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  • Earn your certificate in as little as 20 months with our streamlined curriculum
  • Gain real-world experience with 600 precepted clinical hours and onsite intensives
  • Student-centric approach to learning designed for your success
  • Access to comprehensive Career Services support beyond graduation
  • Competitive tuition with financial aid and scholarships available for those who qualify

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Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for nurse practitioners is expected to increase by 45% between 2019 and 2029, much faster than average.1

Prepare to take on these new nursing opportunities with our post-master’s certificate program. Graduates of the Post-Master's FNP online program should be prepared for positions requiring the following skills of a primary care advanced practice nurse:

  • Manage the health/illness status of patients and families over time
  • Design interventions that improve healthcare for diverse populations
  • Care for patients across the age span using a patient-centered approach
  • Provide high-quality, cost-effective care
  • Work autonomously or in collaboration with other healthcare professionals
  • Serve as hospital and clinic administrators and policy makers
  • Serve as the leader in nursing quality improvement and case management
  • Design project management proposals

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook,

Our post-master’s certificate programs are designed for working professionals with asynchronous online classes that let you study when and where it’s convenient for you.

Our streamlined curriculum allows you to earn your certificate in as little as two years.

Get access to one-on-one support every step of your journey, from no-cost tutoring and writing center to a designated Student Success advisor.

Gain hands-on experience through 600 hours of practice experience through clinical placement practicums.

Participate in two on-site intensives (OSIs) lasting three days each. The OSIs bring students and faculty together for experiential learning, including demonstrations and hands-on practice to help students master skills and develop confidence.

*Program requirements include two (2) 3-day On-site Intensive (OSI) weekends and precepted hours in order to graduate. Students enrolled through the Orange County campus must complete their OSI’s in California and students enrolled through the Dallas campus must complete their OSI’s in Texas. Travel costs are not included in tuition and fees, and students are responsible for arranging transportation. Graduates will be able to apply for certification with the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) through "Method One", for more information about certification application requirements, please visit the California Board of Registered Nursing at,

Travel is not included in tuition and fees.

Why Do Students Choose WCU for their Post-Master’s Certificate?

  • Earn your certificate in as little as 20 months 
  • 600 hours of precepted clinical experience and 2 on-site intensives
  • Year-round admissions with classes starting every eight weeks
  • Graduates are eligible to sit for national boards with AANP or ANCC
  • Dedicated clinical team to secure clinical placements for all FNP students
  • Faculty mentoring program with FNP faculty to support student's personal and professional development
  • Meets National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF) standards

Online Environment

At WCU, you are not alone. WCU offers you the support and guidance to help achieve your professional goals. Our online classes are energizing, engaging and enriched with video content, simulations, adaptive quizzing, and on-the-go resources — to help you stay connected wherever you are. WCU's online programs are simple to navigate and easy to use while we support you with clear and continuous access to your instructors, peers, student services and our 24/7 technical support.

Support Beyond Graduation

West Coast University supports its students beyond the last day of classes. We are committed to helping our graduates throughout their careers.

Our Career Services Department provides ongoing assistance with professional and career development through workshops and guidance for our online students and graduates. We partner with industry professionals to enhance our students’ prospects for securing employment and achieving professional success.

WCU provides career guidance and assistance but cannot guarantee employment.

Admissions Requirement

Applicants for the Family Nurse Practitioner (Post-Master's) Program must: 

  1. Have graduated from an accredited master's or doctoral program in nursing.
  2. Have a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0
    1. Applicants with a cumulative graduate GPA of 2.7 to 2.99 may be considered for admission on probation, but must achieve a "B" (3.0) or better in the first nine credits in the certificate program to be removed from probation. Students who do not achieve a "B" or better in the first nine credits will be dismissed from the certificate program.
  3. Have a RN license in CA or be eligible for RN licensure prior to clinical practicum courses.
    1. One year of full-time work experience as an RN. (One year recent clinical experience recommended.)
  4. Pre-requisite coursework: Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Physical Assessment within the last five (5) years.

In addition to meeting the admissions requirements stipulated above, applicants to the Family Nurse Practitioner track must also:

  1. Receive a recommendation for admission from the Graduate Nursing Admissions Committee following an interview. As part of the admissions process, applicants must submit an original essay for evaluation. Past academic performance and professional activity will be evaluated, e.g., community, organizational, and volunteer service, as well as creative professional accomplishments.
  2. Applicants to the FNP track must have a minimum of one (1) year of direct patient care experience within the past three (3) years prior to entering FNP courses.
  3. Submission of two (2) letters of recommendation from most recent employer (supervisor) and from a professor who can address the applicant's clinical expertise and academic preparation for the program.

Transfer Credits

  • All students who have taken Advanced Physical Assessment within three years will also need to pass a written exam and an OSCE - Objective Structured Clinical Evaluation, on campus, performed in the presence of the FNP faculty, to assess their readiness to begin the clinical rotations in the FNP track.
  • Students who have previously taken Advanced Pharmacology which was not approved by the BRN as a prescriptive authority will need to pass a 45-Hour Advanced Pharmacology Course to transfer in those credits.

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