UMKC offers post-master’s nurse practitioner certificate programs for students who possess an M.S.N. or D.N.P. and who wish to pursue a nurse practitioner certificate in a specialty area of care (tracks) without completing another degree.  Please refer to the Graduate Admissions page on the SoNHS website for more information regarding admission and required materials. 

The sample plans of study listed represent the minimum required courses.  Based on previous course work, additional courses may be required as determined by each certification board*.  After admission is confirmed, a gap analysis and individualized program of study will be completed and developed based on previous course work.  The following courses are the usual prerequisite graduate level course work (or equivalent) to be completed prior to or as part of the certificate program of study. These courses may be from your MSN graduate program or completed at UMKC with your certificate hours. Completion of Post-MSN Nurse Practitioner certificates meets the educational requirements to be eligible to sit for the national accreditation exam in that area. 

*Minimum requirements from certification boards include the following:

Advanced pathophysiology
Advanced pharmacology/applied pharmacology
Advanced health assessment across the lifespan
Diagnostic Reasoning for the APRN
Health promotion

The certificate options available are listed below:

Post-MSN Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Implement skills and strategies to advance professional nursing and health across acute care pediatric populations and settings.

Post-MSN Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner  (16 credit hours)

NURSE 5531Graduate Pharmacology Specialty2
NURSE 5532Pediatric Acute Care I3
NURSE 5533Pediatric Acute Care II3
NURSE 5534Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum I (Pediatric Acute Care)4
NURSE 5535Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum II (Pediatric Acute Care)4
Total Credits16

Post-MSN Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Implement skills and strategies to advance professional nursing and health across adult/geriatric populations and settings.

Post-MSN Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (18 credit hours)

NURSE 5549Pharmacology Across the Life Span for Advanced Nursing Practice3
NURSE 5564APrimary Care of Adults I5
NURSE 5566APrimary Care of Adult-Gerontology II5
NURSE 5572Advanced Nursing Practice: Synthesis Practicum5
Total Credits18

Post-MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Implement skills and strategies to advance professional nursing and health across populations and settings.
  • Integrate theory and research in evidence-based nursing practice.
  • Serve as a leader in unit and organization-based change.

Post-MSN Family Nurse Practitioner (18 credit hours)

NURSE 5549Pharmacology Across the Life Span for Advanced Nursing Practice3
NURSE 5564FPrimary Care of Families I5
NURSE 5566FPrimary Care of Families II5
NURSE 5572Advanced Nursing Practice: Synthesis Practicum5
Total Credits18

Post-MSN Neonatal nurse Practitioner Certificate

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Implement skills and strategies to advance professional nursing and health across populations and settings.

Post-MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Certificate (24 credit hours)

NURSE 5548NPhysiology/Pathophysiology Of The Neonate2
NURSE 5549NAdvanced Assessment of the Neonate3
NURSE 5547NAdvanced Assessment of the Neonate3
NURSE 5564NNeonatal Nursing I3
NURSE 5566NNeonatal Nursing II3
NURSE 5572NIPreceptorship I5
NURSE 5572IIPreceptorship II5
Total Credits24

Post-MSN Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Implement skills and strategies to advance professional nursing and health across populations and settings.

Post-MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Certificate (24 credit hours)

NURSE 5548NPhysiology/Pathophysiology Of The Neonate2
NURSE 5549NAdvanced Assessment of the Neonate3
NURSE 5547NAdvanced Assessment of the Neonate3
NURSE 5564NNeonatal Nursing I3
NURSE 5566NNeonatal Nursing II3
NURSE 5572NIPreceptorship I5
NURSE 5572IIPreceptorship II5
Total Credits24

Post-MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Implement skills and strategies to advance professional nursing and health across populations and settings.

Post-MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (16 credit hours)

NURSE 5546Foundations of Family Psychiatric Nursing Advanced Practice2
NURSE 5564MFamily Psychiatric Nursing Advanced Practice I5
NURSE 5566MFamily Psychiatric Nursing Advanced Practice II4
NURSE 5572MAdvanced Nursing Practice: Synthesis Practicum5
Total Credits16

Post-MSN Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Implement skills and strategies to advance professional nursing and health across women's health populations and settings.

Post-MSN Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (18 credit hours)

NURSE 5549Pharmacology Across the Life Span for Advanced Nursing Practice3
NURSE 5564FPrimary Care of Families I5
NURSE 5566FPrimary Care of Families II5
NURSE 5572Advanced Nursing Practice: Synthesis Practicum5
Total Credits18