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Online Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Individual Across the Lifespan

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Gain your independence as a family nurse practitioner.

It’s happening now. Healthcare has already shifted to elevate today’s top nurses to provide primary care. You can advance your skills to join that movement and earn an online Post-Master’s Certificate in Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner. This certificate can help you emerge as a primary care provider equipped to assess, diagnose and treat families in your community.

Courses encompass essential clinical hours that help prepare you for national certification exams and Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner licensure. They also detail key business concepts involved in healthcare delivery, so you can offer better services and a higher level of care to patients in a variety of settings, which may include independent practice.

Complete coursework
for your post-master’s
FNP online

Prepare for
the AANP or
ANCC Certification

3 start dates
per year

No GRE required

Tuition discounts
are avaiable

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 healthcare 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.

95% pass rate on the AANPCP 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 Registered 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 rank #45 on the Best Online Graduate Nursing Program list (U.S. News & World Report) (U.S. News & World Report).

Where can you work as a certified family nurse practitioner?

  • Community health center
  • Hospice organization
  • Independent practice
  • Nursing home
  • Physician’s office
  • 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. A recent forecast projects the U.S. will reach a shortage of 45,000 primary care physicians by 2020. To meet demand for services, nurses who advance their skills can become positioned 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. 

Why Choose Duquesne for Your FNP Certificate?

Our online FNP certificate is designed to meet high standards set by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF). The curriculum helps to build on your existing patient awareness and strengthen your care by teaching you advanced practice using the Consensus Model and the Synergy Model. Graduates emerge prepared to pursue FNP certification.

Duquesne is also consistently recognized for academic excellence:

Best U.S. News Rankings

  • No. 13 among national Catholic universities
  • No. 45 in the nation for Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs in 2018
  • Top 20 among the Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans
  • Ranked among “America’s Best Colleges”

NLN - National League for Nursing

  • Recognized for Outstanding Achievements in “Student Learning and Professional Development” by the NLN as a Center for Excellence in Nursing Education

The Princeton Review

  • Ranked among the “Best 380 Colleges” – which profiles only 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges


  • Named as one of “America’s Top colleges” and listed among “Best Value Colleges” and “Best Value Private Colleges”

  • Recognized as a Gold-Level Military Friendly School by Victory Media

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.

Note: Students are required to complete 700 precepted clinical hours and 50 lab hours.

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 Registered Nurse Practitioner licensure.

Online FNP Certificate Curriculum 33 Credit Hours (9 Courses)

GPNG 527 Clinical Prevention and Population-Based Health Promotion 3 Credits
GPNG 528 Physical Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing
Includes 25 hours on-campus residency and 50 precepted hours.
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
75 precepted clinical hours
3 Credits
GNFN 509 Foundations of Family Care: Infants, Children & Adolescents
150 precepted clinical hours
4 Credits
GNFN 510 Foundations of Family and Individual Care I
Includes 25 hours on‑campus residency and 200 precepted clinical hours
6 Credits
GNFN 511 Foundations of Family and Individual Care II
225 precepted clinical hours
5 Credits
GNFN 512 Transitioning to Advanced Practice Nursing 3 Credits

Note: Curriculum is subject to change.

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