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Nursing (Post M.S.N.-Certificate)

If you already possess an M.S.N., you can pursue a nurse practitioner certificate in five specialty areas of care online at Saint Louis University. Full- and part-time curriculum plans are available.

About the Program

SLU’s School of Nursing’s online post-master's certificate program offers the flexibility and support that online students require. Once accepted into this program, you'll meet with your faculty adviser to review transcripts for possible transfer credit and create an individualized curriculum plan suitable to your personal and professional schedules.

If you plan to teach, you can take three additional courses focusing on theory and practicum experience in nursing education. If you’d like to also apply for the National League for Nursing Nurse Educator certificate, you will take an additional three-credit education course.

Online Degree Excellence: SLU's M.S.N.-NP degree program, which includes the same coursework as the post-master's certificate program, is highly respected across academic and professional nursing institutions. In 2017, U.S. News and World Report ranked Saint Louis University's M.S.N.-NP degree program number 35 in its Best Online Master’s in Nursing Programs survey.

Certificates are available in the following areas:

Curriculum and Program Details

A minimum of 15 credit hours are required for completion of SLU’s post-master's N.P. certificate program. The total number of credit hours varies, depending on the particular certificate you pursue.

At the School of Nursing’s discretion, students may transfer three to six credit hours of graduate-level coursework to be applied toward their post-master's certificate program of study.

Student files are individually reviewed, and you may be able to petition for "advanced standing" in courses such as “Advanced Health Assessment,” “Advanced Pathophysiology” and “Advanced Pharmacology.”

Post‐Master's N.P. Certificate Core Courses


  • NURS 517, Advanced Pathophysiology (may be taken first semester here at SLU)

All students complete (or may transfer in) the following core courses:

  • NURS 5080, Advanced Pharmacology (3)
  • NURS 5040 , Role Acquisition (may be waived for post‐MSN students who are already NPs depending on the experience and time since relevant course content) (1)*
  • NURS 5110, Advanced Health Assessment & Clinical Decision Making (3)*
  • NURS 5130, Clinical and Diagnostic Reasoning (course is only required for graduates of the Accelerated Master’s Program) (2)
  • NURS 5140, Health Promotion (3)
  • NURS 5160, Principles of Practice Management (may be waived for post‐MSN students who are already NPs depending on the experience and time since relevant course content) (2)

*NURS 5040 Role Acquisition and NURS 5160 Principles of Practice Management is a required course for all non‐NP Post‐MSN certificate students. The course may be required of an NP Post‐MSN certificate student if the student’s clinical experience is not current or the specialty is not primary care or adult‐gero acute care.

Specialty Courses

Adult/Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

  • NURS 5040, Role Acquisition (1)*
  • NURS 5310, Critical Appraisal of Technology: Acute Care (3)
  • NURS 5260, Advanced Clinical Studies in the Acute Care Setting I (4)
  • NURS 5270, Advanced Clinical Studies in the Acute Care Setting II (5)
  • NURS 5160, Principles of Practice Management (2)*
  • NURS 5810, Nursing Practicum (4)

Adult/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

  • NURS 5040, Role Acquisition (1)*
  • NURS 5750, Care of the Elderly: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Health (3)
  • NURS 5240, Advanced Clinical Studies I: Adolescents and Adults (4)
  • NURS 5250, Advanced Clinical Studies II: Adults and Older Adults (5)
  • NURS 5160, Principles of Practice Management (2)*
  • NURS 5810, Nursing Practicum (5)

Family Nurse Practitioner

  • NURS 5040, Role Acquisition (1)*
  • NURS 5630, Dynamics of Family Nursing Practice (3)
  • NURS 5280, Advanced Clinical Studies I: Adults, and Older Adults (5)
  • NURS 5290, Advanced Clinical Studies II: Women and Children (5)
  • NURS 5510, Mental Health of the Family in the Primary Care Setting (2)
  • NURS 5160, Principles of Practice Management (2)*
  • NURS 5810, Nursing Practicum (3‐4)

Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

  • NURS 5040, Role Acquisition (1)*
  • NURS 5550, Family and Child Development (3)
  • NURS 5320, Advanced Clinical Studies I in Nursing of Children (4)
  • NURS 5330, Advanced Clinical Studies II in Nursing of Children (4)
  • NURS 5160, Principles of Practice Management (2)*
  • NURS 5810, Nursing Practicum (3‐5)

Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Role

  • NURS 5040, Role Acquisition (1)*
  • NURS 5400, Ecological Approach to Human Behavior (3)
  • NURS 5430, Psychopharmacology (2)
  • NURS 5550, Family & Child Development (3)
  • NURS 5510, Mental Health Care of the Family in Primary Care Settings (2)
  • NURS 5340, Advanced Clinical Studies I : P/MH Nursing (4)
  • NURS 5350, Advanced Clinical Studies II : P/MH Nursing (5)
  • NURS 5160, Principles of Practice Management (2)
  • NURS 5810, Nursing Practicum (4)

*For the non‐NP post‐masters student) A NP post‐MSN student may be required to take the course depending on the specialty, status of practice activity, and requirements of the specialty.

Nurse Educator Certificate

The Nurse Educator Certificate will prepare graduate with the skills to teach in baccalaureate, associate or diploma nursing programs. All four educator courses are offered on‐line with attention to building a learning community with a culture of sharing and support. The practicum course, Nursing 5590 allows students to create a unique teaching practicum experience with faculty supervision and guidance and seminar activities are aimed at helping students make a successful transition into teaching. Attention to development of the educator role is threaded through each course and culminates in the development of an educator portfolio including a personal philosophy of teaching, a research plan and examples of teaching products.

  • NURS 5560 Evidence‐Based Nursing Education (2)
  • NURS 5570 Curriculum Development in Nursing Education (2‐3)
  • NURS 5580 Instructional Strategies and Evaluation for Nurse Educators (2)
  • NURS 5590 Practicum in Nursing Education (2)
Faculty and Resources

Our responsive faculty are nationally recognized for teaching excellence, nursing leadership, scholarly research and student mentorship. A faculty adviser from SLU’s School of Nursing is individually assigned to mentor each student throughout the program.

Post-M.S.N. N.P. students at SLU also have access to our online library and an online writing center.


Upon completion of the post-master's N.P. certificate program, you will qualify to take certification exams through the American Nurses Credentialing Center, Pediatric Nursing Certification Board or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans.

Applicant Criteria

Saint Louis University School of Nursing accepts applications to its Post-M.S.N. N.P. certificate program from students living in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

We also require:

  • A master's degree in a nursing specialty, preferably from a program accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency
  • A college cumulative grade point of 3.2 or higher
  • Completion of a graduate-level physiology or pathophysiology course and a beginning health assessment course, or the equivalent thereof
  • Experience in an advanced practice role in nursing is preferred

Proof of completion of an American Heart Care Provider course is required after acceptance.

To apply, you'll need:

Application Requirements
Post-Master's NP Certificate application and fee
One letter of recommendation (not required for SLU graduates)
Professional goal statement
Copy of current unencumbered Registered Nurse license in the state in which clinical experience will be done.

Requirements for International Students

International students on a F1 or J1 Student visa are not eligible for admission, as these programs are conducted entirely online. For additional information, contact SLU's Office of International Services.

Application Deadlines

Application for admission and all supporting documents must be received by March 31 for the fall semester and September 1 for the spring semester.