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.
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 21-hour Post-Graduate program (with 600 required clinical hours) is primarily
delivered online with one on-campus visit 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)--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.
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 email@example.com for more information on admission requirements.