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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Additional Specialty Certificate

william f. connell school of nursing

Advanced practice nurses who already hold a master's degree in one specialty area of practice and wish to be prepared in an additional specialty are eligible for the additional specialty certificate program.

Plans of study are individually developed based on students' previous course work. They are prepared to sit for certification examinations in any of the specialties offered at the school.

Each student's plan of study is individualized. A gap analysis is conducted as part of the admissions process to determine required courses for certification.  However most nurse practitioner certification exams require the following courses:

*NURS7672   Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)

*NURS7420   Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)

**NURS7426  Advanced Psychopharmacology (3 credits)

*NURS7417    Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse (3 credits)

Term I - Fall/Spring

  • Specialty Theory I (3 credits)
  • Specialty Practice I (6 credits)

Term II - Fall/Spring

  • Specialty Theory II (3 credits)
  • Specialty Practice II (6 credits)

Specialty practice courses require 500-600 hours of practice during the year and prerequisite courses must be completed.

*Determined through gap analysis

**Required for Psych Mental Health NP


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For information about nurse anesthesia, please reference the nurse anesthesia specialty page.

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