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ONLINE FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER CERTIFICATE PROGRAM | OVERVIEW

Endless Opportunities.

You already have your MSN, and now you’re ready to specialize your education even further. Gain the education to provide care for patients of all ages — from newborns to seniors — with an Online Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate from Bradley University.

We created this specialized educational track for master's-prepared RNs who want to focus on caring for families while gaining the leadership expertise to operate with greater autonomy.

Fast Facts
  • Total program course credit hours: 43
  • Semesters to program completion: 6
  • Time to program completion: 2 years
  • Campus residency: None
  • Capstone: No
  • Supervised clinical practicums: Yes
  • Admission cycles: Fall, spring, summer
  • Complete coursework: 100 percent online – asynchronous

Learning Outcomes
Enroll in Bradley’s online FNP certificate program and prepare to:

  • Expand your expertise in advanced nursing theory, patient-centered care and research practice.
  • Provide high-quality care for individuals and families throughout the life continuum.
  • Offer disease prevention and management, counseling and health education for families.
  • Gain the autonomy to conduct exams, diagnose illness and prescribe medication.
  • Become eligible to take the ANCC or AANP certification exam.

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH AN ONLINE POST-MASTER’S FNP CERTIFICATE?

Fast Track Your Future in Primary Care.

The overall career outlook for all types of nurse practitioners — including FNPs — is excellent. With job openings expected to grow by 31 percent through 2022 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it truly is the perfect time to advance your expertise within the field.

What’s your growth potential?

With demand for nurse practitioners surging in the U.S., the potential payoff is promising:

  • RNs who pursue their certificate to qualify for a nurse practitioner role could see a $25,000 salary increase. (Salary.com)
  • The average salary for nurse practitioners is $94,460. (BLS)
  • Nurse practitioners earned an annual median wage of nearly $93,000 in 2013. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS))
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks nurse practitioners among the best career paths in 2015: #2 Best Healthcare Jobs; #2 the 100 Best Jobs; #13 Best Paying Jobs.
Sources: Salary.com (data as of February 2015); BLS.gov (data as of February 2015)

Where can you work?

  • Hospitals and medical clinics
  • Health departments
  • Schools
  • Primary care offices
  • Urgent care clinics
  • Hospices
  • Physician private practices
  • Community clinics
  • Nursing homes



WHY BRADLEY FOR YOUR ONLINE FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER CERTIFICATE?

Powerful Outcomes Begin Here.

Bradley University has been shaping leaders and innovators since 1897. Continuously driven by our commitment to excellence in teaching, research and learning, we’ve designed our online post-master’s FNP certificate program to expertly combine rigorous academics with real-world practice.

Widely respected for our outstanding faculty and student-centered approach to learning, we’re able to provide the resources of a large public university — but with the personalized attention of a small private college. Study with us and join a rich culture of collaboration, support and shared values, one that will challenge you to grow personally and professionally.

When you choose Bradley University, you choose flexibility. Our online FNP Certificate program allows you to complete your clinical hours with approved preceptors of your choice. Get the most out of your clinical hours by selecting different preceptors for each area of study that your clinical hours emphasize.

If you’re ready to master the art and science of patient-centered care, then we’re ready for you.

WHO TEACHES OUR ONLINE FNP CERTIFICATE PROGRAM?

Learn from Innovative Nursing Leaders.

The dedicated faculty members who lead our online FNP Certificate program are committed to helping you succeed as you take the next step in your nursing career. They each bring a broad base of clinical expertise and professional experience into our online classrooms each day, and they are eager to share their knowledge. Learn more about your professors now:

Cindy Brubaker
Department Chair
Associate Professor of Nursing
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Molly Cluskey
Associate Dean for Distance Education
Associate Professor of Nursing
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Deborah "Deb" Erickson
Assistant Professor of Nursing
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Peggy Flannigan
Associate Chair
Associate Professor of Nursing
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Cynthia Steinwedel
Assistant Professor of Nursing
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Rachel Borton
Director Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Online Program
Assistant Professor of Nursing
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WHAT CAN YOU LEARN IN OUR ONLINE POST-MASTER’S FNP CERTIFICATE PROGRAM?

Curriculum

The innovative curriculum of our online FNP certificate program is designed to equip you with the advanced practice skills to provide primary care for individuals and families through the lifespan. The certificate program’s 43 credit hours of coursework are delivered in just six semesters and require that you complete five supervised clinical practicums.

Online FNP Certificate Course Descriptions

BIO 526
Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
Acquire an in-depth understanding of the structure and function of animals, special reference to the human body, theories and methods of investigation mostly at organ system level and adaptation strategies to special conditions.
NUR 600
Advanced Health Assessment (3)
Learn a systematic method for collecting data used in holistic health assessment of persons throughout the lifespan and in various healthcare settings. In this course, you can learn interviewing techniques for taking health histories and advanced physical assessments.
NUR 638
Principles of FNP Practice I – Acute/Chronic (3)
Study the basic principles and concepts of the advanced nurse practitioner’s roles and responsibilities in caring for adult clients with selected acute and chronic illness.
NUR 639
Healthcare Clinical Practicum I* (3)
This practicum course focuses on the delivery of advanced nursing care to adult clients with acute and chronic disorders. Various practicum settings with diverse populations will be utilized for practicum experiences.
NUR 642
Principles of FNP Practice II – Acute/Chronic (3)
Explore basic principles and concepts of the advanced nurse practitioner’s roles and responsibilities of caring for adult clients with acute and chronic disorders.
NUR 643
Healthcare Clinical Practicum II* (3)
This practicum course focuses on the delivery of advanced nursing care to adult clients with acute and chronic disorders. Various practicum settings with diverse populations will be utilized for practicum experiences.
NUR 644
Principles of FNP Practice III – Women’s Health (3)
Explore basic principles and concepts of the advanced nurse practitioner’s roles and responsibilities in caring for women from adolescence through adulthood.
NUR 645
Healthcare Clinical Practicum III* (3)
This practicum course focuses on the delivery of advanced nursing care to women from adolescence through adulthood. Various practicum settings with diverse populations will be utilized for practicum experiences.
NUR 646
Principles of FNP Practice IV – Children (3)
Study basic principles and concepts of the advanced nurse practitioner’s roles and responsibilities in caring for infants, children and adolescents.
NUR 647
Healthcare Clinical Practicum IV* (3)
This practicum course focuses on the delivery of advanced nursing care to infants, children and adolescents. Various practicum settings with diverse populations will be utilized for practicum experiences.
NUR 648
Principles of FNP Practice V – Aging Adult Populations (3)
Examine the basic principles and concepts of the advanced nurse practitioner’s roles and responsibilities in caring for aging adult clients.
NUR 649
Healthcare Clinical Practicum V* (3)
This practicum course focuses on the delivery of advanced nursing care to aging adult clients. Various practicum settings with diverse populations will be utilized for practicum experiences.
NUR 651
Advanced Pharmacology I (3)
Gain the advanced knowledge and skills to assess, diagnose and pharmacologically manage the treatment of common health problems in a safe, high-quality and cost-effective manner.
NUR 652
Advanced Pharmacology II (3)
Analyze and apply the general principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics for medications used in areas of advanced practice nursing specialties. Complete an in-depth study of the pharmacologic selection of client populations exhibiting various co-existing disease and pathophysiologies.
NUR 690
Professional Aspects of Advanced Nursing Practice (1)
Explore the professional aspects and challenges associated with advanced practice nursing. This course is tailored to meet the needs of a variety of specialties including a focus upon organizational, systems and population strategies.

* This course can be waived if previously completed.
Note: Curriculum is subject to change.

IS AN ONLINE FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER CERTIFICATE PROGRAM RIGHT FOR YOU?

Need help deciding whether an online FNP certificate aligns with your current needs and future goals? We can help.


Our online FNP Certificate program is an ideal choice if:
  • You’ve already earned your MSN from an accredited nursing program.
  • You’re passionate about family medicine.
  • You want to establish yourself as a leader in primary care.
  • You’re a master's-prepared RN ready to broaden your scope of practice.
  • You wish to advance your professional career and eventually earn your DNP.
  • You want to collaborate with and learn from other aspiring nurse practitioners.
  • You want a flexible online learning environment that fits your busy schedule.
  • You’re eager to learn from a faculty of passionate and experienced clinicians.
  • You’re ready to earn an advanced degree that elevates your earnings potential.
Online Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate