The graduate Certificate in Advanced Practice Nursing enables post-master's Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) who are certified in a specialty area to pursue clinical training in a second specialty area with a minimum of 17 s.h. of credit. Students must maintain a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.50 in work for the certificate. They choose one of six certificate subprograms: adult gerontology nurse practitioner—primary care, adult/gerontology nurse practitioner—acute care, family nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner—primary care, pediatric nurse practitioner—acute care, or psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner.

Certificate requirements include advanced clinical core courses and a sequence of specialty courses determined by the coordinator of the specialty area. Students who complete the certificate requirements are qualified to sit for a professional certification examination. Visit DNP Plans of Study on the College of Nursing website for information about certificate program requirements.

Plans of Study

Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner—Primary Care Specialty

The following course work is required.

Plan of Study Grid
First YearHours
NURS:5035 Graduate Pharmacology Specialty 2
NURS:5401 The Care of the Frail Elderly 3
NURS:6200 Primary Care: Adults and Older Individuals I 3
NURS:6201 Primary Care: Adults and Older Individuals II 3
NURS:6701 Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum I 3
NURS:6702 Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum II 3
 Hours17
Second Year
NURS:6703 Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum III 3
 Hours3
 Total Hours20

Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner—Acute Care Specialty

The following course work is required.

Plan of Study Grid
First YearHours
NURS:5035 Graduate Pharmacology Specialty 2
NURS:6410 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care I 3
NURS:6411 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care II 3
NURS:6701 Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum I 4
NURS:6702 Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum II 4
 Hours16
Second Year
NURS:6703 Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum III 3
 Hours3
 Total Hours19

Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty

The following course work is required.

Plan of Study Grid
First YearHours
NURS:5035 Graduate Pharmacology Specialty 2
NURS:6100 Primary Care: Infants, Children, and Adolescents I 3
NURS:6101 Primary Care: Infants, Children, and Adolescents II 3
NURS:6200 Primary Care: Adults and Older Individuals I 3
NURS:6201 Primary Care: Adults and Older Individuals II 3
NURS:6701 Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum I 3
NURS:6702 Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum II 3
 Hours20
Second Year
NURS:6703 Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum III 4
 Hours4
 Total Hours24

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner—Primary Care Specialty

The following course work is required.

Plan of Study Grid
First YearHours
NURS:5035 Graduate Pharmacology Specialty 2
NURS:6100 Primary Care: Infants, Children, and Adolescents I 3
NURS:6101 Primary Care: Infants, Children, and Adolescents II 3
NURS:6701 Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum I 3
NURS:6702 Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum II 3
 Hours14
Second Year
NURS:6703 Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum III 3
 Hours3
 Total Hours17

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner—Acute Care Specialty

The following course work is required.

Plan of Study Grid
First YearHours
NURS:5035 Graduate Pharmacology Specialty 2
NURS:6400 Pediatric Acute Care I 3
NURS:6401 Pediatric Acute Care II 3
NURS:6701 Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum I 4
NURS:6702 Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum II 4
 Hours16
Second Year
NURS:6703 Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum III 3
 Hours3
 Total Hours19

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty

The following course work is required.

Plan of Study Grid
First YearHours
NURS:5032 Mental Disorders in Advanced Practice 3
NURS:5036 Psychopharmacology for Advanced Clinical Practice 3
NURS:6500 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Theory I 4
NURS:6501 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Theory II 4
NURS:6701 Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum I 3
NURS:6702 Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum II 3
 Hours20
Second Year
NURS:6703 Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum III 3
 Hours3
 Total Hours23