Post Masters Graduate Certificate:
Family Nurse Practitioner

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certificate program is designed to prepare students who already possess a Master’s in Nursing for advance practice as an FNP. All applicants must have both an undergraduate as well as graduate degree in Nursing. This program of study meets the guidelines for nurse practitioner education as recommended by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties.

The graduate of the FNP certificate program will be prepared to deliver direct primary care services to diverse populations with an emphasis on the underserved. Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be eligible to apply for national certification and state licensure as a FNP.

Courses are offered in a one day a week schedule.  In addition to course work, the student will be required to complete 720 clinical hours in precepted primary care. Preceptors can be licensed physicians or advanced practice nurses. Two hundred clinical hours must be with a nurse practitioner.

Applications should be submitted to the Graduate School and to the School of Nursing (SON). Once your file is completed, it will be reviewed by the School of Nursing faculty. Students who are accepted into the program will be notified before the start of Summer semester classes. When admitted, students must complete a background and drug screen at

Prospective FNP Certificate student letter

Application to FNP Certificate Program

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Program Contact:

Karen Hessler, PhD, RN, FNP-C
Associate Professor, DNP & FNP Coordinator
Campus Box 125, Gunter Hall
School of Nursing
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO  80639

Office: Gunter Hall, Rm 3210 
Phone: 970-351-2293 or 970-351-2137
fax: 970-351-1707