Program Overview

The 100% online Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Post-Master’s Certificate 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.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the online FNP Post-Master’s Certificate program is open to RNs or APRNs with a master’s degree in nursing. Learn more about Rider’s application process and discover what it takes to reach your education and professional goals.

How to Apply

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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. 15
  • Summer May 1

Why Choose Rider?

  • Study 100% online
  • Flexible start dates
  • Most courses run on a short, 7-week schedule
  • Supportive faculty who will evaluate your previous credentials and GPA to determine courses needed for your chosen path
  • Earn your certification in five semesters
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Program Requirements

Students will take online classes focused on the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) concentration. They will also complete clinical placements in order to achieve the concentration. Completion of the FNP certificate can prepare you to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board.

How to Apply

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CCNE Accreditation Statement

The master's degree program in nursing and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Rider University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.


Lori Prol

Assistant Professor

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