Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Post-Graduate Certificate

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Post-Graduate Certificate is designed for Master’s-prepared nurses to extend their area of practice and to focus on providing primary care needs of patients across the lifespan. This certificate is best for registered nurses that desire to supplement or shift their current knowledge. An FNP post-graduate certificate will broaden the scope of your practice and increase career satisfaction by opening opportunities for promotion. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam.

12-24 credits*
15 months to complete

*Applicants holding an APN certification will be evaluated to determine course requirements (Please note, syllabi may be required for substitutions or waivers when NRS 680, NRS 701, 702, and 703 have been met).


Program Requirements

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Post-Graduate Certificate consists of the following courses:

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Total

NRS 680

Differential Diagnosis


NRS 696C

Equity and Management of Diverse Populations for the Nurse Practitioner


NRS 696D

Transition to Practice for the Primary Care Nurse Practitioner


NRS 701

Advanced Pathophysiology


NRS 702

Advanced Physical Assessment


NRS 703

Advanced Pharmacology


NRS 711

FNP Advanced Practice Clinical 1


NRS 712

FNP Advanced Practice Clinical 2


NRS 713

FNP Advanced Practice Clinical 3


Mission information, course description and scheduling and accreditation information can be found in the MSN Handbook.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must provide the following:

a. Evidence of an MSN or DNP degree from a nursing program accredited by a national nursing accreditation body.

b. Provide evidence of a baccalaureate or more advanced degree from a nursing program accredited by a national nursing accreditation body with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for regular admission status. The cumulative grade point average is computed on the highest degree held at the time of application to the Edgewood College graduate program.

c. Complete and submit graduate application to Graduate and Professional Studies Admissions.

d. Request that official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate academic credits received from any post-secondary institutions be sent directly to Graduate and Professional Studies Admissions.

e. Provide two letters of recommendation from nursing supervisors, and/or colleagues who can focus on the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school.

f. Submit a written statement, no more than 500 words, addressing your ambition to be admitted specifically into Edgewood College’s MSN program. Please also comment on your past educational and professional experiences that will foster your growth and success in this program.

g. Currently hold a license as a registered professional nurse.

h. Prior to beginning the MSN program’s practicum requirements, students will be required to complete a health form, criminal background check, and proof of a current RN license from the state/country in which they plan to complete their practicum.