Post Masters Family Nurse Practitioner Certification

The post masters FNP is a certificate course of study that enables a practicing nurse who holds an M.S.N. degree to prepare for credentialing as an FNP. Upon completion of the prescribed course of study, the student's transcript indicates that he/she has completed the educational preparation as regulated by the Texas Board of Nursing. Successful students are eligible to take a national FNP certification exam.

Program Highlights:

  • Hybrid format for flexibility
  • Spring or fall start terms
  • All courses taught by full-time faculty with experience in the field
  • Competitively priced with other certification programs

Program Requirements & Resources

27 credit hours:


  • Students must hold a master’s degree in nursing (MSN).
  • Students must have completed graduate level coursework in Pathophysiology, Pharmacotherapeutics, and Advanced Physical Assessment with a grade of “B” or higher.
  • A student who has one or more of the prerequisite courses on his or her MSN transcript may receive credit toward the FNP requirements if those courses have been taken within five (5) years of enrollment in the post masters FNP program.

Admission Information

Program Eligibility Checklist:

  • Applicants must hold an unencumbered RN nursing license in the U.S.
  • The applicant must have a cumulative GPA for the last 60 hours of college credit of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Failure in any nursing coursework will be taken into consideration. A Nursing GPA will also be calculated and taken into consideration. If you do not have the minimum GPA, please contact the Nursing Department for additional options for consideration.

Application Checklist:

  1. Apply to Graduate School
    1. provide one official copy of all transcripts to the Graduate School (WTAMU graduates are excluded).
  2. Apply to Graduate Nursing Program Application (pdf)*
    1. Include a resume.
    2. Provide the School of Nursing with contact information for two (non-academic) clinical supervisory references.
    3. Complete the personal questionnaire.
    4. Submit a written a goal statement that will be evaluated based on:
      • Clear focus related to a goal statement
      • Supportive detail regarding the goal statement
      • Organization of goal statement (clear introduction, body and conclusion)
      • Clarity, grammar, and punctuation
      • Goal statement is typed with a word count of between 500-750 words.

*All items in step 2 will be uploaded to your graduate student portal.

Application Deadlines:

  • The application deadline for the FNP specialization is March 1 for a fall admission start and September 1 for spring admission start.

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