Nurse Practitioner Certificate
Overview: 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.
Credits: The program of study is individualized and is highly variable, dependent on the qualifications and academic credentials of the applicant.
Courses: 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.
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 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).