Post Masters Certificates

The post-masters certificates are designed for registered nurses who have completed a master’s degree in nursing and are seeking academic preparation in a new specialty or subspecialty area of advanced practice nursing.

UNA offers post-masters certificates in the following tracks:

  • Leadership
  • Teaching/Learning
  • Family Nurse Practitioner

 All tracks are offered in an online format and are designed to be in compliance with national certification requirements, when applicable. Admission and coursework requirements vary per track.

Admission Requirements

  1. Graduate of an approved and regionally accredited master’s or doctoral program with a major in nursing
  2. Current registered nurse licensure with no restrictions. Nurses with any restrictions on their license, including participation in a voluntary disciplinary alternative program, cannot be admitted
  3. A minimal graduate GPA of 3.0
  4. Submission of a resume which documents a minimum of 1 year of clinical experience
  5. After acceptance into the program, admission is contingent upon a negative drug screen, results of an acceptable background check, submission of health documents, and evidence of health insurance, for FNP track ONLY
  6. Meet all University graduate admission requirements
  7. Complete an application through the Office of Graduate Admissions ***Select Nursing Post Masters Certificate, followed by the intended concentration (FNP, Teaching/Learning, or Leadership)
*Conditional Admission may be considered for the (Leadership & Teaching/Learning tracks ONLY) on a case-by-case basis for the applicant who does not fully meet admission requirements.

Application Deadlines:

*Applications are accepted for entry to ALL PMC tracks for the Fall, Spring, & Summer semesters*
PMC-FNP Track:
Fall 2019 Admission- July 15th
Spring 2020 Admission- October 15th
PMC- Leadership & Teaching/ Learning Tracks:
Applications are accepted up to 1 week prior to the semester's 1st day of classes; however, applicants are encouraged to submit completed applications by the priority deadlines below.
Fall Semester Admission: August 1st
Spring Semester Admission: November 1st
Summer Semester Admission: April 1st

Leadership Track

The Leadership track is 12-13 credit hours, depending on if the student chooses a clinical or non-clinical course.  The non-clinical track is 12 hours and includes NU 615 as the optional course. Clinical tracks are 13 hours and includes the choice between a clinical course focused in either mid-level or upper-level leadership/management.

Discipline Specific Courses

12-13

NU 608

Business   Concepts for Nurses

3

NU 617

Leadership   and Management in Nursing

3

NU 618

Quality   Improvement in Nursing

3

Select 1 (one) course from the following   three options:

NU 615

Evidence   Based Practice and Nursing Scholarship (non-clinical option)

3

NU 682

Evidence-based   practice and Leadership Practicum I (80 clinical hours in the mid-level   leadership/management setting)

4

NU 683

Evidence-based   practice and Leadership Practicum II (80 clinical hours in the upper-level   leadership/management setting)

4

Total Hours

12-13

Teaching/Learning Track

The teacing/learning track is 12-13 credit hours, depending on if the student chooses a clinical or non-clinical course. The non-clinical track is 12 hours and includes NU 615 as the optional course. Clinical tracks are 13 hours and includes the choice between a clinical course focused in either academic or patient teaching.

Discipline Specific Courses

12-13

NU 605

Curriculum   Development in Collegiate Nursing Programs

3

NU 606

Evaluation   in Collegiate Nursing Programs

3

NU 616

Teaching   the Health Care Consumer and Provider

3

Select 1 (one) course from the following   three options:

NU 615

Evidence   Based Practice and Nursing Scholarship (non-clinical option)

3

NU 680

Evidence-based   practice and Teaching/Learning Practicum I (80 clinical hours in the academic   setting)

4

NU 681

Evidence-based   practice and Teaching/Learning Practicum II (80 clinical hours in the patient   education setting)

4

Total Hours

12-13

Family Nurse Practitioner Track

Students are required to complete all Family Nurse Practitioner specialty courses and any additional support courses (Advanced Health Assessment, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Pathophysiology) not previously completed. Official documentation of completion of these three classes within the past five (5) years with a grade of “B” or higher is necessary prior to taking any FNP specific courses. If these three courses were taken more than 5 years ago, students will be required to re-take the them before registering for any other FNP coursework.   

The FNP track is 23 – 31 credit hours, depending on the need to take the support courses. The student will complete a minimum of 600 clinical hours and will attend two on-campus intensives.

Support Courses

9

NU 508

Advanced   Health Assessment

3

NU 607

Advanced   Clinical Pathophysiology

3

NU 614

Advanced   Pharmacology for Nurses

3

Discipline Specific Courses

23

NU 640

Introduction   to Family Nurse Practitioner

3

NU 641

Family   Nurse Practitioner I

4

NU 642

Family   Nurse Practitioner II

4

NU 643

Family   Nurse Practitioner III

4

NU 644

Family   Nurse Practitioner IV

4

NU 645

Family   Nurse Practitioner V

4

Total Hours

23-31