Wilkes University

Post Graduate/APRN Certificate

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If you're an experienced registered nurse with a graduate nursing degree (master's or doctorate), Wilkes University's fully online post-graduate/APRN certificate programs will help you expand your practice with an in-demand nursing specialty.

Certificate programs are offered in all concentrations available in the Master of Science in Nursing degree program. Graduates of our accredited online certificate programs are eligible to sit for national certification examination upon program completion of the respective concentration. A review of official transcripts will determine a student’s course of study.

A certificate of program completion is awarded, not a degree.

Our post-graduate /APRN certificates will qualify you for exciting new leadership opportunities in these specializations:

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Provide primary health care management, health promotion and disease prevention to adolescents and adults in a variety of settings. An emphasis on focused clinical practice prepares the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner to bring excellence in care to this wide population. Graduates of the online program are eligible to sit for the ANCC examination for Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner.

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Curriculum (25 credits)

  • NSG 500 (3) Advanced Health Assessment*
  • NSG 530 (3) Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NSG 533 (3) Advanced Pharmacology
  • NSG 550 (2) Diagnostic Reasoning for Nurse Practitioners
  • NSG 556 (2) Health Perspectives of Culturally Diverse, Rural and Underserved Populations
  • NSG 554 (3) Nurse Practitioners in Primary Care I
  • NSG 555 (3) Nurse Practitioners in Primary Care  II
  • NSG 506 (3) Advanced Practice in Adult Gerontology Clinical I * **
  • NSG 515 (3) Advanced Practice in Adult Gerontology  Clinical II * **

Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioners

Provide family-focused care to patients of all ages. Learn the skills needed to diagnose, treat and prevent illness to patients across the lifespan. Graduates of the online program are eligible to sit for national board certifications.

Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner Curriculum (28 credits)

  • NSG 500 (3) Advanced Health Assessment*
  • NSG 530 (3) Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NSG 533 (3) Advanced Pharmacology
  • NSG 550 (2) Diagnostic Reasoning for Nurse Practitioner
  • NSG 554 (3) Nurse Practitioners in Primary Care I 
  • NSG 555 (3) Nurse Practitioners in Primary Care II
  • NSG 556 (2) Health Perspectives of Culturally Diverse, Rural, and Underserved Populations 
  • NSG 546 (3)  Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical I * **
  • NSG 547 (3) Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical II * **
  • NSG 548 (2)Family Nurse Practitioner Role with Children and Families 
  • NSG 549 (1) Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical with Children and Families * **

Nursing Education 

Emphasizing academic theory, effective assessment measures, and evidence-based research, this fully online certificate will prepare you to be a nurse educator that can both teach and lead your fellow nurses in as little as 12 months. Get the comprehensive education you need to become a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE).

Nursing Education Post-Graduate Certificate Courses (24 credits)

  • NSG 500 (3) Advanced Health Assessment
  • NSG 530 (3) Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NSG 533 (3) Advanced Pharmacology
  • NSG 540 (3) Role of the Nurse Educator and Curriculum Work in Nursing Education
  • NSG 541 (3) Teaching Methodologies and Strategies in Nursing Curriculum
  • NSG 542 (3) Testing and Evaluation in Nursing Education
  • NSG 544 (3) Classroom Practicum in Nursing Education**
  • NSG 545 (3) Clinical Practicum in Nursing Education**

Nurse Executive

This fully online certificate allows nurses to apply evidence-based practice and become organizational managers or leaders that can help redesign and improve health care delivery systems in as little as 12 months. Get the comprehensive education you need to become Nurse Executive-Board Certified (NE-BC).

Nurse Executive Post-Graduate Certificate Courses (24 Credits)

    • NSG 500 (3) Advanced Health Assessment
    • NSG 530 (3) Advanced Pathophysiology
    • NSG 533 (3) Advanced Pharmacology
    • NSG 560 (3) Principles of Nursing Leadership
    • NSG 561 (3) The Work of Nursing Leaders in Healthcare
    • NSG 562 (3) Advanced Topics in Nursing Leadership
    • NSG 563 (3) Nurse Executive Practicum I **
    • NSG 564 (3) Nurse Executive Practicum II **

Nursing Informatics

This fully online certificate integrates the latest best practices in nursing, computer, cognitive, and information sciences so nurses can provide patients with the highest level of care and improve information management across health care organizations of all sizes. Get the comprehensive education you need to become nationally certified.

Nursing Informatics Curriculum (24 credits)

  • NSG500 (3) Advanced Health Assessment
  • NSG530 (3) Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NSG533 (3) Advanced Pharmacology
  • NSG565 (3) Foundations of Nursing Informatics
  • NSG566 (3) Data Management in Healthcare
  • NSG567 (3) Nursing Informatics Leadership in Healthcare Systems and Project Designs
  • NSG568 (3) Nursing Informatics Practicum I **
  • NSG569 (3) Nursing Informatics Practicum II **

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner 

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioners provide primary mental health care across the life span to children, adolescents and adults. Focused clinical practice prepares the NP to offer comprehensive care in a variety of settings. Nurse practitioners in the psychiatric/mental health field assess, diagnose and treat mental illness with therapy, rehabilitation and prescriptive drugs. Graduates of the online program are eligible to sit for national certification.

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Courses (27 credits)

  • NSG 500 (3) Advanced Health Assessment*
  • NSG 530 (3) Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NSG 533 (3) Advanced Pharmacology
  • NSG 526 (3) Clinical Modalities in Advanced Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Practice
  • NSG 527 (3) Psychopathology, Theories, and Advanced Clinical Modalities
  • NSG 535 (3) Advanced Practice in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing I * **
  • NSG 536 (3) Advanced Practice in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing II*  **
  • NSG 550 (2) Diagnostic Reasoning for Nurse Practitioners
  • NSG 556 (2)  Health Perspectives of Culturally Diverse, Rural, and Underserved
  • NSG 552 (2) Psychoparmacology

Questions? Contact:

Jessica DiBernardo
Graduate Nursing Admissions Counselor
Phone: (570) 408.4404
Fax: (570) 408.7846
jessica.dibernardo @wilkes.edu   

* indicates a residency requirement.
** Students will be responsible for arranging their own experiences with their local college, university, or health care agency. The faculty member instructing this course will be responsible for ensuring the student experience meets Wilkes academic requirements.

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