Graduate Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner

Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. Michele Bednarzyk

Director FNP Certificate

(904) 620-2684

Building 39A, Room 3098
Application Information This program accepts for the fall term only.
Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . April 1

Admission Requirements

University requirements:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.

Additional program requirements:

  1. Official transcripts from all attended institutions
  2. Graduate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution with a program accredited by either the CCNE or ACEN (formerly NLNAC)
    • Minimum GPA of 3.5 in the graduate nursing program 
  3. Copy of current licensure as a registered nurse in the state of Florida
    • Out-of-state applicants will be required to obtain a Florida licensure upon admission to the program
  4. Current resume (1-2 pages in length) indicating:
    • Two (2) years employment as a registered nurse in a clinical setting within the last 4 years 
    • Professional work experience with a brief explanation of each position’s responsibilities
  5. Personal statement (not to exceed 3 pages)
    • Typewritten in 12pt font with 1” margins (all sides)
    • Includes academic and professional goals
  6. Two letters of reference
    • One clinical reference addressing clinical skills
    • One academic reference addressing academic abilities 
*An interview may be requested of the applicant at the discretion of the program.   
Admission will be handled on a space-available basis. Seats are first provided to those seeking DNP admission for the Family Nurse Practitioner track.  


    Students should be aware that admission into any graduate program is granted on a competitive basis. Students meeting minimum requirements may be denied admission based on such factors as program capacity or academic discretion. Likewise, students may be considered for admission as an exception if stated admissions criteria are not met.



    For more information on how to apply click here.

    Additional requirements for International applicants can be found here.


    Program Overview This certificate program is for individuals who currently have a graduate degree in nursing and want to obtain a certificate which will allow them to sit for the National Certification Examination as a Family Nurse Practitioner in order to practice in that capacity.  In addition, individuals who are nationally certified as ANP, PNP, GNP, CNM and WHNP may apply for this certificate program. Past education and current advanced practice experience will be considered in determining program requirements.
    Special Notes about the Program

    Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in their graduate nursing program and must have successfully completed a health assessment course within the last 10 years.


    Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Please visit the Financial Aid website for more information regarding eligibility. 

    Curriculum and Requirements Curriculum
    Program Policies
    Total Program
    Credit Hours
    Average Length
    of the Program
    Two years