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Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Graduate Certificate in Nursing

Become an FNP

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Program Quick Facts

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Our faculty works hard to help you expand your nursing career and practice.

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100% Online Coursework

Flexible, online coursework makes it easier to reach your goals while balancing work and family life.

Expand Your Nursing Practice

The Post-Master’s Graduate Certificate in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner at NMSU Global Campus is a flexible, affordable way to build on your professional knowledge and move into other clinical specialties. We understand how broad the nursing profession can be, so our curriculum was designed to help you find a new specialization and pivot your career.

With 100% online coursework, this program teaches you how to provide high-quality care for a wider range of patients, boosting your value in the nursing field.

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Career Pathways

While job prospects may vary by your area of nursing specialization, here is a potential path you may pursue with our graduate certificate:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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“As an 18 year old, I found NMSU to be one of the most inviting campuses — rich in student life yet equally involved in academics. As a 36 year old, I am looking forward to coming full circle with NMSU and graduating as an Aggie forever.”

Stephanie M., Class of 2024

If you’ve already earned your master’s degree in nursing and hold national certification in a clinical specialty area, then our FNP Graduate Certificate offers you a great way to become certified in another advanced-practice specialty. This one-year program, which focuses on long-term healthcare in families, prepares you for advanced health assessment, advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, and management of acute and chronic illnesses in families.

In addition to your 100% online coursework, this certificate program requires a minimum of 500 clinical hours, giving you the opportunity to work alongside professional nurses and doctors as you hone your new specialized skills. These clinical experiences, combined with your courses and specialty seminars, emphasize the physiological and psychosocial impact of illness on the patient and family.

Once you have completed the program, you’re prepared to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam.

Interested applicants should review program information on the School of Nursing’s website and contact the Nursing Graduate Academic Advisor.

Delivery Format: 100% online with on-site clinical hours
Program Credits: 18 credits
Program Length: 1 year
Cost Per Credit Hour: $444.40*
Active Military Cost Per Credit Hour: $250*
College: Health, Education, and Social Transformation
Application Deadlines: January 15, 2024 (priority deadline), March 15, 2024 (final deadline for the 2024-2025 academic year)
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The Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Graduate Certificate in Nursing consists of 18 credits, including a minimum of 500 clinical hours that cannot be waived or negotiated. The program only accepts applicants in Fall.

Application requirements include:

  • An active APRN certification
  • A master’s or doctorate in nursing with at least a 3.0 GPA
  • A resume
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • A letter of intent
  • Three letters of recommendation from clinical practice colleagues
Sample Courses Credits
NURS 6510: FNP Across the Lifespan I 3
NURS 6511: FNP Across the Lifespan I Practicum 3
NURS 6520: FNP Across the Lifespan II 3
NURS 6521: FNP Across the Lifespan II Practicum 3
NURS 6352: Integrated Care for Diverse Populations 3
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Advanced Health Assessment, Advanced Pathophysiology, and Advanced Pharmacology are prerequisites.

At NMSU Global Campus, we strive to offer competitively priced tuition to keep your tuition costs affordable. If you need financial aid, we’re ready to work with you to determine the best ways to finance your education.

Financial assistance includes loans, grants, and scholarship opportunities. To apply, use NMSU’s convenient Scholar Dollar$ one-stop scholarship application, which serves all students in the NMSU system.

NMSU and NMSU Global Campus students are also eligible for loans and grants. The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more about financial aid opportunities at NMSU.

Contact Financial Aid
Phone: 1-888-729-6678


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*For NMSU Global Campus programs and courses, the per credit hour cost is listed above. Special tuition agreements (Western Undergraduate Exchange, Descubre, etc.) are not applicable to NMSU Global Campus programs. Course fees still apply and are charged separately. Textbooks, uniforms, equipment, etc., are additional program costs. Additional per credit costs might be charged by the program, department or college.