By completing the Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate, registered nurses holding a master’s degree will have the knowledge and clinical experience needed to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner national certification exam.
The Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate is a 36-credit-hour program in which master's-educated nurses are prepared for a direct patient care advanced-practice role. Family Nurse Practitioners provide primary care for individuals across their lifespan, from birth to older adult. Clinical placement will be arranged in conjunction with GWU faculty and may be completed near the student’s home.
The course delivery is hybrid, offering a mix of online delivery and face-to-face learning environments. More than 50 percent of course work will be completed on the GWU main campus in Boiling Springs, N.C. Typical campus sessions are scheduled 4-6 Fridays and/or Saturdays per semester. The MSN – FNP program is eight semesters. The Post-Master’s FNP certificate program is seven semesters in length.
- Current, unrestricted license to practice as a registered nurse.
- Official transcripts documenting completion of a master’s degree in nursing from an accredited institution.
- Completed application to the School of Graduate Studies.
- Two years of full-time, active RN practice (one year = 2,040 hours) over the past 3 years with a Statement of Description of work experience.