Programs

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Post-MSN Graduate Certificate

The Post-MSN graduate certificate option is available for nurses who already hold an MSN degree and are seeking to become certified in an additional speciality area. Post-MSN certificates are available in all CNS and NP tracks. Please see the appropriate MSN track page for information on certification eligibility for each track. 

The Post-MSN certificate can be completed in two years of part-time study. There is no full-time option for the Post-MSN due to placement of courses in the program. The number of credit hours required to earn the certificate varies based on the student's previous education. Each student receives an individualized plan of study that will ensure they meet the criteria for national certification in the speciality area. Please note that, due to the time involved, faculty will develop the Post-MSN plan of study only after the student is admitted into the MSN program. 

Curriculum

MSN Core Courses - All Tracks
MSN core courses must be completed to earn the certificate only if they were not included in the student's original MSN degree, or the original courses were not a) distinct courses of at least two credit hours in which a grade of B- or higher was earned, b) did not include content across the lifespan, or c) are otherwise determined not meet the criteria for board certification. Additionally, the Advanced Pharmacology course must be less than five years old at the time of expected graduation from the Post-MSN program if the student is not currently maintaining prescriptive authority.

R505 Measurement & Data Analysis (3 cr)
Y515 Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan (3 cr)
Y612 Advanced Pharmacology Across the Lifespan (3 cr) 
Y625 Advanced Phsyical Assessment Across the Lifespan (4 cr)

MSN Major Courses
All MSN major courses, including clinical hours, list below are required to earn the Post-MSN certificate. Major courses are offered one time per year, and must be completed in order. Please see the track guide on the traditional MSN track webpage for additional information on course formats and course placement in the program. 

AGACNP Major Courses (20 cr/525 clinical hours)
Y512 Advanced Concepts in Gerontology (3 cr)
S674 Management of Acutely Ill Adult-Gero I (5 cr/75 clinical hours)
S675 Management of Acutely Ill Adult-Gero II (6 cr/225 clinical hours)
S675 Management of Acutely Ill Adult-Gero III (6 cr/225 clinical hours)
 *AGACNP will accept up to 150 clinical hours from a previous NP program for students who are nationally certified and working in an NP role.

AGCNS Major Courses (17 cr/525 clinical hours)
Y512 Advanced Concepts in Gerontology (3 cr)
M570 CNS I: Scientific Basis of Practice (4 cr/150 clinical hours)
M570 CNS II: Symptom Management (5 cr/150 clinical hours)
M580 CNS III: System-Level Leadership (5 cr/225 clinical hours)

AGPCNP Major Courses (17 cr/525 clinical hours)
Y512 Advanced Concepts in Gerontology (3 cr)
Y600 Clinical Reasoning & Diagnostic Processes (3 cr)
Y552 Health Promotion in Adult-Gero Primary Care (2 cr)
Y560 Prim. Care Adolescents to Older Adults Practicum I (3 cr/225 clinical hours)
Y554 Advanced Practice Nursing in Adult-Gero Primary Care (2 cr)
Y555 Adult-Gero Primary Care Practicum II (4 cr/300 clinical hours)

FNP Major Courses (18 cr/600 clinical hours)
Y600 Clinical Reasoning & Diagnostic Processes (3 cr)
F571 Family Nurse Practitioner I (3 cr)
F573 Family Nurse Practitioner I Practicum (3 cr/225 clinical hours)
F575 Family Nurse Practitioner II (3 cr)
F577 Family Nurse Practitioner II Practicum (3 cr/225 clinical hours)
F579 Family Nurse Practitioner III (3 cr/150 clinical hours)

PCNS Major Courses (20 cr/525 clinical hours)
C550 Child & Family Wellness Assessment (3 cr)
C551 Child Health Maintenance (3 cr)
M570 CNS I: Scientific Basis of Practice (4 cr/150 clinical hours)
M570 CNS II: Symptom Management (5 cr/150 clinical hours)
M580 CNS III: System-Level Leadership (5 cr/225 clinical hours)


PMHNP Major Courses (20 cr/525 clinical hours)
P510 Neuro-psychopharmacology (3 cr)
P675 Substance Use/Abuse (3 cr)
P677 Advanced Clinical Practice in PMHNP I (4 cr/75 clinical hours)
P680 Advanced Clinical Practice in PMHNP II (5 cr/225 clinical hours)
P682 Advanced Clinical Practice in PMHNP III (5 cr/225 clinical hours)

PNP Major Courses (17 cr/525 clinical hours)
C550 Child & Family Wellness Assessment (3 cr)
C551 Child Health Maintenance (3 cr)
C552 Advanced Practice Nursing of Children (3 cr/225 clinical hours)
C556 Advanced Nursing Management (3 cr)
C666 Collaborative Clinical Practice (5 cr/300 clinical hours)

Admission

Admission to the Post-MSN graduate certificate option is competitive and offered on a space-available basis. Admission is offered one time per year, for the fall. The Post-MSN option utilizes the same admission criteria and application deadlines as the comparable MSN track. Detailed application instructions can be found by clicking the Apply Now link on the right and selecting Post-MSN Graduate Certificate from the drop-down menu.