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Nurses prepared with a master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program and a specialty other than family can enhance their degree through our Post-master’s 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.

Program Type

Graduate Certificate

Program Format

On Campus
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About the Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

The 12-month family nurse practitioner graduate certificate is designed for registered nurses who have already completed a master’s degree in nursing and wish to pursue preparation as a family nurse practitioner. Practicum placements at UWM College of Nursing are a collaborative effort.

Gainful Employment

This certificate program is subject to federal gainful employment regulations.

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 standalone certificate program will no longer be eligible for federal Title IV aid. Students in a standalone certificate program who are seeking financial assistance may be eligible for private loans. Private loans are not guaranteed as they are subject to lender approval including a credit check.

FastChoice is 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 previously enrolled students who have been awarded federal financial aid, see the Gainful Employment Certificate Disclosure Information: Gainful Employment Certificate Disclosure Information.

Designated coursework in the certificate program is completed under the direction of faculty experts and clinical preceptors. A three consecutive semester sequence of theory and practicum courses totaling 18 credits is required for completion of the Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate program.

Plan of Study

CourseCourse NumberCredits
FNP Practicum INURS 7573
FNP Speciality Theory INURS 7673
FNP Practicum IINURS 7583
FNP Specialty Theory IINURS 7683
FNP Practicum IIINURS 7593
FNP Specialty Theory IIINURS 7693

Grade Point Average Requirement

A minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point average in certificate courses taken at UWM is required.

Transfer Credit

No more than 20% of the required credits may be taken at an institution other than UWM. These courses are subject to Graduate School transfer policy and must be approved by the director of the certificate program. 

Time Limit

Certificate program time limits shall be established as follows:

  • 18 or fewer credits/Three years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.
  • 19 or more credits/Four years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.
  • For certificates that are designed as add-ons to degree programs and are awarded concurrent with the degree, the time limit shall be the same as that of the degree program.

The admission requirements of the Family Nurse Practitioner graduate certificate are consistent with those requirements specified by the UWM’s Graduate School. The admission requirements for the advanced practice certificates programs are in transition. Contact College of Nursing Student Affairs Academic Advisor prior to submitting an application.

In addition, students must also meet the following requirements for the College of Nursing:

  • A master’s or doctoral degree in Nursing from an accredited program providing preparation as a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, certified nurse midwife, or certified registered nurse anesthetist.
  • Certification in their current advanced practice registered nurse specialty as applicable.
  • Completion with a grade of B or better-of a graduate-level course in physiology/pathophysiology, pharmacology, and comprehensive assessment. Evidence of prescriptive authority in the state of Wisconsin will be accepted in place of graduate pharmacology.
  • Current registration as a professional nurse in the state of Wisconsin.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, two (2) of which are from persons most knowledgeable about the applicant’s recent academic and work experiences.
  • Personal interviews with a faculty member may be requested.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Personal statement that includes rationale for certificate study and career goals.
  • One year of clinical experience relevant to the chosen specialty.

Prerequisite Courses

CourseCourse NumberCredits
Comprehensive Assessment of Health (pre-req)NURS 7543
Physiologic Basis for ANP (pre-req)NURS 7533
Advanced Pharmacology:Application to APN (pre-req)NURS 7073
  • Students wishing to obtain this certificate must declare their intention by applying to the program office or director.
  • All graduate certificate applicants-even those already enrolled in a UWM graduate program-must apply to the Graduate School through the Panthera admission application.
  • Graduate degree and previously admitted graduate nondegree students who decide to pursue a certificate program must submit the Panthera application before completing six credits in the certificate sequence.
  • Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree and have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average to be admitted to a certificate program. 
Jennifer Daood
  • Graduate Program Manager
Important Dates

This program is not currently accepting applications.


This post-graduate APRN certificate program in nursing at UW-Milwaukee is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Jennifer Daood
  • Graduate Program Manager