Post-Masters FNP Certificate

The Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing degree (MSN) with functional tracks for education and administration, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and the post-master's Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certification. These MSN and FNP programs provide in-depth, advanced study for nurses interested in expanding their knowledge of health care delivery. Students who satisfactorily complete the requirements will graduate from Abilene Christian University or Hardin-Simmons University with a Master of Science in Nursing degree. The MSN graduate will assume leadership roles in diverse positions such as Family Nurse Practitioner, administrator or patient care manager. Graduates of the Family Nurse Practitioner option also are prepared to take a national certification exam.


  • Spring Term

  • NURS 6342 Advanced Health Assessment (60 clinical hours)

  • Summer Term

  • NURS Elective
  • NURS 6334 Skills for the APN

  • Fall Term

  • NURS 6451 Family Nurse Practitioner I (228 clinical hours)


  • Spring Term

  • NURS 6452 Family Nurse Practitioner II (228 Clinical Hours)
  • NURS 6340 Role Development for Advanced Practice

  • Summer Term

  • NURS 6453 Family Nurse Practitioner III (144 Hours)

Gainful Employment Data

U.S. Department of Labor's Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code

29.1171 Nurse Practitioners

CIP Code

51.1605 Family Practice Nurse/Nursing

On-time graduation rate

2-year program with 100% of students completing the program “on-time”

Cost of attendance

Tuition = $15015 ($715/hour * 21 hours)
Books = $1600
Room/Board = $10206
Fees = $1000
Total COA for entire program = $27821

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