Take Control of Your Nursing Career
Prepare to become a Family Nurse Practitioner through the guidance of experienced faculty dedicated to equipping students with the technical knowledge that supports preparation for FNP certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Certification Board (AANP).
The online post-Master’s FNP Certificate’s research-backed curriculum coupled with clinical and practicum requirements fully prepares you to take your career to the next level.
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Enhance Your Nursing Credentials
Whether you’re looking to unlock new advancement opportunities or change your career direction entirely, the online CCNE-accredited post-Master’s FNP Certificate will equip you with the tools to accomplish your professional goals.
The focused and pragmatic curriculum, designed by experienced professionals, will prepare you to pursue national certification through American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Certification Board (AANP). The FNP certificate program coursework has been structured with the FNP certification process in mind, preparing students for FNP certification and licensure.
Career Outlook: Skills to Build an Autonomous Practice
The Certificate of Advanced Studies in Family Nurse Practitioner will enable you to accomplish your career goals in a variety of health care settings. The post-Master’s FNP Certificate will open the door to many advancement opportunities. With a median salary of $115,800, family nurse practitioner positions are also expected to grow by 26% over the next ten years, a rate that’s much faster than average1.Explore Careers
Curriculum: A Practical Approach to the Field
Concentrate on the nuances of the family nurse practitioner role through a balanced and research-backed curriculum. Designed by practitioners with extensive experience in the field, Utica College’s nursing program engages you with topics like health promotion and primary care, pharmacology, and assessment and diagnostic reasoning.
As a result, you will be fully prepared to engage with the practicum, residency, and fieldwork requirements of the CCNE-accredited online post-Master’s FNP Certificate.Explore Courses
You’ll complete this post-graduate FNP Nursing Certificate ready to:
- Integrate the arts and sciences, including leadership and ethical principles, with nursing science as a foundation for decision-making within diverse situations, settings, and communities resulting in safe patient care, quality outcomes, and health promotion.
- Use critical reflection, innovation, and interprofessional collaboration to promote lifelong learning and continual improvement, integrate current evidence, and inform policy.
- Incorporate current technologies to augment professional practice and scholarship.
- Employ analytic and diagnostic reasoning skills in the promotion of health, reduction of risk, and management of illness with diverse patient populations.
- Demonstrate interprofessional collaboration, ethical principles, and leadership through political and policy endeavors to enhance safety, quality, health care processes, and delivery systems.
- Illustrate effective communication and collaboration during patient and family interaction and coordination of care services.
To apply for admission, you must meet the following requirements:
- Completed application
- 3.0 minimum GPA
- Master’s degree in nursing from an accredited nursing program
- Two letters of recommendation from professional colleagues at the BSN level or higher
- Unencumbered RN license in the state in which you reside
- 3-credit statistics course (grade of B or higher*)
- Baccalaureate-level health assessment course with observed laboratory (Will be determined during application review*)
- Writing sample
*Students with a B- or lower grade in Health Assessment will be required to successfully complete a 3 credit hour course prior to starting the program. Students with a B- or lower grade in statistics will be provided the option of completing a self-study module and accompanying exam.
Note: Approved background check and fingerprints required at the time of clinical courses.Learn More
Tuition and Financial Aid:
This 31 credit hour certificate costs $825 per credit hour. Utica College is dedicated to making an advanced education accessible and affordable. Speak with a program manager to learn more.Learn More
The nursing faculty at Utica College is dedicated to supporting you in preparation for the FNP certification. As nurses who have gone through the certification process and have practiced as Family Nurse Practitioners, you will receive a top-notch and practical education suited to help you achieve your personal and professional goals.
With decades of experience in nursing education, research, and practice, the graduate nursing faculty are led by program director Doreen Rogers, DNS, RN and FNP coordinator Jennifer Klimek Yingling Ph.D., RN, ANP-BC, FNP-BC.
Doreen Rogers, DNS, RN, Alumnus CCRN, CNE
Assistant Professor of Nursing, Director of Nursing Graduate Programs
Dr. Doreen Rogers was appointed Assistant Professor of Nursing at Utica College in January 2018. Prior to joining Utica College, Dr. Rogers taught at associate and baccalaureate levels of pre-licensure.
Dr. Rogers was most recently the coordinator of the online Nursing Education graduate program at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, where she was an instructor as well. Dr. Rogers began her nursing education at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing. She completed her baccalaureate degree at SUNY Utica/Rome, her graduate degree in Nursing Education from Mansfield University, and her Doctor of Nursing Science (Nursing Education/Leadership) from Sage Graduate School.
Over the past 26 years, Dr. Rogers’ professional nursing practice encompasses medical-surgical and critical care. She holds CCRN (2001) and Certified Nurse Educator (2008) certifications and has provided workshops on test construction, item writing, and item analysis. Her research activity encompasses professional collegiality, resilience, rural nursing, nursing retention, and various components of nursing education. In her spare time, Dr. Doreen Rogers enjoys spending time with her husband at their two teens’ athletic competitions, providing assistance with community functions, and coaching varsity girls’ basketball during the winter months.
Jennifer Klimek Yingling, RN, Ph.D., ANP-BC, FNP-BC
Assistant Professor of Nursing, Nurse Practitioner Program Coordinator
Dr. Jennifer Klimek Yingling is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Utica College, as well as an upstate New York resident helping to strengthen the community through practice, academics, and research.
Dr. Klimek Yingling studied at Mohawk Valley Community College and the State University of New York Institute of Technology, and she received her Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing from Rutgers University. A passionate caregiver and a patient advocate, she is a dual-boarded Family and Adult Nurse Practitioner, holding nursing licenses in New York, Florida, and Massachusetts. Her more than two decades of nursing experience include medical-surgical, emergency, forensic, occupational and student health. Dr. Klimek Yingling practices clinically on a weekly basis in the Mohawk Valley Health Systems Emergency Department, which allows her to bring real-life experiences to the classroom.
Her research activities include work with breast cancer survivorship, horizontal violence, emergency department throughput, and adverse childhood experiences. In her free time, Dr. Klimek Yingling enjoys spending time in the Adirondacks with her husband and four children, as well as photography, gardening, cooking, and painting.
Frequently Asked Questions:
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Yes. Admission to this program requires an unencumbered RN license in the state in which you reside, a master’s degree in nursing, and 2,000 hours of work experience.
The online Advanced Nursing Certificates take different amounts of time. While the FNP post-Master’s Certificate takes around 20 months and the Nursing Educator Certificate takes on average 16 months to complete, the Nursing Leadership Certificate typically takes about one year to finish.
While each nursing certificate track has the same cost per credit hour, each require a different total amount of credits to complete. The online Nursing Leadership Certificate is costs an estimated $14,850. The online FNP Certificate has an average tuition of $25,575. Finally, the online Nursing Educator program costs an estimated $20,625.
Because each of the advanced certificates in nursing programs encompass different areas of specializations, students will need to concentrate their time and energy on the courses attached to the program of study. For example, students pursuing the post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Leadership will take classes exclusive to Nursing Leadership. For a comprehensive overview of the required courses for each track, please visit the MSN Curriculum page for more information.
To be considered for enrollment in any of the online Nursing Certificates, prospective students must hold a Master’s Degree in Nursing or MSN along with 2,000 hours of previous work experience.
After getting your online Nursing Certificate in FNP, Nursing Educator, or Nursing Leadership, you will be able to pursue advanced positions and new career opportunities. You can learn more about these different positions from the Career Outlook section through each of the programs.
For nurses who want to refocus their career goals or to pursue new advancement opportunities, the three Advanced Certificates in Nursing empower students to explore different career paths. Learn more about each of our Nursing Certificate programs today.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (April 12, 2019). Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners.Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved on May 10, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nurse-anesthetists-nurse-midwives-and-nurse-practitioners.htm