Family nurse practitioner

University of Missouri-Columbia
Graduate certificate
Family nurse practitioner.
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A graduate certificate in family nurse practitioner (FNP) from MU can help you expand your practice or specialize in family nursing. Continue working as you gain the knowledge and skills you need to advance. Learn from experienced practicing faculty who are renowned researchers and belong to a network of nurses across the nation.

Students who pursue the family nurse practitioner graduate certificate will:

  • Learn to provide lifelong, comprehensive primary health care to families through disease management, health education and preventative health services;
  • Understand how to work independently and collaboratively to integrate advanced knowledge in the delivery of health care to all populations including rural and underserved communities;
  • Be eligible for advanced practice nurse certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Quick facts

Official name

Graduate certificate in family nurse practitioner


University of Missouri-Columbia

Program type

Graduate certificate

Academic home

Sinclair School of Nursing

Delivery mode

100% online


Higher Learning Commission, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Credit hours


Estimated cost


*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

Family nurse practitioner.

Career prospects

Sinclair School of Nursing
Job placement rates
Sinclair School of Nursing
Certification pass rates

Program structure

Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Courses are semester-based. How long it takes to complete the program depends on your academic progress so far. If you want to study part time, the program will most likely take you two years to complete.


100% online

Calendar system


Typical program length

2 years

Typical course load

Part time


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The graduate certificate programs at the Sinclair School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Faculty spotlight

Miriam has been an RN since 1987. She has worked in a variety of roles, including staff nurse and nurse manager in medical-surgical, cardiothoracic and neurosurgery. Miriam has worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner since 1997, working in public health, GYN-oncology surgery — chemo certified, retail health, employee health and clinic manager/director. She joined the Sinclair School of Nursing in 2014. In 2017 she worked with a local health department to establish a mobile clinic to provide health care to rural and underserved populations in the county.

Miriam Butler, DNP, NP-C, FNP-BC
DNP Program Director and Assistant Teaching Professor

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Sinclair School of Nursing