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Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate, APRN/FNP

Further your education with a Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate from Belmont University, and gain the knowledge and experience necessary to provide primary care for patients across the lifespan.

Why choose our APRN/FNP Certificate Program? 

Belmont's Inman College of Nursing FNP Certificate Program offers in-person instruction with small class sizes on our campus in Nashville. Graduates are prepared to sit for national certification as Family Nurse Practitioners.

The program offers flexibility to accommodate working students.

Students are guaranteed clinical placement sites in Nashville and across Middle Tennessee. Students can also work with their networks to arrange their own clinical experiences.

Belmont University Inman College of Nursing is committed to whole-person formation through an integrated approach to health and wellbeing.

What You'll Learn 

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The goal of Belmont University’s FNP Certificate Program is to prepare advanced practice nurses in the role of Family Nurse Practitioner who can provide clinically proficient, patient-centered care.

As a graduate of Belmont’s FNP program, you will be able to:

  • Integrate theory, clinical inquiry and evidence-based practice to provide clinically proficient, patient-centered care within the context of the advanced practice role, to include prevention and health promotion strategies, and management of acute and chronic disease processes.
  • Participate in inter-professional leadership teams in collaborative efforts to initiate and guide change toward the improvement of patient outcomes and healthcare systems.
  • Champion ethical decision-making and advocacy in all aspects of practice with self, patient/family, community, healthcare systems and policy development.
  • Establish a culturally appropriate practice environment that is responsible to diverse cultural health beliefs and practices to enhance healthcare outcomes.
  • Articulate a commitment to life-long learning for self, consumers and the advancement of the nursing profession and participation in professional organizations.
  • Apply quality improvement models and performance measures to health care providers’ practice patterns and to health care systems.
  • Incorporate information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error and support decision-making.
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Career Possibilities

Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP) graduates enjoy significant professional flexibility and marketability.

Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP) promote optimal health, well-being and health equity and provide primary care to individuals across the lifespan.

FNP's diagnose and prescribe treatment, counsel patients and collaborate with health professionals. They work in various settings, including outpatient clinics, urgent care/emergency rooms and hospitals.

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Program Details

Belmont's College of Nursing FNP Certificate Program is designed for those who have completed a graduate nursing degree to complete coursework documenting eligibility to take a national FNP certification exam.

Specific course and clinical requirements are determined for individual applicants based on a review of their portfolio and a gap analysis.

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In the spirit of the Belmont University Mission to develop diverse leaders of purpose, character, wisdom and transformational mindset, eager and equipped to make the world a better place, we want to extend a warm welcome to you and introduce you to our program.

As a Belmont University Nursing Student, you will join a community of scholars and leaders committed to improving healthcare and enhancing patient outcomes. You will think critically about patient care, collaborate in interdisciplinary teams and engage in clinical reasoning. You will improve the lives of patients and communities in underserved and underrepresented populations. As a Belmont Nurse, you will make the world a better place.

We look forward to supporting your journey and welcoming you to the most trusted profession in the world.

~Dr. Julie Honey, DNP, APRN, FNP, PNP-PC - Interim Dean of Nursing, Gordon E. Inman College of Nursing

Students have many opportunities to get involved and explore passions beyond the classroom. As a Belmont student, you’ll have abundant opportunities to network, engage in community events and explore service opportunities. Examples include:

  • Participation in inter-professional teams to explore multifaceted practice and systems issues through application of best practices in community engagement and evidence-based health promotion
  • Participation in local and global service and learning opportunities throughout the program of study
  • Participation in nursing policy and research conferences and programs

Belmont’s College of Nursing receives applicants for admission and most applicant credentials for graduate nursing programs exclusively through the Nursing Central Application Service (Nursing CAS). Applications are considered on a rolling basis until all spaces in the entering class are each program are filled.

Candidates are encouraged to begin the application process as soon as possible. Selected candidates will be invited to an Interview Day held throughout the academic year.

Admission Requirements

  • A Graduate Nursing Degree with APRN certification other than family nurse practitioner.
  • A BSN from a nationally accredited nursing program (CCNE or ACEN [Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing formerly NLNAC])
  • An active, unencumbered Registered Nurse License in the state of TN (or the ability to obtain one prior to program orientation)
  • Minimum GPA Preferred: 3.5
  • Application & Essay
  • Two Letters of Reference
  • Interview (as invited)

Post-Admission Requirements

After you’ve been accepted, you must complete the following requirements before enrolling:

  • $500 non-refundable enrollment deposit by a specific deadline after acceptance, applied to your first semester’s tuition
  • Final official transcript of coursework that was in progress at the time of your application, sent directly to Belmont
  • Documentation of licensure or certification information, as requested
  • A background check, as directed by the School of Nursing, with favorable results
  • Required immunizations
  • Proof of health insurance coverage
  • Program orientation

If any of these requirements are not satisfied, admission to the program may be rescinded.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

  • International applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by submitting official TOEFL scores (minimum of 550 PBT or 80 iBT) or by successful completion of ELS Language Center Level 112.
  • International applicants with college level course work from foreign institutions must have their transcripts evaluated by a credential evaluation service such as World Education Services or Joseph Silny & Associates.
  • In order to be issued an I-20 for the desired entry term, international applicants must be admitted no later than June 1 to begin enrollment in the fall.

CCNE Accredited LogoThe Baccalaureate, Post-graduate APRN and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Belmont University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.

Belmont University College of Nursing is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the National League for Nursing and the Southern Council of Collegiate Education for Nursing. The program is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

Belmont University College of Nursing is designated as a NLN Center of Excellence in Nursing Education.

In addition, the College of Nursing holds the charter for the Omicron Phi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

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Kate McGregor

Alumni Testimonial

"There are two aspects to Belmont’s MSN program that make it an exceptional learning experience: one is the program’s way of teaching students exactly what they need to know in order to be successful, and the second is the opportunity to learn in-person on Belmont’s campus. Not only do students grow to know their professors, they also develop relationships with their classmates, providing colleagues in a multitude of specialties following graduation."

Kate McGregor, Class of 2019

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