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Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing

Expand your knowledge and skills in the nursing profession

Navigating the complex modern health care environment requires a solid understanding of the latest in research theory, proven best practices, and a commitment to succeed through personal and professional accomplishment. With this mindset, Norwich empowers leadership in nursing with online Post-Master's Certificates that deepen your knowledge in specialty practice areas.

Norwich offers its Post-Master’s APRN Certificates in three tracks:

  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

These online certificates can expand your capabilities in providing expert care in niche areas within a larger patient population.

Our experienced faculty of nursing professionals help you explore the latest in research theory and proven methodologies to elevate your skills to function as a nurse practitioner with a profound depth of knowledge in your chosen practice area. Through completion of a curricular courses and a clinical placement, graduates from a certificate program are prepared for the following certification exams:

  • The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner board certification exam, administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
  • The Family Nurse Practitioner national certification board exam, offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner board certification exam, administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center

Professional Licensure Disclosure
The Post-Master’s Certificates in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner are designed to prepare students for advanced practice in specialty practice areas. The requirements for professional licensure or certification vary by state. Norwich University has made determinations regarding the ability of the certificates to meet the educational requirements for state licensure. Please review our Professional Licensure Disclosure. 

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Why Norwich

Founded in 1819, Norwich University serves students with varied work schedules and lifestyles.

Complete an online degree program, certificate, or professional development offerings at your convenience via our virtual learning platform.

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Accreditation & Recognition

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Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).

 
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Recognized for academic excellence, U.S. News & World Report ranks Norwich University in the top 100 for Regional Universities in the North. Rankings are based on undergraduate programs.

 


Scholarship Opportunities

Norwich Alumni Scholarship

Norwich University alumni and their spouses, parents, and children are eligible to receive our Alumni Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded for each term of enrollment at $425 per term.

Active Duty Military Scholarship

Active duty, National Guard, and Reserve personnel are eligible to receive a $250 award for each term of enrollment in an online master’s degree program.

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Curriculum

Core Curriculum

The curriculum model adopted by our Post-Master’s Certificates in Nursing program aligns with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing master’s-level education preparation standards — including the Master’s Essentials. The program curriculum also aligns with the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies.

If you have not completed courses in advanced pharmacology, advanced physical assessment, and advanced pathophysiology in the past five years, you will as part of your certificate program with Norwich.

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

AGACNPs provide a variety of medical services including the monitoring of complex health issues and development of treatment plans for adults and gerontology patients facing acute or chronic illnesses. They also work to prevent future medical events and provide healthy living advice.

Program courses in this specialty will prepare you for this field:

  • Advanced Pharmacology – Population Focus: Adult and Geriatric
    NR591 2 credit hours

    This course builds on principles of advanced pharmacology and provides a comprehensive overview of major drug classifications in relation to adult and geriatric populations. The effects of selected medications on pathophysiology with geriatric considerations are examined.  The student explores clinical decision making, evidence-based prescribing and safety, dose-response, side effects/drug interactions, and use of medication in the overall plan of care for populations across the lifespan, with an emphasis on preventive and health promotion and chronic disease management considerations.

  • Adult Geriatric Acute Care I
    NR621 2 credit hours

    This course examines evidence-based practice in adult acute/critical and chronic health care settings. It emphasizes the integration of theory, assessment, diagnosis and advanced therapeutics for adults and frail elders in high acuity patient settings.

  • Adult Geriatric Acute Care Clinical I
    NR622 2 credit hours

    This course includes an intense clinical experience to build the ACNP-AG expertise. A minimum of 165 clinical hours in an adult acute/critical and/or chronic health care setting, providing care to an adult/geriatric population. Preceptors may include practitioners and adult and adult-geriatric nurse practitioners or other physicians practicing in the health care setting.

  • Adult Geriatric Acute Care II
    NR623 2 credit hours

    A continuation of Adult Geriatric Acute Care I, this course examines evidence-based practice in adult acute/critical and chronic health care settings. It emphasizes the integration of theory, assessment, diagnosis and advanced therapeutics for adults and frail elders in high acuity patient settings.

  • Adult Geriatric Acute Care Clinical II
    NR624 2 credit hours

    This course includes an intense clinical experience to build the ACNP-AG expertise. A minimum of 165 clinical hours in an adult acute/critical and/or chronic health care setting, providing care to an adult/geriatric population. Preceptors may include practitioners and adult and adult-geriatric nurse practitioners or other physicians practicing in the health care setting.

  • Adult Geriatric Acute Care III
    NR625 2 credit hours

    This course builds upon Acute Care II and examines evidence-based practice in adult acute/critical and chronic health care settings. It emphasizes the integration of theory, assessment, diagnosis and advanced therapeutics for adults and frail elders in high acuity patient settings. A focus on the management of acute and chronic health problems will be analyzed.

  • Adult Geriatric Acute Care Clinical III
    NR626 2 credit hours

    This course includes an intense clinical experience to build the AGPCNP expertise. A minimum of 165 clinical hours in an adult acute/critical and/or chronic health care setting, providing care to an adult/geriatric population. Preceptors may include adult or family nurse practitioners or other physicians practicing in the health care setting.

  • Adult Geriatric Acute Care IV
    NR627 2 credit hours

    A continuation of Adult Geriatric Acute Care III this course examines evidence-based practice in adult acute/critical and chronic health care settings. It emphasizes the integration of theory, assessment, diagnosis and advanced therapeutics for adults and frail elders in high acuity patient settings. A focus on the management of acute and chronic health problems will be analyzed.

  • Adult Geriatric and Acute Care Clinical IV
    NR628 2 credit hours

    This course includes an intense clinical experience to build the AGPCNP expertise. A minimum of 165 clinical hours in an adult acute/critical and/or chronic health care setting, providing care to an adult/geriatric population. Preceptors may include adult or family nurse practitioners or other physicians practicing in the health care setting.

Family Nurse Practitioner

FNPs perform a variety of medical exams, order diagnostic tests, prescribe medications, develop treatment plans, maintain patient records, and more for patients across the lifespan.

Program courses in this specialty will prepare you for this field:

  • Advanced Pharmacology – Population Focus: Family
    NR590 2 credit hours

    This course builds on principles of advanced pharmacology and provides a comprehensive overview of major drug classifications in relation to children and families. The effects of selected medications on pathophysiology with considerations of age are examined. The student explores clinical decision making, evidence-based prescribing and safety, dose response, side effects/drug interactions, and use of medication in the overall plan of care for populations across the lifespan, with an emphasis on preventive and health promotion and chronic disease management considerations.

  • Family Nurse Practitioner I (Adult and Geriatric)
    NR611 2 credit hours

    This course, level one of two-levels, examines essential competencies necessary to provide primary health care to patients and families of diverse populations with a focus on the adult and geriatric age groups. An emphasis on understanding the development and cultural needs of patients across the lifespan in a primary health setting are emphasized.

  • Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical I
    NR612 2 credit hours

    This FNP clinical experience advances the student’s proficiency in comprehensive health evaluation across the lifespan within the context of family, community, and culture. A minimum of 165 clinical hours are required. Preceptors may include family nurse practitioners and primary care physicians.

  • Family Nurse Practitioner II (Adult and Geriatric)
    NR613 2 credit hours

    A continuation of Family Nurse Practitioner I, this course examines essential competencies necessary to provide primary health care to patients and families of diverse populations with a focus on the adult and geriatric age groups. An emphasis on understanding the development and cultural needs of patients across the lifespan in a primary health setting are emphasized.

  • Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical II
    NR614 2 credit hours

    The FNP clinical experience advances the student’s proficiency in comprehensive health evaluation across the lifespan within the context of family, community, and culture. A minimum of 165 clinical hours are required. Preceptors may include family nurse practitioners and primary care physicians.

  • Family Nurse Practitioner III (Women and Children)
    NR615 2 credit hours

    This course, level two of two-levels, examines essential competencies necessary to provide primary health care to patients and families of diverse populations with a focus on the care of women and children. An emphasis on understanding the development and cultural needs of patients across the lifespan in a primary health setting are emphasized.

  • Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical III
    NR616 2 credit hours

    The FNP Clinical Experience builds upon FNP clinical experience and advances the student’s proficiency in comprehensive health evaluation across the lifespan within the context of family, community, and culture. A minimum of 165 clinical hours are required. Preceptors may include family nurse practitioners and primary care physicians.

  • Family Nurse Practitioner IV (Women and Children)
    NR617 2 credit hours

    This course, a continuation of Family Nurse Practitioner III, examines essential competencies necessary to provide primary health care to patients and families of diverse populations focusing on the care of women and children. An emphasis on understanding the development and cultural needs of patients across the lifespan in a primary health setting are emphasized.

  • Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical IV
    NR618 2 credit hours

    The FNP Clinical Experience builds upon FNP III clinical experience and advances the student’s proficiency in comprehensive health evaluation across the lifespan within the context of family, community, and culture. A minimum of 165 clinical hours are required.  Preceptors may include family nurse practitioners and primary care physicians.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

PMHNPs assess, diagnose, and treat patients’ mental health needs. Many PMHNPs can provide therapy, and some prescribe medications, for patients who have mental health disorders, substance use issues, and traumas. They oversee case management, coordinate care, and make referrals if necessary.

Program courses in this specialty will prepare you for this field:

  • Advanced Pharmacology – Population Focus: Mental Health
    NR592 2 credit hours

    This course builds on principles of advanced pharmacology and provides a comprehensive overview of major drug classifications in relation to mental health diagnoses and treatment across the lifespan. The effects of selected medications on pathophysiology and psychopathology are examined.  The student explores clinical decision making, evidence-based prescribing and safety, dose response, side effects/drug interactions, and use of medication in the overall plan of care for populations with mental health problems.

  • Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner I
    NR631 2 credit hours

    This course examines the theory of individual, family and group therapy techniques applicable across the lifespan, cross-cultural and problem-focused. The course further examines a selection of evidence-based theories of individual, group and family psychotherapy. The course studies the major presentations of mental illness, clinical theory, and the use of the DSM IV-R in diagnosing and treatment decisions for clients across the life span. Emphasis is placed on assessment of pathology in mental health, history taking, mental status evaluation, differential diagnosis, documentation of care, and evaluation of the treatment of psychiatric mental health care to clients across the lifespan. Legal and ethical considerations of therapy are considered.

  • Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical I
    NR632 2 credit hours

    This course provides the foundational intensive clinical experience in the psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) role. A minimum of 165 clinical hours are required. Preceptors will guide and direct the PMHNP students as they apply evidence-based practice concepts and develop expertise in assessing, diagnosing and developing treatment plans in the mental health care of families and individuals across the lifespan. Preceptors may include family nurse practitioners and primary care physicians.

  • Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner II
    NR633 2 credit hours

    A continuation of Psychiatric and Mental Health NP I, this course examines the theory of individual, family and group therapy techniques applicable across the lifespan, cross-cultural and problem-focused. The course further examines a selection of evidence-based theories of individual, group and family psychotherapy. The course studies the major presentations of mental illness, clinical theory, and the use of the DSM IV-R in diagnosing and treatment decisions for clients across the life span. Emphasis is placed on assessment of pathology in mental health, history taking, mental status evaluation, differential diagnosis, documentation of care, and evaluation of the treatment of psychiatric mental health care to clients across the lifespan. Legal and ethical considerations of therapy are considered.

  • Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical II
    NR634 2 credit hours

    This course continues the foundational intensive clinical experience in the psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) role. A minimum of 165 clinical hours are required. Preceptors will guide and direct the PMHNP students as they apply evidence-based practice concepts and develop expertise in assessing, diagnosing and developing treatment plans in the mental health care of families and individuals across the lifespan. Preceptors may include family nurse practitioners and primary care physicians.

  • Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner III
    NR635 2 credit hours

    This course examines the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) role in health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis and management in psychiatric practice with diverse populations across the lifespan. Physiologic systems and psychiatric disorders are examined. Emphasis is placed on differentiating signs and symptoms for diagnosis and treatment and examines the effect of the illness on the family.

  • Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical III
    NR636 2 credit hours

    This course provides an advanced intensive clinical experience in the psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) role. A minimum of 165 clinical hours are required. Preceptors will guide and direct the PMHNP students as they apply evidence-based practice concepts and achieve greater Independence and expertise in assessing, diagnosing, treating and managing mental health care for families and individuals across the lifespan. Preceptors may include family nurse practitioners and primary care physicians.

  • Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner IV
    NR637 2 credit hours

    A continuation of Psychiatric and Mental Health NP III, this course examines the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) role in health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis and management in psychiatric practice with diverse populations across the lifespan. Physiologic systems and psychiatric disorders are examined. Emphasis is placed on differentiating signs and symptoms for diagnosis and treatment and examines the effect of the illness on the family.

  • Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical IV
    NR638 2 credit hours

    This course provides an advanced intensive clinical experience in the psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) role. A minimum of 165 clinical hours are required. Preceptors will guide and direct the PMHNP students as they apply evidence-based practice concepts and achieve greater Independence and expertise in assessing, diagnosing, treating and managing mental health care for families and individuals across the lifespan. Preceptors may include family nurse practitioners and primary care physicians.


Admissions

At a Glance

  • No GMAT or GRE required
  • Graduate GPA of 3.0 or better required

Admissions Requirements »

Eligibility Requirements

  • Hold a current, unencumbered RN license in your state of practice.
  • Hold a Master of Science in Nursing degree from a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) nationally-accredited program with a GPA of 3.0 or better required.
  • If English is not your first language, proof of English language proficiency is required. This can be demonstrated in one of three ways:
    • TOEFL - a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (Internet-based test) is required.*
    • IELTS – a minimum composite score of 6.5 is required.*
    • The applicant holds a baccalaureate or master’s degree from a college/university/institution in which the primary language of instruction was English.

Please Note:  All eligibility requirements are expected to be met unless noted in specific articulation agreements or memoranda of understand (MOUs).

Application Process

We encourage you to contact an admissions advisor (see below) if you need help at any stage of the application process. You will be required to submit the following items:

  • Application form
  • RN license
  • Resume
  • Official transcript of your conferred Master of Science in Nursing degree from a regionally or nationally accredited university
  • Letter of intent
  • One letter of recommendation from a nurse leader/manager or supervisor that can attest to your readiness for all graduate-level work
    • The letter of recommendation should be submitted on professional letterhead
    • An additional letter of recommendation may be requested by the Program Director during the application review process
  • If certified, submit an unofficial copy of National Board Certification. 
  • Proof of English language proficiency if applicable (TOEFL)

To contact an admissions advisor:

Phone: 1-877.348.8153

Email: info@online.norwich.edu

Next Start Date

Monday, March 7, 2022

Application Deadline

Monday, February 7, 2022

Contact Admissions

Mon - Fri: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST

 

Call: 1-877-348-8153
Email: info@online.norwich.edu

Non-Discrimination Statement

Norwich University, in compliance with Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, or physical handicap in any of its policies, practices, or procedures.


Tuition & Fees

Term tuition varies based on the number of credits taken. Total tuition is based on a full-credit load per term.

*Tuition may differ based on semesters enrolled and number of transfer credits. First semester is comprised of two courses and subsequent semesters are four courses.

2021-22 Tuition and Fee Schedule - Certificates

Rate Per Credit
Term
Tuition
Additional Expenses Total
$800
$1,600 - $3,200
  • Technology - $300/term
  • Library - $75/term
$16,275*

Careers & Outcomes

As health organizations work toward early detection and treatment of diseases and mental health issues through solutions-based therapy and long-term treatment options, the demand for clinical knowledge and expertise continues to rise — along with the potential benefits for highly skilled nurse practitioners. In fact, the average salary for a nurse practitioner is approximately $117,670, with possible increases based on years of experience, geographic location, and chosen specialty. *


Along with a higher salary, additional credentials, and increased professional respect, program graduates can experience career mobility, increased autonomy, and greater flexibility in the workplace. Due to the highly-specialized nature of your chosen field, nurse practitioners are well positioned to pursue fulfilling and secure roles that are highly sought by health care organizations including:

  • Hospitals
  • The U.S. Armed Forces and Veterans Administration
  • Urgent care facilities
  • State- or locally-operated health departments
  • Colleges/universities
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturers
  • Nursing and rehabilitation centers
  • Privately-operated doctor’s offices

* U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Faculty & Staff

Our online Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing is led by a dedicated faculty who are doctoral degree holders and subject matter experts in a variety of advanced nursing fields. Through their scholarly insight and practical, real-world experience, you’ll learn methods for safe and effective assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation in caring for individuals and groups while collaborating with other professionals.

Staff members offer additional support with choosing classes, financial aid and other issues from day one to graduation. Each faculty member is committed to helping you achieve your academic, professional, and personal goals. Our in-house instructional design team works hand-in-hand with program faculty and staff to ensure an efficient and interactive online learning experience for each course.

Program Director

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Paulette Thabault, DNP, APRN, JD, FAANP

Paulette Thabault,  DNP, APRN, JD, FAANP, is a professor and director for the School of Nursing at Norwich University. As an adult nurse practitioner, she also practices at Goodhealth, an internal medicine practice within the Community Health Center of Burlington practices in South Burlington, Vt., where she cares for patients with a focus on the treatment of obesity and related chronic diseases. She has lectured in healthcare leadership and policy at the University of Vermont and Northeastern University and has consulted on patient-centered and clinical excellence practice innovations. These include establishing an Intensive Behavioral Treatment for Obesity program, developing a nurse practitioner residency program for retail health in collaboration with Northeastern University, consulting on Patient Centered Medical Home transformations, wellness initiatives and on-line nursing education innovations.

She holds an AD in nursing from the University of Vermont, a BSN from University of Washington, an MSN from Simmons College, and a DNP from Northeastern University. She also holds a JD from New England School of Law and is a Fellow with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She previously practiced at Massachusetts General Hospital and held positions of commissioner and deputy commissioner under Governor Douglas in the State of Vermont, chief nurse practitioner officer for CVS Minute Clinics and director of Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Direct Entry Graduate online programs at Northeastern University. She was past vice president for the Vermont Nurse Practitioner Association and served on the policy and research committees. She currently serves on the Vermont Board of Nursing, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse sub-committee and is the current board president of Lund, an organization dedicated to helping families thrive with programs aimed at breaking the cycles of poverty, violence and addiction. She also volunteers internationally leading nursing and nurse practitioner students on community health care brigades delivering care to impoverished villages in Nicaragua.

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Program Staff

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Janice F. Hansen, RN, MSN, MA
Program Coordinator
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Amy Immen, M.A.
Student Support Advisor

Make a Difference

The health care industry relies on nurses with leadership skills, compassion, and expertise. Our Online Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing seek to mold future nursing leaders within-depth knowledge in in-demand specialties. The program allows master’s-level nurses who seek career enhancement and mobility to develop the necessary supplemental knowledge and skills in a specific area of expertise. With guidance from our experienced faculty, you’ll develop the essential skills to explore professional growth and pursue career advancement or enhancement as a highly specialized nurse practitioner.


Coursework builds upon your knowledge and understanding of industry best practices, giving you the confidence to engage in frontline medicine with greater competence, clarity, accuracy, and efficiency. In this capacity, you can make a larger impact in your community by performing more effectively as a Nurse Practitioner, while exploring career advancement that aligns with your professional goals and interests.