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Post Master’s Certificate Programs

Post Master’s Certificate Programs

The graduate nursing program is designed to provide you with the opportunity for study in selected areas of advanced and specialized professional nursing practice.

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  • Overview

    Post Master’s Certification in Nursing

    ASU’s Post Master’s Certificate Program tracks are offered online through Blackboard, a course delivery system, designed for students holding a Master’s Degree with a major in Nursing. On-campus attendance requirements are kept to a minimum and are dependent upon the educational track to which you are accepted. Clinical requirements can usually be completed in the student’s city of residence (within Texas) or at the nearest approved clinical site(s), provided course objectives are met. Preceptors at approved clinical site(s) are subject to approval per course requirements and expected course objectives.

    Graduate education in nursing prepares nurses to assume leadership roles in nursing practice, education and administration. Whereas all advanced practice nurses share professional characteristics of graduate nursing preparation, roles differ in clinical application.

    Graduate certificate programs offered for academic credit require a 3.0 cumulative grade point average with no grade lower than a “B”. All courses must be in residence.

    Students have the option of choosing one of these areas of specialization:

    • APRN Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) – Provides direct care to families and individuals across the lifespan and interfaces with other provider team members to supply broad-based comprehensive health care
    • Nurse Educator – Gives graduates with advanced nursing knowledge an additional nursing education focus. Graduates are prepared to teach in a variety of nursing programs, including at the vocational, associate and baccalaureate level.
    • Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA) – Designed for certified advanced practice nurses with little or no perioperative nursing experience who wish to become an RN First Assistant during operative and other invasive procedures.
  • Admission Requirements

    Post Master’s Certification in Nursing

    Graduate certificate programs offered for academic credit require a 3.0 cumulative grade point average with no grade lower than a “B”. All courses must be in residence.

    Application Information
    Applicants must submit:

    • Applicants must be accepted into the College of Graduate Studies by completing an ASU Graduate Application (like under NursingCAS Application tab)
    • Register Nurse First Assistant program: proof of current unencumbered licensure or eligibility for unencumbered licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse in Texas is required. RNFA clinical practicum requirements will be completed in Texas.
    • Family Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Educator program: proof of current unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Texas is required. MSN Core Curriculum and Advanced Practice Practicums are required to be completed in Texas.
    • Computer literacy skills sufficient to navigate classes delivered in on-line education program
    • Three references who can address your ability to succeed in graduate school (leadership, time management, initiative). This will be completed through the application process.
    • Copy of CPR card
    • A completed Student Immunization Record Form
    • A completed Criminal Background Check through the agency contracted by the nursing program

    Prerequisites

    These programs are available to individuals who already have a master’s degree with a major in nursing (MSN):

    • Family Nurse Practitioner: To enter the program and be eligible for national certification, individuals must hold a master’s degree with a major in nursing.
    • Nurse Educator: This program benefits registered nurses with a master’s degree in nursing (MSN). Graduates who want to develop expertise in curriculum development, teaching strategies (including online strategies) and evaluation.
    • Course Prerequisites for FNP and NE tracks are: Pharmacotherapeutics; Pathophysiology; Advanced Health Assessment; and Leadership and Roles in Advanced Nursing (may be completed at ASU).
    • Registered Nurse First Assistant: Prerequisites are certification as an advanced practice nurse, BCLS (ACLS preferred) and basic computer skills.

    The number of openings in the Post Master’s Certificate program track is limited. Graduate Faculty will evaluate each application and admit the most qualified applicants until all positions are filled.

    Application Deadlines

    Degree

    Fall Deadline
    April 1

    Spring Deadline
    September 1

    Summer Deadline
    April 1

    Family Nurse Practitioner X    
    Nurse Educator X X X
    Post Master’s Certificate - FNP X X X
    Post Master’s Certificate - NE X X X
    Post Master’s Certificate - RNFA X X  
  • Certificate Plans

    Certificate Plans

    Graduate certificate programs offered for academic credit require a 3.0 cumulative grade point average with no grade lower than a “B”. All courses must be in residence.

    Pre-Requisites M.S.N. Core (12 semester credit hours)
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NUR 6318 Pharmacotherapeutics 3
    NUR 6324 Pathophysiology 3
    NUR 6331 Advanced Health Assessment (50 clock hours) 3
    NUR 6338 Leadership & Roles in Advanced Nursing 3

     

    Family Nurse Practitioner Program Track (25 semester credit hours)
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NUR 6201 Advanced Skills for APNs (50 clock hours) 2
    NUR 6325 Family Primary Care I 3
    NUR 6327 Family Primary Care I Practicum (150 clock hours) 3
    NUR 6326 Family Primary Care II 3
    NUR 6336 Family Primary Care II Practicum (150 clock hours) 3
    NUR 6537 Integrated Clinical Practice: FNP (250 clock hours) 5
    NUR 6339 Population Health and Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing 3
    NUR 6351 Mental Health for Advanced Practice Nurses 3

     

    Nurse Educator Program Track (12 semester credit hours)
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NUR 6306 Teaching Strategies in Nursing Education 3
    NUR 6307 Evaluation in Nursing Education 3
    NUR 6308 Leadership & Practicum in Nursing Education (150 clock hours) 3
    NUR 6319 Curriculum in Nursing Educator 3

     

    Registered Nurse First Assistant Certificate Plan (7 semester credit hours)
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NUR 6309 Role of the RNFA 3
    NUR 6401 RNFA Practicum (180 CPHs) 4

     

     

  • Application

    Starting Your Application

    ●Complete your ASU Graduate Application

    ●Applicants must be accepted into the College of Graduate Studies, ASU Graduate Application. You will be assigned an Angelo State University ID when you create a College of Graduate Studies Application. Input this ID number into the “Additional Information” section of NursingCAS. Note there is a $40 fee to submit your ASU Graduate Application.

    ●Applicants must complete the NursingCAS application. Visit www.nursingcas.org and click “Apply” to initiate your application. And click on “Create Account” and complete the required fields in order to start your application. NursingCAS is the online, centralized application service for nursing schools. You can use NursingCAS to apply to Angelo State University and other participating schools.

    ●Insert your RN License data into the “Professional Experience” section of NursingCAS.

    ●In the “References” section of NursingCAS input the information of three individuals who can provide a professional letter of recommendation on your behalf. This will allow your reference writers to submit a recommendation electronically on your behalf via NursingCAS.

    ●An essay describing your goal and plan for completing a graduate nursing degree (500 word maximum) may be typed of copied into the “Personal Statement” section of Nursing CAS.

    ●All official transcripts must be mailed from each issuing institution’s registrar’s office directly to NursingCAS. In order to expedite the processing be sure to include the Transcript Request Form. NursingCAS processes your transcripts on behalf of school. NursingCAS cannot process transcripts stamped with “Issued to Student”. Request transcripts to be sent as soon as possible. Mailing Address: NursingCAS, P.O. Box 9201, Watertown, MA 02471

    ●In the “Designations” section of NursingCAS you will select Angelo State University’s programs to apply to and will be required to submit the NursingCAS fee prior to e-­‐submission. If ASU is the first graduate level program you are applying to via NursingCAS you will be charged $65 and if it’s an additional program you are applying to via NursingCAS then you will be charged $35.

    ● Prior to their first clinical course, graduate students must have the following on file in the nursing office:

                          •  Current CPR (professional level) certification

                          •  Evidence of meeting state-­‐mandated immunization requirements

                          •  Proof of current health insurance

     

    * When an applicant’s GPA is below 3.0, but between 2.75 and 2.99, and if the applicant has achieved a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work, the applicant may be granted provisional admission.

     

    Note: All applicants are required to complete the “Coursework” section of NursingCAS.  Be sure to have a copy of your transcript(s) in hand in order to complete this section. All college level course work (including in-­‐progress course work) must be entered into the application in this section. There is a short, instructional video posted here on how to accurately complete this section. And detailed instructions are posted here. This will be the most time-­‐consuming aspect of the application process.

     

    If you would rather have NursingCAS staff enter in your coursework data on your behalf then you have the option of paying an additional fee to use the Coursework Entry Service. Click here to learn more about the service. The data entered into this section is used to calculate GPAs in order to make admissions decisions. Learn more here.

     

     

    Application Deadlines

    Degree

    Fall Deadline
    April 1

    Spring Deadline
    September 1

    Summer Deadline
    April 1

    Family Nurse Practitioner X    
    Nurse Educator X X X
    Post Master’s Certificate - FNP X X X
    Post Master’s Certificate - NE X X X
    Post Master’s Certificate - RNFA X X  

     

    NursingCAS Tips

     To have a more complete application, please include the following information:

    • Work Experience
    • Professional Nursing Organization Memberships
    • Volunteer/Missionary work
    • Certifications (BLS, ACLS, PALS, CCRN, etc)

     

    Monitor the Status of Your Application:

    The “My Messages” section of the NursingCAS application will include any messages that NursingCAS or a school has sent to you. Please check your “My Messages” to see if you have received any vital information about your application. Messages will be sent to the “My Messages” inbox and your personal email address that you created your account with.

    Use the “Quick Status Menu” options to check to see your Transcript(s), Reference(s), or Payment(s) have been received after you submit them. To check to see which Designations you have selected (in other words programs you have applied to) by clicking on the Designations option under the Quick Status menu. The GPA Calculations option under the Quick Status menu will display any GPA calculations NursingCAS has generated for you based on the coursework data you entered. Your application has been “verified” once your GPA Calculations are complete. Learn more about “verification”.

     Contact Information

    For questions regarding the NursingCAS application please contact NursingCAS support via phone at 617-­‐612-­‐2880 Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM Eastern Time and Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Eastern Time and via email at nursingcasinfo@nursingcas.org.  Or post questions to NursingCAS by following their Twitter and/or Facebook accounts. Detailed instructions and FAQs are available too. Instructional videos are posted on the NursingCAS YouTube channel.

     

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