Program overview

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Post-Master’s Certificate program prepares students to be caring and compassionate nurses who can manage patient care across the lifespan. Adding this certificate to your credentials will expand your scope of practice as a primary care provider. The FNP post-master’s certificate program is intended for those who already have a master’s degree in nursing and want to add a certificate to their credentials to be able to practice in the FNP specialty area. Courses are offered 100% online. An in-person residency may be required. 

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Program requirements

Upon acceptance, a gap analysis will take place to determine the student's academic plan. This is a comprehensive review of all prior graduate coursework including course descriptions, objectives and topical outlines. The purpose of the review is to find gaps in the required criteria for the student to be eligible to sit for the nurse practitioner certification exam. Curriculum will include online classes focused on the student's desired concentration as well as clinical placements.

Designed to fit your life

You need a program that works with your busy life. Rider’s online post-master’s certificate program offers flexible 100% online courses and a choice of multiple start terms throughout the year. We’re ready when you are.

Three Convenient Application Deadlines

  • Fall Aug. 15
  • Spring Dec. 1
  • Summer May 1

CCNE accredited

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing and the post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Rider University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. 

CCNE Accredited

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Why choose Rider?

  • 100% online courses
  • Supportive faculty who will evaluate your previous credentials to determine courses needed for your chosen path
  • Flexibility to complete your clinical hours in a time frame that works best for you
  • Faculty who find and coordinate optimal clinical placements 
  • Earn your certification in as little as four semesters
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University partnerships

Rider University is proud to partner with Capital Health and give back to healthcare workers by offering a tuition discount and additional benefits to eligible employees. Other partners include The State of New Jersey, Penn Medicine Princeton Health (through the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber), Woods Services and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton. 


Lori Prol

Associate Professor, Director of Nursing Programs

Mike and Patti Hennessy Science and Technology Center

lprol [at]


Academic Focus: Nursing

Department of Health Sciences and Nursing

Science and Technology Center