Nurses prepared with a masters degree in nursing from an accredited program and a specialty other than family can enhance their degree through our Post-Masters Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate program. Students develop skills in critical thinking, communication, and advanced clinical decision-making in the context of relationship-based primary care. This 12-month certificate program is taught and led by outstanding clinical faculty.

Due to new federal financial aid regulations, beginning with the summer 2017 term, students who had not previously been awarded federal financial aid at UWM and are enrolled in a stand-alone certificate program will no longer be eligible for federal Title IV aid. Students in a stand-alone certificate who are seeking financial assistance maybe eligible for private loans. Private loans are not guaranteed as they are subject to lender approval including a credit check. Below is a link to a tool that will help you learn what to look for when shopping for a private loan. At the end of the short tutorial, it will provide a comparison shopping tool allowing you to sort, filter, and compare up to five lenders at one time.


Upon applying for the loan of your choice and being approved, the UWM Financial Aid Office will be notified by the lender to provide enrollment information.  At such time the loan will be added to your financial aid award.

For information on how to apply to the Post-Masters Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate program contact Jennifer Daood at

FNP Plan of Study

How to Apply