Post-Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

The Family Nurse Practitioner degree is offered online in New Mexico and Tucson with clinical activities at approved sites; and as an evening program in Phoenix. Please contact us for more information

The family nurse practitioner (FNP) certificate is for Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduates who are experienced registered nurse interested in working as advanced practice primary care providers for individuals from infancy through their geriatric years.

This post-MSN certificate prepares you to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner board certification exam through the ANCC or AANP. Advanced courses in pharmacology, health assessment and health care practice management will propel your knowledge forward and help improve your future role in health care through all stages of the lifespan. Youll address the completion and interpretation of a head-to-toe assessment in addition to focused assessments for chief complaints that include physical, psychosocial, spiritual, risk, and functional assessments in diverse populations and across age groups.

A practicum experience culminates the FNP certification program. Students collaborate with faculty members to select a community-based primary or family health-focused clinical site for the practicum.

Additional attention is paid to issues and subsequent care of womens health and geriatrics, toward the end of your FNP certification program. These courses help you develop comprehensive, cost-effective, least invasive, quality health care for women and elder populations. Care includes health promotion of counseling, screening and client education to optimize the clients health. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning to guide clinical decision making. These classes feature a series of advanced practice management curriculum and 650 hours practicum experience that involve both evidence-based research and collaboration with faculty in setting up clinical sites to help you provide supervised care to diverse patients.

Select states may have additional requirements to meet the standards in that state. Students should reference their Enrollment Agreement for state specific requirement.

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:


The dynamic capabilities of GCUs online curriculum offer considerable flexibility and convenience for career oriented professionals who are pursuing their educational goals. Full time faculty members, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Our small class sizes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Classes begin frequently.


The convenience of GCUs evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals. Evening classes meet once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom, filled with career minded individuals. Evening class sizes are kept small, providing a warm nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. Classes begin frequently at various locations.

Online and Evening program disclosures      

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.