Graduate Nursing

Post-Master's Certificates in Nursing

The Mount Saint Mary College School of Nursing offers three types of Post-Master's Certificates in Nursing: 

Post-Master's Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) Certificate

Post-Master's Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) Certificate programs prepares nurses to deliver primary care to adults and the elderly. The emphasis of the program is on health promotion, prevention of illness, maintenance of health status, and management of acute episodic and stable chronic conditions.

This program is designed for registered nurses holding a master's degree in nursing. Upon successful completion of the course requirements listed below, a Post–Master's Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner certificate will be awarded. Individuals will then be eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Certification examination.

Admissions Requirements:

  1. Complete the online application form.
  2. Official transcripts from an master's degree in nursing from an accredited college or university with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  3. A valid New York State RN license and current registration.
  4. Health insurance and malpractice/liability insurance with current identification number and expiration date.
  5. Two letters of recommendation; one from a current or previous supervisor, and one from a faculty member from the master's program.
  6. Portfolio consisting of current curriculum vitae, a personal statement that discusses reasons for seeking a Post-Master's AGNP, and any other documents that further validate consideration of admission to the program, including NP certification(s).

Post-Master's Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner requirements:

Contemporary Role of Advanced Practice Nurse
Advanced Pathophysiology
Advanced Physical Assessment
Advanced Pharmacology
Adult Health I, II
Adult Health Practicum I, II, III

The above courses or equivalent courses are required for the completion of the Post-Master's AGNP program. Evaluation of previous courses to satisfy the above requirements and determination of courses that need to be taken at Mount Saint Mary College will be made on an individual basis by the graduate program director after evaluation of submitted admissions requirements.

Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate

The Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate program prepares nurses to deliver primary care to clients across the life span and their families in a variety of settings. The emphasis of the program is on health promotion, prevention of illness, maintenance of health status and management of acute episodic and stable chronic conditions.

This program is designed for RNs holding a master's degree in Nursing. Upon successful completion of the course requirements listed below, a Post–Master's FNP certificate will be awarded. Individuals will then be eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Family Nurse Practitioner Certification examination.

Admissions Requirements:

  1. Completed application form.
  2. Official transcripts from an master's degree in nursing from an accredited college or university with a GP of 3.0 or better.
  3. A valid New York State RN license and current registration.
  4. Health insurance and malpractice/liability insurance with current identification number and expiration date.
  5. Two letters of recommendation; one from a current or previous supervisor, and one from a faculty member from the master's program.
  6. Portfolio consisting of current curriculum vitae, a personal statement that discusses reasons for seeking a Post-Master's FNP, and any other documents that further validate consideration of admission to the program, including NP certification(s), etc.

Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate requirements:

Contemporary Role of Advanced Practice Nurse
Advanced Pathophysiology
Advanced Physical Assessment
Advanced Pharmacology
Adult Health I, II
Adult Health Practicum I, II
Pediatric/Women's Health Theory
Pediatric/Women's Health Practicum

The above courses or equivalent courses are required for the completion of the Post-Master's FNP program. Evaluation of previous courses to satisfy the above requirements and determination of courses that need to be taken at Mount Saint Mary College will be made on an individual basis by the graduate program director after evaluation of submitted admissions requirements.

 Post- Master's Certificate in Nursing Education

The Post- Master's Certificate in Nursing Education program prepares nurses to teach nursing at various levels within academic and practice settings. The emphasis of the program is on nursing education organization, role development, curriculum development, instructional methodologies, and evaluation.

This program is designed for registered nurses (RNs) holding a master's degree in Nursing. Upon successful completion of the course requirements listed below, a post–master's certificate in nursing education will be awarded.

Outcomes

Outcomes for the Post Master's Certificate in Nursing Education are to:

  1. Incorporate theories and evidenced based knowledge into nursing practice and education.
  2. Articulate the role of the nurse educator within the health professions, schools of nursing, and community.
  3. Design current, progressive nursing education programs using evidence-based research and theories of learning instruction, curriculum, evaluation and measurement.
  4. Plan the learning activities for diverse individuals and groups of students in clinical, laboratory, simulation, didactic, and online settings.
  5. Use information systems/technology resources to implement quality improvement and safety initiatives and support decision making and practice.
  6. Use a variety of teaching strategies and media appropriate to learner characteristics, instructional objectives and nursing or health-related content.
  7. Apply principles of measurement and evaluation to the development of learner assessment procedure for all areas of instruction and learner performance.
  8. Guide the performance of learners in settings where nurses function as educators for nurse colleagues, students, patient, families, and communities.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Completed application form.
  2. Official transcripts from a master's degree in nursing from an accredited college or university with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  3. A valid New York State RN license and current registration.
  4. Health insurance and malpractice/liability insurance with current identification number and expiration date.
  5. Two letters of recommendation; one from a current or previous supervisor and one from the master’s program that conferred the applicant’s degree.
  6. Portfolio consisting of current curriculum vitae, a personal statement that discusses reasons for seeking a post-master's certificate in nursing education, and any other documents that further validate consideration of admission to the program, including other nursing certification(s), etc.

Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Education Requirements

This program will be offered online with four, 3-credit courses:

  1. Educational Organization and Faculty Role Development (3 credits)
  2. Curriculum Development in Nursing (3 credits)
  3. Instruction and Evaluation in Nursing Education (3 credits)
  4. Nursing Education Practicum (3 credits)

The above courses or equivalent courses are required for the completion of the Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Education. Evaluation of previous courses to satisfy the above requirements and determination of courses that need to be taken at Mount Saint Mary College will be made on an individual basis by the graduate program director after evaluation of submitted admissions requirements.