Post-Master’s Nurse Practitioner Certificate
Apply the advanced clinical knowledge you gained during your Master of Science in Nursing program to a new career as a primary care practitioner with Gwynedd Mercy University. Our graduate certificate program prepares you to become a nurse practitioner who can provide treatments, diagnoses, prescriptions, and referrals without physician supervision.
This 25-credit certification program gives you the option to specialize in one of the following population areas:
- Adult-Gerontology—for patients from adolescence to the elder years
- Pediatrics—for patients from birth to age 21
In as little as one year, you can be prepared to pass the American Nurses Credentialing Center Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Primary Care or Pediatrics Nurse Practitioner Primary Care examination. This program is currently available at our main campus in Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania.
Curriculum and Course Topics
The goal of the nurse practitioner certification program is to equip master’s-qualified nurses with the additional skills and clinical knowledge they need to become primary care practitioners.
Course topics include a 7-credit core of courses:
- Advanced Assessment Practicum
- Advanced Physical Assessment for APN Across the Lifespan
- Nurse Practitioner Role Seminar
The remaining 18 credits focus on the student’s population specialty of choice:
Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Option
- Management Adult Health Concerns I
- Practicum Adult Nurse Practitioner I
- Management Adult Health Concerns II
- Practicum Adult Nurse Practitioner II
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Option
- Management Pediatric Health Concerns I
- Practicum Pediatric Nurse Practitioner I
- Management Pediatric Health Concerns II
- Practicum Pediatric Nurse Practitioner II
Completing Your Clinical Requirements
The nurse practitioner certification program requires 600 hours of precepted clinical practice in a setting other than your place of employment. Gwynedd Mercy University has hundreds of partnerships with health care providers that you can take advantage of in order to find your clinical site.
Faculty members will be able to assist you in locating a site, designating a preceptor, and completing all necessary documentation.
This nursing graduate certificate program is for current, licensed Registered Nurses who hold a master’s degree in nursing. Admissions requirements include:
Master’s degree with a major in nursing from a program approved by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
- GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Current registered nurse licensure.
- Two letters of reference from health care professionals attesting to the clinical expertise of the candidate.
- Recent, full-time professional experience in nursing.
- Personal interview with School of Nursing graduate faculty member.
- Completion of Statement of Advanced Practice Nursing Professional Goals.
- Evidence that foreign applicants have received a minimum score of 575 on the TOEFL examination.
- Evidence of current professional liability insurance.
- Submission of completed health form
In addition, applicants to this program must have taken equivalents of the following graduate-level prerequisite courses during their master’s degree programs:
- Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nursing
Discover the next in Your Nursing Career
Do more for patients, their families, and your community as an advanced practice nurse. Contact Gwynedd Mercy University today to learn more about our master’s degree programs in nursing.