Post Master's FNP Online
Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate


Expand your scope of practice with a family nurse practitioner certificate.

Masters-prepared nurses: you have the opportunity to increase your advanced nursing skills with Herzing University's online Post Master's FNP Certificate program (PMCFNP). This online program prepares Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) to become board-certified family nurse practitioners in as few as 16 months—faster than a traditional MSN-FNP program.

Program highlights:

  • CCNE-accredited*
  • Program length: 16-20 months
  • 6 start dates per year
  • 100% online classes with onsite clinicals
  • Herzing pledges to help you secure clinical placement
  • 33 credits, 675 clinical hours
  • Academic coaches and expert clinicians to support student success
  • FNP certification success planning and support
  • Population-based curriculum


Classes start March 2.
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Herzing University MSN Program Clinical Placement Pledge

Your clinical placement is our pledge.

We understand securing clinical placement as part of a PMC-FNP program is one of the biggest concerns students face. At Herzing, we offer guidance and support through our step-by-step Clinical Guidance Process to ensure you can get the clinical practice experiences you need.

As a Herzing student, we’ll encourage you to find your own preceptor and clinical sites as there are many benefits to doing so. However, we provide extensive support should you find difficulty along the way. With Herzing, you are never on your own.

Because of our strong relationships with healthcare providers across the U.S. and our comprehensive Clinical Guidance Process, we are confident in our ability to help you find clinical placement. So much so that if you are unable to find a clinical site on your own, we pledge to step in and help you secure clinical placement.*

* Subject to terms and conditions outlined in the enrollment agreement.

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Why Herzing


*The post-graduate APRN certificate program in nursing at Herzing University Online is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (



Herzing's post graduate FNP program provides busy professionals with the flexibility and convenience of completing coursework online. Choose to go full time and complete the program in 16 months or opt to go part-time and complete the program in 18 months.


We at Herzing are committed to helping you achieve academic success.

As a student in our post master's FNP online program, you will learn from dedicated Master- and Doctoral-prepared faculty, be teamed with clinical course faculty who are experts in their field, and have Master-prepared academic coaches available to you who offer one-on-one assistance, training, and support.

Herzing also provides extensive suport to ensure our PMCFNP graduates are successful on the FNP Board examinations.


Post Master's FNP program curriculum & classes

Designed for nurses who already hold an MSN degree, Herzing's PMC-FNP program provides nurses the opportunity to go from non-clinical to clinical-based advanced practice nursing.

The population-based curriculum begins with three direct care courses followed by FNP certification concentration courses, focusing on the primary care needs of patients across the lifespan.

Required Direct Care

All courses, 10.00 semester credit hours are required.

Required Courses in FNP Concentration

All courses , 23.00 semester credit hours, are required.


As a graduate of Herzing University's Post Master's Certificate FNP program, you will be eligible to take one of two certification exams:

Certification eligibility: Family Nurse Practitioner – Board Certified (FNP-BC)


Admission prerequisites

The post master’s family nurse practitioner certificate program is open to registered nurses who:

  1. Possess a Master of Science in Nursing degree from an accredited university or college.
  2. Hold a current, active and unrestricted license as a registered nurse in the state in which they live (Note: Holding a multi-state, compact state license and being a resident in a compact license state will be deemed to have met this requirement).




A post master’s certificate (PMC), also referred to as a “post-graduate” certificate, is designed for nurses who hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree and seek additional certification in a separate field.

Herzing University offers two post master’s certificates for MSN-prepared nurses looking to transition in or out of clinical-based practice:

A post master’s certificate from Herzing University provides the education, training, and practical experience you need to take the next big step in your nursing career.


According to 2018 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurse practitioners earn an average salary of $110,030 per year ($52.90 per hour). Pay depends on many factors, including your location, what healthcare institution you work for and your level of experience.

Discover the average nurse practitioner salary by state and find out what nurse practitioners make on average near you.


The time needed to go from MSN to NP varies depends on the type of certification you’re applying for. Different types of specialties such as pediatrics, acute care and women’s health have their own unique certification requirements.

Candidates for Herzing's online PMC - Family Nurse Practitioner certificate program must complete 9 courses consisting of 33 credits and 675 clinical hours. The program is typically completed in 16-20 months when attending full time. A part-time option is available.


Here’s a selection of the most common types of nurse practitioners:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP)
  • Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP)
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)

Note: Herzing does not offer a track in each specialty – only Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).

Each specialty has its own unique requirements in terms of job experience and certification. The advantage of becoming an FNP vs. other types of NP is you will be qualified to handle many different types of specialties within family practice.

The Herzing University post master’s FNP program provides Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) with the education necessary to become a family nurse practitioner and carve a unique professional path.


At Herzing University, we strive to provide an affordable, career-focused education for all students. Financial aid options include loans, scholarships & grants, VA / military benefits and more. You can find an estimate for tuition and expenses by using the Herzing University Tuition Wizard.


Depending on where you live, there are certain guidelines related to licensure. You will need to check with your state board of nursing.

At Herzing University, we assist you in identifying which certification exam meets your needs. We also encourage testing within the first 90 days of graduation to help you take the next step in your career. Once you have successfully become certified then it is important to connect with your state board to meet their requirements.


According to 2018 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for nurse practitioners are expected to grow by 28% from 2018-2028. Given the projected growth in the baby-boom population the need for advanced medical care is expected to rise, and nurse practitioners will continue to be leaned on as primary contributors in this level of healthcare.


Herzing University is approved to offer programs in an online learning modality through association with the main campus in Madison, Wisconsin. ​

*The master’s degree program in nursing and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Herzing University Madison are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Not all programs approved in all states. Individuals considering the Post Master’s Certificate Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program should be aware that state requirements for availability of required clinical courses and eligibility to apply for licensure as a family nurse practitioner vary from state to state. Applicants should check with their applicable state board of nursing before enrolling in any graduate nursing program.

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