Online PMC

Online Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and the post-graduate APRN certificate program at Duquesne University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Provide quality care for all ages with your advanced expertise.

Prepare to advance your existing career as an advanced practice nurse with your online Post-Master’s Certificate in Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner. Our coursework will teach you how to deliver primary care and provide diagnoses and treatment plans to individuals of all ages in a variety of settings, including independent practice. Work closely with faculty experts to complete your clinical hours and prepare for the national Family Nurse Practitioner licensure exam.

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Complete coursework for your post-master’s FNP online

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Prepare for the AANP or ANCC Certification

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3 start dates per year

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No GRE required

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Tuition discounts available

Why earn a family nurse practitioner certificate?

By earning your family nurse practitioner certificate now, you can take a critical step toward addressing a nationwide shortage of primary care providers. As the population continues to grow, access to quality health care will remain a priority in every community, including yours.

At Duquesne, you can learn to be the family nurse practitioner whose guidance monitors healthy families across all lifespans. Our certificate stands out among online FNP certificate programs because it’s designed to prepare you to serve a range of patients and achieve your personal goals in nursing and beyond.

100%100% pass rate on the 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021 AANPCB Family Nurse Practitioner certification examination

The smart choice — an online FNP certificate program.

  • Become a certified family nurse practitioner. Courses prepare you for AANPCP or AANC certification exams, which provide Certified Family Nurse Practitioner licensure.
  • Apply online learning in labs and clinicals. Access courses online when it works for you and complete your precepted clinicals close to home — plus gain experience in on-campus labs.
  • Connect with a personal faculty mentor. From enrollment to graduation, you can reach your expert faculty mentor by phone or email to guide your success.
  • Build expertise that spans a lifetime. Learn to address chronic health issues and promote healthy habits, managing care over a family’s lifetime from infants to elderly adults.
  • Join an esteemed institution. We have a distinguished history as a pioneering nursing school, and ranked #45 Best Online Graduate Nursing Program by U.S. News & World Report for 2020.

Why choose Duquesne for your FNP certificate?

Our online FNP certificate is designed to meet criteria set by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF). The curriculum builds on your existing patient awareness and strengthens your nursing care as an advanced practitioner. With an impressive pass rate of 100% on the AANPCB exam, compared to the national post-graduate average of 77%, it’s clear that our faculty of industry leaders are dedicated to your success in the field. Graduates emerge prepared to pursue FNP certification.

What can I learn from Duquesne’s online post-master’s certificate in family nurse practitioner curriculum?

The focus of your online FNP certificate is to help you provide comprehensive, attentive care to family members in varied life stages. This spans infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, older adulthood and families maturing together. The curriculum builds upon each development stage, so from course to course, you can gain a holistic understanding of caring for entire families.

Prepare for FNP certification with immersive practical experiences.

Your online Post-Master’s Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner blends flexible coursework with immersive practical experiences. These include extensive clinical experiences and two on-campus labs. It’s how we support your success, helping you enhance your knowledge and practical skills to prepare for national certification exams and Certified Family Nurse Practitioner licensure.

Online FNP Certificate Curriculum

33 Credit Hours | 9 Courses

Family Nurse Practitioner Coursework

GPNG 527 Clinical Prevention and Population-Based Health Promotion 3 Credits
GPNG 528 Physical Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing 3 Credits
GPNG 529 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing 3 Credits
GPNG 530 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing 3 Credits
GNFN 508 Foundations of Family Care: Women 3 Credits
GNFN 509 Foundations of Family Care: Infants, Children & Adolescents 4 Credits
GNFN 510 Foundations of Family and Individual Care I 6 Credits
GNFN 511 Foundations of Family and Individual Care II 5 Credits
GNFN 512 Transitioning to Advanced Practice Nursing 3 Credits

Note: Students are required to complete 700 precepted clinical hours and 50 lab hours. Curriculum is subject to change.

Where can you work as a certified family nurse practitioner?

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  • Community health center
  • Hospice organization
  • Independent practice
  • Nursing home
  • Primary care settings
  • Ambulatory care settings
  • Retail clinic
  • Urgent care centers

What’s the career outlook for family nurse practitioners?

  • More jobs for NPs. Demand for nurse practitioners is much higher than expected job growth in other fields, with 31% more nurse practitioner jobs projected to be added between 2014 and 2024.
  • More patients need NPs. There is increased growth among the aging population and a need for more primary care providers outside of urban areas. To meet demand for services, nurses who advance their skills can position themselves to fill this gap.
  • More earning potential. In 2016, the average salary for nurse practitioners was $104,610, which exceeds the average salary for registered nurses in the same year by more than $35,000. Top-paid NPs earned more than $140,930.

Online FNP Certificate Admissions

Admission Prerequisites

To qualify for our online PMC programs, you must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Hold a BSN and MSN from an accredited college or university
  • Hold a current, unencumbered RN license
  • Complete an undergraduate or graduate-level statistics course with a “C” or higher

The faculty admissions committee may look more closely at nursing and science grades when making admissions decisions.

Transfer Credit Policy for PMC CRNP Students

  1. A maximum of 9 graduate credits, completed within the past 5 years from a previously earned graduate degree, may be transferred.
  2. A grade of “B” or higher is required.
  3. The Advanced Standing Request form must be submitted during the admissions process for transfer credits to be considered.
  4. For a student, who is already certified as a Nurse Practitioner and has prescriptive authority as defined by their state, and is requesting transfer credits greater than 9 credits, an additional detailed request to the Program Chair is required. Requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Admission Process

  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Professional goal statement
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Two electronically submitted references (one academic and one professional in a supervisory role)
    • The supervisor reference letters must come from a direct supervisor who is responsible for your performance evaluation
    • If you have been out of school more than five years, please speak with your Enrollment Advisor for advice