Mount Marty University Online Nurse Practitioner Certificates

The Mount Marty University Division of Nursing offers an online Post-Master’s Certificate program with Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specializations. Students complete coursework online with two campus visits required each semester for a total of approximately six visits. Clinical preceptorships are completed at approved facilities local to the student.

Mount Marty University seeks to educate nurses through Catholic Benedictine values to serve in rural and underserved populations through understanding, compassion, and a spirit of service.

Outcomes include the:

  • Utilization of leadership skills in practice, communication, and ethical care
  • Integration of scientific facts and research into care and quality improvement
  • Application of learned tools and methods to assess, diagnose, and treat patients across the lifespan
  • Ability to influence healthcare policy and outcomes among systems and populations
  • Use of proven care technologies to deliver care and improve communication between team members, patients, and their families
  • Ability to work interprofessionally with team members to effectively manage patient care

Certificate graduates will be eligible to sit for the FNP or PMHNP certification exams through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

No GRE or GMAT is required for admission. Candidates are expected to have at least two years of professional nursing experience. Courses are delivered asynchronously through D2L Brightspace, and students have access to an academic excellence center as well as many other student resources.

Mount Marty University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The online Post-Master’s Certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Mount Marty University is located in Yankton, South Dakota.

What to Expect from the Mount Marty University Online Nurse Practitioner Certificates

Graduate Nursing Admissions Requirements: Candidates for the online certificate program must hold a master’s degree in nursing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, as well as current RN licensure with at least one year of professional work experience. Two years of work experience are preferred. Additional required certifications include Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), as well as completion of Basic Life Support for healthcare providers.

Application materials include a completed criminal background check, three letters of recommendation, a current resume, proof of immunizations, and a personal essay. A personal interview is required to progress in the application process.

State Restrictions: Mount Marty University accepts students from most states and is an NC-SARA participant. Typically there are restrictions for students in Washington DC, Puerto Rico, North Carolina, and New York. However, all interested students outside South Dakota should check with the MMC Division of Nursing to verify out-of-state eligibility. In addition, prospective students should check with their state Board of Nursing to determine whether the program meets certification requirements for their state.

Study Plan: The Mount Marty University online Post-Master’s Certificate program begins in the Summer. Depending on the results of the gap analysis, it takes approximately three semesters to earn the certificate. Students come to campus twice each semester for a total of about six visits. All other coursework is completed online with clinicals completed local to the student. Online students should plan to spend 10-30 hours per week on each course.

Post-Master’s FNP Certificate Curriculum: The online Post-Master’s FNP Certificate program comprises approximately 22 credits plus at least 600 clinical hours. A Gap Analysis is completed for each applicant upon review of transcripts, completed clinical hours, cumulative GPA, and what was covered in prior courses. Courses may include Advanced Practice in Care of Families, Advanced Concepts in Care of Women, Advanced Concepts in Care of Children, Advanced Concepts in Care of Adults, and Advanced Concepts in Care of Older Adults. Other required courses may include Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan, Advanced Physical Assessment Across the Lifespan, and Advanced Pharmacology Across the Lifespan.

Post-Master’s PMHNP Certificate Curriculum: The online Post-Master’s PMHNP Certificate program comprises approximately 22 credits plus at least 600 clinical hours. As with the FNP certificate, a Gap Analysis is completed for each applicant. Courses may include PMHNP Care of Pediatrics/Families plus a 300-hour practicum, Psychotherapeutic Modalities, Differential Diagnosis of Mental Health Disorders, PMHNP Care of Adults/Older Adults plus a 300-hour practicum, and Advanced Practice in Care of Families. Other required courses may include Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Physical Assessment, and Advanced Pharmacology.

Online Experience: Courses for the FNP certificate are delivered asynchronously through the D2L Brightspace online Learning Management System (LMS). The system is accessed through the MMC online portal LacerLink. Course content may include readings, assignments, case studies, research, projects, recorded lectures, multimedia components, chat rooms, blogs, social media interaction, and online discussion boards. Classes are broken up into weekly modules and presentations are done online.

Writing help, tutoring, academic support, disability services, supplemental instruction, and professional preparation take place through the Center for Academic Excellence. Students also have access to an online library and bookstore, technical support, faculty office hours, academic advising, and career counseling.

On-Site Requirements: Online FNP and PMHNP certificate students come to campus twice per semester for an estimated total of six visits. Of course this is dependent on the Gap Analysis results and which courses the nurse actually needs to complete. All coursework is online and practicums are completed local to the student.

Paying for the Mount Marty University Online Nurse Practitioner Certificates

Mount Marty University charges $600 per credit plus fees for the certificate programs. Candidates should contact the MMC Division of Nursing for updated and complete tuition costs.

Mount Marty University graduate nursing students may be eligible for unsubsidized federal graduate loans according to the FAFSA. Additional options for funding a graduate degree include outside scholarships and grants through community or religious organizations, and employer-sponsored employee tuition reimbursement programs.

Mount Marty University

The Mount Marty University FNP and PMHNP Post-Graduate Certificates are designed to prepare nurses to serve in rural and underserved populations, operating from the Catholic Benedictine values of compassion, understanding, and a spirit of service.

APRN Programs

Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate

Campus Address

1105 West 8th Street
Yankton, South Dakota 57078

Mount Marty University – Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate

Program Essentials

Degree Level

Post-Master Certificate – Post-Graduate (Post-MSN) Nursing Certificate

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Summer

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

6

Credits Needed to Graduate

22

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (pending)

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

CA, CT, DE, FL, HI, KY, MA, NJ, NY, NC, PA, SC, UT, WI

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

22

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$600.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$13,200.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$600.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$13,200.00

Mount Marty University – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate

Program Essentials

Degree Level

Post-Master Certificate – Post-Graduate (Post-MSN) Nursing Certificate

Specialization

PMHNP – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Summer

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

6

Credits Needed to Graduate

22

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

DC

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

22

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$600.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$13,200.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$600.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$13,200.00

Tuition is calculated based on credits, at the published tuition rate. Rates may change, so please check here for the latest tuition information. For programs with variable tuition rates, we use the rates for part-time students. “Resident” and “non-resident” refer to the student’s school-recognized state residency status. Tuition number represents the cost of tuition for the entire program, not per semester or year. Estimated total tuition does not include additional fees.