The Post-master’s Certificate programs provide individuals who already hold a Master of Science in Nursing degree with the core courses and clinical experiences necessary for eligibility for advanced certification to become an Adult/Gero, Family or Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and prepares advanced practice clinicians to deliver high quality care to various patient populations.

As part of a cutting-edge University, the School of Nursing provides a diverse, energetic and collegial environment for participating in world-class interprofessional education, scientific inquiry and practice opportunities.  UDs highly sought-after faculty prepare the Post-Master’s certificate student to provide and manage care for patients — individually and in groups — with emphases on understanding the clinical progression of patients, care transitions and processes, and evidence-based practice.

Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP): Adult-Gero NP and Family NPs provide primary care to individuals and families and communities.

The Post-Master’s certificate program prepares the student to take the ANCC or AANP AGNP and FNP certification exam, and provides more than 500 hours of clinical training.

The Plan of Study (POS) for AGNP and FNP Post-Master’s certificate is individualized according to prior course work.  A gap analysis is completed at matriculation, to produce the individual plans of study.

Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP): By combining cutting-edge neuroscience, evidence-based practice, classical theoretical underpinnings, and innovative holistic modalities, our practitioners are dually prepared to provide both psychotherapy and medication management to promote optimal health outcomes in individuals, families, and communities across the lifespan. Practitioners are prepared to tackle the latest clinical challenges in the field and to provide leadership in integrated healthcare delivery models and interdisciplinary collaboration. Students prepare for the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s PMHNP certification exam with more than 500 clinical training hours in three psychotherapeutic treatment modalities addressing individuals, families, and groups.


Part-Time Post-Master’s PsYC/Mental Health NP Plan of Study
Course Credit Clinical Hours Semester Offered
 NURS 668: Advanced Clinical Neuroscience 3 Winter
 NURS 669: Advanced Psychopharmacology 3 Summer
 NURS 671: Psyhicatric/Mental Health NP I 3 Fall
 NURS 672: Psychiatric/Mental Health NP Practicum I 3 168 Spring
 NURS 673: Psychiatric/Mental Health NP II 3  Fall
 NURS 674: Psychiatric/Mental Health NP Practicum 3  168  Fall
 NURS 675: Psychiatric/Mental Health NP 3  Spring
 NURS 676: Psychiatric/Mental Health NP Practicum 3  168  Fall
Psych NP Total 24  504
** NURS 921 Clinical Role Immersion 3-5  56-168 Spring

** If needed
A gap analysis will be performed for all incoming students to determine the required coursework needed to sit for certification.


April 15 Summer start – July 15 Fall start

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