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Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing

Take your passion for improving health care outcomes to the next level with the Capella Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner. You’ll expand on your knowledge and skills to deliver person-centered care to people of all ages with an emphasis on ethical judgment. The certificate will also help prepare you for the national certification exams administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Capella University has partnered with Optum® to support advancing care and practice and help prepare nurses for the future of health care. Through modern, competency-based curriculum and innovative simulations, we’ll help equip you to face the nursing challenges of today – and tomorrow.

Capella’s Post-Master’s Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner is not currently accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Capella is pursuing initial accreditation of the certificate program with CCNE. ( If Capella’s Post-Master’s Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner does not achieve accreditation or is delayed in achieving accreditation, it may prevent you from achieving licensure in certain states. This program is currently not approved for VA education benefits by the US Department of Veterans Affairs./span>

Professional relevance

Our courses are taught by doctoral-prepared educators and experienced, board-certified nurse practitioners. They provide instruction through evidence-based practice methods and real-world experiences.

Practicum placement support

Although you are responsible for obtaining a practicum site, your dedicated support network helps you stay on track throughout your program and helps connect you with practicum site opportunities. Sites could include practicum training locations through our partner Optum, your current health care employer or other approved primary care organizations.

Immersive learning experiences

The curriculum is designed to provide advance-practice nurse training via digital medical education platform, high quality simulations and engaging documentary videos and testimonials from experienced professionals.

Classes start January 8

Use the code MSFALL to waive the $50 application fee.

At a glance

  • GuidedPath learning format
  • Online & in-person
  • 5 Core courses
  • 5 Specialization courses
  • Practicum immersion course
  • Support for practicum placement
  • Practicum

Reduce your tuition by $4,000

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $4,000 Capella-Optum Scholarship to help fund your certificate. Eligibility rules and exclusions apply. Connect with us for details.

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Continuing education with no tuition costs

Build skills, work toward licensure renewal and meet CE requirements when you earn contact hours through on-demand nursing webinars.

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