Post-Graduate APRN Certificate Program

(Formerly Offered as Nursing Practice)

The School of Nursing offers Post-Graduate APRN Certificates in the following concentrations: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. These certificates are appropriate for registered nurses (RNs) with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree who wish to pursue an APRN concentration. Each concentration consists of population-focused practicum courses and their associated theory courses. Faculty track directors may require additional coursework on an individual basis. Applicants must possess a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) from their graduate program in nursing.

Post-Graduate APRN Certificate: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)

Post-Graduate APRN Certificate: AGACNP 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.

Required Courses: NURS 5060, 5070, 5500, 5550, 5559, 5560, 5562, 5569, 5570, 5579.

Post-Graduate APRN Certificate: Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)

Post-Graduate APRN Certificate: AGPCNP 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 concentration are prepared to apply for eligibility to take the AGPCNP certification examination prepared by an approved national organization.

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

Post-Graduate APRN Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Post-Graduate APRN Certificate: FNP graduates are prepared as advance practice nurses to assess, diagnose, monitor, treat and coordinate care of individuals across the lifespan with common acute and chronic conditions within the context of family and community. The focus of the specialty is on the delivery of primary care to the individual across the lifespan within the context of the family and community 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 concentration are prepared to apply for eligibility to take the FNP certification examination prepared by an approved national organization.

Required Courses: NURS 5060, 5062, 5070, 5150, 5400, 5409, 5410, 5420, 5430, 5439, and 5449.

Post-Graduate APRN Certificate: 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 four post-graduate APRN certificate program concentrations are the core courses (if not completed in original graduate degree program) and the related concentration specific courses.

These certificates are offered by the School of Nursing.