Post-Master's Certificates

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Post-Master's Certificate  
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Synthesize knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired in the: humanities, natural, and behavioral sciences to deliver safe and comprehensive care.
  • Demonstrate values that exemplify the caring, professional nurse.
  • Apply evidence-based research to improve health and reduce health disparities in a global society.
  • Demonstrate interprofessional collaboration and clinical reasoning when caring for individuals, families, and communities.
  • Pursue knowledge as a lifelong learner to promote professional growth.
  • Demonstrate leadership, accountability, and competence as a continuing professional nurse

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

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

AGACNP certificate program is designed for APRNs who would like to expand their scope of practice to provide advanced patient-family centered care in settings with acute and/or chronically ill patients across the adult lifespan. Upon completion, the students are eligible to take the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) certification exam offered by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners or the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

FNP certificate program is designed for APRNs who would like to expand their scope of practice to provide care to families throughout the lifespan for their preventive and primary health care needs. Course and clinical work emphasizes care of the adult, pediatric, and geriatric patients and their families. Upon completion the students are eligible to take the certification exam offered by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners or the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

PNP certificate program is designed for APRNs who would like to expand their scope of practice to provide primary health care to children from birth through young adult. Upon completion the students are eligible to take the certification exam offered by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board or the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

PMHNP certificate program is designed for APRNs who would like to expand their scope of practice to provide psychiatric and mental healthcare to adult, pediatric, & geriatric clients and their families. Upon completion the students are eligible to take the certification exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

All of these track options are approved by the Georgia Board of Regents as a web-based program with greater than 50 percent of the program taught on-line. Due to the progressive nature of the specialty courses, these options are typically considered part-time study only (less than 9 credit hours per semester.)

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.

APPLICANT PROFILE

The post-graduate certificate tracks are available for nurses who have their masters or doctoral degree, are certified as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), and who desire an additional certification in one of  APRN concentrations.