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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 Certificate 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 sites 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.

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

    • MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) - An online program for baccalaureate nurses designed to develop expertise in the advanced practice role.  Graduates are prepared as primary care providers to families and individuals across the lifespan.
    • MSN – Nurse Educator (NE) - An online program for baccalaureate nurses designed to develop expertise as an advanced level nurse in the teaching role. Graduates are prepared to teach healthcare providers enrolled in a variety of educational programs, including those at the vocational, associate and baccalaureate levels as well as in healthcare environments.
  • Admission

    Post Master’s Certification in Nursing

    Admission Requirements

    Certificate Program Admission and Progression Requirements

    • Acceptance into the College of Graduate Studies and Research*
    • Be a U. S. Citizen or hold permanent residency status in the U.S.
    • Reside in the state of Texas**
    • Have a Master’s degree in nursing from an accredited nursing program.
    • Applicant must have one (1) year of recent clinical experience as a Registered Nurse if applying for the Family Nurse Practitioner post master’s certificate program.
    • Overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
    • Meet academic prerequisites***/****
      • Advanced Pathophysiology
      • Advanced Pharmacology
      • Advanced Health Assessment (AHA). The AHA course must include a minimum of 50 clinical hours of direct patient care. The clinical hours must be “hands on” and be completed in a patient care setting (i.e. family practice). Clinical hours may not include standardized patients, on campus workshops/educational offerings, or simulation lab scenarios.
      • Leadership and Roles and may be taken with the Post Master’s FNP curriculum.
      • Acceptance of prerequisites will be subject to faculty approval. Potential students may be required to provide course descriptions and syllabi prior to approval.
    • Current, unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Texas.**
    • Three references (academic, professional, or clinical) addressing your ability to succeed in graduate school.
    • Complete a personal statement describing (a) why you are choosing the become a Family Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Educator, (b) your plans upon completing the graduate program, (c) how your current work experience will enhance your graduate school experience, and (d) how you plan to manage your time due to the demands of the program, work, and/or family life. (Less than 800 words).
    • Curriculum Vitae (CV)/resume

    *In accordance with College of Graduate Studies and Research admission requirements, applicants from a foreign country whom English is not their first language, must also include official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) taken within the last two years.

    ** MSN Curriculum requiring practicums are required to be completed in Texas.

    ***Gap Analysis for Post Graduate Certificate NP Students. A student who is a nationally certified NP seeking partial credit or waiver of course work towards completion of a post master’s certificate in another NP practice area must have a thorough analysis completed of previous coursework (NONPF, 2017).  The Family Nurse Practitioner Track Coordinator will conduct the analysis and report to the Graduate Program Coordinator. Recommendations to accept course work will be made to the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies & Research for final approval after the student has successfully completed one semester at ASU. NONPF, 2016. Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs (5th ed).

    ****GAP Analysis for Post Graduate Certificate NP Students who are not nationally certified NPs. The Family Nurse Practitioner Track Coordinator will conduct the analysis and report to the Graduate Program Coordinator. Recommendations to accept course work will be made to the Dean of the college of Graduate Studies & Research for final approval after the student has successfully completed one semester at ASU.

    Application Deadlines

    Application Deadlines
    Degree

    Fall Deadline
    February 15

    Fall Deadline
    June 1

    Spring Deadline
    October 1

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

    Family Nurse Practitioner Post Master’s Certificate Program

    • The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate is available to master’s or doctorally prepared nurses as a post-master’s certificate program. To enter the program and be eligible for national certification, individuals must hold a master’s degree with a major in nursing.

      Prerequisites Family Nurse Practitioner Courses
      Course Number Course Title Hours
      NUR 6318 Pharmacotherapeutics 3
      NUR 6324 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
      NUR 6331 Advanced Health Assessment 3
      NUR 6338 Leadership and Roles in Advanced Nursing 3
    • Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Courses
      Course Number Course Title Hours
      NUR 6201 Skills for Advanced Practice Nurses 2
      NUR 6325 Family Primary Care I 3
      NUR 6326 Family Primary Care II 3
      NUR 6327 Family Primary Care I Practicum 3
      NUR 6336 Family Primary Care II Practicum 3
      NUR 6339 Population Health and Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing 3
      NUR 6351 Mental Health Concepts for Advanced Practice Nurses 3
      NUR 6537 Integrated Clinical Practice: FNP 5

      Total semester credit hours required: 25

    Nurse Educator Post Master’s Certificate Program

    • The Department of Nursing offers a four course (12 SCH) Education Certificate Program designed to develop expertise in the teaching of nursing students enrolled in a variety of educational programs. All courses in the Education Certificate Program are offered in a convenient online format. The program will benefit M.S.N. graduates wanting to develop expertise in curriculum development, teaching strategies including online strategies, and evaluation. Students enrolled in the certificate program will also have the opportunity to partner with a faculty member in a variety of practical experiences, including clinical and lab instruction as well as didactic instruction. To enter the program, individuals must hold a master’s degree with a major in nursing.

      Prerequisites Nurse Educator Courses
      Course Number Course Title Hours
      NUR 6318 Pharmacotherapeutics 3
      NUR 6324 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
      NUR 6331 Advanced Health Assessment 3
      NUR 6338 Leadership and Roles in Advanced Nursing 3

      And 50 clinical hours in advanced nursing role.

      Nurse Educator Certificate Program Courses
      Course Number Course Title Hours
      NUR 6319 Curriculum in Nursing Educator 3
      NUR 6340 Teaching Strategies and Evaluation in Nursing Education 3
      NUR 6347 Roles and Financial Management in Nursing Education 3
      NUR 6349 Capstone Practicum in Nursing Education 3

       Total semester credit hours required: 12

  • Application

    Starting Your Application

    • Complete your ASU Graduate Application
    • Applicants must be accepted into the College of Graduate Studies and Research, ASU Graduate Application. You will be assigned an Angelo State University ID when you create a College of Graduate Studies and Research 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.
    • A personal statement/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 electronic submission. If ASU is the first graduate level program you are applying to via NursingCAS you will be charged $70 and if it’s an additional program you are applying to via NursingCAS then you will be charged $40.
    • 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

    Application Deadlines
    Degree

    Fall Deadline
    February 15

    Fall Deadline
    June 1

    Spring Deadline
    October 1

    Family Nurse Practitioner X    
    Nurse Educator   X  
    Post Master’s Certificate - FNP     X
    Post Master’s Certificate - NE   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 a.m. – 7 p.m. Eastern Time and Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 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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