Top 5 Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Review Books

When it comes to studying for the nurse practitioner certification exam, I'm a big fan of the DIY method.  For some, attending a live review course is helpful but when it really comes down to it you are responsible for buckling down and learning the material on your own.  Fortunately, there are a few excellent resources available to Family Nurse Practitioner students taking the national certification exam this year.

Whether you are taking your exam through the AANP or ANCC, your study method should be the same.  Even if you aren't taking the test until this summer when most students graduate, now is the time to start thinking about your study strategy.

Doing practice questions, and lots of them, is the best way to study for your certification exam.  I recommend starting at least three months before you plan to test and complete 20-50 practice questions each night.  When you answer a question incorrectly, take the time to learn and understand the material behind the difficult question before you move on.  

These top 5 certification review resources for Family Nurse Practitioner students will get your study sessions off on the right foot. 


Fitzgerald's Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination and Practice Preparation

Margaret Fitzgerald's review books are simply the best.  FNP students have widely acknowledged Fitzgerald's review resources as the top materials for certification exam preparation.  Books contain a description of content students are expected to know for the exam as well as plenty of practice questions . Fitzgerald's Nurse Practitioner Certification and Examination and Practice Preparation can be purchased for $50.37.



Hollier's Adult and Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Practice Questions

Hollier holds a top spot among nurse practitioner review resources.  Packed with all-important practice questions, Adult and Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Practice Questions is an essential study tool for nurse practitioner students.  At $177 for a new book and $79.95 for a used edition, Hollier's study guide is a bit pricier than other resources on our list.  But, the 1,000 practice questions and three full-length exams are well worth the added expense. 



Leik's Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Intensive Review

Leik's nurse practitioner certification review resources come highly recommended by NP students.  This book contains 600 review questions as well as content covering medical issues and conditions across the lifespan.  Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Intensive Review also offers an expanded pharmacology review compared to prior editions.  Priced at $32.85, this is an affordable, quality study resource. 




Brown and Dunphy's Adult-Gerontology and Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination 

Another question-based resource, Brown and Dunphy's Adult-Gerontology and Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination is an excellent resource for your certification exam preparation.  The book contains nearly 3,000 practice questions and, of course, helpful rationales for answers to questions.  Students say the "Issues in Primary Care" chapter is helpful in answering questions about theory, the NP role and policy on the actual nurse practitioner certification exam.



Barkley and Associates Home Study Package

Barkley and Associates specializes in live study sessions but also has options allowing nurse practitioner students to study for the national exam on their own. The Family Nurse Practitioner home study package includes a course manual as well as CD's with audio content from Barkley's live review sessions.  Listening to Barkley's audio content in the car is a great way to help continue your learning during your down time on your daily commute. 



How are you planning to study for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam?


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Hi Fred, 

Yes! There may be new editions of the books this year, but these authors/publishers remain great resources for studying for the certification exam. 

Erin Tolbert

Would you still recommend these books for current/future NP students in 2016?


any tips on adult gero review books?


Hi Kimberly,

I would use a combination of the Fitzgerald and Liek books. I may use Hollier as well (if you have time!). Using two resources is better than one as it makes sure you get a balanced approach in your preparation for the exam. 

Also, check out this post "Everything You Need to Know About Nurse Practitioner Certification" for more information about studying, taking the exam etc. 

Happy studying!

Erin Tolbert

Looking for a FNP review book that covers individual chapters with questions and rationales.


For FNP, any particular book that really jumps out? Itching to buy one as I am taking the exam next summer and wanted to get a head start this spring. Thanks!