Post-Master’s Certificate for Advanced Practice Nurses

For students holding a Master of Science in Nursing and seeking to expand their career through specialization in primary care, the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing offers a Post-Masters Certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse with a Family Nurse Practitioner focus. Depending on prior coursework, students may be able to complete the program in as little as six courses. With classes only one day a week, the FNP Post-Masters APRN Certificate program allows working students’ flexibility in furthering their career. Students have access to small class sizes and personalized preceptor placement offering each student a unique educational experience.

Upon completion of required coursework, graduates of the Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Masters APRN Certificate are eligible to sit for national certification and apply for licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse.

The post-graduate APRN certificate program at Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Contact Information:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-887-6791

Contact Us

Valerie Miller, RN, MS, FNP-C

Assistant Professor, Graduate Program Chair for PHSSN 325-671-2362

Degrees

  • Post-Master’s Certificate for Advanced Practice Nurses

Get your Post-Master's Certificate through HSU at PHSSN!

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Personalized Instruction

Students enjoy small class sizes and personalized preceptor placement .

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Certification & Licensure

Students are given the knowledge, skills and abilities to meet the requirements necessary to sit for national certification and apply for licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse.

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Employment

More than 90% of all graduates are employed as an APRN within six months of graduation.

Program Details

At a minimum, applicants must successfully complete the following courses:

  • NURS 6451 FNP I
  • NURS 6452 FNP II
  • NURS 6453 FNP III
  • NURS 6442 Advanced Health Assessment
  • NURS 6434 Skills for the APN
  • NURS 6340 Role Development for Advanced Practice

Admission to the Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Masters APRN Certificate program requires the following to be submitted to or conducted by the School of Nursing:

  • Master of Science in Nursing Degree from an accredited nursing program
  • Unrestricted, current Texas RN license.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be obtained from supervisors having knowledge of your clinical skills, work ethic and style, and/or professors attesting to your academic achievements and potential success in a graduate nursing program.
  • Completion of PHSSN application. (http://www.nursingcas.org/)
  • A completed PHSSN health form and proof of current immunization status.
  • ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification) is required for Family Nurse Practitioner students prior to beginning clinical courses.
  • The applicant must make an appointment with the program director to determine any leveling work needed. The applicants MSN transcript will be reviewed by the program director with a gap analysis performed to determine course requirements for completion.

More than 90% of all graduates are employed as an APRN within six months of graduation.

Program Outcomes

  1. Practice advanced nursing roles using the nursing process to deliver advanced, holistic, comprehensive care to individuals and families throughout the life cycle in a variety of settings within a specific population focus i.e. nursing education, advanced clinical practice.
  2. Design and implement strategies that incorporate the use of scientific inquiry and theoretical concepts from nursing and related fields to influence healthcare outcomes for individuals, populations, and healthcare systems.
  3. Analyze spiritual, cultural, social, legal, ethical, economic, and healthcare policy perspectives that influence the health care delivery system.
  4. Lead interprofessional and collaborative teams in developing evidence-based strategies within various health care systems to foster quality improvement and safety in healthcare delivery.
  5. Integrate the use of information systems and patient care technologies in the development, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based practices to support decision making for improving health and patient care delivery to a diverse global society.
  6. Demonstrate the highest level of accountability for professional practice, Christian service, and life-long learning.
  7. Engage in leadership through advocacy for evidence-based health policy development to improve local, national, and global health population outcomes.