Post-Master's Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner

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Accepting qualified students each fall and spring


Tuition / credit hour $583.11
Fee / credit hour
Library $4.41
Network & Data Systems $12.10
Off-campus $30
Online Facilities $2

Tuition and fees per credit hour reflect fall 2023 rates for students studying completely online. If an online student takes a course on campus, tuition and fees will differ.

Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid

Broaden your scope of practice by earning this advanced practice graduate certificate program. Coursework empowers advanced practice nursing professionals to enhance their careers and pursue board certification in the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) specialization Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).

Board-certified practitioners will be qualified to manage all aspects of primary care, including diagnosis and management of common acute and complex chronic conditions for families. Learn to educate patients, provide guidance and interventions, and safely perform procedures common to adult primary care clinical practice.

Courses in this certificate program are also offered in the online Doctor of Nursing Practice. Both programs are provided by the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing in the College of Education and Health Professions.


Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to:

  1. Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or the equivalent from an international college or university,
  2. Maintain a current registered nurse (RN) license,
  3. And have earned either (a) a Master of Science degree in Nursing from a CCNE- or ACEN-accredited program, or (b ) a doctoral degree (DNAP, DNP, or PhD) to be eligible for consideration.

Other requirements include:

  • Evidence of at least two years of strong professional nursing experience.
  • Evidence of clinical placement commitments (necessary to fulfill the clinical objectives of the certificate) for master's or DNP-prepared nurse practitioners.
  • Evidence of national certification in advanced practice nursing specialty.
  • Evidence of Advanced Practice licensure.


Course Requirements

To earn the graduate certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner, students must complete the 21 credit hours of coursework below:

  • NURS 5483 - Common Problems in Primary Care
  • NURS 5495 - Common Problems in Primary Care Clinical Practicum
    (5 credit hours)
  • NURS 5543 - Primary Care of Children
  • NURS 5683 - Primary Care of Children Clinical Practicum
  • NURS 5873 - Complex Problems in Primary Care
  • NURS 5884 - Complex Problems in Primary Care Clinical Practicum
    (4 credit hours)


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State Authorization

The program is to meet the educational requirements for the occupational license of Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). Individual state boards of nursing may regulate out-of-state nursing education programs or clinical placement courses at APRN level.

This University of Arkansas program is approved by the following state boards of nursing to enroll students: Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky,  Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Territories: Guam and American Samoa.

The program is currently not available to students residing in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, Washington DC, and Wyoming.

This degree program requires clinical or internship hours that must be completed in an approved U.S. location or U.S. military base for military personnel.

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