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Post-Graduate/APRN Certificate - Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Transition into Family-Focused Primary Care

Wilkes’ online post-graduate FNP certificate program is designed for registered nurses with an MSN or DNP degree who are looking to transition into family-focused primary care. Our online FNP certificate program fully prepares you to pass the ANCC and AANP national certification exams so you can become licensed and begin your career as a family nurse practitioner.

Wilkes’ online academic programs are helping to fulfill the great demand for nurse practitioners in the U.S. The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) reports that the United States will be short at least 120,000 family medicine providers by 2030. Enrolling in Wilkes’ online post master’s FNP certificate program allows you to be part of the solution. 

As an FNP, you can make a difference in patients' lives by expanding your knowledge and skills beyond bedside treatment. With your FNP certificate, you will be able to provide disease prevention and management, counseling, and health and wellness education for patients across the lifespan.

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Program Details
  • $729 per credit hour
  • 3 start dates per year
  • 11 courses
  • 1.67 years to complete
  • years to complete
  • 30 credit hours
  • 584 clinical hours
Admission Requirements

Applicants will be evaluated for admission based on the following criteria. These admissions standards represent the minimum eligibility requirements for this graduate-level program. Admission committee members reserve the right to request additional information from candidates, as needed, for a more in-depth review of qualifications.

  • MSN or DNP degree with a 3.0 GPA
  • Unencumbered RN license*
  • Current resume

*Applications presenting a history of disciplinary action on professional licenses will be subject to an additional review by the Special Licensure Discrepancy Committee of the University.

Clinical Placement Services

Wilkes’ dedicated clinical placement team works with you to offer a high-quality placement experience that meets University and national guidelines and prepares you for success in our online Post-Graduate/APRN Certificate – FNP program.

Clinical placement services are built into the program's cost so you can focus on your coursework and the core competencies you need to succeed. We partner with you to:

  • Research and find a nearby site* aligned with your interest in family health and wellness. 
  • Secure a preceptor to mentor and support you.
  • Organize all necessary documents and clearance requirements before the start of your clinicals.
  • Monitor your schedule and placement hours to ensure compliance.

*Your placement site may be up to 125 miles from your location.

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The baccalaureate degree in nursing/master's degree in nursing/ Doctor of Nursing Practice and post graduate APRN certificate programs at Wilkes University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (