Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Programs

Dean of Nursing & Director of
Doctor in Health Care Education & Leadership

Aubray Orduña, Ed.D., M.S.N., R.N.
PH 402.552.6118 TF 800.647.5500 orduna@clarksoncollege.edu

Director of Graduate Nursing &
Doctor of Nursing Practice

Patricia Coyle-Rogers, Ph.D., M.S.N., R.N.-B.C.
PH 402.552.3310 TF 800.647.5500 coylerogers@clarksoncollege.edu

Post-Master’s Certificate Programs

The purpose of the Post-MSN certificate programs is to provide opportunities for students who already have a MSN degree to gain knowledge within a specialty at Clarkson College. The Post-MSN certificate represents the student’s successful completion of the required courses in the chosen nursing option. No current graduate-level courses can be transferred into a post-MSN certificate without the approval of the Director of Graduate Nursing. No transfer credit hours will be given for those seeking a Family Nurse Practitioner or an Adult–Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certificate.

Family Nurse Practitioner

The focus of this Post-MSN certificate is to educate nurses who desire prepara­tion in advanced practice nursing, specifically in the family nurse practitioner role. The purpose of a master’s prepared family nurse practitioner is to promote the health of citizens in family practice settings. The family nurse practitioner will be able to develop a practice incorporating concepts, theories, and recognized care standards into the delivery of health services in a family practice setting. The family nurse practitioner functions as an educator, counselor, referral agent and advocate dealing with families. The curriculum focuses on evidence-based concepts relevant to advanced practice nursing and the evolving primary health care system.

Adult–Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

The focus of this Post-MSN certificate is to educate nurses who desire prepara­tion in advanced practice nursing, specifically in the Adult–Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner role. The purpose of a master’s prepared Adult–Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner is to promote the health of citizens in adult practice setting through emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention, and the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic diseases. Adult–Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners assess and manage a client base that includes adolescents, young, middle and older adults. The Adult–Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner will be able to incorporate concepts, theories and recognized care standards into the delivery of health services in an adult practice setting. The curriculum focuses on evidence-based concepts relevant to advanced practice nursing and the evolving primary health care system.

Nursing Education

The focus of this Post-MSN certificate is to prepare nurses who desire advanced preparation in nursing education. The curriculum focuses on theoretical concepts that guide the instructional process and teaching strategies. Methods to develop, administer and evaluate nursing educational programs will be discussed. Technologies are implemented that support quality instruction and evaluation of learn­ing outcomes in health-related settings.

Nursing Health Care Administration

The focus of this Post-MSN certificate is to prepare nurses who desire advanced preparation in nursing health care administration and systems. The curriculum focuses on theoretical concepts relevant to the practice of nursing health care administration and leadership in a broad context of current health care delivery settings. Strategies to develop, administer and evaluate systems within contemporary health care contexts will be discussed along with application of decision-making processes to improve outcomes in health care organizations.

Service Requirements

Service reflects a holistic view that focuses on how individuals provide high quality, ethical and compassionate service in the field of health care and the community at large. Students will become familiar with service agencies, connect learning with practice and engage in civic service activities to live and demonstrate the Clarkson College Values of Learning, Caring, Commitment, Integrity and Excellence.

Required courses for Post-Master’s Nursing Certificate Programs

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Family Nurse Practitioner Courses (28 semester hours)* Semester Hours
NS 799 Role Transition 1
NS 801 Theories and Concepts of Advanced Practice Roles 1
NS 828 Primary Care of the Geriatric Client 2
NS 830 Advanced Physical Assessment 3
NS 832 Primary Health Care I 3
NS 834 ◊ Advanced Nutrition 3
NS 836 Pharmacology for Practitioners 3
NS 838 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NS 840 Primary Care of Children and Adolescents 3
NS 842 Primary Care of Women 3
NS 844 Primary Health Care II 3
    Total 28

*The Family Nurse Practitioner curriculum is designed for singular progression through clinical courses. Though the program may be com­pleted online, students are required to attend on-campus weekends for specified clinical courses. Only one clinical course may be taken at a time.

Adult–Gerontology Primary Care
Nurse Practitioner Courses
(28 semester hours)*
Semester Hours
NS 799 Role Transition 1
NS 801 Theories and Concepts of Advanced Practice Roles 1
NS 828 Primary Care of the Geriatric Client 2
NS 830 Advanced Physical Assessment 3
NS 832 Primary Health Care I 3
NS 834 ◊ Advanced Nutrition 3
NS 836 Pharmacology for Practitioners 3
NS 838 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NS 841 Behavioral Health Care for Practitioners 3
NS 842 Primary Care of Women 3
NS 844 Primary Health Care II 3
    Total 28

*The Adult–Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner curriculum is designed for singular progression through clinical courses. Though the program may be com­pleted online, students are required to attend on-campus weekends for specified clinical courses. Only one clinical course may be taken at a time.

Nursing Education Courses (20 semester hours) Semester Hours
NS 799 Role Transition 1
NS 801 Theories and Concepts of Advanced Practice Roles 1
NS 806 Theories of Learning for the Nurse Educator 3
NS 822 ◊ Curriculum Development for the Nurse Educator 3
NS 823 Evaluation Strategies for the Nurse Educator 3
NS 826 Pharmacology, Pathophysiology and
Health Assessment Overview for Nurse Educators
3
NS 827 Teaching and Learning Strategies for the Nurse Educator 3
NS 894 Nursing Education Practicum 3
    Total 20
Nursing Health Care Administration Courses
(23 semester hours)**
Semester Hours
NS 799 Role Transition 1
NS 801 Theories and Concepts of Advanced Practice Roles 1
MB 808 ◊ Health Care Leadership 3
MB 810 ◊ Human Resources and Organizational Behavior 3
MB 851 Health Care Economics 3
MB 823 Health Care Strategic Planning and Marketing 3
MB 827 Finance for Health Care Leaders 3
MB 836 Health Care Project Management 3
NS 898 Nursing Health Care Leadership Practicum 3
    Total 23

**Each of the MB courses is offered in a six-week format, allowing Post-MSN Certificate students to interact with the graduate students in the Health Care Administration program.