Program:
Nursing

Degree Awarded:
Post-Graduate Certificate

Length of Program:
Full-time: 7 semesters
Part-time: 8+ semesters

Application Deadlines:
Fall Semester: June 15
Spring Semester: Oct. 15
Summer Semester: March 15
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Degree Overview

Clarkson College offers educational opportunities for even the most highly-educated nurse. Our Post-Graduate Certificate tracks are designed for registered nurses with a graduate degree in nursing who seek academic preparation in one of the following specialty areas of advanced nursing:

Family Nurse Practitioner

Educating nurses who wish to become advance practice providers promoting health and providing care of the individual and family in primary care settings. 
Degree Plan

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Educating nurses who wish to become advance practice providers promoting health and providing care to adult and gerontological patients in the acute care settings.
Degree Plan

In process with ACEN accreditation (Spring 2020) for a Fall 2020 start.

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Educating nurses who wish to become advance practice providers promoting health and providing care for patients in mental and/or behavioral health settings.
Degree Plan

In process with ACEN accreditation (Spring 2020) for a Fall 2020 start.

Nursing Education

Educating nurses who wish to become academic or clinical nurse educators.
Degree Plan 

Nursing Health Care Administration

Educating nurses who wish to become nursing healthcare administrators (i.e., executives or managers). 
Degree Plan 

 

Each certificate track is designed to be in compliance with national certification requirements, including required support courses, didactic specialty courses and clinical/practicum hours.

All courses are offered completely online for the convenience of working nurses. Our expertly designed and highly interactive web-based courses make it possible to log on at any time and from any location. Additionally, students have the ability to complete any clinical/practicum requirements specified for their degree option in or near their home communities.

Although the Post-Graduate Certificate program is offered entirely online, students enrolled in any of the Nurse Practitioner tracks are required to complete minimal on-campus visits. View the Graduate Student Handbook for current details.

State Authorization & Licensure Information

Required Courses for Post-Graduate Certificate

Family Nurse Practitioner Courses

The goal of this program option is to educate nurses who wish to become advance practice providers promoting health and providing care of the individual and family in primary care settings. Throughout this program option, the learner will develop an advanced nursing practice that encompasses concepts and theories related to nursing and healthcare, as well as recognized and evidence-based care standards to deliver family-centered care. The family nurse practitioner (FNP) assumes the role of educator, referral agent, and advocate while providing care within an evolving healthcare system.

Courses Semester Hours
NS 807 - Theories and Concepts of Advanced Practice Roles 3
NS 830 - Advanced Physical Assessment 3
NS 832 - Primary Health Care I 3
NS 833 - Foundations of Adult-Gerontologic Healthcare 2
◊ NS 834 - Advanced Nutrition 3
NS 835 - Foundations of Psychiatric-Mental Health 2
NS 836 - Pharmacology for Practitioners 3
NS 838 - Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NS 840 - Primary Care of Children and Adolescent 3
NS 842 - Primary Care of Women 3
NS 844 - Primary Health Care II 3
NS 852 - Family Nurse Practitioner Transition to Practice 2
Total Semester Hours 33

*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 an on-campus weekend for the specified clinical course (NS 830). Only one clinical course may be taken at a time.

Nursing Education Courses

The goal of this program option is to educate nurses who wish to become academic or clinical nurse educators. The evidence-based curriculum offers students the opportunity to acquire information about teaching and learning theories and strategies, curriculum or program development, and evaluation or assessment strategies while fostering an ethical perspective. These learners will also encounter technologies being used to deliver nursing education content and experiences, from classroom technologies to skills lab and simulation technologies. The nurse educator assumes the role of mentor, coach, guide, and expert, nurturing student nurses and/or providing continuing professional development to registered or licensed practical nurses.

Courses Semester Hours
NS 807 - Theories and Concepts of Advanced Practice Roles 3
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
NS 890 - Nurse Educator Transition to Practice 2
Total Semester Hours 23
Nursing Health Care Administration Courses

The goal of this program option is to educate nurses who wish to become nursing healthcare administrators (i.e., executives or managers). The curriculum encompasses systems, leadership, and organization information, including theoretical models and concepts that are relevant to the role of nursing healthcare administrator. Learners will review and evaluate several health care settings and identify strategies to manage those areas. This program option prepares the learner to engage in evidence-based, data-driven decision-making while pursuing high-quality healthcare that is safe, affordable and results in positive outcomes.

Courses Semester Hours
MB 800 - Ethics in Leadership 2
MB 808 - Health Care Leadership 3
MB 826 - Healthcare Strategic Management 3
MB 828 - Financial Management in Healthcare 3
MB 833 - Healthcare Quality and risk Management 3
MB 836 - Health Care Project Management 3
NS 898 - Nursing Health Care Leadership Practicum 3
MB 837 - Leading Change OR
MB 846 - Fundamentals of Informatics
3
3
Total Semester Hours 23

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

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

The goal of this program option is to educate nurses who wish to become advance practice providers promoting health and providing care to adult and gerontological patients in acute care settings. Throughout this program option, the learner will develop an advanced nursing practice that encompasses concepts and theories related to nursing and healthcare, and will assume the role of educator, referral agent, and advocate while providing care within an evolving healthcare system.

Courses Semester Hours
NS 807 - Theories and Concepts of Advanced Practice Roles 3
NS 830 - Advanced Physical Assessment 3
NS 833 - Foundations of Adult-Gerontologic Healthcare 2
◊ NS 834 - Advanced Nutrition 3
NS 835 - Foundations of Psychiatric-Mental Health 2
NS 836 - Pharmacology for Practitioners 3
NS 838 - Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NS 861 - Introduction to Acute Care Concepts 3
NS 862 - Applying Acute Care Concepts 3
NS 863 - Complex Acute Care Concepts 3
NS 864 - Advanced Acute Care Concepts 3
NS 854 - Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Transition to Practice 2
Total Semester Hours 33

*The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner curriculum is designed for singular progression through the clinical courses. Though the program may be completed online, students are required to attend an on-campus weekend for the specified clinical course (NS 830). Only one clinical course may be taken at a time.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

The goal of this program option is to educate nurses who wish to become advance practice providers promoting health and providing care for patients in mental and/or behavioral health settings. The learner will engage in identifying key concepts and theories related to psychiatric-mental health nursing, strategies for communicating clearly with patients, and evidence-based treatment options or plans that meet the unique needs of each patient. The psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner takes on the roles of educator, communicator, and advocate while providing care within an evolving healthcare system.

Courses Semester Hours
NS 807 - Theories and Concepts of Advanced Practice Roles 3
NS 830 - Advanced Physical Assessment 3
NS 833 - Foundations of Adult-Gerontologic Healthcare 2
◊ NS 834 - Advanced Nutrition 3
NS 835 - Foundations of Psychiatric-Mental Health 2
NS 836 - Pharmacology for Practitioners 3
NS 838 - Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NS 855 - Pharmacology for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner 2
NS 856 - Introduction to Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 3
NS 857 - Application of Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioners 3
NS 858 - Complex Psychiatric Mental Health Concepts 3
NS 859 - Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Concepts 3
NS 860 - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Transition to Practice 2
Total Semester Hours 35

*The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner curriculum is designed for singular progression through clinical courses. Though the program may be completed online, students are required to attend an on-campus weekend for the specified clinical course (NS 830). Only one clinical course may be taken at a time.

Tuition and Fees

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Graduate Tuition

Cost per Credit Hour
$621


Cost per Semester
$4,036 - Full-time (6 hrs)
$2,018 - Part-time (3 hrs)

Tuition
Graduate Tuition $621 / credit-hour
Fees - Included in cost per semester
Application Fee for first time students $35/ each
Enrollment Fee for first time students $100/ each
Technology Fee: Online $35 / credit-hour
Degree Specific Fees - Not included in cost per semester
MSN: Graduate Weekend and Typhon (NS 830) $235/ student
MSN: Lab Fee – Graduate Weekend (Supplies kit) ( NS 832, NS 844) (NP only) $90/ class
HESI Pre-Cert for Nurse Practitioners (NS 844) $76/ student

Career Overview

Median Salary

$93,044
Payscale.com, 2019

Job Outlook

Employment of Master’s degree-prepared registered nurses is projected to grow 26 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018
 

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