Post-MSN Certificates for Nurse Practitioner

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.

Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program Competencies

Through completion of the selected certification program, graduates will:

  1. Demonstrate competence in the domain of 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-MSN Certificate Course of Study

Courses are listed in order of sequence.

Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (30 credits/ 500 clinical hours)

MSN 6603 Available Online  Advanced Pathophysiology*

MSN 7702 Available Online  Advanced Adult Health Assessment

MSN 7709 Available Online  Advanced Geriatric Assessment and Health Promotion

MSN 7703 Available Online  Advanced Pharmacology*

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

MSN 7707 Available Online  Primary Care III: Gender Health Issues

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

MSN 8104 Available Online  Certification Adult/Gerontology Practicum I**

MSN 8204 Available Online  Certification Adult/Gerontology Practicum II

MSN 8304 Available Online  Certification Adult/Gerontology Practicum III

* May be accepted as transfer credits
**May be accepted as Prior Learning Assessment

Adult Nurse Practitioner—Seeking Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (18 credits/50 clinical hours)

MSN 7707 Available Online  Primary Care III: Gender Health Issues

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

MSN 7709 Available Online  Advance Geriatric Assessment and Health Promotion

MSN 8104 Available Online  Certification Adult/Gerontology Practicum I**

MSN 8204 Available Online  Certification Adult/Gerontology Practicum II

MSN 8304 Available Online  Certification Adult/Gerontology Practicum III

* Many ANP programs include some gender-related health courses and clinical requirements. This will be reviewed on an individual basis
**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 Available Online  Primary Care I: Acute and Chronic Care of Children

MSN 7707 Available Online  Primary Care III: Gender Health Issues*

MSN 8103 Available Online  Certification Family Practicum I**

MSN 8203 Available Online  Certification Family Practicum II

MSN 8303 Available Online  Certification Family Practicum III

* Many ANP programs include some gender-related health courses and clinical requirements. This will be reviewed on an individual basis.
**May be accepted as Prior Learning Assessment

Family Nurse Practitioner (30 credits/ 500 clinical hours)

MSN 6603 Available Online  Advanced Pathophysiology*

MSN 7701  Child Development and Assessment

MSN 7702 Available Online  Advanced Adult Health Assessment

MSN 7703 Available Online  Advanced Pharmacology*

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

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

MSN 7707 Available Online  Primary Care III: Gender Health Issues

MSN 8103 Available Online  Certification Family Practicum I

MSN 8203 Available Online  Certification Family Practicum II

MSN 8303 Available Online  Certification Family Practicum III

* May be accepted as transfer credits
Courses are listed in order of sequence.

Gerontology Nurse Practitioner - Seeking Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (15 credits/500 clinical hours)

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

MSN 7707 Available Online  Primary Care III: Gender Health Issues

MSN 8104 Available Online  Certification Adult/Gerontology Practicum I**

MSN 8204 Available Online  Certification Adult/Gerontology Practicum II

MSN 8304 Available Online  Certification Adult/Gerontology Practicum III

* Many GNP programs include some gender-related health courses and clinical requirements. This will be reviewed on an individual basis
**May be accepted as Prior Learning Assessment

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner—Seeking Family Nurse Practitioner (18 credits/500 clinical hours)

MSN 7702 Available Online  Advanced Adult Health Assessment

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

MSN 7707 Available Online  Primary Care III: Gender Health Issues*

MSN 8103 Available Online  Certification Family Practicum I**

MSN 8203 Available Online  Certification Family Practicum II

MSN 8303 Available Online  Certification Family Practicum III

*Many ANP programs include some gender-related health courses and clinical requirements. This will be reviewed on an individual basis.
**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 Available Online  Primary Care I: Acute and Chronic Care of Children

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

MSN 8103 Available Online  Certification Family Practicum I*

MSN 8203 Available Online  Certification Family Practicum II

MSN 8303 Available Online  Certification Family Practicum III

**May be accepted as Prior Learning Assessment

Please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.