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Fast Track for FNPs: Earn Your Post-Master’s Certificate Sooner

Previous coursework may expedite your family nurse practitioner online nursing certificate.

If you’re a nursing professional who’s been thinking about becoming a family nurse practitioner, the job market may be signaling that the time is right: The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the overall employment of nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, and nurse midwives will grow by approximately 45% from 2020 to 2030, a pace that is much faster than average for all occupations.1

Earning a Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing online can help prepare you for one of the estimated 29,400 annual job openings.1 And if you meet the eligibility requirements, you may qualify for an innovative post-graduate nursing certificate program that can help you expedite your journey to an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) career.


Walden University, which graduates more nurses with advanced degrees than any other university,2 offers a fast-track option in the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialization of its Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing program. If you have already earned a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and hold an active APRN license, you may be eligible to transfer credit from your previous coursework to reduce the number of courses you will need to complete for the FNP post-master’s certificate.

And if you’re a licensed, certified nurse practitioner, or hold another APRN license, you may be able to apply even more transfer credits in Walden’s fast-track pathway. Walden Enrollment Specialists can help you learn more about this potentially time-saving option.

This online post-master’s certificate FNP program is designed to help you deepen your knowledge and improve your clinical judgment so you can most effectively diagnosis and treat patients’ illnesses in settings like family practice, women’s health, internal medicine, and oncology. And you can use what you learn to educate patients about disease prevention and leading healthier lives.

Fast Track to the Future of Nursing

Walden also offers fast-track pathways in two other nurse practitioner post-master’s certificate program specializations: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. You can learn more about transfer-of-credit opportunities for these nurse practitioner certificates, too, by contacting an Enrollment Specialist.

Walden’s family nurse practitioner and adult gerontology nurse practitioner online post-master’s nursing certificate program specializations are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). CCNE accreditation signifies a nursing program’s quality and integrity.3 After graduating from Walden’s online Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing program, you’ll be academically prepared to sit for your nurse practitioner national certification exam.

The accredited university gives you the flexibility to advance your nursing education online while continuing to work and enjoy your personal life. As a student in Walden’s online nursing school, you can log on and work on coursework when and where it’s convenient for you.

The aging U.S. population, nurse retirements, and a growing emphasis on preventive care are a few of the key factors driving the demand for family nurse practitioners and other advanced practice registered nurses. The Future of Nursing 2020–2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity says that “the growing NP workforce will be useful to overcome projections of primary care and specialty physician shortages over the decade.”4

Earning a family nurse practitioner post-master’s certificate online from Walden University can help you become a trusted healthcare professional who is ready to meet the needs of patients of all ages.

Walden University is an accredited institution offering a Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing online. Expand your career options and earn your degree in a convenient, flexible format that fits your busy life.

2Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS database. Based on the most recent year’s completions survey data, using CIP code family 51.38 “Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research, and Clinical Nursing” for Master’s (Award level 7) and Doctoral (Award level 17) degrees. Available at (Retrieved January 2021; may consist of or include provisional release data.)

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), post-graduate APRN certificate program, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Note on Certification: Walden’s post-master's nurse practitioner certificate programs are designed to provide the academic credential required to apply for national certification. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will achieve national certification, we encourage students to consult the appropriate credentialing center for the specific requirements. It is an individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification as requirements vary widely. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about certification programs, students should contact the American Nurses Credentialing Center at, or other certification websites.

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission,