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Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing | Dr. Laura McKay, Program Director, Nursing

Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing | Dr. Laura McKay, Program Director, Nursing

Dr. Laura McKay discusses the value of South University's Postgraduate Certificate program.

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My name is Laura McKay. I'm the Program Director for Nursing at the College of Nursing and Public Health at South University. South University offers the postgraduate certificate for nurses who are prepared at the Master's level seeking a certification as a family nurse practitioner, an adult gerentology primary care nurse practitioner, or a nurse educator.

Students in the postgraduate certificate program already have Master's Degrees, so they are taking courses that are adding to their knowledge in their clinical areas. They are integrated into those courses with other students in the graduate programs, and they are completing the same assignments and learning a different set of skills than those they already have.

Students seeking the post graduate certificate will become certified in their areas of study. The family nurse practitioner, an adult gerentology primary care nurse practitioner students will take the certification exams and be able to function in those clinical arenas. The nurse educator student may take the certification exam to be an educator at the Bachelor's or the Graduate level.

Learning outcomes of the post graduate certificate program are the same as for the Master of Science and Nursing Program, and are closely aligned with those of our accrediting and certifying bodies. Our students are prepared in areas of academic excellence, scholarship, research and clinical excellence.

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Online Family Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Certificate

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Providing direct advanced practice nursing services to patients across the lifespan takes specialized knowledge and highly tuned decision-making skills. At South University, the online Family Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Certificate program can prepare you with the expertise you need to provide care for individuals and families in your community.

This post graduate certificate program is designed for nurses who already hold a master’s degree that prepared them to practice in another advanced nursing role. The online Family Nurse Practitioner program’s curriculum can be completed in as little as 16 months.

Prepare for Your Career as a Family Nurse Practitioner

The online Family Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Certificate program prepares you to:

  • Integrate specialty standards of advanced practice nursing to deliver culturally competent, quality health care services to individuals, families, populations, and systems.
  • Exercise effective leadership, critical thinking, and communication skills to develop and implement advanced nursing practice services in Primary Care.
  • Integrate professional nursing standards, values, and accountability into your role and development as an advanced practice nurse.
  • Utilize information technology and an evidence-based research approach in the development of nursing knowledge and design of health care services for clients, populations, and systems.
  • Ensure advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking, and accountability to implement and evaluate evidence-based care for diverse individuals and populations.

CCNE Accreditation

The RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing and RN to Master of Science in Nursing specializations, the Doctor of Nursing Practice, and the APRN Post Graduate Certificate programs at South University Online are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacnnursing.org/CCNE).

Combine Online Learning and On-Site Training

South University’s online Family Nurse Practitioner program mixes fully online classes with on-site clinical experiences. In your graduate-level online courses, you’ll focus on pharmacology and patient assessment, with the opportunity to learn from dedicated faculty who ensure online never means out of touch. Rounding out the Family Nurse Practitioner program’s online classes, your practicum courses will offer valuable, in-depth experiences in gerontology, women’s health, pediatrics, and primary care, all supervised by supportive and knowledgeable mentors.

Learn more about our online Family Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Certificate program today.

Note: This program is not available to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, New York, North Carolina, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin, and Washington DC.

http://www.southuniversity.edu/online/areas-of-study/nursing/family-nurse-practitioner-post-graduate-certificate-c
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