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Combined Post-Masters Nurse Educator and Doctor of Nursing Practice Certificate

This option provides students the opportunity to earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice and Post-Masters Nurse Educator Certificate simultaneously. The Doctor of Nursing Practice and Post-Masters Nurse Educator Certificate combined option provides a solid academic and practical foundation for master’s prepared nurses interested in a career as a nurse educator. 

Nurse Educator Certificate

The Nurse Educator Certificate is designed for nurses interested in teaching students, clients, and staff in a variety of academic and clinical settings.

For more information regarding the Post-Masters Nurse Educator Certificate Program please refer to: https://www.wilmu.edu/health/nursing-leadership-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 Doctor of Nursing Practice Program and Post-Masters Nurse Educator Certificate Program is 45 credits and 500 experiential engagement hours for students enrolled in the Advanced Practice DNP Concentration. Students enrolled in the Leadership DNP Concentration will complete 60 credits and 1,000 experiential engagement hours. Students will be dual advised by the MSN Leadership Program Chair and DNP Program Chair.

Current National-Board Certification as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse will meet the requirements for MSN 6609: Advanced Concepts in Pathophysiology and Pharmacology as well as MSN 6610: Advanced Physical Assessment for Nurse Leaders.

Students without National-Board Certification as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse will need to complete the entire 18-credit Post-Masters Nurse Educator Certificate.

Admission Requirements

Students must meet admission requirements for both the Post-Masters Nurse Educator as well as the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs.

In addition, this program requires two applications, one to the Post-Masters Nurse Educator program and one to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.




Advanced Practice Concentration, (45 Credits, 15 Courses)

Nurse Educator Certificate Courses

MSN 7752 Clinical Teaching and Evaluation (Includes Clinical Hours)

MSN 7753 Curriculum Development

MSN 6611 Instructional Technology for Nurse Educators

Final Requirement:

Portfolio is taken after all coursework is complete.

MSN 8900 Nurse Leadership Portfolio

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)


Leadership Concentration (60 Credits, 20 Courses)

Nurse Educator Certificate Courses

MSN 7752 Clinical Teaching and Evaluation (Includes Clinical Hours)

MSN 7753 Curriculum Development

MSN 6611 Instructional Technology for Nurse Educators

MSN 6609 Advanced Concepts in Pathophysiology and Pharmacology

MSN 6610 Advanced Physical Assessment for Nurse Leaders


Final Course Requirement:

Portfolio is taken after all coursework is complete.

MSN 8900 Nurse Leadership Portfolio

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)

Experiential Engagement Courses

DNP 9001 Doctor of Nursing Practice Experiential Engagement I (125 experiential engagement hours)

DNP 9002 Doctor of Nursing Practice Experiential Engagement II (125 experiential engagement hours)

DNP 9003 Doctor of Nursing Practice Experiential Engagement III (125 experiential engagement hours)

DNP 9004 Doctor of Nursing Practice Experiential Engagement IV (125 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.