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Post-Masters Certificates

Post-Masters Certificates (PDF)

Family Nurse Practitioner

The family nurse practitioner certificate program prepares nurses, who hold master’s degree in nursing, to pursue advanced preparation in primary health care. A minimum of 18 credit hours (NUR 531, 532, 533, 534, and 590) is required to qualify to take the ANCC certificate exam.

For more information, please contact Dr. Denise Coppa (

 Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

The adult acute care emphasis prepares nurses, who already hold a master’s degree, for advanced practice roles in acute and critical care settings (e.g., intensive care units, emergency departments, hospitalist services, specialty services and acute care rehabilitation hospitals). A minimum of 18 credit hours (NUR 565, 566, 567, 568, and 590) and 500 clinical hours is required for applicants to be eligible to take the ANCC Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification exam.

For more information, please contact Dr. Patricia Burbank (

 Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner/ Clinical Nurse Specialist

The adult gerontology nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist program consist of 21 credit hours (NUR 561, 562, 563, 564, and 590). Its purpose is to educate adult gerontological advanced practice nurses in the dual role of nurse practitioner/ clinical nurse specialist capable of providing primary health care to adults, older adults and their families in a variety of health care settings.  The graduate of this program is also prepared to work across system levels from the individual to the organizational and societal levels to improve health and health care for this population.

For more information, please contact Dr. Rebecca Carley (

 Nursing Education

The graduate certificate program in nursing education consists of 12 credit hours (NUR 538, 541, 590, and an elective of 3 credits at 400 level or higher) of coursework that focuses on educational assessment, curriculum design, teaching strategies, and evaluation related to teaching in the classroom and clinical areas. The plan of the study is designed for M.S. degree nurses as nurse practitioners, clinical specialists, staff development educators in the community, long term, and outreach settings who aspire to assume a teaching position.

For more information, please contact Dr. Deb Erickson-Owens (


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