Post-Graduate Certificate Programs

Post-Graduate Certificate Programs

The College of Nursing offers four post graduate certificate options: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) and Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

The post-graduate certificate options are designed for master's-prepared nurses who currently hold advanced practice certification and who wish to expand their scope through a clinical focus in family practice, pediatric practice, or psychiatric mental health nursing.

  • The AGACNP certificate prepares nurses to provide advanced patient-family centered care in settings with acute and/or chronically ill patients across the adult lifespan. Coursework emphasizes the 5 C's: coordinated care, collaborative care, comprehensive care, consistent care, and cost-effective care.  
  • The FNP certificate prepares advanced practice nurses to provide primary health care to clients, families and communities. Coursework emphasizes the care of adult, pediatric and geriatric patients and their families.

  • The PNP certificate focuses on the student's ability to demonstrate the knowledge and skills of a beginning advanced practice nurse working with patients and their families in a variety of ambulatory care settings from birth until early adulthood.

  • The PMH certificate prepares students for the full scope of PMH practice, including provision of primary mental health care to clients in the full range of health care settings.

Distinctive features of the PGC programs, include:

    • Two locations: Augusta and Athens
    • Web-enhanced (online) instruction with limited on-campus requirements
    • Faculty who are actively practicing in their fields
    • Over 500 clinical hours

Our programs prepare students to the eligibility requirement for the certification exams offered by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the American Nurses Credentialing Center, or the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.

Nurse Practitioner End Terminal Objectives

At the end of the program of study, all NP students will be able to meet the following End Terminal Objectives:

  • Evaluate and apply theories and research findings to the advanced practice of nursing.
  • Collaborate with health care providers and consumers to design and initiate strategies to influence the nature and outcomes of health care services.
  • Engage in advanced practice based on legal and ethical principles and professional standards of practice.
  • Assume a leadership role in identifying and resolving issues that have an actual or potential impact on nursing and health care.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills of an advanced practice nurse in a variety of client care situations.
  • Continue to acquire knowledge and skills requisite to maintaining and enhancing advanced practice expertise.
Course of Study

Clinical courses emphasize the care of patients and their families. The program includes completion of relevant specialty clinical courses with clinical experiences at a variety of ambulatory practices in Georgia, South Carolina, or Tennessee. The program personnel will conduct a gap analysis for each student to identify additional courses that may be needed to meet certification and accreditation standards.

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AGACNP, FNP, PNP, or PMHNP Application Deadline
April 2 (for Spring, 2018 entry)

(Applications  will be reviewed upon completion)


Note: Prospective students for the Post Master Certificate programs are considered on an individual basis requiring careful evaluation of their transcripts and clinical backgrounds to determine specific content and courses needed to reach their professional goals.



Jean Pawl, PhD, RN, OCN, CNE

Acting - Interim Program Director for DNP - Primary Care and NP programs

Karen Sturgill, MPA

Program Manger 2, DNP and NP Programs

Phone: 706-721-3676