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Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing

 

Nurses with a masters degree in nursing are eligible to continue their studies and obtain a post-masters certificate.

A post-master's certificate is offered to serve individuals desiring additional credentials in a designated field of practice. Applicants are required to complete the standard application required for consideration for graduate nursing programs. A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is required to pursue the post-master’s certificate.
 

Florida Southern College offers four post-MSN certificate options:

Family Nurse Practitioner

The  post-master’s  certificate  for  family  nurse  practitioner  is  designed  for  those  individuals  who  require  additional  coursework  to  meet  eligibility  requirements  to  take  the  national  certification  examination  for  family  nurse  practitioner.  Students  will  complete  at  least  780  clinical  practice hours in the advanced practice role. Graduates are prepared for the national certification examination as a family nurse practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Required Courses

NUR 6110 Advanced Practice Nurse I (6 credits)
NUR 6160  Advanced Practice Nurse II (6 credits)
NUR 6210 Advanced Practice Nurse III (6 credits)
NUR 6635 Primary Health Care of Women and Men (4 credits)
NUR 6645 Pediatric: Family Health (6 credits)
TOTAL 28 hours (minimum)
  *Additional courses may be required based on the review of your completed Master of Science in Nursing coursework

Nurse Educator

The post-master’s certificate for the nurse educator serves those individuals who plan to teach in nursing and desire additional expertise in teaching-learning principles and practice. Students will be prepared to teach in an academic or health care setting. The curriculum introduces the student to contemporary teaching strategies, and curriculum design and program evaluation practices. Graduates are prepared for the national Certified Nurse Educator examination through the National League for Nursing once they have met the NLN-required teaching hours post- graduation.

Required Courses

NUR 6120 Nurse Educator in the Clinical Setting (6 credits)
NUR 6260 Curriculum Design & Program Development (4 credits)*
NUR 6310 Nurse Educator in the Academic Setting (6 credits)
TOTAL 16 hours (minimum)
  *A graduate-level statistics course is a prerequisite to NUR 6260
  *Additional courses may be required based on the review of your completed Master of Science in Nursing coursework

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

The post-master’s certificate for adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist serves those individuals who require additional coursework to meet eligibility requirements to take the national certification examination as an adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist. Students will complete at least 500 clinical practice hours in the advanced practice nurse role and be prepared to practice in three spheres of influence: patients and families, nurses and nursing practice, and organizations. Graduates are prepared for the national certification examination as an adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Required Courses

NUR 6110 Advanced Practice Nurse I (6 credits)
NUR 6160 Advanced Practice Nurse II (6 credits)
NUR 6210 Advanced Practice Nurse III (6 credits)
TOTAL 18 hours (minimum)
  *Additional courses may be required based on the review of your completed Master of Science in Nursing coursework

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

The post-master’s certificate for adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner is designed for those individuals who require additional coursework to meet eligibility requirements to take the national certification examination for adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. Students will complete at least 500 clinical practice hours in the advanced practice role. Graduates are prepared for the national certification examination as an adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing center or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Required Courses

NUR 6110 Advanced Practice Nurse I (6 credits)
NUR 6160 Advanced Practice Nurse II (6 credits)
NUR 6210 Advanced Practice Nurse III (6 credits)
TOTAL 18 hours (minimum)
  *Additional courses may be required based on the review of your completed Master of Science in Nursing coursework

Admission Requirements

Post-master’s certificate applicants must meet all MSN applicant prerequisite courses and academic standards. Prior to entering any of these 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.

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Niki Martin
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