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Post-MSN Nurse Practitioner Certificates

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. Additional classes may be required based on GAP analysis. 

Nurse Practitioner Certificate 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.


Family Nurse Practitioner

Prerequisite Courses Based on GAP Analysis: (12 Credits)

Completion of these MSN Core courses is required. Candidates who have not taken these courses as part of their MSN program will need to do so during the certificate program.

MSN 6502 Contemporary Concepts in Advanced Practice Roles

MSN 6620 Application of Research for Evidence Based Practice

DNP 7101 Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing Practice

DNP 7104 Politics and Policy in the Healthcare System

30 Credits/ 500 Clinical Hours

 

MSN 6603 Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology

MSN 7703 Advanced Pharmacology

MSN 7701 Child Development and Assessment

MSN 7702 Advanced Adult Health Assessment

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 (167 Clinical Hours)

MSN 8203 Certificate Family Practicum II (167 Clinical Hours)

MSN 8303 Certificate Family Practicum III (167 Clinical Hours)


Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner Desiring Additional Certification as a 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

(Many ANP programs include gender-related health courses and clinical requirements. This will be reviewed on an individual basis.)

MSN 8103 Certificate Family Practicum I (167 Clinical Hours)

(May be accepted as Prior Learning Assessment)

MSN 8203 Certificate Family Practicum II (167 Clinical Hours)

MSN 8303 Certificate Family Practicum III (167 Clinical Hours)


Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Desiring Additional Certification as a 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

(Many ANP programs include gender-related health courses and clinical requirements. This will be reviewed on an individual basis.)

MSN 8103 Certificate Family Practicum I (167 Clinical Hours)

(May be accepted as Prior Learning Assessment)

MSN 8203 Certificate Family Practicum II (167 Clinical Hours)

MSN 8303 Certificate Family Practicum III (167 Clinical Hours)


Certified Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Desiring Additional Certification as a 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 (167 Clinical Hours)

(May be accepted as Prior Learning Assessment)

MSN 8203 Certificate Family Practicum II (167 Clinical Hours)

MSN 8303 Certificate Family Practicum III (167 Clinical Hours)



This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2022-2023 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2021 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.