Advanced Nursing Certificates through Marquette University

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.
  • Adult-older adult clinical nurse specialist (CNS) certificate: an advanced-practice registered nurse role that keeps up with the complex needs of the aging population, which includes caring for elderly patients in a variety of settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and outpatient practices.
  • Nurse midwife 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.
  • Systems leadership and healthcare quality 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
  • An active, unrestricted RN license issued by the state of Wisconsin
  • A year’s worth of professional nursing experience

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