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East Tennessee State University

Post-graduate certificate programs at ETSU prepare the advanced practice registered nurse with a graduate degree of either a MSN or DNP to obtain additional education in a new concentration/specialty area.

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Post-Graduate APRN Certificates

The Post-Graduate APRN certificate is designed for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses with either a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree who seek academic preparation in a new concentration area. The Post-Graduate APRN certificate is designed to provide the necessary core courses and clinical/practicum experiences necessary to provide eligibility for national certification. In your continuing education pursuit, the Post-Graduate APRN certificate provides a systematic and unified way to achieve your goals.

The College of Nursing offers three Post-Graduate APRN certificates:

  • Post-Graduate APRN Certificate Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
     
    • The Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certificate program is designed for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses with a Doctor of Nursing (DNP) degree. The program provides a broad knowledge foundation through focused didactic and practicum/clinical experiences. This program focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, and healthcare management of for individuals age 13 through the elderly. This specialty area prepares nurse practitioners to care for the aging population in primary care settings. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will meet eligibility requirements for the national certification examination.
  • Post-Graduate APRN Certificate Family Nurse Practitioner

    • The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate program provides a formal program of study for MSN and DNP prepared nurses interested in taking the national certification exam to practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner. To be eligible for the certification exam, students must "successfully complete graduate didactic and clinical requirements through a formal program in the desired area of practice." The FNP Certificate program offers a formal program of study to meet this need for students who already have the Master of Science in Nursing or Doctor of Nursing Practice degree without requiring them to complete a second degree.

  • Post-Graduate APRN Certificate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

    • The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) concentration offers a post Graduate certificate for nurses who have completed either a MSN or DNP degree program in nursing. This customized special studies program provides a curriculum focusing on the courses and clinical/practicum experiences to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to manage patients with mental health conditions. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates meet eligibility requirements for the national certification examination.


Post-Graduate Certificates

The Post-Graduate certificate is designed for the individual with either a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree who seek academic preparation in a new concentration area. The Post-Graduate certificate is designed to provide the necessary core courses and clinical/practicum experiences necessary to prepare individuals for national certification. In your continuing education pursuit, the Post-Graduate certificate provides a systematic and unified way to achieve your goals.

The College of Nursing offers three Post-Graduate certificates:

  • Post-Master's Nursing Administration Certificate

    • The Post Master's Certificate in Nursing Administration provides a flexible learning environment and a highly individualized experience for students who hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree in another specialty. Through this program, students will gain a strong foundation in complex systems, organizational theory, financial management, and leadership practice.
  • Post-Master's Nursing Education Certificate
    • The Nursing Education Concentration is designed to prepare students to meet established nurse educator competencies in one of three advanced clinical focus areas: Adult Health Nursing; Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing; Critical Care Nursing; Women's Health & Perinatal Nursing; and Pediatric Nursing. Students acquire knowledge, develop skills, and internalize values needed for success as a nurse educator in areas such as:
      • Teaching as a faculty member in a pre-licensure program
      • Continuing education for clinical staff
      • Patient education
    • A firm foundation in teaching/learning principles, curriculum/program development and evaluation, methods to evaluate learning, and implementation of the educator role prepares graduates to assume these responsibilities with competence and confidence.

  • Post-DNP Executive Leadership in Nursing

    • The Post DNP certificate in Executive Leadership provides established nursing leaders in management positions with the knowledge and skills needed for leading healthcare organizations and systems.

Post-Masters/Post-DNP Certificate Program Details:

General Information

Students wishing to enroll in graduate courses but who are not admitted to a formal graduate degree program AT ETSU may apply for Non-Degree Admission. Applicants for the Post-DNP Graduate Certificate Program are expected to have, at a minimum a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from an accredited institution and must submit an official transcript verifying the DNP degree prior to the end of the first term of enrollment.

Admission Requirements and Process

A Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from an accredited institution is required for admission as a non-degree student in the Post-DNP Certificate Program. A Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) from an accredited institution is required for admission as a non-degree student in the Post-Masters Certificate Program.

Applicants may apply online at www.etsu.edu/gradstud or print a paper application from the same site. After receiving notification of acceptance from the School of Graduate Studies, the student must contact the College of Nursing Office of Student Services (423-439-4578) for permission to register as a non-degree student. The College of Nursing may exclude non-degree students from designated courses.

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Application deadlines (dates for all materials to be received by the School of Graduate Studies) are:

Semester
Regular Deadline

Fall

March 1

Concentrations:

  • Post-MSN certificate Nursing Education
  • Post-MSN certificate Nursing Administration

Spring

September 1

Concentrations:

  • Post-Graduate certificate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Summer

February 1

Concentrations:

  • Post-Graduate certificate FNP
  • Post-DNP Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Click here to apply for ETSU admission

Out of State Applications
  • Course and program availability varies by state and is established by each individual State Board of Nursing.

  • Students who reside outside of the state of Tennessee are responsible to contact their State Board of Nursing to confirm whether the course or program meets online degree program requirements in their state of residence prior to application.

Terms and Conditions

Students may petition for the transfer of a maximum of nine semester hours of graduate credit (whether from ETSU or other accredited institution) if grades of “B” or higher were received (“B-“ grades do not transfer). The time limit for use of credit toward a certificate is four to six years. The time limit for the master’s degree is six years and the time limit for the doctoral program is seven years. The completion of courses as a non-degree student does not guarantee admission to a College of Nursing graduate program.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is not available for non-degree students.

Progression

Students in the graduate nursing program (whether degree-seeking or non-degree) must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better.

Program Contact
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Linda Raines

Admissions Counselor/Recruiter
Contact:
423-439-4578 /
Nicks Hall, Room 230

 

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Jessimine Strauss

School of Graduate Studies, Graduate Specialist
Contact:
423-439-6158 / straussj@etsu.edu
Burgin-Dossett Hall Room 309-G

Notice:

Regulatory requirements governing student clinical vary by state and are subject to change. Clinical placement outside of Tennessee is contingent upon approval by the appropriate regulatory bodies and will be evaluated on an individual basis upon admission to the program. Currently, placement in North Carolina and Virginia is allowed.

 

Licensure Eligibility: 

Acceptance to East Tennessee State University College of Nursing is on a competitive basis. Applicants are encouraged to determine the eligibility requirements for any state in which they will seek licensure post-graduation. East Tennessee State University College of Nursing cannot guarantee licensure eligibility outside the state of Tennessee.


Important information about program costs, educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended Gainful Employment certificate programs at East Tennessee State University is available at
https://www.etsu.edu/finaid/gainful-employment/default.php.

Tlogohe Baccalaureate degree in nursing program, MSN Program, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, ETSU-TTU Joint DNP, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at East Tennessee State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

 

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