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Nursing, Certificate in (Post-master’s certificate)

Lipp, Susan M.S.N., R.N.
Assistant Dean for Enrollment and Student Services
(804) 828-5171

Admission requirements summary

Nursing, Certificate in (Post-master’s certificate)
(For master’s prepared nurses who need courses for additional certification for advanced nursing practice)

Indicate specialization

of entry:

Fall preferred

Applications received by Mar 15 given priority consideration

Ranked in the top 10 percent of nursing graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report, the master’s degree program at VCU School of Nursing provides a world-class learning experience that prepares nurses to become leaders in advanced nursing practice. The master’s program provides nurses with a solid foundation in the specialized knowledge and advanced practice skills that are needed to care for diverse patient populations with complex health problems across the health-illness continuum. In addition, students partner with interprofessional groups to develop expertise in team-based, patient-centered health care, while also gaining valuable leadership and collaborative skills. The curriculum at VCU prepares graduates who can engage in transformative nursing, not only as leaders who are committed to nursing excellence but also as practitioners who are committed to the health and well-being of the patients they serve.

VCU School of Nursing offers both direct and indirect patient care concentrations. Our direct patient care concentrations are focused on two roles: nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist. Nurse practitioner concentrations include family, women’s health*, pediatrics*, adult-gerontology primary care*, adult-gerontology acute care and psychiatric-mental health. Our clinical nurse specialist concentration is adult-gerontology*. One indirect patient care concentration is offered in nursing administration and leadership.

*Note: Admissions to these concentrations have been suspended for the 2013-14 academic year: adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist, pediatric nurse practitioner, women's health nurse practitioner.

Applications will be reviewed on an individual basis and course work will be determined based on previous educational preparation. Differences between course work completed in a previous degree and what is required for the intended post-master’s track will be determined based on individual track and/or certification requirements. Certification requirements vary among certifying bodies. It is the school’s intention to prepare the student to apply for certification.

Master’s program student learning goals

Master’s students will achieve advanced nursing practice competencies by demonstrating:

  1. Systems and organizational leadership
  2. Implementation of advanced nursing practice interventions
  3. Effective use of research and technology
  4. Systematic evaluation of interventions and outcomes

Master’s program student learning outcomes

The graduate is an individual who:

  1. Demonstrates core competencies in their advanced practice specialty
  2. Integrates nursing and related sciences into the delivery of advanced nursing care to diverse populations and systems of health care delivery
  3. Applies ethical analysis and clinical reasoning to assess, intervene and evaluate advanced nursing care delivery
  4. Understands the implications of social, cultural, economic, policy and organizational systems that impact practice and outcomes
  5. Synthesizes evidence for practice to determine appropriate application of interventions across diverse populations and settings
  6. Uses quality processes and improvement science to evaluate care and ensure patient safety for individuals, populations and systems
  7. Integrates organizational science and technology to make changes in the care environment to improve health outcomes and practice efficiency



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