Why Earn an Online FNP Certificate?

Nurse practitioner smiling with family in the background
Nurse practitioner smiling with family in the background

Learn more about Carson-Newman's online post-master's FNP certificate.

Deciding to become a Family Nurse Practitioner is a rewarding career choice after having earned your Master of Science in Nursing. Those who find a career as a health care provider rewarding often feel a sense of duty in helping others, are able to put themselves in their patients’ shoes and have great reserves of dedication and compassion. If these qualities resonate with you, you may be well-suited for a Family Nurse Practitioner role.


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Why Become a Family Nurse Practitioner?

Family Nurse Practitioners enjoy plenty of professional autonomy, and are able to practice independently of a physician in a growing number of states. FNPs also have high earning potential; the median salary of FNPs and advanced practice nurses was $109,021 in 2018.

Another benefit of being a Nurse Practitioner, particularly an FNP, is the high demand for primary care providers. The number of primary care practices employing Nurse Practitioners is growing, especially in rural areas. FNPs are stepping up to fill many open primary care positions, providing care to those who often have difficulty accessing health care.

Who Benefits from an Online FNP Certificate?

The first step to becoming an FNP is earning a Master of Science in Nursing. However, not all MSN degrees lead to the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty. There is a solution for nurses who have previously earned an MSN in another area but wish to transition to primary care as a Family Nurse Practitioner. The Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate is the perfect option for MSN-prepared RNs who wish to expand their clinical expertise and extend their nursing careers by earning their FNP licensure.

Nurses who have earned their MSN have already taken many of the same courses that students take in Master’s-level FNP programs. An online Post-Master’s FNP certificate covers just the courses and clinical experiences needed to qualify for the FNP licensure exam, with courses such as advanced health assessment, advanced primary care nursing, and accountability for advanced nursing practice, for example. Online certificate programs such as Carson-Newman’s Online FNP Certificate provides working RNs the opportunity to prepare for FNP licensure without having to put their lives on hold.

Clinical experiences are an important aspect of Family Nurse Practitioner education, and are included in the Post-Master’s FNP Certificate program. Students’ clinical experiences prepare them to assess, diagnose, and treat patients after graduation. FNPs are granted lots of autonomy, and knowledge, empathy, and confidence are necessary qualities which are honed even further during clinicals. Clinicals also give students opportunities to practice  providing holistic care, a cornerstone of Carson-Newman’s FNP programs.

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Carson-Newman offers an excellent online Post-Master’s FNP Certificate for individuals who already possess an MSN degree. You can continue working full-time while pursuing your certificate, and still graduate in two years or less. Contact us today to determine the right path to launching your rewarding career as a Family Nurse Practitioner!

  • Stress-free clinical placements for clinical rotations 
  • Free transcript evaluation to determine your educational needs
  • No mandatory class login times
  • Graduate prepared to take the FNP certification exam
  • Graduate in two years or less

Recognized as a Christian university dedicated to nursing excellence, Carson-Newman believes in providing a life-changing education where students come first. That’s why students in our Online Family Nurse Practitioner degree and Certificate programs receive stress-free clinical placements for clinical rotations and unrivaled student support. Our CCNE-accredited bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs are designed for full-time working nurses and feature no mandatory class login times. Contact us for more information about our Online Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate.


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About Carson-Newman’s Online FNP Programs

Founded in 1851, Carson-Newman is a nationally ranked Christian liberal arts university. An online, yet personal, learning environment connects you with fellow students, faculty, and staff. Faith and learning are combined to create evidence-based online graduate nursing programs designed to transform you into a more autonomous caregiver.

Through its online program and student-centric curriculum, Carson-Newman provides a life-changing education where students come first. Designed for working nurses, Carson-Newman’s affordable FNP programs feature 100% online coursework with no mandatory log-in times, clinical placement service, and exceptional individualized support that prepare graduates to pass the FNP licensure exam.

If you’re ready for the next step in your nursing career, consider the online Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner offered by Carson-Newman University and accredited by the CCNE.

For those who already hold an MSN degree, consider pursuing a Post-Master’s FNP Certificate to enjoy all the leadership opportunities, job satisfaction and autonomy of a family primary care provider. For more information, visit onlinenursing.cn.edu.