Family Nurse Practitioner - Post MS

The Post Master Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate program provides a program of study for master's-prepared nurses interested in taking the certification exam to practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner and builds upon the existing curriculum of the Family Nurse Practitioner concentration. The FNP Certificate program offers a formal program of study for students who already have the Master of Science in Nursing degree without requiring them to complete a second master's degree.

Distance Education Students Residing outside of Indiana:
Each of the states has its own approval processes for out-of-state institutions offering distance education.  While Indiana State University endeavors to offer all of its programs to as wide an audience as possible, all Indiana State University distance education programs may not be available in all states. Post MS Nursing Certificate programs at Indiana State University are not available to residents of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, District of Columbia, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia, or Wyoming, US Territories, or International students. 

Map of states in which the Post MS/MSN certificate is available.

Circumstances such as moving to an unapproved state or deployment of U.S. military or their family members outside the continental United States must be communicated to the School of Nursing and will impact progression and/or completion of the degree.

All students must carry their own malpractice insurance and provide Certificate of Insurance prior to beginning clinical courses.

Student Achievement Outcome Data for All Programs

 Applications are accepted twice a year:

  • October 1 for Spring (January start) 
  • March 1 for Fall  (August start)*** Extended deadline June 1 ***

How to Apply
Required Clinical Hours for Traditional Post MS-FNP

Clinical hour examples for Nationally Certified Post MS-FNP students

FNP Clinical Handbook
Graduate Nursing Student Handbook
Post MS FNP Frequently Asked Questions


The Post-Master's certificate is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) (See for more information.)

Academic Fees

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Federal financial aid is not available to students seeking a Post Master's certificate

Required Courses