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Nursing Post-Graduate Certificates

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. 

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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.

CURRICULUM

 

NURS 5701

Advanced Family Practice I (5 Credit hours)

NURS 5702

Advanced Family Practice II (5 Credit hours)

NURS 5801

Primary Care Practicum I (3 credit hours/180 clinical hours)--required virtual advanced skills intensive

NURS 5802

Primary Care Practicum II (3 credit hours/ 180 clinical hours)

NURS 5809

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 setting.

 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. 

CURRICULUM

 

NURS 5611 (or) NURS 5612

Advanced Adult Health Nursing (OR) Advanced Pediatric Health Nursing (2 credit hours)

NURS 5615

The Nurse Educator (3 credit hours)

EDUC 5550

Theories of Learning (3 credit hours)

NURS 5719

Nursing Education Practicum (4 credit hours/240 required clinical hours)--required on-campus intensive

The Post-Graduate Certificate Program admits THREE TIMES each academic year.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall admission: Due May 1 (Students who missed the application deadline may still be able to apply. Email graduatenursing@apsu.edu for more information.)
  • Spring admission: Due October 1st (Students who missed the application deadline may still be able to apply. Email graduatenursing@apsu.edu for more information.)
  • Summer admission: Due March 1 (Students who missed the application deadline may still be able to apply. Email graduatenursing@apsu.edu for more information.)

Students interested in applying for the Graduate Nursing Post-Graduate Certificate Program need to first fill out an application with the APSU Office of Graduate Admissions.

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Admission Requirements

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 the following:

  1. $45 application fee. (Non-refundable)
  2. 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.
  3. Applicant Resume.
  4. 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
    • Career objectives
    • 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.
  5. 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).
  6. Military documents if applicable.
  7. Successful completion of a 3-semester hour or 4 quarter hour undergraduate level Statistics course is required.
  8. Reply from Nursing Admission committee. Admission decision will be rendered from APSU’s School of Nursing Graduate Curriculum, Admission, and Retention committee.

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More information can be found about the Post-Graduate Certificate program in the APSU Graduate Bulletin (FNP or Nurse Educator).