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Post Master's Certificates

The Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner certificate programs are designed for individuals prepared with a Master of Science degree in nursing who wish to gain specialty knowledge in one of these roles. The certificates consist of nurse practitioner focused courses. Courses can be completed in 3 consecutive semesters (including summer semester). PLEASE NOTE: Students must complete advanced pathophysiology, advanced physical assessment, and advanced pharmacology prior to beginning clinical courses. An individual program of study will be developed by the advisor based on previous coursework.

The Executive Practice and Healthcare Leadership certificate program is designed for individuals prepared with a Bachelor of Science in nursing and a Master's degree in nursing or a health related field who wish to gain specialty knowledge in this role. The certificate consists of executive nurse and leadership focused courses and two practicum experiences. The program totals 15 credit hours and includes 180 practicum hours. The program can be completed in 2 consecutive semesters.

The Nurse Educator certificate program is designed for individuals who are prepared with a Bachelor of Science in nursing and a Master's degree in nursing or a health related field who wish to gain specialty knowledge in this role. The certificate consists of education focused courses and an individualized practicum for a total of eleven (11) credit hours and includes 120 practicum hours. The program can be completed part-time in four consecutive semesters.

The Clinical Nurse Leader certificate program is designed for individuals who are prepared with a Bachelor of Science in nursing and Master’s degree in nursing who wish to gain specialty knowledge of this role. A gap analysis of previous coursework will be done to determine the student’s individual plan of study in order to complete the certificate. All students will be minimally required to take the CNL specialty courses which includes 450 hours of practicum time. The program can be completed in 3 consecutive semesters/18 months, but is based on the gap analysis and personalized plan of study for each student.

Students enrolled in the graduate certificate programs are NOT eligible to receive any federal financial aid. The Certificate admission process is the same as admission to the graduate program. Students pursuing a nurse practitioner certificate must proceed through the admission process including interview with other candidates for these tracks. Additional information about our certificate programs can be found by visiting the Graduate Program Requirements section of our catalog on-line.

Students may go to www.nursingcas.org to begin the application process.