Work Full-Time While Earning Your FNP Certificate

UNC’s Family Nurse Practitioner post-master's graduate certificate provides working nurses with specialized expertise that can help you advance your career. You’ll gain leadership skills that qualify you for new professional challenges, expanded responsibilities, greater authority and higher pay.

Designed for nursing professionals who already hold an MSN, this certificate program prepares you to deliver direct primary care services to diverse populations with an emphasis on the underserved. You’ll get exceptional academic and professional guidance while completing 720 hours of clinical practicums for direct professional instruction. Upon completing the program, you’ll be eligible to apply for national certification and state licensure as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Degree Option

Post-Master's Graduate Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner

Courses for the Family Nurse Practitioner certificate program meet once a week, enabling you to maintain a full-time work schedule throughout the program. It integrates in-person, online and clinical instruction, plus 270 hours of clinical practicums you’ll complete in your work setting. You can earn the FNP certificate in less than three years.

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Online/Greeley Program

Your Future in Family Nursing 

The health care industry is experiencing rapid demand for family nurse practitioners. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the job market for advanced nurse practitioners to expand by more than 50,000 jobs between now and 2025. UNC’s post-master's FNP certificate program provides you with a flexible, practical pathway to new professional opportunities.

Consider UNC’s FNP post-master's certificate if you want to:

  • Specialize as a Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Gain an APN/APRN credential
  • Work with diverse populations
  • Exercise professional leadership

You’ll learn:

  • Advanced care standards
  • Management and treatment for illnesses across the lifespan
  • Critical thinking and communication
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Leadership skills

Sample courses:

  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Advanced Health Assessment
Vicki Wilson

Faculty Spotlight

Vicki Wilson, Ph.D., M.S., R.N.
Professor of Nursing; Ph.D. in Nursing Education Program Coordinator

Vicki Wilson, Ph.D., has worked as an advocate for at-risk university students and under-served and vulnerable residents in the Greeley community and around the world. She recently helped Sunrise Community Health Center in Greeley develop a community partnership model and obtain grants totaling more than $200K—an effort that served 2,765 patients. 

Wilson is the recipient of both the Centennial and the Colorado Nightingale Awards, which acknowledge outstanding nurses whose hard work and dedication in advocacy, innovation and leadership improves the health of others. Her research interests are leadership styles and mentoring, administration, nursing student stress, childhood obesity, and vulnerable and underserved populations. She is also a consultant evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities.

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Student Spotlight

Laura Nemeth

Laura Nemeth
UNC Nursing Major

How far can a degree from UNC take you? After graduating from UNC's School of Nursing, Laura Nemeth (BS-10) moved across the country to work in the specialized field of pediatric critical care. But that was just the beginning of her journey. Laura wanted to serve the needs of communities globally, communities that often suffer from limited access to healthcare. So she saved her money, took a hiatus from her job in Tennessee, and traveled over 6,700 miles to work aboard the Africa Mercy, the world’s largest charity medical ship. For three months, she lived aboard this gigantic vessel while it was docked in the Congolese city of Pointe Noire. There, she cared for children as they underwent surgery to repair cleft palates and remove life-threatening tumors. For Laura, it was a life-changing experience that will continue to enrich her work and life, no matter where her journey takes her.

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Where can your certificate take you?

Advanced caregiving roles

Advanced caregiving roles

Supervisory positions

Supervisory positions

Specialized treatment

Specialized treatment of patients with chronic illnesses

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