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Combined Post-Masters Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate and Doctor of Nursing Practice


Students may wish to earn both a Post-Masters Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) simultaneously. The Post-Masters Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate and DNP combined option will provide a solid academic and practical foundation for masters prepared nurses without current preparation as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse.

Admission, progression, and graduation requirements are a coordinated effort within the College of Health Professions graduate and doctoral programs. The combined Post-Masters Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate and Doctor of Nursing Practice program is 63 credits / 500 clinical hours, 30 credits / 500 experiential engagement hours for the Post-Masters Certificate and 33 credits for the DNP. Students will be dual advised by the MSN NP Program Chair and DNP Program Chair.


Specific to the Post-Masters Nurse Practitioner Certificate, three courses (nine credits) may be accepted as transfer credit: MSN 6603: Advanced Pathophysiology, MSN 7702: Advanced Adult Health Assessment, and MSN 7703: Advanced Pharmacology. Specific to the DNP program, a maximum of six credits may be transferred and accepted for doctoral credit in accordance with the Wilmington University catalog.

Students will complete requirements for the Post-Masters Nurse Practitioner Certificate prior to completion of the DNP program, 24 months and 40 months, respectively. DNP courses can be completed 100% online, although core Nurse Practitioner courses are offered in a face-to-face and hybrid format. Admission to this combined program is open for students at the Wilson Graduate Center in New Castle, Delaware and in Georgetown, Delaware each September.


The Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track prepares students to care for patients in the primary care setting. Upon completion of the Post-Masters Certificate, students will be eligible for APRN licensure and national certification through ANCC or AANP board certification programs.


Admission Requirements

Students must meet admission requirements for both the Post-Masters Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate as well as the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs.

Note: this program requires two applications, one to the Post-Masters Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program and one to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.


*For more information regarding the Post-Masters Certificate Family Nurse Practitioner Program including application deadlines, please refer to: http://www.wilmu.edu/admission/msnpract_admission.aspx


*For more information regarding the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, please refer to: http://www.wilmu.edu/admission/dnp_admission.aspx






This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2018-2019 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2018 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.