Nursing Practice

The School of Nursing offers Post-Master’s Certificates in Nursing Practice in the following areas: Adult Gerontology Acute Care, Adult Gerontology Primary Care, and Neonatal Care. These certificates are appropriate for master’s prepared nurses who wish to pursue graduate level study in a track diļ¬€erent from their Master of Science (M.S.) degree. The programs consist of master’s level practicum courses and their associated theory courses. Faculty coordinators may require additional coursework on an individual basis.

Nursing Practice: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)

Post-Master’s Certificate graduates are prepared as advance practice nurses to assess, diagnose, monitor, treat and coordinate care of acutely and critically ill individuals from adolescence to senescence. The core competencies emphasize teaching/coaching, consultation and evidence-based practice. The focus of the role is to provide services ranging from disease prevention to critical care to stabilize the patient’s condition, prevent complications, restore maximum health and/or provide palliative care. The AGACNP practice focuses on patients who are characterized as “physiologically unstable, technologically dependent, and/or are highly vulnerable to complications” (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2012). Graduates of this concentration are prepared to apply for eligibility to take the AGACNP certification examination prepared by an approved national organization as accepted by the Board of Registration in Nursing and apply to practice in the expanded role in Connecticut or other states based on regulatory guidelines.

Required Courses: NURS 5060, 5062, 5070, 5150, 5160, 5169, 5170, 5179, 5400, and 5409.

Nursing Practice: Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)

Post-Master’s Certificate graduates are prepared as advance practice nurses to assess, diagnose, monitor, treat and coordinate care of individuals from adolescence to senescence with common acute and chronic conditions within the context of family and community. The focus of the role is on the delivery of primary care to the individual including health promotion, disease prevention, and disease management activities to support healthy lives. The core competencies emphasize teaching/coaching, consultation and evidence based practice. Graduates of this track are prepared to apply for eligibility to take the AGNP Primary Care certification examination prepared by an approved national organization as accepted by the Board of Registration in Nursing and apply to practice in the expanded role in Connecticut or other states based on regulatory guidelines.

Required Courses: NURS 5060, 5062, 5070, 5150, 5400, 5409, 5410, 5419, 5420, and 5429.

Nursing Practice: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)

Advanced practice roles in neonatology are among the oldest and most respected of all advanced practice roles in the U.S. Educational preparation as a neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) provides experienced neonatal nurses with an increased opportunity to make significant contributions to patient care and to influence neonatal population outcomes. Graduates of the NNP Program assume leadership roles guiding patient management plans in neonatal intensive care units, level II special care nurseries, and well-baby nurseries, among other settings. Graduates are prepared to apply for eligibility to take the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner examination given by the National Certification Corporation.

Required Courses: NURS 5350, 5362, 5365, 5370, 5369, 5375, 5379, 5385, and 5389.

The required coursework for the above three post masters certificates are the core courses (if not completed in original master’s program) and the related track specific courses.

These certificates are offered by the School of Nursing.