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Post Master's Certificate

Post Master's FNP
Online Certificate Program

Calendar

CLASSES START
May 6th

16-20 Mo.

Program Length

33

Credits

Online

Format

585 Hrs

Clinicals

Post Master's Certificate

Post Master's FNP
Online Certificate Program

Earn an FNP certificate and advance your career

AccreditationCCNE accredited,1 Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Transfer creditUp to 12 approved credits
Format100% online classes with onsite clinicals (585 clinical hours)
Our pledgeHerzing pledges to help you secure clinical placement
CertificationsBecome eligible to take one of two FNP certification exams: the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination, and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination
QuickPathsTransfer credit, stackable credentials, and adaptive learning technology build a faster pathway to a higher education with Herzing University
Family Nurse Practitioner with Post Master's Certificate Smiling at Young Patient

Over 90%

Satisfaction rate

Our overall student satisfaction rate, according to the 2022 Herzing Graduate Survey.

Over 90%

Satisfaction rate

Our overall student satisfaction rate, according to the 2022 Herzing Graduate Survey.

Post Master’s Certificate - Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Overview: Online Post Master's FNP Program

The Post Master's Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner is a 33-credit post-graduate program which prepares you for a career as an FNP. The online certificate program provides students with fundamental knowledge and skills in health promotion across the life span, adult, geriatric, and pediatric healthcare, women's health, and much more.

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Career-focused curriculum

Discover the crucial knowledge and skills required to succeed in your work and build a foundation for continued career growth.

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Flexible schedule

We work hard to help you maintain school-life balance, striving to be as flexible as possible for busy non-traditional students.

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Virtual services

Access to extensive virtual services, including academic advising, tutoring, support services, technical support and library services.

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Lifelong support

We support your ongoing career advancement by providing comprehensive, personalized student services with lifelong career coaching.

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Rolling admissions

No application deadlines to worry about. Apply when you’re ready and prepare to get started soon.

Classes Start May 6th

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Curriculum

Post Master's FNP program curriculum & classes

Designed for nurses who already hold an MSN degree, Herzing's PMC-FNP program provides nurses the opportunity to go from non-clinical to clinical-based advanced practice nursing. The population-based curriculum begins with three direct care courses followed by FNP certification concentration courses, focusing on the primary care needs of patients across the lifespan.

ProgramMonthsiCredits
Post Master's Certificate Family Nurse Practitioner (PMCFNP)16-2033

i. Average number of months for students to complete the program attending full-time

Required Direct Care Courses

All courses, 9.00 semester credit hours, are required.

*Students in the FNP program must take NU 610 and NU 611 in the same semester.

Required Courses in FNP Concentration

All courses, 24.00 semester credit hours, are required.

*Students in the FNP program must take NU 610 and NU 611 in the same semester.

+ Chair approval is needed for PMC students to take NU 627 with another clinical course simultaneously.

Clinical Proficiency Exam

The following courses are 0.00 semester credit hours associated with the policy outlined above. Students are required to take as co-requisite courses along with NU 611, NU 664, or NU 671, depending on the program of study. NSG 0600 - Clinical Proficiency Exam Semester Credit Hours: 0.00 NSG 0600R - Clinical Proficiency Remediation Course (if needed) Semester Credit Hours: 0.00

Tuition & Cost

Tuition & Cost

The cost of tuition for the Post Master's FNP program is $735 per credit.

You can potentially earn even greater savings by transferring credit from prior college coursework, applying for financial aid, or potential partnership opportunities through your employer.

Our goal is your career advancement. That’s why we are always working to improve our curriculum and processes to make our program as affordable as possible while preparing you best for success in your work.

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 Scholarships & Financial Aid

You may be eligible for multiple scholarships and grants, both through Herzing University and several national scholarship websites.

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 Military/Veteran Discounts

Veterans, Active Duty U.S. Servicemembers, and spouses may qualify for a 10% tuition discount or tuition reduction to $250 per credit.

VA/Military benefits 

Requirements
Requirements

Admission prerequisites

The post master’s family nurse practitioner certificate program is open to registered nurses who:

  • Possess a Master of Science in Nursing degree from an accredited university or college
  • Hold a current, active and unrestricted license as a registered nurse in the state in which they live (Note: Holding a multi-state, compact state license and being a resident in a compact license state will be deemed to have met this requirement).

Eligible states for enrollment: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District Of Columbia.

MSN Placement Pledge Badge

Your clinical placement is our pledge.

We understand securing clinical placement as part of a post master's certificate nursing program is one of the biggest concerns students face. At Herzing, we offer guidance and support through our step-by-step Clinical Guidance Process to ensure you can get the clinical practice experiences you need.

As a Herzing student, we’ll encourage you to find your own preceptor and clinical sites as there are many benefits to doing so. However, we provide extensive support should you find difficulty along the way. With Herzing, you are never on your own.

Because of our strong relationships with healthcare providers across the U.S. and our comprehensive Clinical Guidance Process, we are confident in our ability to help you find clinical placement. So much so that if you are unable to find a clinical site on your own, we pledge to step in and help you secure clinical placement.*

* Subject to terms and conditions outlined in the enrollment documents.

Classes Start May 6th

Waived Enrollment Fee
Why Herzing
Family Nurse Practitioner Administering IV Treatment

1. The post-graduate APRN certificate program in nursing at Herzing University - Madison is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). Herzing University is approved to offer programs in an online learning modality through association with the main campus in Madison, Wisconsin.

CCNE Accreditation

Herzing's post graduate FNP program provides busy professionals with the flexibility and convenience of completing coursework online. Choose to go full time and complete the program in 16 months or opt to go part-time and complete the program in 18 months.

We at Herzing are committed to helping you achieve academic success.

As a student in our post master's FNP online program, you will learn from dedicated Master- and Doctoral-prepared faculty, be teamed with clinical course faculty who are experienced in their field, and have Master-prepared academic coaches available to you who offer one-on-one assistance, training, and support.

Herzing also provides extensive suport to ensure our PMCFNP graduates are successful on the FNP Board examinations.

NursePractitionerOnline Best Online Post Master's FNP Badge 2023

Regarded Among the Best: #4 Ranked Online Post Master’s FNP Program in 2023 by NursePractitionerOnline.com

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

At Herzing University, we strive to provide an affordable, career-focused education for all students. Financial aid options include loans, scholarships & grants, VA / military benefits and more. You can find an estimate for tuition and expenses by using the Herzing University Tuition Wizard.

We offer multiple options for current nurses of all types, including pathways for ASN/ADN, BSN, and MSN degree holders.

View our available online Family Nurse Practitioner programs.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurse practitioners earn an average salary of $124,680 per year ($59.94 per hour). Pay depends on many factors, including your location, what healthcare institution you work for and your level of experience.*

Discover the average nurse practitioner salary by state and find out what nurse practitioners make on average near you.

Depending on where you live, there are certain guidelines related to licensure. You will need to check with your state board of nursing.

At Herzing University, we assist you in identifying which certification exam meets your needs. We also encourage testing within the first 90 days of graduation to help you take the next step in your career. Once you have successfully become certified then it is important to connect with your state board to meet their requirements.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for nurse practitioners are expected to grow by 45% from 2022-2032.* Given the projected growth in the baby-boom population the need for advanced medical care is expected to rise, and nurse practitioners will continue to be leaned on as primary contributors in this level of healthcare.

The time needed to become an NP varies depending on the type of certification you’re applying for. Different types of specialties such as pediatrics, acute care and women’s health have their own unique certification requirements.

Candidates for Herzing's online PMC - Family Nurse Practitioner certificate program must complete 9 courses consisting of 33 credits and 675 clinical hours.

Here’s a selection of the most common types of nurse practitioners:

Note: Herzing does not offer a track in Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP).

Each specialty has its own unique requirements in terms of job experience and certification.

A post master’s certificate (PMC), also referred to as a “post-graduate” certificate, is designed for nurses who hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree and seek additional certification in a separate field.

Herzing University offers several post master’s certificates for MSN-prepared nurses looking to transition in or out of clinical-based practice:

  • AGACNP - Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (program length: 20 months)
  • AGPCNP - Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (program length: 20 months)
  • FNP - Family Nurse Practitioner certificate (program length: 16-20 months)
  • NE - Nursing Education certificate (program length: 8 months)
  • NLA - Nursing Leadership & Administration (program length: 8 months)
  • PMHNP: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certificate (program length: 20 months)

A post master’s certificate from Herzing University provides the education, training, and practical experience you need to take the next big step in your nursing career.

Disclosures

Accreditations

Accreditations & Disclosures

1. The master’s degree program in nursing and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Herzing University Madison are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). Herzing University is approved to offer programs in an online learning modality through association with the main campus in Madison, Wisconsin. ​

Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Not all programs approved in all states. Individuals considering the Post Master’s Certificate Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program should be aware that state requirements for availability of required clinical courses and eligibility to apply for licensure as a family nurse practitioner vary from state to state. Applicants should check with their applicable state board of nursing before enrolling in any graduate nursing program.

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* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2022. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

Choose your NP pathway

Choose your NP pathway

Considering all of your options for nurse practitioner specialties?

Herzing University offers multiple nurse practitioner programs for current nurses holding an associate, bachelor's, or master's degree in nursing.

Our goal is to help you walk your career path no matter where you are, or where you want to go.

Explore Herzing NP programs
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The program has an automatic transfer of credits, and allows you to transfer up to additional credits.

  Transfer Credits

The program allows you to transfer up to credits.

  Transfer Credits

The program allows you to transfer up to credit hours.

  Transfer Credit Hours
Post Master's Certificate - Family Nurse Practioner Online Campus
Tuition
Cost per Credit$735.00
Base Tuition$24,255.00
Savings from Transfer Credits (12 x $735.00 )(-$8,820.00)
Estimated Tuition Cost*$15,435.00
Fees
One-time Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Program Fee$750.00
Per-semester Learner Resource Fee$530.00
Estimated Total Fee*$6,400.00
Total Semesters 1
RequiredNeeded
55
Total Credits
RequiredNeeded
3321
Estimated Cost 2
Base CostYour Cost
$30,655.00$21,835.00
Estimated Savings*
$8,820.00

Available Scholarships & Loan Options

Who Can Apply

Any student in a degree-seeking program that makes on-time, out of pocket payments toward tuition and fee expenses.

Requirements

The amount of the payments made that exceed the amount of excess loan funding received will be used to calculate total award. Eligible students must make on-time payments, according to a predetermined payment plan. Restrictions may vary.

  • Matching percentage is based on student’s EFC at the time of application.
  • Student’s with a Pell eligible EFC will receive a 100% match
  • Students will non-Pell eligible EFC will receive 50% match
  • Students who do no complete the FAFSA will automatically qualify for the 50% match.

Questions?

Reach out to a member of the Financial Aid team at the Online campus:

Financial Aid Team
(866) 508-0748
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Actual semesters to complete are dependent upon university approved transfer credits and program mapping.

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Estimated program length, estimated number of semesters, and estimated program shown above are standard by program for each student based on: a student taking a full-time course load each semester, the student not having any transfer credits (from previous Herzing experiences or from other post-secondary institutions), and successful completion of each course.

Current tuition rates for all programs are effective through the Summer 2024 semester.

PMC-FNP Sample Schedule - 16 Month

Semester 1
Term A CoursesTerm B Courses
NU 626 Roles for Nurse Practitioners3 creditsNU 636 Advanced Pharmacology3 credits
Semester Total6 credits
Semester 2
Term A CoursesTerm B Courses
NU 621 Advanced Pathophysiology3 credits
Term C Courses
NU 611 Clinical Decision Making (90 Clinical Hours)2 creditsNU 610 Advanced Health Assessment (45 Clinical Hours)3 credits
Semester Total8 credits
Semester 3
Term A CoursesTerm B Courses
NU 580 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan3 credits
Term C Courses
NU 623 Adult Healthcare (135 Clinical Hours)4 creditsNU 631 Healthcare of Women Across the Life Span (90 Clinical Hours)4 credits
Semester Total11 credits
Semester 4
NU 627 Geriatric Healthcare (135 Clinical Hours)4 credits
NU 632 Healthcare of Infants, Children, and Adolescents (135 Clinical Hours)4 credits
Semester Total8 credits

PMC-FNP Sample Schedule - 20 Month

Semester 1
Term A CoursesTerm B Courses
NU 626 Roles for Nurse Practitioners3 creditsNU 636 Advanced Pharmacology3 credits
Semester Total6 credits
Semester 2
Term A CoursesTerm B Courses
NU 621 Advanced Pathophysiology3 credits
Term C Courses
NU 611 Clinical Decision Making (90 Clinical Hours)2 creditsNU 610 Advanced Health Assessment (45 Clinical Hours)3 credits
Semester Total8 credits
Semester 3
Term A CoursesTerm B Courses
NU 580 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan3 credits
Term C Courses
NU 623 Adult Healthcare (135 Clinical Hours)4 credits
Semester Total7 credits
Semester 4
NU 631 Healthcare of Women Across the Life Span (90 Clinical Hours)4 credits
NU 632 Healthcare of Infants, Children, and Adolescents (135 Clinical Hours)4 credits
Semester Total8 credits
Semester 5
NU 627 Geriatric Healthcare (135 Clinical Hours)4 credits
Semester Total4 credits