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Post-Masters Certificate in Nursing

Nurses With a Master's Degree in Nursing are Eligible to Continue Their Studies.

A post-master’s certificate is offered to serve master’s prepared nurses desiring additional credentials in a designated field of practice.

CCNE Accredited

The post-graduate APRN certificate program at Florida Southern College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org)

Top Reasons

Supportive Environment

This program provides a supportive learning environment with the goal of producing responsible and productive citizens who promote and advance the communities they serve. 

Personal Touch

Through shared values and communal expectations, the faculty and support staff actively engage with student’s growth as they pursue their academic goals.

Caring Faculty

The program faculty develop caring relationships within a positive and enriching environment that cares for the whole person. 

Excellent Preparation

Our nursing students are well-prepared to take their board exams after graduation.  A comprehensive exam review and preparation course is built into our curriculum.  We boast a 93% pass rate for our Family Nurse Practitioner students and a 92% pass rate for our Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner students, well-above the national average.

Meet Our Mocs

Ernie Parani, APRN
Kara Pinero, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Laurel Lawerence, APRN
Samantha Rios
Satoria Reid-Rowe, APRN, Family Practice
Colleen Wallace, MSN, NP-C
Kari Simpson
Mary Cornejo

Program Details

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcripts of all academic work
  • Current Résumé
  • Record and submit three short videos (no more than 2 minutes each) answering the following prompts:
    1. Where do you see yourself in five years as a nurse practitioner, nurse leader, or nurse educator?
    2. Why is now the right time for you to begin a graduate nursing program?
    3. Graduate school will put significant demands on your time, energy, and financial resources. What do you see as your most significant challenges for meeting the didactic and clinical requirements for the program?
  • Statement should demonstrate an understanding of the scope of an advanced-practice nurse and be specific to the track selected.
  • MSN from a regionally-accredited institution and a CCNE, CNEA, or ACEN accredited nursing program.
  • MSN cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Required prerequisite courses completed with a “C” or better: health assessment, nursing research or evidence-based practice, and statistics or biostatistics course.
  • Proof of current active licensure as a registered nurse in the state of Florida.
  • Personal interview required for eligible candidates
  • Completion of a criminal background check, proof of immunization, and ten-panel drug screen (if admitted)
  • Prior to entering any of the clinical courses, applicants must have completed the following courses at the graduate level: pathophysiology, pharmacology, health assessment, and research*.

*If needed, these courses may also be completed at Florida Southern College.

Course Delivery

Delivery is dependent upon the track selected.

Nurse Practitioner students typically meet on campus one day per week for in-person classroom instruction.


The Nurse Educator track is delivered fully online.

Curriculum

An individualized program of study, based on the results of a gap analysis will be developed for each student following admission to any of our post-master’s certificate tracks. The student is required to complete all program requirements as outlined in the individualized program of study to ensure eligibility to sit for the national certification exam. In all instances, students must complete the number of practice hours corresponding to their chosen track. These hours can be derived from approved credit based on the results of the gap analysis and/ or from hours completed during enrollment in the post-master’s certificate program. The gap analysis will include, at a minimum, a review of previous transcripts and course syllabi for which transfer or equivalent credits are requested. Additional documentation may be required in order to complete the gap analysis.

Family Nurse Practitioner

*Additional courses may be required based on the review of your completed Master of Science in Nursing coursework

**Nurses who are seeking a Post-Master’s certificate but are not currently practicing will be required to take (or retake) NUR 5200 Advanced Pathophysiology

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

*Additional courses may be required based on the review of your completed Master of Science in Nursing coursework

**Nurses who are seeking a Post-Master’s certificate but are not currently practicing will be required to take (or retake) NUR 5200 Advanced Pathophysiology

Nurse Educator

Nurse Educator Track - 17 Hours
Course NumberCourse Description
NUR 6120Nurse Educator in the Clinical Setting (3 credits)
NUR 6125Teaching in Nursing Education (3 credits)
NUR 6225Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education (3 credits)
NUR 6260Curriculum Design and Program Development (3 credits)
NUR 6325Advanced Clinical Concepts (2 credits)
NUR 6625Practicum in Nursing Education (3 credits)

Total Credits - 17 Hours (minimum)

Students must have successfully completed the following courses at the graduate level: Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Health Assessment, and Research. If needed, these courses may also be completed at Florida Southern College.

Program Costs

2023-2024

Base Required FeesCost
Tuition Per Credit Hour$650
Technology fee per semester is based on credit hours enrolled$30 to $120

Additional Costs

Base Required FeesCost
Castle Branch All-Inclusive Package (FL44)$224
Additional course specific fees for malpractice insurance, lab supplies, course materials, or standardized exams may be assessed to students in the MSN and PMC tracks.Fees range from $50.00 to $200.00 per course. 

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How many courses are required for certificate programs?

The final program plan and course requirements for each student admitted to a graduate certificate program will be based on a gap analysis consistent with National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties’ Criteria for Evaluation of NP Programs standards (https://www.nonpf.org/page/15) in order to ensure the student’s eligibility to sit for national certification in the selected population focus upon program completion. The gap analysis will include, at a minimum, a review of previous transcripts and course syllabi for which transfer or equivalent credits are requested. Additional documentation may be required in order to complete the gap analysis.

How quickly can I finish the program?

This will depend upon how many of our required courses have already been completed at the graduate level.  Your program director will review your coursework and create a schedule for you. 

In-Person

Graduate Nursing Program Open House

Adult & Grad Admissions

Graduate Nursing Program Open House

Adult and Graduate

Oct 26 12:00 PM

Join us to learn more about what makes our nursing program unique.  See some of our students during a typical day in class and tour our new graduate nursing buildings and learning labs!

Online

MSN and Post-Master's Nursing Virtual Information Session

Adult & Grad Admissions

MSN and Post-Master's Nursing Virtual Information Session

Adult and Graduate

Nov 14 5:30 PM

Join us online to learn more about our MSN tracks as well as Post-Master's certificate opportunities.  Hear from your program director and admission counselor to get your questions answered and get ready for your next steps in advancing your education and career!

Location: Online

Program Contact

Kimberly Smith Kimberly Smith

Admission Counselor and Advisor

 863.680.3090

 863.777.4434