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

Curriculum design

The School of Nursing recognizes that applicants to the post-master’s certificate program bring a background of a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing or are currently enrolled in a doctoral program. The curriculum for each concentration builds upon the knowledge gained in a previous master’s degree including advanced practice, research and theory, and nursing specialty content. The post-master’s certificate program allows students to enroll in an advanced practice specialty to pursue additional competencies or a certificate. The curriculum in the post-master’s certificate program meets the standards of specialty organizations and the requirements for certification as an advanced practice nurse (nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist or other advanced practice roles).

When applicants are admitted, an evaluation of the transcript is conducted. Each required course in the relevant concentration is compared to the applicant’s transcript and a judgment is made whether those course objectives have been fully or partially completed in prior master’s or doctoral work. Prior courses that are accepted as evidence of full or partial completion are listed on the program plan. The curriculum plan varies according to clinical focus. This plan will be signed by the student, the student’s adviser and the associate dean for the master’s program before the student actually enrolls in the program. Thus, the program of study is agreed upon in advance.


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