Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner

Family Nurse Practitioner (Post-Master's Certificate)

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Salve Regina University's family nurse practitioner certificate is an accessible and intensive program designed for professionals who hold an M.S. in nursing and wish to transition their career to an advanced practice family nurse practitioner. Through didactic and experiential learning, we build on your previous training to provide preparation for national certification as a family nurse practitioner.

Earn Your Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Online

Family nurse practitioners are advanced practice nurses who provide independent and collaborative health care based on evidence, scientific knowledge and science-based theory. Our post-master's certificate program addresses a growing need for practitioners to provide high-quality patient care across the lifespan.

Our family nurse practitioner program is delivered online in a thoughtful blend of synchronous and asynchronous class meetings. A 40-hour skills-based colloquium on Salve Regina's campus is also required. This combination offers the flexibility required for working adults while also fostering personal connections with faculty that are the hallmark of the Salve Regina experience.

After completing 39 credits of coursework and a minimum of 750 clinical hours, students are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for family nurse practitioners. Qualified graduates are also eligible to progress seamlessly into our Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Time to Complete


24 months

Program Format



Application Deadline


Rolling, with six starts per year

Course Requirements

11 courses | 39 credits

  • NUR503: Advanced Physiology and Pathology
  • NUR505: Foundations of the Advanced Practice Nurse
  • NUR512: Advanced Health Assessment
  • NUR534: Advanced Care for the Maternal and Family Unit
  • NUR535: Pharmacologic Principles for Advanced Practice Nursing
  • NUR536: Advanced Care for the Pediatric Patient
  • NUR540: Application of the Advanced Practice Nurse Role I
  • NUR550: Advanced Practice Care I
  • NUR552: Advanced Practice Care II
  • NUR555: Application of the Advanced Practice Nurse Role II
  • NUR565: Application of Advanced Practice Nurse Role III 

Students complete a minimum of 750 direct, supervised clinical hours across the lifespan. After earning the post-master’s certificate, graduates are prepared to sit for the national certification examination for family nurse practitioners.

The baccalaureate degree programs in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, post-master's certificate in family nurse practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Salve Regina are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing EducationThese programs are also accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.

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Recognized for their expertise, compassion and vast knowledge, our nursing faculty encourage students to continue their development as health care providers and members of the global health partnership.​


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Courses are billed individually at the start of each class. Please note that there is a $60 registration fee per semester.

Tuition Reimbursement


If your employer is paying all or part of your tuition, we will arrange payment directly from your employer where possible.

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Our certificate programs are eligible for federal student loans. To qualify, you must complete two courses per semester.

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Military and


Salve Regina is approved for veterans’ benefits and has been named a Military Friendly School.

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