POST-MASTER'S PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The Post-Master's Certificate Program is designed for master's
prepared registered nurses to complete course work which qualifies
them to take a national certification examination for nurse
practitioners. The curriculum articulates with the Master of
Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program which prepares nurse
practitioners through an advanced generalist approach. The
focus of the program is on the delivery of nursing care to clients
across the life span with special emphasis on providing primary
care for rural and other underserved population groups. The
program is affiliated with numerous physician and nurse
practitioner preceptors throughout Northeast Tennessee, Southwest
Virginia, and Western North Carolina. In addition, the
College of Nursing operates and staffs a number of nurse managed,
primary care clinics through which students rotate. These
include school-based clinics, the university health clinic, a rural
health clinic, and urban clinics for homeless and other underserved
population groups. Faculty conduct research in the areas of
improving the health of vulnerable population groups, measuring
clinical outcomes, health services delivery, nursing education and
roles, and other topics.
A minimum of 19 credit hours is required for the post-master's
certificate in Advanced Nursing Practice with specific required
courses identified for each nursing specialty. An
individualized program of study is designed based upon evaluation
of previous course work and professional experience for each
student upon admission to the post-master's certificate
program. Upon successful completion of all required courses
and a comprehensive final examination, students will receive a
certificate in Advanced Nursing Practice and be approved by the
College of Nursing to take the appropriate national certification
CONCENTRATION OVERVIEWS (downloadable)
Post-Masters Adult Nurse Practitioner
Post-Masters Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Masters Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Fall semester deadline - February 1
Spring semester deadline - July 1
Summer semester deadline - December 1
Applicants seeking admission to the Post-Master’s Certificate in Advanced Nursing Practice must fulfill all the requirements for admission to both the School of Graduate Studies and the College of Nursing.
The School of Graduate Studies requires that all students submit the following materials: a completed application with payment of nonrefundable application fee; official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework, and a written essay.
The College of Nursing requirements for admission include:
Documentation of the above requirements must be included with the application materials and submitted to the School of Graduate Studies. In addition, three (3) professional references and a resume/vitae must be included in the application packet. All applications will be reviewed and approved by the College of Nursing Graduate Admissions Committee.
Factors given consideration in the admission decision include the following: graduate grade point average, professional work experience, demonstration of professional commitment through continuing education, professional honors and awards, writing ability, demonstrated interest in primary care in rural settings, and references. Applicants are encouraged to address their accomplishments in these areas in the essay and resume/vitae.
The application for admission may be submitted online at http://www.etsu.edu/gradstud. A printable application can also be obtained at this site. To request a paper application, contact the School of Graduate Studies at (423) 439-4221. The application and all materials should be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies. Once the application file is complete, it will be forwarded to the College of Nursing where it will be reviewed the the admissions committee. Applicants will be notified by mail of the admission decision.
Questions? email Amy Bower ( email@example.com) in the Office of Student Services