Nursing Post-Master's FNP Certificate Program

About the Program

Program Director

Mary Ellen Wilkosz, PhD, RN, FNP
Professor of Nursing

Assistant Director

Dr. Wendy Smith, RN, FNP
Professor of Nursing

Administrative Coordinator

Kristi Hellman

The Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program, offered in partnership between the Nursing Department and the School of Extended and International Education (SEIE), is a two-year, 36-unit program designed for nurses who already hold a Master of Science in Nursing.

The FNP Certificate Program operates as a cohort model, with everyone in the program moving through at the same speed. Certificate students are integrated into the SSU FNP Master’s track to create more opportunities to interact with other students, but take fewer classes as they are given credit for their previous MS coursework.

The majority of the coursework is web-based and students must be comfortable using a computer and the internet. Clinical preceptorships are conducted in each student’s local community with oversight from an SSU clinical faculty member. However, students must come to the Sonoma State campus 8 or more times during the first semester and 3—4 times in subsequent semesters.

Program Approvals and Certification

The SSU Family Nurse Practitioner program meets criteria specified in Section 1484, Title XVI of the California Administrative Code and is fully approved by the California BRN and the ACEN Accreditation.

Graduates are eligible for and encouraged to seek national certification by taking either of these exams:

Frequently Asked Questions

Some of your general questions may be answered on the Nursing Department's Master's Program FAQ page.

Those interested in providing supervision for the preceptorship portion of the curriculum can find information on the Nursing Department's Preceptorship page.