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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 master’s prepared nurses 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  master's prepared nurses who  desire to provide and direct care to families, including adults and children. Students will complete  at  least 630 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 6640 Primary Health Care of Women (1 credit)
NUR 6645 Pediatric: Family Health (6 credits)
NUR 6655 Advanced Practice Nurse III (6 credits)
TOTAL 25 hours (minimum)
  *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 master's prepared nurses who desire to become a specialist in the growth of organized and coordinated health services. 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 master's prepared nurses who desire to diagnose and treat adult patients, and direct primary or acute care. 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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