post-master's certificate program

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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.

The Post-master’s Nurse Practitioner 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.

The Post-Master’s programs admit students once a year.  Applications and supplementary materials for admission must be submitted by April 15 for the summer/ fall semester admission. Upon review, qualified applicants with completed applications will be scheduled for an interview prior to admission.

Admission Criteria:

Students will be admitted to the program based on enrollment availability, and their ability to meet the following minimum recommended entrance requirements:

  • A master’s degree in nursing from a CCNE, CNEA, or ACEN accredited School of Nursing.
  • A master’s GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Eligible for RN licensure in Delaware.

Admission Requirements

  • A written statement of goals and objectives that clearly identifies the applicant’s career goals and how admission to the program will facilitate his or her professional objectives.
  • Three letters of recommendation from an academic, employer and/or other professional source, preferably from those holding graduate degrees. All letters of recommendation should be uploaded by each reference person to the Office of Graduate Studies online application website.
  • Official results from the TOEFL or IELTS exam taken within the last 2 years (for non- native English speaking applicants only).
  • Copy of U.S. Registered Nurse (RN) license(s).
  • A curriculum vitae or resume.
  • A successful interview.
  • Prior to the students first clinical course they must have completed one year of full time (or the equivalent) work experience as a registered nurse (RN).

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Summer start: April 15

Fall start: July 15