The APSU Nursing Post-Graduate Certificate program provides opportunities for students
who already have a graduate degree in nursing (MSN or DNP) to gain specialized knowledge
within the two concentrations offered.
More information can be found about the Post-Graduate Certificate program in the APSU
Graduate Bulletin (FNP or Nurse Educator).
The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Post Graduate Certificate Program is designed for Registered Nurses who have already earned a MSN or DNP degree, and who
have a desire to provide comprehensive health care services in a primary care setting
to patients across the lifespan.
Students completing the FNP certificate program are eligible to sit for the AANP or
ANCC FNP certification examination.
The 20-hour Post-Graduate program (with 600 required clinical hours) is primarily
delivered online with two on-campus visits designed to enhance learning, practice
hands-on skills, participate in simulation, and for professional networking/socialization. FNP Post-Graduate Certificate students take approximately two courses per semester
and complete the program in about one year.
Family Practice Residency (5 credit hours/ 300 clinical hours and a required on-campus intensive)
The Nurse Educator (NE) Post Graduate Certificate Program is designed for individuals who have already earned a MSN or DNP degree and who are
interested in teaching as a faculty member in a pre-licensure program, providing continuing
education for clinical staff, or providing patient education.
The didactic content prepares students in the areas of curricular design, educational
theory, and evaluation methods. Students select a clinical focus and complete practicum
hours for the chosen clinical focus. Clinical hours are also required for the nursing
education practicum and will be completed in a higher education or staff/development/education
The 12-hour program (with 240 required clinical hours) is primarily delivered online
with one required on-campus visit designed to enhance learning, facilitate teaching,
and for professional networking/socialization. NE Post-Graduate Certificate students take approximately two courses per semester and
complete the program in about one year.
Nursing Education Practicum (4 credit hours/240 required clinical hours and a required on-campus intensive)
The Graduate Nursing Program admits TWICE each academic year.
Fall admission: Due April 1(Students who missed the application deadline may still be able to apply. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.)
Spring admission: Due September 1st (Students who missed the application deadline may still be able to apply. Email email@example.com
for more information.)
Students interested in applying for the Graduate Nursing Post-Graduate Certificate
Program need to first fill out an application with the APSU Office of Graduate Admissions.
Students applying as Post-Masters (MSN) students must have a minimum of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the Master’s degree. The Bachelor’s
degree GPA will also be considered. Post Master’s students choosing the FNP option
will be required to provide proof of completion of Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credit
hours), Advanced Pharmacology (3 credit hours), and Advanced Physical Assessment (3/1
credit hours). If the student has not successfully completed the required courses,
or the courses taken are not comparable to those required by the MSN program at APSU,
the student will be required to complete those before beginning the clinical components
of the curriculum.
Students who are applying as Post-DNP students should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on admission requirements.