Post-Graduate MSN Certificate

CCNE logoGraceland offers a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Nurse Educator (NE) certificate. Certificate programs build on the Master of Science in Nursing degree. The theoretical base in our nurse practitioner post-graduate program is accompanied by clinical or practical experience, which allows the master’s prepared RN to apply theory and current research to specialized professional practice in the FNP or NE role. Students admitted to a post-graduate nurse practitioner online certificate program are not matriculated for an academic degree. A certificate is awarded upon completion of the education requirements for nurse practitioner program.

What is a Family Nurse Practitioner?

As a family nurse practitioner, you will have the opportunity to work with patients throughout their lives as you diagnose illness, conduct examinations, prescribe medication and more. FNPs often serve as a patient's sole health care provider and run their own practices.

What is a Nurse Educator?

Nurse educators are registered nurses with an advanced education who educate future nurses. Nurse educators often serve as faculty members in nursing schools and teaching hospitals, developing lesson plans, teaching courses, evaluation education programs and overseeing students' clinical practices.


Postgraduate Certificate Admission Requirements

  1. Master's of nursing degree (MN, MSN) from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program. For students with foreign transcripts, a CGFNS evaluation is required with GPA equivalency and TOEFL score.
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in the nursing master's degree program.

Postgraduate Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate (33 s.h.)

NURS5010 Introduction to MSN and Post-graduate Certificate Programs 0 s.h.
NURS5100 Pharmacotherapeutics 4 s.h.
NURS5143 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning 4 s.h.
NURS5193 Advanced Practice Nursing in Primary Care 2 s.h.
NURS5194 Advanced Practice Competencies Lab 1 s.h.
NURS5200 Primary Care of Families: Pediatrics 3 s.h.
NURS5440 Advanced Pathophysiology 4 s.h.
NURS6200 Primary Care of Families: Adults 3 s.h.
NURS6740 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Pediatrics 4 s.h. (240 practice hours)
NURS6760 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Adult 4 s.h. (240 practice hours)
NURS6830 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Family 4 s.h. (240 practice hours)

Postgraduate Nurse Educator (NE) Certificate (12 s.h.)

NURS5010 Introduction to MSN and Post-graduate Certificate Programs 0 s.h.
NURS5210 Roles Socialization for Nurse Educator 2 s.h.
NURS5650 Teaching Strategies 3 s.h.
NURS6600 Assessment of Learning in Nursing Education 3 s.h.
NURS6620 Curriculum Development 4 s.h.

This certificate program is only offered online through our Independence campus in Missouri near Kansas City.

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