Post Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate (FNP)

About the FNP Certificate Program

The Post Master’s FNP certificate program is tailored for nurses who possess a master’s or doctorate nursing degree and desire to become a nurse practitioner. It comprises 31 units and is 1 - 1.5 years in duration on a full-time basis depending on entry track. Most classes meet in the evenings, however students are required to have sufficient flexibility in their schedules to complete the clinical practicum hours during regular business hours (M-F). Nurse Practitioner faculty provide advising and mentoring to assist students in balancing work, study and personal life responsibilities. In addition, small class sizes facilitate support among students in the cohort. Upon completion of this program students become eligible for California NP certification & national board certification.  Additional information about the program including student learning outcomes can be obtained in the nursing section of the SF State bulletin.

The Post Master's FNP Certificate program is a School of Nursing program jointly administered by the SF State College of Extended Learning Special Sessions department.

  • All classes are taught by School of Nursing faculty
  • All students are assigned a School of Nursing faculty advisor
  • Tuition is $675 per unit for the 31 unit program
  • Students register and pay for classes via the College of Extended Learning


Eligibility Criteria

Prospective students must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate program:

  • Master’s degree or higher in nursing
  • Valid California RN license
  • One year RN clinical experience

Admission into the program occurs twice per year as described below:

Fall Admission

The Fall entry program start is specifically for:

  • Students who have graduated from an SF State MSN program, excluding the Nursing Administration emphasis, within the previous five years.
  • Fall classes begin mid to late August.
  • Length of program: 12 months

Summer Admission

The summer entry program start is required for prospective students who:

  • Earned their master's or higher nursing degree at a school other than San Francisco State University; or
  • Received a MSN degree from SF State longer than five years ago or pursued the Nursing Administration track.
  • Summer classes begin in June.
  • Length of program: 15 months

Application Deadlines

Cal State Apply Application Period

We strongly recommend that prospective students complete the Cal State Apply application as early as possible during the application period to allow time for an SF State ID number to be issued and all required university documentation, including a set of official transcripts, residency status information, etc., to be submitted, received and processed.

Fall admission:
October 1 - February 1

Summer admission:
February 1 - March 31

School of Nursing Supplemental Application Period

We recommend beginning the process early in the application period as late applications will not be accepted. Further supplemental application guidance is available on Program Materials sections of NursingCAS.

Fall admission:
October 15 - February 1, 8:59 p.m. Pacific Time

Summer admission:
February 1 - March 31, 8:59 p.m. Pacific Time

Application Procedures

Step One: Submit Application to San Francisco State University via Cal State Apply. For summer admission, please apply here. For Fall admission, please apply here.

  • The applicant’s Cal State Apply Extended Profile must indicate, Post-baccalaureate certificate; the program selection must be "Family Nurse Practitioner”.
  • The Cal State Apply application requests an essay and references.  These Cal State Apply sections can be omitted as references and an essay must be submitted via the School of Nursing supplemental application.
  • It is recommended that applicants complete the Cal State Apply application early in the application period.  The Division of Graduate Studies will assign applicants an SF State ID# and it must subsequently be included on the School of Nursing supplemental application.

Complete details concerning this portion of the process is available on the SF State Division of Graduate Studies web site.

Step Two: School of Nursing Supplemental Application

The following supplemental application materials must be submitted via NursingCAS.

  • A goal statement
  • A set of unofficial transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended.
  • Three professional references

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