Post Master’s Certificate - FNP

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The post master’s FNP certificate program is designed for MSN-prepared nurses that wish to expand their scope of practice and become a family nurse practitioner. This hybrid program offers online and in-person courses. It prepares advanced practice nurses to become board-certified family nurse practitioners (FNPs) with a special focus on practicum experiences in rural and/or medically underserved settings.

Though no GRE is required to apply, enrollment in the FNP certificate program is limited, and selection is competitive.

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Students who complete the post master’s family nurse practitioner certificate program may go on to work as family nurse practitioners in a variety of care settings.

Program Highlights

  • Entry point to becoming an FNP - You can expand your skill set and prepare yourself to become a family nurse practitioner. Our courses prepare you for advanced work in your career by giving you practicum coordinated by program faculty and seminar experiences.

  • Complete in one year - The post master’s certificate family nurse practitioner program can be completed in either one or two years, depending on course waivers. The program consists of 18-29 credit hours with 600 hours of clinical practice that gives you hands-on experience.

  • Hybrid program - Courses in the FNP post master’s certificate program are delivered in both an online and blended teaching format, allowing you the flexibility to study and work on your schedule.

  • Rigorous curriculum - During the FNP certificate program, you’ll take practicum and seminar courses that immerse you in the work you’ll do as an FNP. If you complete the program in two years, you’ll also take advanced courses in topics such as physiology and pharmacology that prepare you for your career. Learn more about the curriculum.

FNP Post MSN Certificate Program Features

Admissions Requirements

The post master’s certificate FNP program ONLY admits every spring. Application and accompanying documents are due by September 16 for spring (January) admission. Students who meet the below admission requirements will be invited to an interview. Applicants invited for an interview will be required to pay a $70 fee to complete an Emotional Intelligence assessment.

Admissions requirements for the FNP certificate program include:

  1. Current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse (RN) in any state with eligibility for licensure in Louisiana at the time of application and enrollment.

  2. Baccalaureate and master’s degree in nursing from an accredited CCNE, ACEN or CNEA nursing institution.

  3. Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better in undergraduate and graduate coursework. Please submit all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

  4. A minimum of one year of full-time experience as an RN.

  5. Academic preparedness for advanced sciences and advanced clinical skills.

  6. Current BLS certification; official copy must be submitted.

  7. Three (3) professional letters of recommendation (one from current immediate supervisor).

  8. One-page professional goal statement for a family nurse practitioner.

  9. Current immunizations; official copy must be submitted.



Credit Hours


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*This table represents the two-year curriculum plan. Tuition costs do not include textbooks or any additional costs associated with this program.

Financial Aid

Scholarships are available to FNP certificate students. FranU also has financial aid counselors available to assist students with finding financial aid opportunities that work for them. Additionally, all students are encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Post Masters FNP Certificate FAQ

How long is the post masters certificate FNP program?

You may complete the FNP certificate program in either one or two years, depending on your previous coursework.

How will classes be delivered?

The program is composed of sequential and integrated courses designed to facilitate the achievement of its program graduate learning outcomes. Courses will be delivered in a blend of online and in-person learning.

How can I have courses waived?

Students who have completed the three Ps (pathophysiology, pharmacology and physical assessment) at an advanced practice level as part of their initial MSN plan may request a waiver of these courses if they were completed within three (3) years of applying.

Courses requested for waiver will be analyzed in comparison to the requirements of the University’s MSN-FNP program. Courses will be waived if they meet the required course objectives, are deemed equivalent by the FNP faculty workgroup and were passed by the applicant with a grade of B or above.


Document TitleTypeFile Size
Document Title: FNP Core Performance StandardsType: pdfFile Size: 243.847 KBDownload
Document Title: FNP Program Handbook 21 22Type: pdfFile Size: 1.437 MBDownload

Immunization Policy and Form

Curriculum Notes:

Total Credit Hours: 18-29

Total Practicum Hours: 600

Total Laboratory Hours: 45