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Post-Master's Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program

Advanced practice nurses are in high demand to help fill the shortage of primary care professionals. If you are MSN prepared nurse who wants to provide patient-focused care as a leader of a healthcare team, this program is for you.

Choose from two specializations:
  • Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Highlights:

  • No residency
  • Clinical hours completed in your community
  • Most students can transfer in 9 credit hours - making the program only 27 credit hours
  • Possible to complete in less than two years
  • Classes are 100% online
  • Dedicated faculty and clinical coordinators
  • 8-week courses
  • No mandatory login times
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Course Length
Nursing Courses
$
Clinical Fees
$14,715 - $19,620*
Total Tuition
*depending on number of transfer credits

Nurse Practitioner now offered in 40 states

American Sentinel is excited to enroll MSN, Nurse Practitioner specialization students who reside in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. We are actively working with state boards of nursing to offer our program in all 50 states. If you do NOT see your state on the list, please fill out this form expressing your interest in the program when it becomes available in your state, and someone will contact you if/when it becomes available.

Important Disclosures

The MSN nurse practitioner specializations are designed to prepare graduates with an active, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license to qualify to sit for national nurse practitioner certification exams, which are required for practice as a nurse practitioner in most states. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner upon graduation, we encourage students to consult the appropriate Board of Nursing or state agency to determine specific certification exam requirements. It is each individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification exams for the state in which he or she intends to practice as requirements vary widely. American Sentinel University makes no representations or guarantee that completion of American Sentinel coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about nurse practitioner certification exams, students should visit the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners at www.aanpcertification.org, the American Nurses Credentialing Center at www.nursecredentialing.org, or other nurse practitioner certification exam websites.

The MSN nurse practitioner specializations are designed to prepare graduates with an active, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license to practice as nurse practitioners. However, each state Board of Nursing has its own academic and certification requirements and issues its own credential for an RN to be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner in that state. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner upon graduation, we encourage students to consult the appropriate Board of Nursing or state agency in the state in which he or she wishes to practice to determine specific requirements. It is each individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to the practice as a nurse practitioner in the state in which he or she intends to practice as requirements vary widely. American Sentinel University makes no representations or guarantee that completion of American Sentinel University coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure, authorization, endorsement, or other state credential. For more information about the requirements to practice as a nurse practitioner, students should contact the appropriate Board of Nursing or state agency.

California Board of Nursing regulations introduced in January 2019 now require approval for the Nurse Practitioner Programs in the state. Currently, there is no approval process in place for these programs; we await instructions from the Board regarding the approval process. Once the process is in place, we anticipate following the procedures outlined by the Board.
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Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Curriculum

Earning a specialization as a Family Nurse Practitioner will help you to assess, prevent, diagnose and manage acute and chronic health conditions of patients throughout their lives. American Sentinel’s rigorous curriculum covers a breadth of advanced primary care areas:

  • Diagnostic Reasoning for the APRN
  • Maternal and Child Care
  • Advanced Practice Nursing Integration

Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

The Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate program is 12 courses (36 credit hours) with 540 clinical hours embedded within the courses. Courses are 100% online, and clinical hours can be completed at a facility near your residence and work.

*Courses may not be taken concurrently; students may take only one course at a time, and specialty courses are to be taken in the order listed. Additionally, students in this program must complete a Castlebranch background check before beginning their first course.

Course Title & Number

Didactic Credits

Clinical Credits

Clinical Hours

APRN Core

NP Role and Population-Focused

Total Program

24

12

540

* Credit hours are equivalent to semester hours
Courses may not be taken concurrently; students may take only one course at a time. Nurse Practitioner Specialty courses are to be taken in the order listed.

Post-Master's Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Certificate Curriculum

Earning a NP specialization in Adult Gerontology will help you to assess, prevent, diagnose and manage acute and chronic health conditions of patients 13 years or older. American Sentinel’s rigorous curriculum covers a breadth of advanced primary care areas:

  • Diagnostic Reasoning for the APRN
  • Complex Concepts of Aging
  • Advanced Practice Nursing Integration

Post-Master’s Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

The Post-Master’s Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Certificate program is 12 courses (36 credit hours) with 540 clinical hours embedded within the courses. Courses are 100% online, and clinical hours can be completed at a facility near the student’s residence and work.

*Courses may not be taken concurrently; students may take only one course at a time, and specialty courses are to be taken in the order listed. Additionally, students in this program must complete a Castlebranch background check before beginning their first course.

Course Title & Number

Didactic Credits

Clinical Credits

Clinical Hours

APRN Core

NP Role and Population-Focused

Total Program

24

12

540

* Credit hours are equivalent to semester hours
Courses may not be taken concurrently; students may take only one course at a time. Nurse Practitioner Specialty courses are to be taken in the order listed.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Post-MSN Nurse Practitioner Program will be able to:

  • Provide evidence-based, patient-centered care, which synthesizes the holistic nature of advanced practice nursing and diagnostic reasoning, to enhance patient, healthcare, and organizational outcomes critical to building quality and safe patient care capacity
  • Engage in leadership and scholarship activities that fosters collaboration and communication among interdisciplinary team members
  • Evaluate the impact between legal, social, political, economic, and ethical issues, and their influence on the provision and management of patient care services
  • Integrate clinical guidelines, research, clinical judgment, and interdisciplinary perspectives using translational processes to improve practice, health, and organizational outcomes
  • Incorporate information technology when interacting and collaborating with patient, families, and interdisciplinary team members for improved health care delivery processes and outcomes
  • Advocate for ethical and culturally sensitive policies that impact access, equity, quality, and cost
  • Employ knowledge of organizational practices and complex systems to enhance delivery and quality of healthcare services
  • Apply sound ethical solutions to complex issues concerning the care of individuals and populations, and systems of care
  • Synthesize knowledge from nursing and related sciences to provide patient-centered and evidence-based care while respecting diverse beliefs and attitudes, and by allowing the patient to be a full partner in the decision-making process
    • Assume responsibility for professional growth and integrity by engaging in life-long learning and commitment to the discipline of advanced practice nursing

You Can Afford It

Most of our students graduate debt free by taking advantage of our flexible payment options and 0% financing. We also offer scholarships, grants and financial aid.