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Online Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Certificate

Gain the knowledge and decision-making skills you need to increase adult health promotion and disease prevention in your community with the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Certificate program at South University.

The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner PGC program will help you to develop and practice core competencies, while focusing on community-based care and emphasizing at-risk and vulnerable populations. The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner PGC program’s online curriculum is designed for nurses who already hold a master’s degree that prepared them to practice in another advanced nursing role. This 32-credit Adult- Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner PGC program can be completed in as little as 13 months.

Admission Requirements

Procedure for Admission to the Post Graduate Certificate Programs**

** South University, Online Program offerings may not be available to residents of all states.  Please contact an admissions representative for further information.

Consistent with the requirement for admission to the MSN program, the requirements for admission to the Post Graduate Certificate programs are as follows:

  • Completion of the application for admission.
  • An official transcript documenting the award of a master's degree in nursing from an accredited nursing program with a GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
  • Submission of official transcripts from every college or university attended within 10 weeks after the initial start date.
  • A valid and unencumbered license as a registered nurse in all US states or territory in which the student is licensed, including the state in which the student completes all assignments for the program. (Note that military, federal, and foreign educated nurses must meet this state requirement for nursing licensure). Note: An unencumbered license(s) must be maintained throughout the program.
  • Submission of the following:
    • Three references using the Nursing Graduate School Appraisal Form. At least one of your references should hold a master's degree in Nursing.
    • A resume describing relevant work, professional, and volunteer experiences.

Once all required admissions documents and information are submitted, the application will be reviewed and evaluated for an admission decision.

Additional Admission Requirements for Post-Graduate Certificate Family Nurse Practitioner or Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Programs**

Applicants are required to show evidence of the following:

  • Master of Science in Nursing degree or higher from a CCNE/ACEN  (formerly NLNAC) or CNEA nursing program
  • The accredited MSN program includes separate courses in advanced pathophysiology, advanced health assessment and advanced pharmacology. Note: Applicants, whose MSN program, did not require these courses must take them as part of the PGC program of study.
  • Applicants with previous Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) specialization must show evidence of:
    • Unencumbered licensure to practice as an APRN
    • National certification as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
    • Admitted applicants may not substitute previous specialty didactic and clinical coursework for the new specialization.
    • Admitted applicants will be required to complete all the specialty didactic and clinical experiences in the new specialization program.

Course Requirements

Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Certificate: 36 Credits
NSG6001 Advanced Nursing Practice I, 4 Credit Hours
NSG6005 Advanced Pharmacology, 4 Credit Hours
NSG6006 Pre-Specialty Evaluation, 0 Credit Hours
NSG6020 Advanced Health and Physical Assessment, 6 Credit Hours
NSG6021 Pre-Clinical Evaluation, 0 Credit Hours

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NSG6320 Practicum I: Adult Health - Adults and Gerontology, 6 Credit Hours
NSG6330 Practicum II Adult and Gerontology: Reproductive Health, 6 Credit Hours
NSG6340 Practicum III: Adult Health - Primary Care, 6 Credit Hours
NSG6999 Graduate Project in Nursing, 4 Credit Hours
Note(s):

*If the student receives a failing grade in NSG6021, the student must enroll in and successfully pass the following four (4)-credit course: NSG6023 Nurse Practitioner Enhancement.

South University, Online Program offerings may not be available to residents of all states.  Please contact an admissions representative for further information

Outcomes

Upon earning your Post Graduate Certificate in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, you should be able to:

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

 

Online Classroom

Haven’t experienced online learning before or wondering what it’s like to earn your degree online at South University? While the mode of learning is different from the traditional classroom experience with added convenience and flexibility, we hold the same high standards of academic excellence in the online classroom. 

South University’s online programs combine a curriculum designed for student outcomes and a classroom designed for flexibility and engagement. Our online classroom learning platform, Brightspace, provides you with a host of features to enhance your learning experience, including:

  • Advanced media content
  • Personalized navigation
  • Simplified online learning atmosphere
  • Access to digital books
  • Emailing and instant messaging options

We provide more than just an online classroom, bringing a range of campus experiences and services online. In addition, the online classroom is accessible on the go via mobile devices and with tools like the Pulse App. Pulse helps you stay connected and on track with your course by providing a number of features such as course calendars, readings and assignments, feedback and grades, and announcements.

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We're committed to helping our graduates make impact in their professional and personal lives. We applaud our nursing alumni and the difference they make. Check out what some of our graduates have to say.

Shirrelle M Everett 2015
Shirrelle Everett Grad Alumni
Class of '15
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

“It took me almost ten years to realize that without an education I would be stuck working for minimum wage at dead-end jobs, I was a single mother of two children living on welfare. South University allowed me to gain the knowledge and skills needed to advance my career at my own pace. My education has enabled me to take care of my family.”

Lisa Godwin 2009
Lisa Godwin Grad Alumni
Class of '09
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

“When I graduated, I passed the NCLEX and quickly got a great job as an RN. I felt very prepared for my new role and within less than five months, I was a charge nurse for a 36-bed med-surg unit. I'm very glad I chose South University for the start of my nursing career. My education gave me a great foundation and has made me a better nurse and practitioner.”

Emily Han 2015
Emily Han Grad Alumni
Class of '15
Master of Science in Nursing

“By allowing me to continue working during school and applying new knowledge, as well as creating my own preceptor experiences in an area of interest, I was able to carve my way to a successful business and many great, relevant connections. I love that my degree and knowledge have helped me see the limitless opportunity we have as nurses. The freedom and excitement of my new career is something that I never could have imagined, but I look forward to innovating and paving the way for others to do the same.”

Adrienne Hampton 2016
Adrienne Hampton Grad Alumni
Class of '16
Master of Science in Nursing

“I can truly say that during my experience at South University I have only encountered positive, encouraging, intelligent, and professional staff who want their students to be successful. The online courses have been challenging but knowledge enhancing as well. I have learned discipline and have decreased my test anxiety through weekly quizzes, our midterms and final exams. Moreover, the Practicum experience has exceeded my expectations by allowing me to apply what I have read, researched, and studied into practice”

Samira Monet' Hayes 2013
Samira Monet' Hayes Grad Alumni
Class of '13
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

“If it was not for South University professors and clinical instructors, I would not have the foundation and knowledge-base to be a successful, critical thinking nurse. Education is the key, simple and true. If I had not earned my degree I would not be in the position I am in today, nor would the opportunities that present themselves to me be available.”

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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and Post-Graduate APRN Certificate Programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).