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Post Master's Graduate Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Emphasis

Update: There are currently no available spaces to admit certificate students for the Fall 2017 and Fall 2018 starts. Please check again late Spring 2018 for updated information for any Fall 2019 space availability.

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.

Prior to submitting an application for this program through the Graduate School, please inquire with the program coordinator, Michaela Romero, on space availability. 


The UNC Post Master's Graduate Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Emphasis program is brought to students through UNC Extended Campus.  Visit their website for additional details about tuition, course descriptions, and eligibility requirements.


For advising and other questions about the Post Master's Graduate Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Emphasis program, please contact Mellany Archer, Graduate Program Management Specialist, at mellany.archer@unco.edu or 970-351-2234.