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Nurse Practitioner (NP) Post-Master’s Certificate Online Curriculum

If you’ve already earned your master’s degree in nursing and want to go further, specialize, or pivot in your nursing career, then a nurse practitioner post-master’s certificate online may be for you.

 

At Maryville University, we understand the breadth of the nursing profession and the specialization it takes to be a bold leader in the field. That’s why we designed our curriculum so you have five post-master’s certificate options to help you expand on your nursing career and practice where you want.

 

You can complete these certificate programs 100% online — the perfect format for working nurses who want to take their careers further and apply what they’ve learned on the job right away.

This 18-credit track features advanced courses in gerontology, pediatrics, and family health that can help you develop the skills necessary to become a family nurse practitioner and treat patients of all ages.

If you want to devote your practice as a nurse to working with children, you can earn your online PNP certificate. This 15-credit track features advanced courses in health promotion, assessment, and diagnosis of children.

If you want to be a primary care NP who focuses on patients 13 and older, this 12-credit concentration can help you build the skills necessary to provide the best care possible.

Study advanced concepts related to acute care diagnosis and management and learn the skills to become an AGACNP in this 18-credit concentration.

Want to use your nursing degree to help diagnose, treat, and improve mental health? This concentration features 21 credit hours of courses in mental health assessment, diagnosis, and management.

Graduate Nursing & Nurse Practitioner Core Courses

Post-NP Certificate | Credits by Concentration

 

AGPCNP 29 Credit Hours, AGACNP 35 Credit Hours, FNP 35 Credit Hours, PNP 32 Credit Hours, PMHNP 38 Credit Hours

 

Graduate Nursing Core Courses

This course provides a theoretical foundation for exploring, analyzing and evaluating advanced nursing practice roles within the health care system. Legal and ethical contexts are included.

This course focuses on health screening, health promotion and disease prevention at the individual, regional and national level. This includes the exploration at the advanced nursing practice role to direct program planning, development, implementation and evaluation to improve healthcare outcomes.

Nurse Practitioner Core Courses (11 credit hours)

Provides the basis for understanding the pathophysiology of diseases and the changes in normal function that result in manifestations indicative of illness across the lifespan.

This course explores focused and comprehensive health assessments in a variety of settings and patients across the lifespan. This includes development of health promotion strategies and prioritization of care. 

 

Prerequisite: Online - NURS 611, NURS 615 

 

Corequisite: On Ground - NURS 615

This course focuses on the pharmacological foundation for safely prescribing medical regimens of illnesses for individuals across the lifespan. Also included are illness prevention, non-pharmacological and legal implications for prescriptive authority for the nurse practitioner.

 

 Note: Selection of appropriate therapies, patient education and evaluation parameters are stressed.

AGACNP Concentration Curriculum

For the AGACNP concentration you will need: 

This is the first didactic management course in the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program. Focus is on individuals experiencing illness seen in the acute care setting. Students will analyze practice guidelines and develop differential diagnoses, implement clinical judgment and decision-making, as it relates to evidence based care management. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 611, NURS 612, and NURS 615 

 

Corequisite: NURS 641 or NURS 641C

First practicum course in the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program. Students will apply and integrate concepts presented in NURS-640 with focus on applying knowledge and skills in acute care practice settings. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 611, NURS 612, and NURS 615 

 

Corequisite: NURS 640

This course is the second didactic management course in the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program. Students will continue to expand on knowledge, decision making and management of acute and emergent physiological alterations in health. Students will analyze practice guidelines and develop differential diagnoses, implement clinical judgment and decision-making, as it relates to evidence based care management. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 640 and NURS 641 or NURS 641C 

 

Corequisite: NURS 643 or NURS 643C

This is the second practicum course in the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program. Students will apply and integrate concepts presented in the NURS 642 with focus on comprehensive health care to complex, acute and critically ill patients in a clinical, preceptored practicum experience. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 640 and NURS 641 

 

Corequisite: NURS 642

This is the final didactic management course in the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program. Students will continue to analyze practice guidelines and develop differential diagnoses, implement clinical judgment and decision-making, as it relates to evidence based care management in complex symptomology. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 640, NURS 641 or NURS 641C, NURS 642 and NURS 643 or NURS 643C 

 

Corequisite: NURS 645 or NURS 645C

This is the final practicum course in the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program. The student will apply and integrate concepts presented in the NURS-644 with focus on comprehensive health care to complex, acute and critically ill patients in a clinical, preceptored practicum experience. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 642 and NURS 643 

 

Corequisite: NURS 644

AGPCNP Concentration Curriculum

For the AGPCNP concentration you will need:

This course covers the care of adults experiencing acute, chronic and complex health problems of select body systems in this first of two sequential courses. Current research based interventions are analyzed. Individual, family, and group counseling/education for patients and families are incorporated. Included is primary, secondary and tertiary disease prevention and management of complex symptomatology. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 611, NURS 612, and NURS 615 

 

Corequisite: NURS 621 or NURS 621C

This course will cover the theoretical, clinical and role components of care by an advanced practice nurse and are integrated in a supervised clinical practicum. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 611, NURS 612, and NURS 615 

 

Corequisite: NURS 620

This course covers the care of adults experiencing acute, chronic and complex health problems of select body systems in this second of two sequential courses. Current research based interventions are analyzed. Individual, family, and group counseling/education for patients and families are incorporated. Included is primary, secondary and tertiary disease prevention and management of complex symptomatology. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 620 and NURS 621 or NURS 621C 

 

Corequisite: NURS 624 or NURS 624C

This course will cover the theoretical, clinical and role components of care by an advanced practice provider and are integrated in a supervised clinical practicum. Opportunity is provided for the assessment, management, and evaluation of adults with chronic and acute health problems in a primary care setting. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 620 and NURS 621 

 

Corequisite: NURS 623

FNP Concentration Curriculum

For the FNP concentration you will need:

This course covers the care of adults experiencing acute, chronic and complex health problems of select body systems in this first of two sequential courses. Current research based interventions are analyzed. Individual, family, and group counseling/education for patients and families are incorporated. Included is primary, secondary and tertiary disease prevention and management of complex symptomatology. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 611, NURS 612, and NURS 615 

 

Corequisite: NURS 621 or NURS 621C

This course will cover the theoretical, clinical and role components of care by an advanced practice nurse and are integrated in a supervised clinical practicum. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 611, NURS 612, and NURS 615 

 

Corequisite: NURS 620

This course covers the care of adults experiencing acute, chronic and complex health problems of select body systems in this second of two sequential courses. Current research based interventions are analyzed. Individual, family, and group counseling/education for patients and families are incorporated. Included is primary, secondary and tertiary disease prevention and management of complex symptomatology. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 620 and NURS 621 or NURS 621C 

 

Corequisite: NURS 624 or NURS 624C

This course will cover the theoretical, clinical and role components of care by an advanced practice provider and are integrated in a supervised clinical practicum. Opportunity is provided for the assessment, management, and evaluation of adults with chronic and acute health problems in a primary care setting. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 620 and NURS 621 

 

Corequisite: NURS 623

This course prepares Family Nurse Practitioner students to develop expertise and assume responsibility for health promotion, maintenance, and management of chronic and acute illness of children and women’s health. Emphasis is placed on the child within the framework of the family. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 623 and NURS 624 or NURS 624C 

 

Corequisite: NURS 630 or NURS 630C

This course provides the student with an opportunity to assume responsibility for the primary health care services of individuals and families under clinical supervision. The student is expected to assume increasing responsibility for planning and implementing therapeutic processes and for documenting and evaluating outcomes of care. The role of the FNP in health care promotion and management and collaboration with health professionals. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 623 and NURS 624 

 

Corequisite: NURS 629

PNP Concentration Curriculum

For the PNP concentration you will need:

This course focuses on growth and development and milestones of pediatric patients using theories and evidence based practice. Students will learn anticipatory guidance techniques, health promotion and illness prevention concepts within the pediatric population, incorporating individual, cultural, ethnic, and spiritual preferences. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 611, NURS 615 and NURS 612 (may also be taken concurrently) 

 

Corequisite: NURS 655C

This course is the first in a two-part pediatric primary care didactic sequence. In this course students will focus on acute and chronic primary health care problems of children and adolescents. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 611, NURS 612, NURS 615 & NURS 650 

 

Corequisite: NURS 652 or NURS 652C

This is the first practicum course in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) program. Students will apply and integrate concepts presented in the NURS-651 with focus on applying knowledge and skills in pediatric primary care practice settings. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 650 

 

Corequisite: NURS 651

This course is second in a two-part pediatric primary care didactic sequence. In this course students will focus on acute and chronic primary health care problems of children and adolescents. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 651 and NURS 652 or NURS 652C 

 

Corequisite: NURS 654 or NURS 654C

This is the second practicum course in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) program. Students will apply and integrate concepts presented in the NURS 653 with focus on applying knowledge and skills in pediatric primary care practice settings. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 651 and NURS 652 

 

Corequisite: NURS 653

PMHNP Concentration Curriculum

For the PMHNP concentration you will need:*

This course will cover assessment and identification of discrete aspects of cognition, psychopathology, affect and behavior in the diagnosis and treatment planning of psychiatric illness across the life span. Also included is the appropriate use, monitoring and evaluation of prescribing psychotropic medication, including pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 611, NURS 612 and NURS 615

In this course theories and models will be used to develop an understanding of the etiologies of acute and chronic mental health disorders among adults and older adults. Selection of appropriate treatment strategies including individual and group psychotherapies will be discussed. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 660 

 

Corequisite: NURS 662 or NURS 662C

This practicum course is designed to synthesize advanced practice knowledge relevant to adult and older adult patients with psychiatric illness. A variety of psychotherapeutic strategies will be explored. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 660 

 

Corequisite: NURS 661

This is the first of two didactic courses designed to assist the student in development of the advanced practice nursing role with the care and management of individuals with a mental health disorder across the lifespan. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 661 and NURS 662 or NURS 662C 

 

Corequisite: NURS 664 or NURS 664C

This practicum is designed to synthesize advanced practice knowledge relevant to patients with psychiatric illness across the lifespan. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 661 and NURS 662 

 

Corequisite: NURS 663

This is the second of two didactic courses designed to assist the student in development of the advanced practice nursing role with the care and management of individuals with a mental health disorder across the lifespan. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 663 and NURS 664 or NURS 664C 

 

Corequisite: NURS 667 or NURS 667C

This practicum is designed to synthesize advanced practice knowledge relevant to patients with psychiatric illness across the lifespan. 

 

Prerequisite: NURS 663 and NURS 664 

 

Corequisite: NURS 665

To ensure the best possible educational experience for our students, we may update our curriculum to reflect emerging and changing employer and industry trends. Professional licensure and certification regulations vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Students are encouraged to visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for the state in which they intend to practice to verify specific licensure requirements which includes ensuring the program of interest meets the licensure requirements prior to enrolling. Students may visit the professional licensure page or reach out to our team of enrollment advisors for guidance.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Nurse practitioners who have earned a post-master’s NP certification online may pursue roles in a variety of settings, serving a wide range of patients. Completing your online post-master’s certificate in nursing can prepare you for careers such as:

 

 

Find out more about career opportunities for post-master's NP graduates.

The median annual salary for nursing professionals holding a post-master’s NP certificate from a U.S. higher education institution was about $104,000 as of September 2021, according to PayScale.

Yes, Maryville’s online post-master’s NP certificate programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). In addition, Maryville University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and has maintained this distinction since 1941.

Most students complete one of our online post-master’s NP certificate programs in about two years of part-time study. Students with eligible transfer credits often complete their programs sooner.

Maryville’s online post-master’s nurse practitioner concentrations give you the opportunity to specialize your education in one of five areas:

 

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