Online Post-Master's FNP Certificate Program

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Online Post-Master's FNP Certificate Program

Complete Your Nursing Calling by Becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner

Carson-Newman’s online Post-Master’s FNP Certificate Program is designed to help you achieve your full nursing potential. You will develop the advanced nursing expertise to thrive as an autonomous and highly skilled family nurse practitioner. By focusing on a holistic approach to nursing, you will develop the ability to influence and improve the health of individuals, families and entire communities.

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By the Numbers


avg. job offer rate for nurse practitioners at graduation (vs 46% for new grads across all disciplines)*


job placement 4-6 months after graduation*


certification pass rate for FNP graduates


clinical placement** 

*2017 American Association of Colleges of Nursing Report
** 100% pre-Covid. During Covid, 82% were placed and 18% placements deferred to a later term.

Fast Facts

  • 100% online (not including clinical practicum or residency)
  • Stress-free clinical site placements
  • Complete the online Post-Master's FNP Certificate program in as few as two years or less, taking seven 15-week courses
  • Learn from experienced faculty of nurse educators who are active nurse practitioners in their communities
  • One three-day on-campus residency experience connects you with your peers and instructors
  • Accredited by:
    • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
    • Approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing
  • #26 in Best Value Schools – U.S. News & World Report, 2018
  • #99 Best Nursing Schools: Masters – U.S. News & World Report, 2020


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Online Post-Master’s FNP Certificate Program Highlights

  • Support throughout your clinical placement. You will be provided with convenient pre-approved preceptors and clinical placements in your area.
  • Graduate ready for success. Online FNP certificate program graduates are prepared and ready for the family nurse practitioner certification exam.
  • Build on your existing education and experience. Your MSN degree and experience can qualify you for the FNP certificate. Graduate in two years or less while you continue working.


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Family Nurse Practitioners are the Future of Primary Care

Many families and communities across the U.S. already rely on family nurse practitioners as their primary source of health care — and the demand for nurses with FNP certification is growing.

  • Develop an advanced and holistic skill set. See the bigger picture as you promote health and wellness, prevent disease, manage primary care and provide wellness education for individuals, families and at-risk populations.
  • Gain autonomy and lead through action. Demonstrate independent decision-making and critical thinking skills through evidence-based practice. Recognize and provide culturally appropriate health care wherever you choose to practice.
  • Define your own career path. Focus your practice on primary health care for families, and gain deeper insight into health care policy, technology and research.

Why Choose Carson-Newman's Online Post-Master's FNP Certificate Program

Our online programs provide unrivaled support and a user-friendly online learning system.

  • Convenient and flexible. Designed for working nurses, with 100% online coursework (not including clinicals, practicum or residency) and no mandatory login times.
  • Small class sizes. Enjoy an intimate learning environment focused on meeting your needs – we provide the attention and support you need to help you succeed.
  • Personalized support. A dedicated Student Success Advisor provides one-on-one guidance and creates a supportive learning experience from registration to graduation day.
  • Affordable tuition. Our Post-Master’s FNP Certificate Program is competitively priced and can save you up to $200 per credit hour when compared with nationwide competitors.
  • Free and fast transcript evaluations. We evaluate your transcripts free of charge, usually within 48 hours.


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Online Post-Master's FNP Certificate Curriculum

Below are select courses from our program. For a complete curriculum and course descriptions, please download a free program guide:

Angela Wood, PhD

“Our small clinical groups learn first-hand from well prepared faculty who offer a wide range of clinical experience. Plus, their sincere interest in the success of each student results in prepared graduates who are ready to demonstrate servant leadership to their patients and families.”

- Dr. Angela Wood, PhD, RN (Chair)

NURS 501 - Advanced Pathophysiology, 3 credit hours

NURS 501 - Advanced Pathophysiology, 3 credit hours
Presentation and in-depth analysis of normal physiologic and pathologic mechanisms of disease as related to the provision and management of client care at the advanced level.

Stress-Free Clinical Placements

The Carson-Newman Department of Nursing believes you are only as successful as your training, which is why we have taken the stress out of the clinical placement process. As an online FNP student, you will be provided with clinical sites and preceptors for all MSN-level clinical rotations, so you can focus on coursework and building competency instead of worrying about the logistics of clinical placements.

Residency Experience

One three-day required on-campus residency experience provides you the opportunity you to meet and connect with your peers and program faculty. During the campus residency, students will come to campus for hands-on skills practice and to complete an advanced assessment physical exam.

Learn more about the three-day on-campus residency experience.

Post-Master's FNP Certificate Program State Restrictions

Currently, the Carson-Newman online Post-Master's FNP Certificate program is available in the following states:

Online MSN-FNP State Restrictions

  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Online FNP Certificate Program Careers and Outcomes

Online FNP Program Career Growth and Salary Outlook

Family Nurse Practitioners Are in Demand

Family nurse practitioners typically earn more than RNs or BSN-prepared nurses. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that the 2019 median annual pay for a nurse practitioner is $109,820. This is over $36,000 more than the 2019 median annual pay for a registered nurse at $73,300. By 2028, more than 53,000 nurse practitioner positions are expected to be created.

Families and Communities Depend on FNP

The projected shortage of primary care physicians is expected to reach as high as 55,200 by 2032. Family nurse practitioners are filling the gap left by physicians. By earning an FNP Certificate online, you will help fulfill the growing need for primary care providers in underserved communities across the United States.

Improve Career Satisfaction and Independence

Family nurse practitioners enjoy a high rate of job satisfaction. An FNP is ranked as one of the top four Best Healthcare Jobs and in the top five of the 100 Best Jobs overall, according to U.S. News & World Report, 2020. This satisfaction comes from the ability to define their own practice and be the primary care providers for people of all ages, in the very communities in which they live. Many states also grant prescriptive privileges to FNPs.

Nurse Practitioners Make a Difference

According to a study in the journal Medical Care, practices with nurse practitioners on staff list fewer hospitalizations, ER visits and specialist referrals. Other findings indicate that there is little difference when comparing patient results regarding primary health care provided by a nurse practitioner and MDs.

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Other Options for Registered Nurses

At Carson-Newman, all nurses learn from a caring faculty of active practitioners who provide stimulating clinical experiences that directly connect hands-on assessment with comprehensive patient care opportunities. If you are a BSN-prepared RN and are interested in becoming a family nurse practitioner, our online MSN-FNP program can prepare you to become a more empowered and autonomous caregiver.

Play a Role in the Future of Primary Care with an Online Post-Master’s FNP Certificate

The United States is currently in the midst of a primary care provider shortage, and online post-master’s certificate nurse practitioner programs, such as the Online Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate program offered by Carson-Newman are helping to train Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) to fill the gap. Such online family nurse practitioners post-grad programs prepare APRNs to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive as a licensed, family-focused primary care provider, and join an in-demand field that is expected to grow by 36% by 2026.

With medical schools not graduating enough primary care physicians to meet the needs of a growing and aging population, family nurse practitioners are in great demand. A 2018 study by the American Association of Medical Colleges has indicated that the primary care provider shortage could grow to over 49,000 physicians by 2030. More family nurse practitioners are needed to help close the gap caused by this shortage.

MSN-prepared Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) who are looking to transition into family-focused primary care can benefit greatly from the flexibility afforded by online post master’s FNP programs. With an online FNP post master’s certificate, you can prepare for a career as an autonomous Family Nurse Practitioner in just two years or less. Enjoy the ease of Carson-Newman’s stress-free clinical placement support services, dedicated student support, and the flexibility of 100% online coursework while gaining the knowledge and skills needed to prepare for FNP licensure and confidently transition into primary care. 

If you already have an MSN degree and are looking to become part of the future of primary care, prepare to earn your Family Nurse Practitioner licensure with Carson-Newman’s flexible, two-year online post-MSN FNP certificate program. Inquire today to learn more.

NURS 503 - Advanced Pharmacology, 3 credit hours

NURS 503 - Advanced Pharmacology, 3 credit hours
Advanced pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of commonly used drug categories are analyzed in depth with consideration to safe, high-quality, cost-effective drug therapy for client care.

NURS 507 - Advanced Health Assessment, 3 credit hours

NURS 507 - Advanced Health Assessment, 3 credit hours

Comprehensive health assessment of the client with advanced application and synthesis of physiologic, psychological and sociocultural concepts as applied to comprehensive health appraisal of individuals, families and community groups. (60 Clinical Hours)

NURS 531 - Advanced Primary Nursing Care for Women, 6 credit hours

NURS 531 - Advanced Primary Nursing Care for Women, 6 credit hours

Exploration and application of advanced nursing theory in the provision of a wide range of health promotion and care services for women, including reproductive health. (180 Clinical Hours)

NURS 537 - Advanced Primary Nursing Care for Adults, 7 credit hours

NURS 537 - Advanced Primary Nursing Care for Adults, 7 credit hours

Exploration and application of advanced nursing theory in the provision of a wide range of health promotion and care services for adults, including the elderly population. (240 Clinical Hours)