Mount Carmel College of Nursing’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate Program is designed for Master's prepared registered nurses who wish to pursue a primary care focused, advanced practice nursing role. The Family Nurse Practitioner provides comprehensive primary healthcare to individuals from infancy to adulthood. FNPs are prepared to provide care to individuals with acute illnesses such as bronchitis or minor infections and chronic illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. Preventative health services, patient education, disease management and other health initiatives are provided to heal the body, mind and spirit within the context of family and community. The program is offered in a hybrid format with online and face-to-face coursework.

Upon completion of the Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program, graduates will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Deliver competent healthcare to diverse populations within the community
  • Use epidemiological, social and environmental data to draw inferences to effectively assist patients in achieving and/or maintaining optimum health or to stabilize chronic health conditions
  • Facilitate and demonstrate the use of evidence-based practice in nursing
  • Design health promotion and disease prevention clinical programs for individuals and families in primary care settings
  • Evaluate nursing practice and health care to produce quality outcomes of evidence-based primary care services throughout the community
  • Enhance leadership in clinical practice
  • Use ethical decision making in the delivery of primary care services for populations, especially vulnerable populations
  • Collaborate with intra- and interdisciplinary professionals to achieve quality outcomes in advanced nursing practice
  • Demonstrate scholarly inquiry through verbal and written communication in clinical scholarship

Application Deadlines

Post-Master’s Certificate Family Nurse Practitioner classes begin Summer Term.

  • Fall Cohort Start: August 1
  • Summer Cohort Start: March 30

* Start date dependent on previous academic credits

* Pharmacology courses must be completed within the last (5) years to be accepted for transfer credit.

Two Program Options Available

* Due to the fast pace of the post-graduate certificate programs, students must have a preceptor(s) and site in place prior to starting their first clinical course. It is ultimately the responsibility of the student to find a preceptor for each clinical experience. The Graduate Clinical Coordinator is available to provide resources, guidance, and assistance with affiliation agreements for students as they secure an appropriate preceptor/site. The Graduate Clinical Coordinator can be reached at

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