Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Practitioner


Individuals who have a master's degree in nursing may be considered for admission to a Post-master's Certificate in Nurse Practitioner.

A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) who holds a master’s or doctoral degree in a specific population focus.  These include family, adult-gerontology (primary or acute care), neonatal, pediatrics (primary or acute care), women’s health, or psychiatric-mental health populations.  Texas Woman’s University offers programs for family, adult-gerontology (primary and acute care), pediatric primary care, and women’s health. 

A Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) provides care for patients of all ages and within many settings.  This primary care role focuses on health promotion and health maintenance of patients as well as management of common acute and chronic health conditions across the lifespan. 

A Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) provides care to children with both acute and common health conditions with an emphasis on growth and development from birth to young adulthood.  Practice will extend across a variety of settings.  While there are both primary and acute care programs, the program at TWU is preparing students for a primary care role. 

A Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) provides care for women from adolescence through adulthood.  Care focus includes well-woman, high-risk prenatal management, family planning, menopause, and fertility. 

An Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner may be prepared and function in a primary care role (AGNP) or an acute care role (AGACNP).  Texas Woman’s University has both programs.  The AGNP provides acute, chronic, and preventative care for adults from adolescence to old age, typically in a primary care setting.  An AGACNP provides care for acute and severe episodes of illness, injury, or trauma and may continue that care after the acute phase.

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

  1. Work well with teams and complete project work.
  2. Collect and analyze information, problem-solve, and make decisions.
  3. Effectively communicate through a variety of mediums and modes.


All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.

This academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

34 semester credit hours (SCH).

Required Courses
NURS 5001Advanced Practice Nursing Seminar1
BIOL 5333Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 5644Advanced Assessment/Differential Diagnosis4
NURS 5663Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Nursing Practice3
Total SCHs11

Complete One of the Following Tracks

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
NURS 5605Family Health Nursing II5
NURS 5615Family Health Nursing III5
NURS 5625Family Health Nursing I5
NURS 5683Family Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship I3
NURS 5695Family Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship II5
Total SCHs23
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
NURS 5305Child Health Nursing II5
NURS 5315Child Health Nursing III5
NURS 5325Child Health Nursing I5
NURS 5383Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship I3
NURS 5395Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship II5
Total SCHs23
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
NURS 5405Women's Health Nursing II5
NURS 5415Women's Health Nursing III5
NURS 5425Women's Health Nursing I5
NURS 5483Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship I3
NURS 5495Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship II5
Total SCHs23
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
NURS 5505Adult/Gerontology Nursing II5
NURS 5515Adult/Gerontology Nursing III5
NURS 5525Adult/Gerontology Nursing I5
NURS 5583Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship I3
NURS 5595Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship II5
Total SCHs23
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
NURS 5005Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I5
NURS 5015Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II5
NURS 5025Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner III5
NURS 5083Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship I3
NURS 5095Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship II5
Total SCHs23

If a student is practicing as an advanced practice registered nurse and is currently credentialed by the Texas Board of Nursing as an advanced practice registered nurse, the advanced pathophysiology, pharmacotherapeutics, and advanced assessment courses must not be more than six years old at the time of completing the Post-master's Certificate. If not, this coursework will need to be repeated for the new certificate.