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Graduate Certificates

Nurse Practitioner Certificate

The postgraduate Nurse Practitioner certificate program serves students who (1) have a master’s degree or higher in nursing from an accredited institution, and (2) seek additional certification as a family nurse practitioner, adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, or adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner. The program of study is individualized and is highly variable, dependent on the qualifications and academic credentials of the applicant.

Prior to admission, the student’s transcripts and two online references are evaluated by the director of the NP program in collaboration with the Graduate Admissions Committee to ascertain the successful completion of undergraduate courses in chemistry and statistics, M.S. program core courses (including NURS 501, Issues in Nursing and Health Care; and NURS 512, Nursing Research), and advanced practice courses (NURS 802, Advanced Health Assessment of Adult Populations; NURS 803, Pathophysiology; and NURS 804, Pharmacologic Therapy). A recommendation regarding admission and the program of study is formulated and discussed with the associate dean for graduate education and research in the College of Nursing prior to making an offer of admission.

Applicants must complete a graduate certificate application through the Graduate School at Penn State. Scanned copies of official transcripts (both sides) of all previous course work from all postsecondary institutions should be uploaded with the application.

Applications for the postgraduate Nurse Practitioner certificate program are reviewed annually in the spring. To be considered for admission, you must submit a completed application by April 15. Before applying, please contact Marsha Freije to determine space availability at the campus you are interested in attending.

In addition to the NP certificate program core courses, postgraduate certificate students engage in the capstone clinical course (NURS 864, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Integrative Practicum; NURS 874, Family Nurse Practitioner Integrative Practicum; or NURS 874A, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Integrative Practicum). However, students do not complete the scholarly paper as part of the capstone experiences. All postgraduate students are monitored by the NP faculty to ensure they have achieved the knowledge and skills necessary to become clinically competent as a family nurse practitioner, adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, or adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner.

For more information, please contact: Marsha Freije, M.S.N., graduate adviser, 814-867-5026 or mmf19@psu.edu

Nurse Educator Certificate

The purpose of the Nurse Educator certificate is to provide formal content in nursing education to nurses with a baccalaureate degree or higher in nursing who plan to teach in a variety of educational and clinical settings. The certificate requires completion of three 3-credit graduate-level Nurse Educator didactic courses (9 credits). An optional 4-credit Nurse Educator practicum is available as well. All courses are delivered using distance technology and are available through Penn State World Campus.

Applicants must have a current license to practice professional nursing in the United States or a foreign country and hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a U.S. regionally accredited institution, or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree in nursing that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.

Applications for the Nurse Educator certificate program are reviewed on a rolling basis and may be submitted at any time. Applicants must upload scanned copies of official transcripts (both sides) from all previous course work from all postsecondary institutions. The undergraduate GPA must be 3.0 or greater; the graduate GPA must be 3.3 or greater.

To be awarded the certificate, students must complete the following three courses:

  • NURS 840: Nursing Education Theories and Strategies (3)
  • NURS 841: Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education (3)
  • NURS 842: Curriculum and Program Development in Nursing Education (3)

The following course is optional:

  • NURS 843: Synthesis and Application of the Nurse Educator Role (4)

For more information, please contact: Marsha Freije, M.S.N., graduate adviser, 814-867-5026 or mmf19@psu.edu

Nurse Administrator Certificate

The purpose of the Nurse Administrator certificate is to prepare nurses with a baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing for certification as a nurse administrator. The certificate requires completion of three 3-credit graduate-level Nurse Administrator didactic courses (9 credits). An optional practicum course (4 credits) is available as well. All courses are delivered using distance technology and available through Penn State World Campus.

Applicants must have a current license to practice professional nursing in the United States or a foreign country and hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a U.S. regionally accredited institution, or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree in nursing that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.

Applications for the Nurse Administrator certificate program are reviewed on a rolling basis and may be submitted at any time. Applicants must upload scanned copies of official transcripts (both sides) from all previous course work from all postsecondary institutions. The undergraduate GPA must be 3.0 or higher; the graduate GPA must be 3.3 or higher.

To be awarded the certificate, students must complete the following three courses:

  • NURS 845: Health Care Economics and Policy for Nurse Administrators (3)
  • NURS 846: Leadership Concepts and Theories for Nurse Administrators (3)
  • NURS 847: Human Resource and Workforce Issues for Nurse Administrators (3)

The following course is optional:

  • NURS 848: Synthesis and Application of the Nurse Administrator Role (4)

For more information, please contact: Marsha Freije, M.S.N., graduate adviser, 814-867-5026 or mmf19@psu.edu

Primary Palliative Care Certificate

The Penn State College of Nursing offers a Graduate Certificate in Primary Palliative Care program. The primary goal of the program is to prepare individuals with a Bachelor’s or higher degree in Nursing or a related health discipline in the principles and practice of primary palliative care. The curriculum includes 6 credits (two 3 credit courses) of didactic content in primary palliative care and interdisciplinary management of advanced serious illness and one 3 credit course of the interdisciplinary practice of the palliative care role. The practicum course involves the application of knowledge acquired in previously completed courses related to primary palliative care. The practicum will build upon and extend students’ previous experiences and fulfill mutually agreed-upon objectives based on the students’ identified learning needs. All courses will be delivered using distance technology, and are currently available through the World Campus.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s or higher degree in nursing or a related health discipline from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or from an officially recognized degree-granting international institution. Copies of all undergraduate and graduate degree transcripts must accompany the application.

Prior to an applicant’s admission, transcripts are evaluated by the Graduate Admissions Committee to ascertain the applicant’s potential for successful completion of the core courses. A recommendation regarding admission is discussed with the Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research prior to making an offer of admission to this certificate program.

Courses Included in the Certificate:

NURSING (NURS)

  1. Primary Palliative Care: An Interdisciplinary Approach (3) AND
  2. Primary Palliative Care: Interdisciplinary Management of Advanced Serious Illness (3) AND
  3. Interdisciplinary Practicum of the Primary Palliative Care Role (3)

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Lisa Kitko
Assistant Professor of Nursing
814-863-2238
lah150@psu.edu

Gerontology Certificate 

In conjunction with the Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, the Penn State College of Nursing offers a Gerontology Graduate Certificate program. The primary goal of the program is to prepare individuals with a Bachelor’s or higher degree in Nursing or a related health discipline in gerontology. The curriculum includes 6 credits (two 3 credit courses) of didactic content in geriatric assessment and interventions for common health issues in the elderly and 3 credits (one 3 credit course) in primary palliative care. All courses will be delivered using distance technology, and are currently available through the World Campus.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must apply for admission to the certificate program via the Graduate School application for admission. Admission requirements are stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. International applicants must satisfy the English proficiency requirement. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended must accompany the application.

Prior to an applicant’s admission, transcripts are evaluated by the Director of the Center to ascertain the applicant’s potential for successful completion of the core nursing courses. A recommendation regarding admission is discussed with the Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research prior to making an offer of admission to this certificate program.

Courses Included in the Certificate: 

NURSING (NURS)

  1. Comprehensive Assessment of the Older Adult (3) and
  2. Interventions for Common Health Problems of the Older Adult (3) and either

NURSING (NURS)

  1. Primary Palliative Care: An Interdisciplinary Approach (3) OR
  2. Primary Palliative Care: Interdisciplinary Management of Advanced Serious Illness (3) 

For more information, please contact:

Donna Fick, Ph.D., GCNS-BC, FGSA, FAAN
Elouise Ross Eberly Professor of Nursing
814-865-9325
dmf21@psu.edu

Geriatric Nursing Education Certificate

In conjunction with the Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, the Penn State College of Nursing offers a Geriatric Nursing Education Graduate Certificate program. The primary goal of the program is to prepare individuals with a current Master’s degree in Nursing or a related health discipline to teach geriatric content at both the Associate and Baccalaureate degree levels. The curriculum includes 6 credits (two 3 credit courses) of didactic content in gerontology and 6 credits (two 3 credit courses) of didactic content in education. All four courses will be delivered using distance technology, and are currently available through the World Campus.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must apply for admission to the certificate program via the Graduate School application for admission. Admission requirements are stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. International applicants must satisfy the English proficiency requirement. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended must accompany the application.

Applicants must hold a Master’s degree in nursing or a related health discipline from a U.S. regionally accredited institution, or a Master’s degree that is equivalent to a U.S. Master’s degree from an officially recognized degree-granting international institution. The credit conditions for the Master’s degree must be substantially equivalent to those required by Penn State’s Master’s degree programs in nursing or related health disciplines.

Prior to an applicant’s admission, transcripts are evaluated by the Director of the Center to ascertain the applicant’s potential for successful completion of the core nursing courses. A recommendation regarding admission is discussed with the Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research prior to making an offer of admission to this certificate program.

Courses Included in the Certificate:

NURSING (NURS)

  1. Comprehensive Assessment of the Older Adult (3)
  2. Interventions for Common Health Problems of the Older Adult (3) 

ADULT EDUCATION (ADTED)460. Introduction to Adult Education (3) AND EITHER

  1. Program Planning in Adult Education (3) OR
  2. Research and Evaluation in Adult Education (3)

-OR- 

NURSING (NURS)

  1. Nursing Education Theories and Strategies (3) OR
  2. Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education (3) OR
  3. Curriculum and Program Development in Nursing Education (3)

To be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Geriatric Nursing Education, students must successfully complete

NURS 522, NURS 523, ADTED 460, and either ADTED 506 or ADTED 507

OR

NURS 522, NURS 523, two of the following courses: NURS 840, NURS 841 or NURS 842

For more information, please contact:

Donna Fick, Ph.D., GCNS-BC, FGSA, FAAN
Elouise Ross Eberly Professor of Nursing
814-865-9325
dmf21@psu.edu

or visit http://www.nursing.psu.edu/cgne/grad-programs/postgrad/