Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate

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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 Post-Master's FNP Certificate is in the process of being converted to a Post-Doctoral FNP Certificate.

Graduate Admissions

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.

Applications are due February 1st for Fall (August) entry. The following items are required for admission:

- Graduate School application

- Current, unrestricted license to practice as a registered nurse in the United States

- Official transcripts documenting completion of a master’s degree in nursing from an accredited institution with a nationally accredited nursing program, sent to:
Gardner-Webb University
Digital Learning
PO Box 1896
Boiling Springs, NC 28017

- Three Graduate Study Reference Forms

- Two years of full-time active RN practice (a minimum of 1,800 hours per year) over the past three years with a Statement of Description of Work Experience (Family Nurse Practitioner only)

- Current resume or curriculum vitae

- Current, official, satisfactory Criminal Background Check results from current state of residence and any other state lived in during the past 10 years, package code GA98

- Verification of immunizations as required by the University.

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