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Family Nurse Practitioner: Nursing, Certificate

College of Nursing

This program prepares nurses who have earned a master’s degree in nursing to provide primary health care across the lifespan in many settings.

Graduates are employed in a variety of primary care settings, from federally qualified health centers to family and primary care practices in urban and rural areas.

Program Highlights

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    Learn with online convenience from one of the nation’s best online programs in graduate nursing.

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    Primary Care

    Develop knowledge and skills in patient wellness and prevention within primary care across the lifespan.

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    Academic Distinction

    Learn in a rigorous program that’s part of a nursing college ranked No.1 for online graduate programs.

What You’ll Study

The F.N.P. program elevates prior graduate study through advanced practice preparation to provide direct patient management in primary care across the lifespan in varied settings. The flexible online program allows you to work professionally while you learn.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

    Manage Complex Patients

    Provide expert care using advanced diagnostics and treatment modalities

    Intercultural Competence

    Developing the skills to communicate effectively and work collaboratively across cultures

  • Decision-making Expertise

    Applying critical thinking and analytical skills to make informed and effective decisions

    Therapeutic Intervention

    Using proven strategies to help individuals or groups achieve positive outcomes

    Patient Education

    Educating patients and caregivers about treatments to create better health outcomes

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Family Nurse Practitioner

Workplace Settings

  • Primary/Family Practice
  • Urgent Care
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers

Advanced Degrees

Advance your career or options with post-graduate education.

My top three reasons for returning to school were to show my children that it is never too late to reach for goals, increased professional satisfaction and a shortage in health care providers.

Beth Bowers
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