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