Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Move into an advanced clinical role as a Family Nurse Practitioner with a post-graduate certificate

Expand your autonomy – and your career choices – with Franklin’s post-graduate FNP Certificate program. Whether you are an RN with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), hold a Ph.D. in Nursing, or have earned your Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, our program lets you hone your clinical skills even more. This online, post-master’s certificate FNP prepares you to provide next-level, holistic, comprehensive nursing care to individuals and families. 

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Finish in 24 Months

Prepare for advancement faster.

Transfer Credits Available

Eligible students can get a jumpstart by transferring up to 12 credit hours.

Built-in, Asynchronous Practicum

Learn, practice and apply simultaneously within your coursework.

100% Online Coursework

Balance earning your degree with other work-life commitments.

Contemporary Curriculum

Evaluate and study trending nursing topics throughout the program.

Learn from the Best

Benefit from the experience of your instructors – seasoned, in-field practitioners.

FNP Certificate Program Overview

Extend your practice capabilities to deliver family-focused healthcare services to patients of all ages. Franklin University’s FNP Post-Graduate Certificate prepares clinically minded registered nurses (RNs) to move into a more autonomous and responsible patient care role. Through a combination of online classes and experiential learning, our FNP Certificate program will prepare you to transition to a more advanced level of clinical practice.

The FNP Certificate program designed for the busy, working nurse

Franklin’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate program is designed for the working nurse, with coursework offered 100% online. With convenient 6-, 12- and 16-week courses, you’ll build your theoretical knowledge and foundational technical skills quickly – earning your degree in approximately 24 months. Plus, in your final year of study you’ll get hands-on learning in a simulated skills lab, as well as on-site clinical residency experience in an approved healthcare setting. 

Apply and practice your technical skills as you learn, thanks to built-in practicum

With Franklin’s FNP Certificate program, you’ll learn and practice your newfound technical skills in a simulated lab environment. Later, you’ll refine your skills with a real-world internship that lets you put learned theories into clinical practice to provide comprehensive nursing care. These clinical experiences will expose you to patients at all life stages from birth through end of life. This allows you the flexibility to complete hours in pediatrics, women’s health, and a specialty rotation once you’ve completed your primary care hours.

Save time and tuition with a transfer-friendly, post-graduate FNP Certificate program

If you qualify for transfer credit, you could graduate up to 9 months faster. To be eligible for up to 12 hours of transfer credit, credit hours must be from an accredited MSN program. Common sources of transfer credit include standard MSN-program courses like advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology and advanced physical assessment, as long as they have been completed within 3 to 5 years of your enrollment in Franklin’s FNP Certificate program. Talk with an admissions advisor to see if you may benefit from transfer credit based on previously earned MSN credit.

Earn your FNP certificate from a university built for busy adults

Earn your FNP certificate  on your terms by taking classes 100% online. Regionally accredited and nonprofit, Franklin was built from the ground-up to satisfy the needs of adult learners. Our seamless transfer process and team of academic advisors will help ease your transition to becoming a student, while our flexible course schedules help to balance your education with work, family and life. Get started on your future today.

 


 

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Franklin University are pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

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Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Courses & Curriculum

31 Semester Hours
Major Area Required
NURS 644 - Advanced Pathophysiology (3)

This course provides an in-depth study of the physiological changes and responses to altered health states and their impact on the functional status of patients. Students will focus on the essential knowledge of human health and disease across the lifespan. Pathophysiological theories and evidence-based research serve as a basis for applying content to population groups. Prerequisite NURS 612 or 613.

NURS 646 - Advanced Physical Assessment (3)

This course builds upon the student's previous health assessment knowledge offering more advanced health assessment content to provide the foundation for advanced professional nursing roles. This course emphasizes knowledge of health assessment, including physical, psychosocial, spiritual health assessment, risk assessment, and functional assessment in diverse populations in the promotion of health and prevention of disease. To maintain a nursing focus on patient responses to health, illness, or the threat of illness, the nurse must exhibit effective communication and client teaching, which is incorporated throughout the course. The importance of effective documentation and health record keeping is included. Prerequisite NURS 612 or 613.

NURS 648 - Advanced Pharmacology (3)

This course focuses on the concepts, principles, and application of pharmacotherapeutics used in the management of health problems encountered in primary care. Emphasis is placed on theories and principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacogenetics, which provide a foundation for critical thinking, and the application of research finding. The focus on pharmacology is aimed at the treatment of acute and chronic health problems in populations over the life span. Prerequisite NURS 612 or 613.

NURS 698 - Diagnostic Methods for the Nurse Practitioner (2)

This course will provide students with content regarding common diagnostic tests applicable to APN practice, the rationale for these tests, expected results and common abnormal results. Topics include selection of appropriate diagnostic tests, procedures for collecting specimens, analyzing selected tests and evaluating results.

NURS 700 - Foundations of Nurse Practition Practice (3)

This course introduces the practice of primary health care. Principles of safety, quality, and the art of diagnosis and treatment, population health, cultural competency, oral and written communication, and billing and coding. This course has a required basic office procedure skills and assessment lab of 16 hours.

NURS 701 - Primary Care I (4)

This course provides the nurse practitioner student with advanced theoretical knowledge in the principles of health promotion, disease prevention, and management of common acute and chronic health problems across the lifespan. This course has a required clinical experience of 150 hours where the students will complete appropriate focused and comprehensive subjective and objective assessments; use a differential diagnosis process to make clinical decisions; select appropriate interventions including diagnostic tests, medications, and referrals; and document effectively in patients' health records.

NURS 702 - Primary Care II (4)

This course provides the nurse practitioner student with advanced theoretical knowledge in the principles of health promotion, disease prevention, and management of common acute and chronic health problems across the lifespan. This course has a required clinical experience of 150 hours where students will complete appropriate focused and comprehensive subjective and objective assessments; used a differential diagnosis process to make clinical decisions; select appropriate interventions including diagnostic tests, medications, and referrals; and document effectively in patients' health records.

NURS 703 - Management of Multidimensional Health (4)

This course focuses on the health care concepts specific to the application of assessment and management of common conditions with special emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention, risk reduction, and disease detection; with a focus on pediatric and geriatric populations. This course has a required clinical experience of 150 hours where students will complete appropriate focused and comprehensive subjective and objective assessments; use a differential diagnosis process to make clinical decisions; select appropriate interventions including diagnostic tests, medications, and referrals; and document effectively in patients' health records.

NURS 704 - Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Prep (1)

This course is designed to prepare the student to successfully pass the national certification exam. Emphasis will be on best test-taking practices and professional and independent practice in primary care for individuals and families.

NURS 790 - FNP Capstone (4)

This course focuses on common conditions with a special emphasis on urgent/emergent and trauma informed care, pain management, mental health concerns and preparation for transition to practice. This course has a clinical practicum of 150 hours.

Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program Details

Nursing Careers & Jobs

Family Nurse Practitioner

Nurse practitioners work with patients of all ages and can perform examinations, diagnose illnesses, interpret diagnostic tests and prescribe medications under the conditions of the nurse practice act in each state. 

Nurse Educator

Nurse educators work at community colleges, hospitals, or four-year institutions, developing curriculum and evaluating effectiveness, instructing aspiring nurses, and observing nursing students in clinical environments.

Registered Nurse

Registered nurses monitor patients, provide treatment and provide instructions for disease prevention and follow-up care to patients and their families.
 

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