Family Nurse Practitioner

Improve Patient Lifespan Care as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Limited-Residency | 1.5-2 Years | CCNE Accredited

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Expand Your Scope of Practice As You Become An FNP

Specialize in family nursing. Expand your career opportunities in the field of nursing as you become a leader in the field of family medicine. Expand your practice by becoming a nurse practitioner.

Prepare for the FNP National Certification Exam & Licensure

Become a practicing Family Nurse Practitioner. After graduating from an FNP program you are eligible to take the AANPCB or ANCC national certification exam for the Family Nurse Practitioner. Then you can apply for licensure in advanced practice nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Designed for Practicing Nurses

Our program is specifically designed for practicing registered nurses. Keep caring for your patients and living in your place of choice while you earn your next credential. Our online program is designed for you, the busy nurse who is ready to make an even greater impact in your clinic or practice setting.

540+ Clinical Contact Hours

Gain the hands-on experience you need. You will complete at least 540 clinical contact hours throughout the program. Fulfill the clinical components of the program in your own environment to confidently practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Practice Care Across the Lifespan

Assess, diagnose, and manage common acute and chronic primary conditions of individuals and families. Identify the epidemiologic roots of health issues affecting family/community systems and evaluate the impact of environmental stressors on individual, family, and community health. Go on to make exciting innovations in the field of family medicine as you transform patient care in your community.




Individuals with a BSN can start working toward their Family Nurse Practitioner certification through this course of study that allows you to earn your Master’s of Science in Nursing while training as an FNP. In just 5 semesters you will gain the clinical skills to serve patients as the primary point of care.



Complete your Master’s of Science in Nursing while earning multiple APRN certifications. Train as a primary care provider through FNP certification (540 clinical hours), then refine your skills for the most demanding clinical environments to prepare for a career as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner (420 clinical hours). In just 2 years, you will be able to work as a clinician in the most heightened healthcare contexts.



Start working toward your MSN while gaining multiple certifications (1080 total clinical hours). Over the course of 2 years, prepare to be a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who can treat the entire patient.


FNP Certificate (Post-Master’s)

If you already have an MSN and want to move into the field of clinical practice, this is one of your best APRN options. In just over a year, you’ll be prepared to work as a primary point of care, assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients for a broad range of conditions. And our requirement of 540 clinical hours means you will be efficiently prepared to practice on your own.



Dual FNP/ENP Certificate (Post-Master’s)

Elevate your clinical expertise by becoming an FNP, then learn how to apply that knowledge in an emergency care setting as an ENP. Train to fill an area of extreme need in the most challenging circumstances through this 5-semester course of study that includes 960 clinical hours.


Dual FNP/PMHNP Certificate (Post-Master’s)

If you want the most clinical flexibility, learn how to treat the entire patient by becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. You willl be able to more completely meet the clinical needs of the people you treat through this rigorous clinical track that requires 5 semesters and 1080 clinical hours.


Our curriculum prepares you to be the most effective Family Nurse Practitioner. Offer the care your patients need across the lifespan. You’ll pair online instruction with onsite visits, where you’ll learn hands-on skills and make meaningful professional connections.

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Family Health

Learn to follow patients throughout the life cycle with diagnostic and management skills. Focus on children, adolescents, adults, older adults, and families. Develop skills in obstetrics, pediatrics, gynecology, geriatrics, men’s health, and more. Learn and explore differential diagnoses and treatment plans that include genetic, age, gender, and cultural influences, as well as laboratory findings, primary care procedures, and diagnostic studies.

Nurse Practitioner Core

Complete the Nurse Practitioner core curriculum during the FNP program. Separate courses in advanced practice roles, advanced pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology set the foundation for your practice.

Evidence-Based Practice

Learn how to use sophisticated research and evidence-based thinking to evaluate clinical practice and adapt patient care as necessary. Across the coursework, you’ll learn how to evaluate and apply medical literature in order to become the most effective, flexible nurse practitioner. 


Winter 2022

Priority Application Deadline: November 1, 2021
Final Application Deadline: December 6, 2021
Semester Start:  January 10, 2022

Summer 2022

Priority Application Deadline: March 7, 2022
Final Application Deadline: April 4, 2022
Semester Start:  May 2, 2022

Fall 2022

Priority Application Deadline: July 5, 2022
Final Application Deadline: August 1, 2022
Semester Start:  August 29, 2022


MSN Requirements

  • BSN degree from an accredited institution (or foreign equivalent)
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • At least one year of clinical experience preferred (required for PMHNP)
  • A current unencumbered RN license in your state of residence

Post Master’s Certificate Requirements

  • Master’s (or higher) degree in nursing or a health-related specialty from an accredited institution (or foreign equivalent)
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • At least one year of clinical experience (preferred)
  • A current unencumbered RN license in your state of residence


Kelly Conway

Kelly Conway


Dean of College of Nursing

Kevin Ballard

Kevin Ballard


DNP & FNP Program Director

Allyce K. Jones

Allyce K. Jones


PMHNP Program Director

Kristina Davis

Kristina Davis


ENP Program Director


Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (8060 165th Avenue NE Ste 100, Redmond, WA 98052-3981), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the US Department of Education.


The Doctor of Nursing Practice programs and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.(


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