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Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Primary Care Certificate

If you’re a busy professional nurse interested in advancing your career, consider earning a post-master’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Primary Care Certificate at Purdue Global. 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 Purdue Global.

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

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The post-graduate APRN certificate program at Purdue Global is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

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, Primary Care 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, Primary Care 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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Certification 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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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

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

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What are the Career Opportunities?

Nurse practitioners (NPs) function as primary providers of clinical services to specialized groups of patients. Responsibilities 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
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How Do I Get Started?

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


Online and Campus Start Date

April 18, 2018

Online and Campus Start Date

June 06, 2018

Online and Campus Start Date

July 05, 2018

Online and Campus Start Date

August 22, 2018

Online and Campus Start Date

September 19, 2018

Online and Campus Start Date

November 07, 2018

Online and Campus Start Date

December 05, 2018

What Courses Will I Take?

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

  • Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology
  • Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
  • Advanced Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics
  • Primary Care Across the Life Span
  • Primary Care of Women's Health
  • Primary Care of Children and Adolescents Health
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Program Requirements
  • Core Credits60
  • Total Credits60

Can I Afford This?

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

Tuition and Fees

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Desired Track Only one track is available for this program.
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Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin

$420.00 cost per credit
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Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.

Helpful Information

Whether you are on your way up the corporate ladder or just getting started, our degree programs and certificates could help you prepare to take your career to a higher level.

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

Source: ONet OnLine, Summary Report for Nurse Pratitioners, on the Internet at

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

§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.