Post-Master's Certificate

Total Credit Hours: Varied Degree Format: Hybrid/Online 

ABOUT THIS FIELD

Nurse Practitioners (NPs) play a crucial role in the medical system as clinicians with expertise in diagnosing and treating health conditions. NP’s emphasis is on health promotion, management, and disease prevention. They work in a variety of settings including hospitals, health care provider offices, clinics, schools, academia, and other environments in which medical care is rendered. Students in the Valdosta State University Post-Master's certificate program develop critical thinking skills, gain an appreciation for diverse cultural perspectives, and learn how to address policy disputes and social problems related to health care. Upon completion of the program, Valdosta State Post-Master's students assume leadership in the fields of nursing and health care, making a positive impact on their communities and touching people’s lives every day.

THE VALDOSTA STATE DIFFERENCE

Our Post-Master’s program allows student with prior master's in nursing degrees to choose certificates from three advanced practice nursing tracks: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner; Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner; and Psych-Mental Health Nurse practitioner. The program is a hybrid/online model which may consist of 5 weekend class meetings during the fall and spring semesters, and 4 weekend college meetings during the summer.

Application Information

Prior to admission to any graduate program at Valdosta State University, applicants must first submit a completed application packet to the Graduate School. A completed application packet includes official transcripts from all institutions previously attended, completed application form, fee, and any additional program requirements (listed below), submitted by the admission deadline. To be considered for the preferred term, all required materials must be received by the Graduate School no later than the close of business on the deadline. It is the responsibility of the applicant to allow adequate time for document submission and to ensure receipt of documents.

Admission Deadlines

  • Fall Deadline: May 15
  • Spring Deadline September 15

Program Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing program, an applicant must have:

  1. graduated from a NLNAC-accredited or CCNE-accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
  2. a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point scale.
  3. evidence of a valid (current, unencumbered) nursing license.
  4. three letters of recommendation from persons whose observations of the applicant’s character and abilities are current. Letters of recommendation must be accompanied by the required General Graduate Recommendation Form.

Post-Master's Certificate Programs

In addition to the admission criteria listed above, applicants who have a master's degree in Nursing and who have graduated with at least a 3.0 GPA may be admitted to the department's Nurse Practitioner (FNP, AGNP, or FPMHNP) Post-Master's Certificate Program. Because these certification programs utilize past learning experience to satisfy some course requirements, programs of study are highly individualized and tailored to the needs of the students. Therefore, the applicant must meet with the School of Nursing's Graduate Nursing Program Director to complete a gap analysis and design a program of study for post-master's requirements. Out-of-state applicants should become familiar with their state's regulations governing distance accessible programs.

Transfer Credit

Courses considered for transfer must:

  1. be no more than 7 years of age at the time of admission, unless otherwise approved by the program;
  2. be earned at an institution that is regionally accredited;
  3. be graduate-level courses; and
  4. not exceed specific program limitations on total number of hours.

All transfer requests are subject to approval by the Associate Provost for Graduate Studies and Research.

Program Considerations for Probationary Status

Students must be recommended for Probationary status by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Graduate Faculty. To be reclassified as Regular status, probationary students must, at a minimum, maintain a 3.0 grade point average in the first 9 semester hours of graduate coursework and meet any and all contingencies and conditions set forth by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Program Retention, Dismissal, and Readmission Policies

  1. Students must have documentation of current malpractice insurance of $1,000,000/$3,000,000.
  2. Students must have documentation of current health and accident insurance.
  3. Students must have documentation of current certification in American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR.
  4. Students must maintain current, unencumbered nursing license.
  5. Students must provide evidence of current health status:
    1. Current physical examination (by a licensed health care provider) on admission, affirming that they are free from communicable disease and able to function safely in a clinical environment.
    2. Immunizations: Documentation must include but is not limited to MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), tetanus toxoid, varicella titer, hepatitis-B vaccination, and PPD tuberculin test as required by affiliating clinical agencies.
      1. MMR, serologic evidence of immunity or prior vaccination.
      2. Tetanus toxoid must remain up to date during tenure in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The CDC recommendations for healthcare personnel are utilized by our clinical agencies. Adults who have completed a primary series of a tetanus/diphtheria-containing product (DTP, DTaP, DT, Td) should receive Td boosters every 10 years. Students younger than age 65 years with direct patient contact should be given a 1-time dose of Tdap, if Td booster is scheduled prior to admission or during tenure in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
  • Varicella (chickenpox) requires serologic proof of immunity, prior vaccination, or documented history of varicella disease.
  1. Hepatitis-B vaccination or proof of immunity (anti-HBs at least 10 mIU/ml) is required. Students who initiate the recommended series for admission must provide proof of maintaining scheduled 3-dose series (dose #1 now, #2 in 1 month, #3 approximately 5 months after #2).
  2. PPD (tuberculin skin test) is required annually or proof of a negative chest X-ray (every 5 years).
  3. Influenza vaccine annually is recommended, but not required.
  1. Students may be subject to background check and drug screening at any point during the program.
  2. Students must have a minimum grade of “B” in all nursing courses.
  3. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all graduate courses.
  4. Students receiving two grades of “C” or below (“D,” “F,” “WF,” or “U”) will be dismissed from the program. The academic program reserves the right to place specific conditions and contingencies on any offer of readmission. 
  5. The maximum time allowed for completion of the master’s degree is 5 calendar years. No work completed more than 5 years prior to degree completion will be accepted toward the degree, except with special permission from the student’s major professor and the Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and approval from the Associate Provost for Graduate Studies and Research.
  6. No more than 9 semester hours of academic work may be transferred from another institution into a master’s-level graduate program. This credit must be documented in the form of an official transcript at the time of admission. Transfer credit will be evaluated after admission, by the academic department. To be eligible, credit must be no more than 7 years old prior to completion of the degree.

Program Graduation Requirements

  1. Students must complete an application for graduation one semester prior to their expected graduation date.
  2. A 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) is required for graduation. No grade below a “C” will be credited toward the degree.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the comprehensive examination.

Post-Master AGNP Certificate for Current MSN Degree Holders- Core (closed to admission)

  • NURS 7200: Advanced Health Assessment

    3 credit hours. Corequisite: NURS 7200L. Expands the knowledge of physical assessment principles specific to the role of the APN. The student will develop assessment proficiency related to history and physical examination of clients through the lifespan, including psychiatric-mental health and related supportive assessments. Students will analyze, implement and evaluate principles in the clinical setting.
  • NURS 7200L: Advanced Health Assessment Practicum

    2 credit hours. Corequisite: NURS 7200. Focus will be on common deviations from normal. Populations across the lifespan will be included.
  • NURS 7230: Advanced Pharmacology

    3 credit hours. The pharmacokinetic processes and drugs used in advanced nursing practice. Emphasis is on pharmacologic management of patients in independent and collaborative primary care practice, including professional and statutory issues related to prescribing.

Post-Master AGNP Certificate for Current MSN Degree Holders- AGNP Coursework

  • NURS 7330: Advanced Practice Nursing: Adult Health I

    3 credit hours. Prerequisites: NURS 72007200L, and 7230. Co-requisite: NURS 7220. Holistic and comprehensive care of multicultural adolescents, adults, and older adult using diagnostic and therapeutic skills in disease management. Students will identify pathophysiology, discriminate among evidence-based diagnoses, and treatments and implement plans of care.
  • NURS 7330L: Advanced Practice Nursing: Adult Health I: Practicum

    3 credit hours. Prerequisites: NURS 72007200L, and 7230. Co-requisite: NURS 7220. Clinical practice in primary care with adolescents, adults and older adults with acute and chronic health problems.
  • NURS 7350: Advanced Practice Nursing: Adult Health II

    3 credit hours. Prerequisites: NURS 72007200L, and 7230. Co-requisites: NURS 7220. Holistic and comprehensive care of multicultural adolescents, adults, and geriatric populations using diagnostic and therapeutic skills for health promotion/disease prevention and management. Students will integrate pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and diagnoses to design and implement evidence-based plans of care.
  • NURS 7350L: Advanced Practice Nursing: Adult Health II Practicum

    3 credit hours. Prerequisites: NURS 72007200L72207230. Clinical practice in primary care with adolescents, adult, and older adults with acute and chronic health problems.
  • NURS 7590: Nurse Practitioner Capstone

    6 credit hours. Prerequisites for AGNP: NURS 7100710171107150716072007200L7220723073307330L73507350L. Prerequisites for FNP: NURS 7100710171107150716072007200L7220723073287328L73297329L73307330L73507350L. Prerequisites for FPMHNP: NURS 710071017150716072007200L72207230725072517251L 7252, 7329, 7330, 7348, 7348L, 7350, 7352, 7352L. Prerequisites for Post-Master's students is based on the gap analysis completed upon admission. Synthesis of evidenced-based knowledge and clinical skills. Emphasis is on health promotion, disease prevention, and clinical practice in primary care with adults and older adults.

Post-Master FNP Certificate for Current MSN Degree Holders: FNP Coursework

  • NURS 7328: Advanced Practice Nursing: Women's Health

    3 Hours. Prerequisites: NURS 7200, 7200L, 7220, and 7230. Holistic and comprehensive care of multicultural childbearing and post childbearing women with reproductive, gynecologic, and general non-reproductive needs/problems using diagnostic and therapeutic skills for health promotion/disease prevention, and management. Students will integrate pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and diagnoses to design and implement evidence-based plans of care.

  • NURS 7328L: Advanced Practice Nursing: Women's Health Practicum

    2 Hours. Prerequisites: NURS 72007200L72207230; Pre or Co-requisites: NURS 7328. Clinical primary practice and management of acute and chronic illnesses in childbearing and post childbearing women with reproductive, gynecologic, and general non-reproductive needs/problems.
  • NURS 7329: Advanced Practice Nursing: Pediatrics

    3 Hours. Prerequisites: NURS 72007200L7220, and 7230. Holistic and comprehensive care of multicultural neonates, infants, children and adolescents using diagnostic and therapeutic skills for health promotion/disease prevention and management. Students will integrate pathophysiology; advanced health assessment, and diagnoses to design and implement evidence-based plans of care.
  • NURS 7329L: Advanced Practice Nursing: Pediatrics Practicum

    2 Hours. Prerequisites: NURS 72007200L72207230; Pre or Co-requisites: NURS 7329. Clinical practice in primary care with neonates, infants, children and adolescents with acute and chronic health problems.
  • NURS 7330: Advanced Practice Nursing: Adult Health I

    3 credit hours. Prerequisites: NURS 72007200L, and 7230. Co-requisite: NURS 7220. Holistic and comprehensive care of multicultural adolescents, adults, and older adult using diagnostic and therapeutic skills in disease management. Students will identify pathophysiology, discriminate among evidence-based diagnoses, and treatments and implement plans of care.
  • NURS 7330L: Advanced Practice Nursing: Adult Health I: Practicum

    3 credit hours. Prerequisites: NURS 72007200L, and 7230. Co-requisite: NURS 7220. Clinical practice in primary care with adolescents, adults and older adults with acute and chronic health problems.
  • NURS 7350: Advanced Practice Nursing: Adult Health II

    3 credit hours. Prerequisites: NURS 72007200L, and 7230. Co-requisites: NURS 7220. Holistic and comprehensive care of multicultural adolescents, adults, and geriatric populations using diagnostic and therapeutic skills for health promotion/disease prevention and management. Students will integrate pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and diagnoses to design and implement evidence-based plans of care.
  • NURS 7350L: Advanced Practice Nursing: Adult Health II Practicum

    3 credit hours. Prerequisites: NURS 72007200L72207230. Clinical practice in primary care with adolescents, adult, and older adults with acute and chronic health problems.
  • NURS 7590: Nurse Practitioner Capstone

    6 credit hours. Prerequisites for AGNP: NURS 7100710171107150716072007200L7220723073307330L73507350L. Prerequisites for FNP: NURS 7100710171107150716072007200L7220723073287328L73297329L73307330L73507350L. Prerequisites for FPMHNP: NURS 710071017150716072007200L72207230725072517251L 7252, 7329, 7330, 7348, 7348L, 7350, 7352, 7352L. Prerequisites for Post-Master's students is based on the gap analysis completed upon admission. Synthesis of evidenced-based knowledge and clinical skills. Emphasis is on health promotion, disease prevention, and clinical practice in primary care with adults and older adults.

Post-Master FNP Certificate for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners: FNP Coursework

  • NURS 7328: Advanced Practice Nursing: Women's Health

    3 Hours. Prerequisites: NURS 7200, 7200L, 7220, and 7230. Holistic and comprehensive care of multicultural childbearing and post childbearing women with reproductive, gynecologic, and general non-reproductive needs/problems using diagnostic and therapeutic skills for health promotion/disease prevention, and management. Students will integrate pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and diagnoses to design and implement evidence-based plans of care.

  • NURS 7328L: Advanced Practice Nursing: Women's Health Practicum

    2 Hours. Prerequisites: NURS 72007200L72207230; Pre or Co-requisites: NURS 7328. Clinical primary practice and management of acute and chronic illnesses in childbearing and post childbearing women with reproductive, gynecologic, and general non-reproductive needs/problems.
  • NURS 7330: Advanced Practice Nursing: Adult Health I

    3 credit hours. Prerequisites: NURS 72007200L, and 7230. Co-requisite: NURS 7220. Holistic and comprehensive care of multicultural adolescents, adults, and older adult using diagnostic and therapeutic skills in disease management. Students will identify pathophysiology, discriminate among evidence-based diagnoses, and treatments and implement plans of care.
  • NURS 7330L: Advanced Practice Nursing: Adult Health I: Practicum

    3 credit hours. Prerequisites: NURS 72007200L, and 7230. Co-requisite: NURS 7220. Clinical practice in primary care with adolescents, adults and older adults with acute and chronic health problems.
  • NURS 7350: Advanced Practice Nursing: Adult Health II

    3 credit hours. Prerequisites: NURS 72007200L, and 7230. Co-requisites: NURS 7220. Holistic and comprehensive care of multicultural adolescents, adults, and geriatric populations using diagnostic and therapeutic skills for health promotion/disease prevention and management. Students will integrate pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and diagnoses to design and implement evidence-based plans of care.
  • NURS 7350L: Advanced Practice Nursing: Adult Health II Practicum

    3 credit hours. Prerequisites: NURS 72007200L72207230. Clinical practice in primary care with adolescents, adult, and older adults with acute and chronic health problems.
  • NURS 7590: Nurse Practitioner Capstone

    6 credit hours. Prerequisites for AGNP: NURS 7100710171107150716072007200L7220723073307330L73507350L. Prerequisites for FNP: NURS 7100710171107150716072007200L7220723073287328L73297329L73307330L73507350L. Prerequisites for FPMHNP: NURS 710071017150716072007200L72207230725072517251L 7252, 7329, 7330, 7348, 7348L, 7350, 7352, 7352L. Prerequisites for Post-Master's students is based on the gap analysis completed upon admission. Synthesis of evidenced-based knowledge and clinical skills. Emphasis is on health promotion, disease prevention, and clinical practice in primary care with adults and older adults.

Post-Master FNP Certificate for Current Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioners

  • NURS 7328: Advanced Practice Nursing: Women's Health

    3 Hours. Prerequisites: NURS 7200, 7200L, 7220, and 7230. Holistic and comprehensive care of multicultural childbearing and post childbearing women with reproductive, gynecologic, and general non-reproductive needs/problems using diagnostic and therapeutic skills for health promotion/disease prevention, and management. Students will integrate pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and diagnoses to design and implement evidence-based plans of care.

  • NURS 7328L: Advanced Practice Nursing: Women's Health Practicum

    2 Hours. Prerequisites: NURS 72007200L72207230; Pre or Co-requisites: NURS 7328. Clinical primary practice and management of acute and chronic illnesses in childbearing and post childbearing women with reproductive, gynecologic, and general non-reproductive needs/problems.
  • NURS 7329: Advanced Practice Nursing: Pediatrics

    3 Hours. Prerequisites: NURS 72007200L7220, and 7230. Holistic and comprehensive care of multicultural neonates, infants, children and adolescents using diagnostic and therapeutic skills for health promotion/disease prevention and management. Students will integrate pathophysiology; advanced health assessment, and diagnoses to design and implement evidence-based plans of care.
  • NURS 7329L: Advanced Practice Nursing: Pediatrics Practicum

    2 Hours. Prerequisites: NURS 72007200L72207230; Pre or Co-requisites: NURS 7329. Clinical practice in primary care with neonates, infants, children and adolescents with acute and chronic health problems.
  • NURS 7590: Nurse Practitioner Capstone

    6 credit hours. Prerequisites for AGNP: NURS 7100710171107150716072007200L7220723073307330L73507350L. Prerequisites for FNP: NURS 7100710171107150716072007200L7220723073287328L73297329L73307330L73507350L. Prerequisites for FPMHNP: NURS 710071017150716072007200L72207230725072517251L 7252, 7329, 7330, 7348, 7348L, 7350, 7352, 7352L. Prerequisites for Post-Master's students is based on the gap analysis completed upon admission. Synthesis of evidenced-based knowledge and clinical skills. Emphasis is on health promotion, disease prevention, and clinical practice in primary care with adults and older adults.

Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate for Current MSN Degree Holders: Family Health Coursework

  • NURS 7329: Advanced Practice Nursing: Pediatrics

    3 Hours. Prerequisites: NURS 72007200L7220, and 7230. Holistic and comprehensive care of multicultural neonates, infants, children and adolescents using diagnostic and therapeutic skills for health promotion/disease prevention and management. Students will integrate pathophysiology; advanced health assessment, and diagnoses to design and implement evidence-based plans of care.
  • NURS 7330: Advanced Practice Nursing: Adult Health I

    3 Hours. Prerequisites: NURS 72007200L, and 7230. Co-requisite: NURS 7220. Holistic and comprehensive care of multicultural adolescents, adults, and older adult using diagnostic and therapeutic skills in disease management. Students will identify pathophysiology, discriminate among evidence-based diagnoses, and treatments and implement plans of care.
  • NURS 7350: Advanced Practice Nursing: Adult Health II

    3 hours. Prerequisites: NURS 72007200L, and 7230. Co-requisites: NURS 7220. Holistic and comprehensive care of multicultural adolescents, adults, and geriatric populations using diagnostic and therapeutic skills for health promotion/disease prevention and management. Students will integrate pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and diagnoses to design and implement evidence-based plans of care.