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2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Post-MSN Certificate

Location(s): Fully Online

The Post-Master of Science in Nursing (post-MSN) Certificates offer the opportunity to augment the MSN degree previously earned with an additional nursing specialty area. The coursework for these certificates is dependent on the coursework that was completed in your previous master’s degree.

Certificate Requirements: 19 Credit Hours

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes are consistent with the BSN to DNP program outcomes.

Admission Cycle

The admission application materials for the College of Graduate Studies (COGS) for NP certificate programs must be received by March 1st for admission consideration into the fall semester cohort. Phone interviews with individuals under consideration may be conducted prior to admission.

Admission Criteria

  1. Master’s degree in Nursing (APRN Program which includes Clinical Nurse Specialist, CRNA, Nurse Midwife, Nurse Practitioner) from a college accredited by the appropriate accrediting association.
  2. Minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale)
  3. Current Georgia RN license OR multistate license.
  4. Certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, CRNA, Nurse Midwife, Nurse Practitioner
  5. Submission/completion of the College of Graduate Studies application (on-line)
  6. Proof of American Heart Association or Red Cross BLS Certification.
  7. Proof of current malpractice liability insurance as a RN and NP student
  8. Must have the capability to fully utilize and interact within the on-line course delivery format of the institution.

Specific Admission Policy

The Nurse Practitioner certificate student will be admitted in Non-degree status and ineligible to enroll in other graduate courses unless admitted to that program. Only grades of “B” or better earned in the certificate are eligible for application to the nursing doctorate if the individual is later admitted to the Post MSN DNP degree program.

Progression Policy

A student admitted Non-Degree to the Post-MSN Nurse Practitioner Certificate option must have an overall 3.0 GPA, with the minimum of a “B” letter grade in each course in order to earn the certificate. Students will become academically ineligible to continue course work if a grade of “C”, “D”, “F”, or “WF” is earned in any of the nurse practitioner courses. Students must also meet any applicable College of Graduate Studies progression policies.

Nurse Practitioner Certificate Programs

An individualized Program of Study is developed by the Graduate Program Director of the School of Nursing after a Gap Analysis is performed. Students must submit their transcripts and their syllabi for each course to be considered as equal to the courses offered at Georgia Southern University for the completion of the certificate. To enroll in a Post MSN Certificate Program each applicant must show completion of the following courses in their MSN Program or must complete them prior to admission into the Certificate Program: Nursing Research, Advanced Health Assessment, Pathophysiology, and Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing.

Program of Study

Total Credit Hours: 19


Graduate students are advised by their program. Graduate students should reach out to their graduate program director for information regarding the structures in place to facilitate advisement. For more information visit the Graduate Academic Advisement  catalog page.

Graduate students can also contact the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies for more information about their program director.
Phone: 912-478-COGS (2647)
Email: gradschool@georgiasouthern.edu