The APSU Nursing Post-Graduate Certificate program provides opportunities for students
who already have a graduate degree in nursing (MSN or DNP) to gain specialized knowledge
within the two concentrations offered.
The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Post Graduate Certificate Program is designed for Registered Nurses who have already earned a MSN or DNP degree, and who
have a desire to provide comprehensive health care services in a primary care setting
to patients across the lifespan.
Students completing the FNP certificate program are eligible to sit for the AANP or
ANCC FNP certification examination.
The 21-hour Post-Graduate program (with 600 required clinical hours) is primarily
delivered online with one on-campus visit designed to enhance learning, practice hands-on
skills, participate in simulation, and for professional networking/socialization.
FNP Post-Graduate Certificate students take approximately two courses per semester
and complete the program in about one year.
Family Practice Residency (5 credit hours/ 300 clinical hours)--required on-campus intensive
The Nurse Educator (NE) Post Graduate Certificate Program is designed for individuals who have already earned a MSN or DNP degree and who are
interested in teaching as a faculty member in a pre-licensure program, providing continuing
education for clinical staff, or providing patient education.
The didactic content prepares students in the areas of curricular design, educational
theory, and evaluation methods. Students select a clinical focus and complete practicum
hours for the chosen clinical focus. Clinical hours are also required for the nursing
education practicum and will be completed in a higher education or staff/development/education
The 12-hour program (with 240 required clinical hours) is primarily delivered online
with one required on-campus visit designed to enhance learning, facilitate teaching,
and for professional networking/socialization. NE Post-Graduate Certificate students take approximately two courses per semester and
complete the program in about one year.
Students who have received a MSN or DNP are eligible to apply for a Post-Graduate
Certificate. Post-Graduate Certificates are available in Family Nurse Practitioner
and Nurse Educator. A post-graduate applicant must have a minimum of a 3.0 on a 4.0
scale in the Master’s or DNP degree. The Bachelor’s degree GPA will also be considered.
Post-graduate students choosing the FNP option will be required to provide proof of completion of Advanced Pathophysiology
(3 credit hours), Advanced Pharmacology (3 credit hours), and Advanced Physical Assessment
(3/1 credit hours). If the student has not successfully completed the required courses,
or the courses taken are not comparable to those required by the MSN program at APSU,
the student will be required to complete those before beginning the clinical components
of the curriculum.
All applicants for the Graduate Nursing Program must complete and show evidence of
$45 application fee. (Non-refundable)
Official transcripts from all colleges attended (graduate and undergraduate) verifying
that a bachelor’s degree in nursing has been earned with an overall GPA of 3.0 on
a 4.0 scale, and a Master's Degree or DNP in nursing has been earned with an overall
GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Applicant Goal Statement (e.g., reasons for pursuing graduate studies). The personal
goal statement should be a one-page essay. It must be written in your own words. It
should contain the following:
Details on your decision to obtain a Master’s degree in nursing
Description of your particular interest in and potential for contributing to the nursing
profession, specifically as a Master’s prepared nurse
Plan to be successful in the Post-Certificate program, specifically addressing your
goal of full or part-time study and the many hours required studying and in clinical.
Licensure Verification (proof of an unencumbered, current license to practice as a
Registered Nurse in Tennessee or the state in which the clinical assignments are completed).
Military documents if applicable.
Successful completion of a 3-semester hour or 4 quarter hour undergraduate level Statistics
course is required.
Reply from Nursing Admission committee. Admission decision will be rendered from APSU’s
School of Nursing Graduate Curriculum, Admission, and Retention committee.