Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Primary Care Certificate

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Program at a Glance
  • Focus on promoting holistic health care to adults and children in a family setting.
  • Onsite clinical practice experiences allow you to apply theoretical knowledge in a real-world setting.
  • Start when it's convenient for you and complete most of your coursework online.
  • The certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
COURSE EFFORT 15 Hours per Week
COURSE LENGTH 10 Weeks
CREDITS REQUIRED 60
COST PER CREDIT $420
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Family Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care Certificate Overview

If you're a registered nurse interested in advancing your career, consider earning a post-master's FNP certificate online at Purdue Global. Courses in our online family nurse practitioner program address how to promote and provide primary care as a member of an interprofessional team and how to improve the availability of evidence-based, culturally relevant health care in diverse communities.

You'll study how to diagnose and manage patients' acute and chronic health problems as well as ways to serve as an advocate for patients.


See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Note: At this time, residents of the following states may not enroll in this program: Arkansas, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia. In addition, international students are not eligible to enroll in this program.

Clinical Practice Experience

As part of the certificate program, you will participate in a series of clinical practice sessions at a health care facility or clinical site to gain valuable real-world experience.


Contact an Admissions Advisor for more information about the number of hours needed to complete the clinical requirement.

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The post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Purdue Global are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.CCNEAccreditation.org).

FNP Career Opportunities

Nurse practitioners (NPs) function as primary providers to specialized groups of patients. Responsibilities may include:

  • Diagnosing and treating patients
  • Ordering tests
  • Interpreting results
  • Preparing treatment plans
  • Prescribing medication (in many states)

Family NPs can serve in many different work environments including*:

  • Family practice
  • Retail heath location
  • Convenient care facilities
  • Nursing care facilities
  • Universities

Prepare for Certification

Upon completion of the certificate program, you may be eligible to sit for family nurse practitioner certification exams offered by the following organizations:

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

After earning your FNP certification, you may be academically eligible for licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse in any state in which the program is available for enrollment.

This certificate program is focused on helping you develop the skills to evaluate the health and wellness of individuals, families, and their communities.

Sample Courses
  • Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology
  • Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
  • Primary Care Across the Life Span
  • Primary Care of Women's Health
  • Primary Care of Children and Adolescents Health
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Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits60
  • Total Credits60

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Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
218 Faculty publications in 2017–2018
Nearly 87,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2017–2018

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis and Center for Teaching and Learning. 2017–2018 academic year. Note: all figures include data prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global.

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Additional certification or licensing may be required to work in certain fields.

Graduates who pass the relevant certification exam may be academically eligible for licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse in any state in which the program is available for enrollment. Purdue Global has not made a determination with respect to the licensure or certification requirements for any other states or occupations. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information and program availability. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. Please note that most states require nurses to be nationally certified and to have completed an accredited graduate nursing program in order to obtain licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse. Each national certification provider and state Board of Nursing will have eligibility requirements in addition to these educational requirements, such as passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they are eligible for state Board of Nursing approval and certification as an advanced practice registered 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).

Purdue University acquired Kaplan University in March 2018 and created Purdue University Global, which is following the same curriculum format and instructional delivery methods as developed and used by Kaplan University. These disclosures are based on Kaplan University data reported prior to the acquisition.