Graduate Certificate in Nursing

Online Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Advanced Certificate

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Program Details:

  • Credit Hours: 30-34*
  • Courses in Program: 11-13*
  • Cost Per Credit: $1,110
  • Transfer Credits Accepted: Nine
  • Estimated Completion Time: Approximately two years

*The number of required credit hours/courses is determined by master’s degree concentration.

Build on your MSN and pursue certification as a family nurse practitioner (FNP) with D’Youville Online.

Build on your MSN and pursue certification as a family nurse practitioner (FNP) with D’Youville Online.

Take the next step toward a career providing holistic care across the lifespan as a family nurse practitioner (FNP). Designed for working nurses who hold a master’s degree in the field, the CCNE-accredited online Family Nurse Practitioner Advanced Certificate program from D’Youville University can help you develop the advanced skills you need to become the primary care practitioner and patient advocate your community needs.

Delivered through our convenient online platform, the post-MSN nurse practitioner certificate builds on your experience and education with courses centered on the fundamentals of advanced nursing in a variety of essential industry topics, including:

  • Concepts of case management
  • Administration of preventative services
  • Choosing and prescribing medications
  • Methods for family health education
  • Best practices in pediatrics
  • Adult health in aging populations

As you navigate our accelerated curriculum, you’ll receive personalized instruction from educators with years of nursing experience. Dedicated to your academic and professional success, your educators will be there every step of the way to provide the guidance you need to graduate fully prepared to treat patients throughout the lifespan. You’ll also complete clinical experience with different patient populations in a variety of settings. Graduates of this program will be prepared to pursue board certification as a family nurse practitioner – for example, to earn the Family Nurse Practitioner Certification (FNP-BC™) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

This program meets licensure requirements in the state of New York. Applicants from outside of New York (including Ohio and Pennsylvania) are responsible to contact their Board of Nursing to verify that this program meets the requirements for future nurse practitioner licensure.


  • Gain knowledge and skills to provide care services across populations, from birth to the elder years.
  • Assess, diagnose, and prescribe treatments for individuals and families, within appropriate legal and ethical parameters.
  • Learn to provide advising and education to patients about a range of topics, including healthy lifestyle choices, chronic condition management, and more.
  • Prepare for board certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Online coursework combined with the opportunity to complete clinicals where you work means a more versatile education.

D’Youville’s online FNP Advanced Certificate program includes 700 hours of precepted clinical practice. You’ll have the opportunity to gain some of these hours at the organization where you currently work, making this program even more convenient for busy nurses like you.


FNP certificate students who have earned a clinical MSN will be required to complete 11 courses while students with a nonclinical MSN will be required to complete one or two additional courses.*

Applicants for the online FNP Advanced Certificate program who meet all published admission criteria will be invited to discuss additional program requirements including on-campus immersion experiences and clinical placements prior to receiving final acceptance decisions.


Required Courses for All Students

  • NUR 631 Advanced Health Assessment (3)
  • NUR 631L Advanced Health Assessment Lab (1)
  • NUR 632 Advanced Pharmacology (3)
  • NUR 633 Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology (3)
  • NUR 634 Health Promotion–Children & Families (3)
  • NUR 635 Health Promotion–Women (3)
  • NUR 637 Health Promotion–Adults/Aging Population (3)
  • NUR 638 FNP Clinical Practicum in Pediatrics (3)
  • NUR 639 FNP Clinical Practicum in Women’s Healthcare (3)
  • NUR 640 FNP Clinical Practicum in Adult Health I (1)
  • NUR 641 FNP Clinical Practicum in Adult Health II (4)

*We will conduct an individual gap analysis of each applicant’s transcripts to determine what additional courses or clinical hours may be needed to satisfy FNP certificate requirements.


In addition to the general admission requirements for graduate programs at D’Youville University, applicants to the post-master’s certificate in family nurse practitioner must present the following:

  • Completed Master of Science degree in nursing from a CCNE- or NLNAC- (ACEN)accredited program at a college or university in the U.S. (or by the CNO in Ontario).
  • A curriculum vitae (CV)/ current resume documenting at least one year of practice as a registered nurse with a baccalaureate degree.
  • Official transcripts from all college/ universities attended.*
  • College transcripts must show completion of a 3-credit descriptive statistics course or equivalent with a grade of C or better.
  • An overall G.P.A. of at least 3.0. Applicants whose overall G.P.A. was between 2.70–2.99 will be considered based on their professional experience and CV. Preferential admissions will be given to applicants with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher.
  • Active unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which the student resides (New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania) or in Ontario for Canadian students.
  • A current CPR certification with a psychomotor component.
  • Applicants who work full-time are not eligible to complete the Family Nurse Practitioner certificate on the planned two-year completion timeline.
  • Canadian Students: D’Youville is proud to welcome Canadian applicants to our online programs. For your convenience, we have arranged for our in-person immersion experiences to take place in Ontario and not at our D’Youville campus in Buffalo, NY.

*Non-U.S. students must submit a “course-by-course” evaluation (or equivalent) of all college and/or university transcripts through the World Education Services (WES) or other approved foreign transcript evaluation agencies.

**A student who meets the entry requirements and is currently or previously enrolled in a nurse practitioner program at another college or university must obtain a letter from their current school of nursing stating the student is in good standing, not on probation, and able to register for classes. Students who were dismissed for any reason from a graduate nursing program will not be considered for admission.


Tuition and fees vary based on your program of study and whether you are considered a full- or part-time student. Financial aid is available for those who qualify and can be applied to full- and part-time status.

Entering the program with previous academic credit can help lower your cost. Below, you’ll find information about the potential cost of your program.

COST Total
Full Program Tuition* $1,110 per credit hour $33,300
Full Program Fees $160 (full time)* $960
Full Program Total* $34,260
*This program takes six semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits and type of MSN degree previously earned. Tuition displayed is based on students who have completed a clinical MSN.


Earning an FNP certificate means earning the credentials to become a trusted leader in healthcare. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for family nurse practitioners are projected to rise by 52% from 2019-2029, making FNPs one of the nation’s fastest-growing occupations.

Family Nurse Practitioners

Family nurse practitioners provide care to patients throughout the lifespan. They are qualified to facilitate community-based healthcare for aging populations, care for women and treat a wide variety of health issues as a trusted healthcare provider. Many family nurse practitioners work in private practice while others are employed by hospitals, clinics, and government facilities. As of 2020, NPs nationwide earned a median salary of $111,680.


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