Post-Master's Certificates

Plans of Study for Post-Master’s Nurse Practitioner (NP)/Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Specialties

The following plans of study are for current students ONLY. Students admitted to the post-master's APRN certificates listed below in fall 2013 were the final cohort.

All NP/CNS students are required to complete the following core courses in their plans of study either in their previous master’s degree program or in their post-master’s plan of study before they are eligible for national board certification as an NP or CNS.

Course Number/Title Credits
NPHY 612: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3
NURS 622: Systems and Populations in Health Care 3
NURS 723: Clinical Pharmacology and Therpeutics 3
NURS 701: Science and Research for Advanced Nursing Practice 4
NURS 659: Organizational and Professional Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice 3
Total Credits 16*

*All are also required to take an advanced level course in physical assessment (see each individual plan of study below)

AGNP

Adult & Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) Plan of Study

Semester and Course Number/Title Credit/Clinical Hours
First Semester  
NURS 605: Comprehensive Adult Health Assessment 3 (40 hours)
NURS 687: Comprehensive Health Assessment of the Older Adult 1 (40 hours)
   
Second Semester  
NURS 777: Diagnosis and Management of Adults Across the Lifespan 4
NURS 768: Clinical Practicum for Adults Across the Lifespan 5 (225 hours)
NPHY 614: Physiology of Aging 2
   
Third Semester  
NURS 788: Complex Clinical Practicum for Adults Across the Lifespan 4 (180 hours)
   
Fourth Semester  
NURS 789: Advanced Diagnosis and Management of Adults Across the Lifespan 4
NURS 794: Advanced Clinical Practicum for Adults Across the Lifespan 5 (225 hours)
NURS 795: Clinical Syndrome Mangement of Older Adults 2 (90 hours)
   
Total Credits: 30
Clinical Hours: 805

* If the student has already taken some of the required courses, the option of lowering the number of credits is possible upon review by the program director.

FNP

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Plan of Study

Semester and Course Number/Title Credit/Clinical Hours
First Semester  
NURS 660: Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 4
NURS 630: FP I: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 2
NURS 631: FP I: Practicum: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 1 (45 hours)
   
Second Semester  
NURS 632: FP II: Clinical Management of Common Health Care Problems 3
NURS 633: FP II: Practicum – Clinical Management of Common Health Care Problems 4 (180 hours)
   
Third Semester  
NURS 703:  Specialty Topics in Family Practice 2 (45 hours)
   
Fourth Semester  
NURS 640: FP III: Management of Complex Health Care Problems 2
NURS 644: FP III: Practicum: Management of Complex Health Care Problems 3 (135 hours)
NURS 755: Families in Crisis 2
   
Fifth Semester  
NURS 731: FP IV: Integrative Management of Primary Health Care Problems 2
NURS 741: FP IV: Practicum: Integrative Management of Primary Health Care Problems 7 (315 hours)
   
Total Credits: 36
Clinical Hours: 720

* If the student has already taken some of the required courses, the option of lowering the number of credits is possible upon review by the program director.

PNP-Acute

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care (PNP-Acute) Plan of Study

Semester and Course Number/Title Credit/Clinical Hours
First Semester  
NURS 611: Pediatric Assessment in Advanced Practice Nursing 3 (45 hours)
NURS 626: Primary Health Care of the Newborn and Neonate 2
   
Second Semester  
NRSG 709: Management of the Well Child and Adolescent in the Primary Care Setting 4
NURS 713: Common Health Problems of Children I 2
NRSG 716: Primary Care Clinical I 3 (135 hours)
NURS 743: Neonatal and Pediatric Pharmacology 3
   
Third Semester  
NURS 643: Advanced Nursing of Children I: Diagonostic Reasoning 2
NRSG 624: Advanced Nursing of Children I: Clinical Practicum 3 (135 hours)
   
Fourth Semester  
NRSG 730: Pediatric Acute Care II: Management and Evaluation 2
NRSG 731: Pediatric Acute Care II: Clinical Practicum 4 (180 hours)
   
Fifth Semester  
NURS 645: Advanced Nursing of Children II: Clinical 5 (225 hours)
NURS 646: Advanced Practice Roles Seminar Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice 2
   
Total Credits: 35
Clinical Hours: 720

* If the student has already taken some of the required courses, the option of lowering the number of credits is possible upon review by the program director.

PNP-Primary

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care (PNP-Primary) Plan of Study

Semester and Course Number/Title Credit/Clinical Hours
First Semester  
NURS 611: Pediatric Assessment in Advanced Practice Nursing 3 (45 hours)
NURS 626: Primary Health Care of the Newborn and Neonate 2
NURSA 648: Newborn Clinical 1 (45 hours)
   
Second Semester  
NRSG 709: Management of the Well Child and Adolescent in the Primary Care Setting 4
NURS 713: Common Health Problems of Children I 2
NRSG 716: Primary Care Clinical I 3 (135 hours)
NURS 743: Neonatal and Pediatric Pharmacology 3
   
Third Semester  
NRSG 721: Primary Care Issues and the Child with a Chronic Illness or Special Care Needs 2
NRSG 722: Primary Care Clinical II: Primary Care Issues and the Child with a Chronic Illness or Special Care Needs 3 (135 hours)
   
Fourth Semester  
NRSG 732: Advanced Issues in Adolescent Care 1
NRSG 714: Common Health Problems of Children II 2
NRSG 733: Primary Care Clinical III 3 (90 hours)
   
Fifth Semester  
NURS 715: Advanced Primary Care of Children 5 (135 hours)
   
Total Credits: 35
Clinical Hours: 630

* If the student has already taken some of the required courses, the option of lowering the number of credits is possible upon review by the program director.

PMHNP

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Family Focus (PMHNP) Plan of Study

Semester and Course Number/Title Credit/Clinical Hours
First Semester  
NURS 660: Advanced Health Assessment across the Lifespan 4 (90 hours)
NURS 668: Differential Diagnosis of Mental Disorders across the Lifespan 3
NRSG 669: Differential Diagnosis of Mental Disorders Practicum 2 (90 hours)
   
Second Semester  
NURS 752: Neurophysiology of Mental Disorders  2
NRSG 765: Development and Psychopathology: Issues Through the Lifespan in Advanced Practice Nursing 2
NURS 664: Therapeutic Interventions across the Lifespan in Mental Health Nursing 2
NURS 665: Therapeutic Interventions across the Lifespan in Mental Health Nursing Praticum 3 (135 hours)
   
Third Semester  
NURS 751: Psychopharmacology 3
NURS 754: Seminar in Psychopharmacology for Child and Adolescent 1
NURS 655: Conceptual Foundations in Family Therapy 2
NURS 656: Conceptual Foundations in Family Therapy: Practicum 3 (135 hours)
   
Fourth Semester  
NURS 740: Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Internship 4 (180 hours)
   
Total Credits: 31
Total Clinical Hours: 630

* If the student has already taken some of the required courses, the option of lowering the number of credits is possible upon review by the program director.

AGNP/CNS

Adult & Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGNP/CNS) Plan of Study

Semester and Course Number/Title Credit/Clinical Hours
First Semester  
NURS 605: Comprehensive Adult Health Assessment 3
NURS 623: Advanced Assessment of the Critically Ill 3 (45 hours)
NPHY 620: Pathophysiological Alterations in the Critically Ill 2
   
Second Semester  
NURS 647: Diagnosis and Management of Common Acute Care Problems 5 (200 hours)
   
Third Semester  
NURS 726: Diagnosis and Management of Complex Acute Care Problems 4 (150 hours)
   
Fourth Semester  
NURS 679: Advanced Practice/Clinical Nurse Specialist Roles in Health Care Delivery Systems 3 (150 hours)
NURS 727: Advanced Acute Care Management 4 (150 hours)
NURS 755: Families in Crisis 2
   
Total: 26 credits
Clinical hours: 650

* If the student has already taken some of the required courses, the option of lowering the number of credits is possible upon review by the program director.