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Combined Post-Masters Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate and Doctor of Nursing Practice

This option provides students the opportunity to earn a Post-Masters Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate and Doctor of Nursing Practice simultaneously. The Post-Masters Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate and Doctor of Nursing Practice combined option provides a solid academic and practical foundation for master’s prepared nurses without current certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate


The Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate is designed for nurses who already hold a master’s degree in nursing and offers an educational pathway to specialization as a primary care provider. Upon completion of the Post-Masters Certificate, students will be eligible for Family Nurse Practitioner licensure and national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Association of Nurse Practitioner Certification Board (AANPCB) certification programs.

For more information regarding the Post-Masters Certificate Family Nurse Practitioner Program including application deadlines, please refer to: https://www.wilmu.edu/health/family-nurse-practitioner-certificate.aspx

Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree


The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program is designed for nurses who hold a master’s degree in nursing and offers an educational pathway to earn the highest clinically focused doctoral degree in nursing. Upon completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, students will possess forward thinking clinical and leadership skills to promote the application of evidence-based practice to address the nation’s increasingly complex healthcare needs.

For more information regarding the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, please refer to: https://www.wilmu.edu/health/dnp.aspx

Program Information 

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

Specific to the Post-Masters Nurse Practitioner Certificate, three (3) courses (nine (9) 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 Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, a maximum of six credits may be transferred and accepted for doctoral credit in accordance with the Wilmington University catalog.

Admission Requirements

Students must meet admission requirements for both the Post-Masters Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate as well as the Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs.

In addition, this program requires two applications, one for the Post-Masters Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate program and one for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.



63 Credits, 21 Courses

Family NP Certificate Courses

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

DNP Core Courses

DNP 7000 Bioethics for Advanced Nursing Practice

DNP 7101 Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing Practice

DNP 7103 Population Health (20 experiential engagement hours)

DNP 7104 Politics and Policy in the Healthcare System

DNP 7105 Healthcare Economics and the Business of Practice

DNP 7106 Healthcare Informatics

DNP 7107 Applied Evidence-Based Practice

DNP 7108 Quality Improvement in Healthcare (35 experiential engagement hours)

DNP Project Courses

DNP 8000 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project I (145 experiential engagement hours)

DNP 8001 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project II (150 experiential engagement hours)

DNP 8002 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project III (150 experiential engagement hours)



This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2019-2020 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2019 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.