Program Tuition (including fees)
Tuition $550 $75 $18,500*

*Tuition costs are subject to change at any time.

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Calendar

Note These Essential Dates

The Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate program is delivered in an online format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year. Choose the start date that's best for you.

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline
Summer 2 2021 06/26/21 06/13/21 06/16/21 06/18/21 06/21/21
Fall 1 2021 08/21/21 08/09/21 08/12/21 08/13/21 08/16/21
Fall 2 2021 10/16/21 10/04/21 10/07/21 10/08/21 10/11/21
Spring 1 2022 01/08/22 12/23/21 12/28/21 12/30/21 01/03/22
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Admissions

Get Started on Your Journey to a Post-Master’s FNP Certificate

Our very reasonable admission requirements allow students from diverse nursing backgrounds greater access to the Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate online program. You must possess an unencumbered FL RN license, a master’s degree in nursing and submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended.

Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Online Admission Requirements

The following criteria are used for admission to the Post-Master’s FNP Certificate online program.

  • 3.0 GPA from an accredited degree granting institution
  • Active and unencumbered Florida nursing license
  • MSN in a non-nurse practitioner field

Official transcripts and all other documentation should be sent to:

St. Thomas University, Office of Admissions
16401 NW 37th Ave., Mimi Dooner Hall
Miami Gardens, FL 33054-6459

Please note that this program may not currently be available in your state due to licensure requirements of your state of residence. We advise you to contact your state credentialing authority or licensing board for its specific requirements regarding licensure.

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Courses

Here’s the Course List for Your Post-Master’s FNP Online Certificate Program

The Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate online curriculum is comprised of four core courses (12 credit hours) and eight specialization courses (20 credit hours).

Courses in this program are seven weeks long. Courses during the two summer terms, however, are six weeks long.

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You must take the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will provide a forum for the student to examine the roles of the advanced practice nurse. The content will include professional practice issues for the advanced practice nurse, working independently and collaborating with other health care professionals within the multidisciplinary/multiagency team. This course will also look at the scope of practice, professional responsibilities and financial aspects of advanced practice.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This is a course that provides the student with the advanced understanding of pathophysiology related to human illness, disease prevention and treatment within a systems framework. Emphasis is placed on biological theories and principles that provide a basis for understanding pathophysiology as an alteration in the normal physiology functioning of subsystems from conception to end of life and the chemical agents that are capable of producing biologic responses within the body. The course uses critical thinking processes to analyze diverse client presentations of selected illness for symptomatology, pathophysiology and health care implications.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course helps students acquire knowledge and skills in the conduct of a comprehensive health assessment including the physical, psychological, social, functional and environmental aspects of health. Data collection, interpretation, documentation and dissemination of assessment data is studied. Techniques of interview, observation, percussion, palpation, inspection and auscultation in assessing clients across the life span are reviewed in simulated and actual environments.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will provide knowledge of pharmacokinetics that will enable the student to safely and appropriately select pharmacologic agents for the management of common acute and chronic health problems of diverse populations. Specific content of the course covers representative drugs of a pharmacologic group, indications for use, drug selection, titration of dose, key adverse effects, and monitoring of therapy and alternative therapy.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course will facilitate an in-depth understanding of family-system concepts. The course will also address ethical and cultural issues when working with families.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

The role and function of the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) will be explored through the clinical rotation experience. This course requires that students complete 125 clinical hours working in an FNP capacity.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will provide a foundational framework for advanced practice nursing in women's health. The focus will be on assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of common health problems in the culturally diverse women population. This course will also look at health promotion and disease prevention strategies in women.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

The role and function of the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) will be explored through the clinical rotation experience. This course requires that students complete 125 clinical hours working in an FNP capacity.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course prepares advanced-practice nurses to function effectively in leadership roles within multi-disciplinary health-care systems/organizations specifically focused on adults and their families. Critical issues that impact the practice environment are explored. Students develop skills in facilitating evidence-based practice for specific populations of adults and their families with emphasis on skills requisite for certification in Family Nurse Practitioner role.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

The role and function of the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) will be explored through the clinical rotation experience. This course requires that students complete 125 clinical hours working in an FNP capacity.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the management of acute/chronic and rapidly changing conditions of adults/older adults. Urgent care issues are addressed. It emphasizes principles of health promotion, disease prevention and assessment, and management of common health care problems in diverse elderly populations. Emphasis is placed on developmental needs and the pathophysiologic processes underlying certain conditions. The impact of the family on the health of the elderly is explored.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

The role and function of the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) will be explored through the clinical rotation experience. This course requires that students complete 125 clinical hours working in an FNP capacity.

The Post-Master’s FNP Certificate requires students to complete a total of 500 clinical hours to graduate from the program. There are four clinical courses with 125 clinical hours required for each of these classes: NUR 507: Children & Families, NUR 509: Adults, NUR 514: Women’s Health, and NUR 612: Adult Gerontology. Each clinical course runs over a seven-week period, and the required hours must be completed by the end of each course. See course descriptions for more details.

Prior to beginning clinical courses, you are required to complete and submit proof of the following:

  • Current unencumbered RN licensure in Florida
  • Current Professional Liability Insurance
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Drug Screening
  • Basic Life Support (CPR) certification
  • Annual Physical Examination
  • Current Immunizations

Finding Clinical Sites and Preceptors

Finding a clinical preceptor and site are essential components for completing this program. STU strongly encourages students to secure their own preceptors, as this is the best way to accommodate schedule and location to the student’s needs. We strongly encourage students to have an alternate preceptor available if needed.

If assistance with clinical placement is needed, you may be required to commute outside your local area, as STU cannot guarantee a clinical site within your immediate location. Please note that your clinical site could be up to 100 miles from your residence.

Restrictions on Clinical Sites

We highly encourage all clinical hours to be conducted in the primary care setting for this program. Students are restricted from completing clinical rotations on their assigned unit. Your immediate supervisor at your place of employment may not serve as your preceptor. Students are not permitted to perform clinical rotations during hours they are working as an employee at a facility. Students are also not allowed to be paid during clinical hours.

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