Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate

If you’re a busy professional nurse interested in advancing your career, consider earning a post-master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate (FNP) at Kaplan University. Our online family nurse practitioner program is designed to help professional nurses like you promote holistic health care to adults and children in a family setting. You’ll study how to diagnose and manage patients’ acute and chronic health problems, as well as ways to serve as an advocate for clients.

As a student in the online FNP program, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in clinical practice experiences at multiple health care facilities or clinical sites. This onsite component is designed to help you apply theoretical knowledge in the real world. Prepare to take your career to the next level with an FNP certificate from Kaplan University.

Please contact an Admissions Advisor for more information about hours needed to complete the clinical practicum requirement.

Certificate Available in Select States Only

Due to the number of different certification organizations and the individual state requirements related to nurse practitioner responsibilities, completion of the adult nurse practitioner specialization or certificate does not imply or guarantee certification or licensure. Students are responsible for the investigation of the qualifications and requirements for certification and/or licensure in their specific location.

At this time, residents of the following states may not enroll in the Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate: Arkansas, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and West Virginia.

Please note: International Students are not eligible to enroll for this program.

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Clinical Experience

As a student in the Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate program, you will participate in clinical practice experiences at multiple health care facilities or clinical sites. The onsite component is designed to provide you with an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge in a real-world setting.

Please contact an Admissions Advisor for more information about hours needed to complete the clinical practicum requirement.

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Accreditation Notice

Please note that most states require nurses to be nationally certified in order to obtain licensure as a nurse practitioner. Students are responsible for determining whether they will be eligible for state Board of Nursing approval and certification as a nurse practitioner or advanced practice nurse in their state. Students can obtain additional information from their state’s Board of Nursing, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

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Accreditation

The post-graduate APRN certificate program at Kaplan University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

What are the Career Opportunities?

Nurse practitioners (NPs) function as primary providers of clinical services to specialized groups of patients. They diagnose and treat patients, order tests, interpret results, prepare treatment plans, and, in many states, can prescribe medication.*

Family NPs can serve in many different work environments, including family practices or retail heath locations. They could also play vital roles in convenient care facilities, nursing care facilities, and universities.

How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.

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Curriculum: All Tracks

  • Population Focus Area Requirements

    Total Population Focus Area Requirements Credits: 60

    Total Program Credits: 60

    • MN 551: ADVANCED PHYSIOLOGY AND PATHOPHYSIOLOGY ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN Change

      This course integrates knowledge of advanced physiology and pathophysiology across the lifespan and the clinical implications for the advanced practice nurse. Function and dysfunction of organ systems are analyzed from the cellular level through the integrated organ level. Students will examine the pathophysiological factors that influence the incidence and manifestations of acute, episodic, and chronic diseases in populations across the lifespan. Disease processes and symptom management approaches are investigated utilizing an evidence-based approach. Influences of gender, genetic, ethnic, cultural, and temporal variables of human disease are analyzed.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Completion of all MSN core courses

    • MN 552: ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSTIC REASONING Change

      This course addresses the theoretical principles and practical application of advanced physical assessment and history-taking throughout the lifespan. Relationships between assessment findings and underlying physiology and pathophysiology to the healthy and unhealthy client are investigated. Emphasis is on developing critical diagnostic thinking through interpretation of subjective and objective data, identification of normal and abnormal conditions, and the systematic reporting of summative findings. Clinical judgment and clinical reasoning skills are used in establishing differential diagnoses. Students will learn to address variables such as age, culture, ethnicity, and developmental stages into their differential diagnosis and evaluation and management plans.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      MN 551 and MN 553

    • MN 553: ADVANCED PHARMACOLOGY AND PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS Change

      This course integrates advanced knowledge of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and genomics across the lifespan and prepares the advanced practice nurse to prescribe pharmacotherapeutics safely and effectively. You will examine ethical, legal, regulatory, and cost-effective prescribing practices of the advanced practice nurse. Communication plans for the interdisciplinary team, clients, and/or families for both prescriptive and nonprescriptive drug therapies will be explored.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      MN 551; can be taken as a corequisite

    • MN 566: NP I—INTRODUCTION TO PRIMARY CARE FOR THE NURSE PRACTITIONER Change

      This course examines the range of acute and chronic conditions experienced by clients in the primary care setting which are within the scope of practice of the primary care nurse practitioner. You will develop a consistent approach to screening, assessment, utilization of diagnostic procedures, diagnosis, symptom management, disease treatment, and health promotion activities. Content builds upon previous diagnostic knowledge and clinical reasoning skills in the development of differential diagnosis and appropriate diagnostic workups. Age-appropriate, culturally sensitive, evidence-based plans of care are created. Communication skills and cooperative relationships with patients, families, and an interdisciplinary health care team approach is emphasized. The course explores health promotion and health maintenance approaches and strategies that incorporate individual health beliefs and practices.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Prerequisites/Corequisites: MN 505 and MN 552 

    • MN 568: FNP I—PRIMARY CARE ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN Change

      This second course in a series of three examines the range of illnesses and conditions experienced by clients across the lifespan and gender in primary care settings. Illustration of a consistent approach to the evaluation and management of these illnesses and conditions are emphasized. You will expand your diagnostic and clinical reasoning and differential diagnoses abilities through continued application of new and previously acquired knowledge and skills in caring for clients who present acute, episodic, and chronic illness and conditions. You will formulate evidence-based management plans that address client health beliefs, developmental and family lifecycle stages, health promotion, screening, and health maintenance behaviors. Collaborative relationships with the client, family, and intradisciplinary health care team are emphasized. Oral and written skills using advanced technology are emphasized.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      MN 566

    • MN 569: FNP I CLINICAL—LIFE SPAN HEALTH FOCUS Change

      This introductory course will provide students with the foundation of critical thought process in differential diagnosis. Common acute and chronic illness across the lifespan will be discussed. Common risk assessment, screening, and lifestyle modification will be presented. Introduction to paper and computerized documentation in the primary care setting will begin. Students will begin to develop collaborative skills involving the client, family, and the intradisciplinary health care team.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      MN 568; course may also be taken as a corequisite

    • MN 576: NP I—PRIMARY CARE OF WOMEN’S HEALTH Change

      This course will focus on primary health care specific to female clients. Focus will be on reproductive health maintenance, pregnancy prevention and management, care of the menopausal woman, and the assessment, diagnosis, and management of conditions specific to the female. Contemporary trends and issues that impact women's health status will be discussed.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      MN 566; course may also be taken as a corequisite

    • MN 577: NP II CLINICAL—WOMEN’S HEALTH FOCUS Change

      This clinical course will focus on the unique needs of women across the lifespan. The unique care of women will be approached with attention to the psychosocial, ethnic, and cultural influences that affect physical and mental health. A collaborative approach to care will be employed.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      MN 576

    • MN 580: FNP II—PRIMARY CARE OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS HEALTH Change

      The course will focus on the primary health care of individuals from birth to age 21 years. Assessment, diagnosis, and management of common acute and chronic health care issues will be explored. Health maintenance, screening, and anticipatory guidance with a focus on involving and educating parents, as appropriate, will be included. Assessment skills learning will include physical, psychosocial, mental health, and genetic/familial issues.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      MN 577; can be taken as corequisite

    • MN 581: FNP II CLINICAL—CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENT HEALTH FOCUS Change

      This clinical course will allow the student nurse practitioner opportunity to assess, diagnose, and manage acute and chronic health care issues in the pediatric and adolescent population in a primary care setting. Health maintenance, screening, and anticipatory guidance activities will take place in collaboration with the preceptor. Collaboration, communication, and referral with other health care and social service organizations will be conducted as part of a team approach to management.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      MN 580

    • MN 605: TRANSITION TO PRACTICE Change

      This course completes the summative process for students to design and develop their individual role as an advanced practice nurse in primary care. Various careers available to the advanced practice registered nurse will be explored. Professional advocacy activities will be demonstrated. The student will differentiate between supervised, collaborative, and independent practice models. Malpractice and scope of practice issues specific to the primary care nurse practitioner role will be analyzed. Entrepreneurial opportunities for primary care nurse practitioners will be explored.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      MN 581 or MN 585

    • MN 610: NP III CLINICAL—PRIMARY CARE FOCUS Change

      This clinical course focuses on the clinical application of assessment, differential diagnosis, symptom management, and disease treatment in the primary care setting. You are expected to assess and manage common acute episodic and chronic health illnesses across gender and age span in consultation with your clinical preceptor. Initiation of health promotion and health maintenance activities with individuals and groups is stressed. This final clinical experience enables you to synthesize skills and knowledge gained across the curriculum.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Final term and MN 581 or MN 585

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*ONet OnLine, Summary Report for Nurse Practitioners, on the Internet at http://online.onetcenter.org/link/summary/29-1199.03.

Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to take or to successfully pass the exams. Students should research the requirements in the state in which they intend to seek employment.