Extend your practice capabilities to deliver family-focused healthcare services to patients of all ages. Franklin University’s FNP Post-Graduate Certificate (FNP-C) 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-C 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 as few as 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
As part of Franklin’s long-standing reputation for providing a relevant education, you’ll be exposed to current and emerging technologies. In addition, you’ll consistently merge coursework with your existing knowledge in order to develop a theoretical basis to guide your practice to promote high quality, effective, patient-centered care. In order to provide a dynamic online learning experience, you will have access to Shadowhealth, state-of-the-art simulation software, to sharpen your foundational skills prior to beginning your clinical experience – a unique benefit for nursing students at Franklin. The use of simulation software continues with iHuman, which is used in many of the didactic courses including the clinicals.
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.
Maximize your learning with concept-based study and competency-based clinicals
You won’t attend online lectures as part of your FNP-C experience. The highly structured, online FNP-C coursework requires a great deal of engagement. It is recommended that you attend our live sessions to enrich your understanding. Because the program is designed for working nurses, the live sessions will also be recorded for viewing at a later time. You will progress through your clinicals and demonstrate mastery in primary care. Once mastery is achieved, you are able to spend time in a specialty practice to enrich your diagnostic and management skills.
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. 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.
As part of the initial accreditation for the programs, a CCNE on-site evaluation is scheduled for Sept. 28-30, 2022.
In accordance with CCNE’s procedures, program constituents and other interested parties are invited to submit comments prior to the evaluation. All written third-party comments regarding Franklin University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program or post-graduate APRN certificate program must be received by CCNE by Wednesday, September 7, 2022.
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