Marquette University Post-Master’s Nursing Certificates and Programs

After graduating from our Direct Entry MSN Program, you can further your education by pursuing one of our post-degree advanced nursing certificates. While your master’s degree sets the foundation for your advanced nursing education, these certificates further hone your skills in specific areas of practice—improving your future earning potential and long-term career prospects.

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Certificate Options

Whether your goal is to help diagnose and treat illnesses or hold a leadership role in healthcare administration, our post-master’s certificates prepare you to sit for the national certification examination that corresponds with your chosen nursing profession.

  • Acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP) certificate (adult or pediatric): an advanced-practice registered nurse role that is able to diagnose and treat acute and chronic illness, which includes prescribing medication and focusing on disease prevention.
  • Primary care nurse practitioner (NP) certificate (adult or pediatric): an advanced-practice registered nurse role that is authorized to examine, diagnose, and treat patients, which includes prescribing medication. Individual state law determines if nurse practitioners can work independently of a physician.
  • Nurse midwifery certificate: an advanced-practice registered nurse role that supports women during and after their pregnancies, which includes prenatal, postpartum, and newborn care, the tracking of fetal development, and performing physical exams.
  • Nursing health systems leadership certificate: a nurse leader, or administrator, creates competent, ethical, and efficient healthcare delivery systems for improving patient outcomes in medical settings such as private clinics, public hospitals, and large medical facilities.

Certificate Requirements

While each certificate has a unique set of criteria and credit hour requirements, they all share the following eligibility requirements:

  • A master’s degree in nursing
  • A year of practice as an RN is required prior to starting clinical
  • An active, unrestricted RN license issued by the state of Wisconsin

Advanced Nursing Programs

Marquette University also offers MSN graduates a way to continue advancing their nursing education with a Doctoral in Nursing program (DNP) or a Doctor of Philosophy program (Ph.D.).

  • The DNP program emphasizes development of nursing practice expertise at the highest level with a curriculum that focuses on topics such as informatics, leadership, health policy and advanced clinical practice.
  • The Ph.D. program prepares nurse-scientists as teacher/scholar with an emphasis on nursing knowledge development in a substantive research area of science aimed to improve health and health care.

Contact us to learn more about our advanced nursing certificates and programs.

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