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Post- M.S.N. Nurse Practitioner Certificate

As employment opportunities and demands of the health care environment change, nurses at the graduate level need additional specialty education. The College of Health Professions at Wilmington University has developed options for nurses holding an earned M.S.N. degree, who seek to become a nurse practitioner for the first time or who seek another concentration as a nurse practitioner.

All candidates for any post-master’s certificate must make an application to the program as a certificate candidate and must meet the admission requirements for the M.S.N. program. Applicants will have graduate transcripts reviewed and will be advised regarding course selection. Course of study is individualized based on the type of M.S.N. held by the candidate.

Students will be eligible for APRN licensure and national certification through AANC or AANP board certification programs. 

Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program Competencies

Through completion of the selected certification program, graduates will:

  1. Demonstrate competence in management of patient health/ illness.
  2. Employ evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to guide screening activities; identify health promotion needs; and provide anticipatory guidance and counseling addressing environmental, lifestyles, and developmental issues.
  3. Plan and implement diagnostic strategies and therapeutic interventions to help patients with unstable and complex health care problems regain stability and restore health in collaboration with the patient and multidisciplinary health care team.

Post-M.S.N. Certificate Course of Study

Courses are listed in order of sequence.


Adult/ Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

30 credits/ 500 clinical hours

MSN 6603 Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology

MSN 7702 Advanced Adult Health Assessment

MSN 7709 Advanced Geriatric Assessment and Health Promotion

MSN 7703 Advanced Pharmacology

MSN 7705 Primary Care II: Acute and Chronic Care of Adults

MSN 7707 Primary Care III: Gender Health Issues

MSN 7708 Primary Care IV: Acute and Chronic Care of Geriatrics

MSN 8104 Certificate Adult/Gerontology Practicum I

MSN 8204 Certificate Adult/Gerontology Practicum II

MSN 8304 Certificate Adult/Gerontology Practicum III

MSN 6603, MSN 7703: May be accepted as transfer credits

MSN 8104: May be accepted as Prior Learning Assessment


Adult Nurse Practitioner, Seeking Adult/ Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

18 credits/ 500 clinical hours

MSN 7707 Primary Care III: Gender Health Issues

MSN 7708 Primary Care IV: Acute and Chronic Care of Geriatrics

MSN 7709 Advanced Geriatric Assessment and Health Promotion

MSN 8104 Certificate Adult/Gerontology Practicum I

MSN 8204 Certificate Adult/Gerontology Practicum II

MSN 8304 Certificate Adult/Gerontology Practicum III

MSN 7707: Many ANP programs include some gender-related health courses and clinical requirements. This will be reviewed on an individual basis

MSN 8104: May be accepted as Prior Learning Assessment


Adult Nurse Practitioner, Seeking Family Nurse Practitioner

18 credits/ 500 clinical hours

MSN 7701 Child Development and Assessment

MSN 7704 Primary Care I: Acute and Chronic Care of Children

MSN 7707 Primary Care III: Gender Health Issues

MSN 8103 Certificate Family Practicum I

MSN 8203 Certificate Family Practicum II

MSN 8303 Certificate Family Practicum III

MSN 7707: Many ANP programs include some gender-related health courses and clinical requirements. This will be reviewed on an individual basis.

MSN 8103: May be accepted as Prior Learning Assessment


Family Nurse Practitioner

30 credits/ 500 clinical hours

Courses are listed in order of sequence.

MSN 6603 Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology

MSN 7701 Child Development and Assessment

MSN 7702 Advanced Adult Health Assessment

MSN 7703 Advanced Pharmacology

MSN 7704 Primary Care I: Acute and Chronic Care of Children

MSN 7705 Primary Care II: Acute and Chronic Care of Adults

MSN 7707 Primary Care III: Gender Health Issues

MSN 8103 Certificate Family Practicum I

MSN 8203 Certificate Family Practicum II

MSN 8303 Certificate Family Practicum III

MSN 7703: May be accepted as transfer credits


Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Seeking Adult/ Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

15 credits/ 500 clinical hours

MSN 7705 Primary Care II: Acute and Chronic Care of Adults

MSN 7707 Primary Care III: Gender Health Issues

MSN 8104 Certificate Adult/Gerontology Practicum I

MSN 8204 Certificate Adult/Gerontology Practicum II

MSN 8304 Certificate Adult/Gerontology Practicum III

MSN 7707: Many GNP programs include some gender-related health courses and clinical requirements. This will be reviewed on an individual basis

MSN 8104: May be accepted as Prior Learning Assessment


Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Seeking Family Nurse Practitioner

18 credits/ 500 clinical hours

MSN 7702 Advanced Adult Health Assessment

MSN 7705 Primary Care II: Acute and Chronic Care of Adults

MSN 7707 Primary Care III: Gender Health Issues

MSN 8103 Certificate Family Practicum I

MSN 8203 Certificate Family Practicum II

MSN 8303 Certificate Family Practicum III

MSN 7707: Many ANP programs include some gender-related health courses and clinical requirements. This will be reviewed on an individual basis.

MSN 8103: May be accepted as Prior Learning Assessment


Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Seeking Family Nurse Practitioner

18 credits/ 500 clinical hours

MSN 7701 Child Development and Assessment

MSN 7704 Primary Care I: Acute and Chronic Care of Children

MSN 7705 Primary Care II: Acute and Chronic Care of Adults

MSN 8103 Certificate Family Practicum I

MSN 8203 Certificate Family Practicum II

MSN 8303 Certificate Family Practicum III

MSN 8103: May be accepted as Prior Learning Assessment


Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

24 credits/ 500 clinical hours

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Certificate track (PMHNP) is an online program that will prepare graduates to provide comprehensive mental health services to diverse populations in the primary care setting. The psychiatric mental health certificate program combines theory, practice, and therapeutic interventions to promote the highest level of care in the mental health community. The program includes 500-hours of clinical practicum, to be completed within a variety of clinical settings. Graduates of the PMHNP track will meet the requirements of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and will be eligible to take the PMHNP certification examination. The psychiatric mental health certificate program at Wilmington University has been developed for nurses who have a master’s degree, and are nationally certified, licensed family nurse practitioners.

MSN 8348 Psychopharmacology for the Advanced Practice Nurse Across the Lifespan

MSN 8349 Therapeutic Modalities and Psychiatric Conditions Across the Lifespan

MSN 8350 Psychiatric Mental Health Conditions and Therapeutic Interventions Across the Lifespan I

MSN 8351 Psychiatric Mental Health Conditions and Therapeutic Interventions Across the Lifespan II

MSN 8352 Psychiatric Mental Health Management of Serious Conditions in Vulnerable Populations Across the Lifespan: Family/Group

MSN 8353 Certificate Psychiatric Mental Health Practicum I

MSN 8354 Certificate Psychiatric Mental Health Practicum II

MSN 8355 Certificate Psychiatric Mental Health Practicum III