The College of Nursing offers certificates for nurses who need additional training. A master's degree in nursing is required for admission. The post-MSN certificates prepare advanced practice nurses for a career in adult-gerontology nursing, pediatric nursing, mental health nursing, and nurse anesthesia, as well as role preparation as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, or administrators. Advanced practice nursing involves the delivery of care, management of resources, interdisciplinary collaboration, and application of technology, information systems, knowledge, and critical thinking.
The total credit hours will vary depending on the student's academic record, clinical experience, and objectives. Students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours. Most students complete 16-20 credit hours of graduate course work with the exception of those pursuing certificates in nurse anesthesia or acute pediatric nurse practitioner, where additional credit hours are required. The nurse anesthesia certificate program requires students who have completed the master's degree in nursing within the preceding five (5) years to complete 60-70 credit hours. Contact the Assistant Dean, Graduate Studies for more information.
The post-master's certificate in Nursing Education consists of 12 credit hours – 6 credit hours in nursing and 6 in education. Required courses in the College of Nursing are NURS 566 and NURS 565 . In consultation with the Nursing Education Minor Coordinator, students select 6 credit hours of course work from the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.