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Family Nurse Practitioner—FNP (Post-Master's Certificate)
Enhance your credentials and advance your career with a Post-Master's Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner.
- Next Start Date: On-campus Intensive: Jan. 2 – 13 | Classes begin: January 17, 2023
- Est. Program Length: 3 – 6 semesters (Varies based on previous education)
- Credit Hours: 19 – 43 (Varies based on previous education)
- Course Length: 14 weeks (NSG517 is 7 weeks)
- Cost Per Credit: Nursing Courses – $660 / Clinical Courses – $1,030
Why Earn a Post-Master’s Certificate from Rivier?
Post-master’s certificate programs build your clinical skills and knowledge and provide the opportunity for you to take on new challenges and redefine your career path. The Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate prepares you to care for patients from infancy through adulthood, providing treatment for illnesses, as well as preventative and health education services.
Rivier offers post-master’s nursing certificates to RNs that have already earned an MSN degree.
Program of Study
The Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate program requires a minimum of 19 credits. The average completion time for this program is three semesters.
Applicants must document successful completion of a graduate-level course in Pharmacology (3-credit equivalent) less than five years prior to application to the Certificate Program. Waiver is considered for experienced, practicing nurse practitioners. Applicants must document successful completion of a graduate-level course in Pathophysiology (3-credit equivalent) less than 10 years prior to application to the certificate program. This may also be waived for practicing nurse practitioners.
Clinical specialty preparation will be reviewed as part of the application process and used by faculty in developing the individualized program of study. Applicants who do not have clinical work in their master’s program will be required to take additional coursework.
Learn in World-Class Facilities
Rivier’s nursing labs were transformed in 2022 with a $5 million total renovation. The Nursing Simulation and Clinical Education Center is open and fully operational for hands-on learning and high-tech simulation for nurses and nurse practitioners. State-of-the-art skills and simulation labs offer the newest technology for clinical assessment, community nursing, and telehealth simulation.
The Nursing Simulation and Clinical Education Center provides students the opportunity to gain real-world experience in controlled clinical settings. Labs mirror the settings in which nurses most often provide care: medical/surgical and pediatric/neonatal hospital rooms, an obstetrics room, examination rooms, and telehealth offices.
Licensure and Accreditation
Registered nurses (RN) who complete this advanced degree coursework and clinical education are qualified to sit for the national exams to become certified in family practice (FNP-BC)
Rivier University is unable to accept students from some states due to the post-secondary higher-education requirements. There are also some restrictions for programs that lead to professional licensure due to the various requirements of individual state boards of nursing. See State Guide.
For further information on Professional Nursing Licensure at the state level, please use the following contact list (also available on the NC-SARA website).
Commitment to Quality
Rivier’s ASN, BSN, MSN, Post Master’s Certificates, and DNP programs located in Nashua, NH are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000.
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the post master’s certificates nursing programs is Continuing Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program.
Assistant Professor of Nursing Dr. Donna Proulx, Ph.D., RN, CCRN, CSC is working to advance substance use disorders treatment for vulnerable populations. Her doctoral research was a qualitative inquiry titled “The Lived Experience of Postpartum Women Attending Outpatient Substance-Abuse Treatment for Opioid or Heroin Use.” She holds two certifications in critical care from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (ACCN)—one in adult critical care (CCRN) and a second in adult cardiac surgery (CSC)—and is a past president of the New Hampshire Chapter of ACCN.
Where Will Your Post-Master’s Certificate Take You?
With a Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate from Rivier, you can expand or change your advanced nursing practice with a new area of specialization.
- Family Nurse Practitioners
- Adult Nurse Practitioners
- Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners
Take the Next Steps
With Rivier's Post-Master's Certificate program, you can pursue specialty certifications to add to your skill set.
Learn about criteria, how the admissions process works, and what you will need to apply.
Faculty will serve as your mentors and guides.
Prepare to advance your career with a Post-Master's Certificate.