|Select one of the following concentrations:||15-36|
Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
|Intro to Adult-Geron Acute NP|
|HPDP Adult-Geron Acute Care NP|
|Adult-Geron Acute NP I|
|Adult-Geron Acute NP Prac I|
|Adult-Geron Acute NP II|
|Adult-Geron Acute NP Prac II|
|Adult Geron Acute NP Prac III|
|Adult Geron Acute NP III|
Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
|HP/DP Adlt-Geron Prim Care NP|
|Intro to Adult-Geron Prim NP|
|Adult-Geron Prim NP I|
|Adlt-Geron Primary NP Pract I|
|Adult-Gero Prim NP II|
|Adult-Geron Prim NP Prac II|
|Adult-Gero Primary Care NP III|
|Adult-Geron Prim NP Prac III|
|Intro to Introprofessional Ed|
|Assmnt Vulnerable Populations|
Adult-Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist
|Clinical Concepts/CNS Role I|
|Clinical Concepts/CNS Role lI|
|Clinical Concepts/CNS Role III|
|CNS Adult Geron Pract I|
|CNS Adult Geron Pract ll|
|CNS Adult Geron Pract III|
|Diagnostic Reasoning and Advanced Patient Management for the Clinical Nurse Specialist (Elective)|
Clinical Nurse Leader
|Clin Ldr Role & Competencies|
|Clin Nurse Ldr Pract I|
|Clin Nurse Leader Synthesis|
|Clinical Nrse Ldr Prac II|
Dual Role (Family NP/Adult-Gerontological Acute Care)
|HPDP Dual Role (FNP/AGACNP)|
|Family Prim Care NP I|
|Family Prim Care NP Prac I|
|Family Prim Care NP II|
|Family Prim Care NP Pract II|
|Adult-Geron Acute Care NP I|
|Adult-Ger Acute Care NP Prac I|
|Adult-Geron Acute Care NP II|
|Adlt-Ger Acute Care NP Prac II|
Dual Role (Family NP/Emergency NP)
|Hlth Promo & Ds Prev/FNP/ENP|
|Family/Emergency NP I|
|Family/Emerg NP Practicum I|
|Family/Emergency NP II|
|Family/ Emerg NP Practicum II|
|Family/Emergency NP III|
|Family/Emerg NP Practicum III|
|Family/Emergency NP IV|
|Family/Emerg NP Practicum IV|
Emergency Nurse Practitioner see footnote table below 1
|Emergency NP I|
|Emergency NP Practicum I|
|Emergency NP II|
|Emergency NP Practicum II|
|Emergency NP III|
|Emergency NP Practicum III|
|Emergency NP IV|
|Emergency NP Practicum IV|
Family Nurse Practitioner
|Intro to Family NP|
|HPDP in Family NP|
|Family NP I|
|Family NP Pract I|
|Family NP II|
|Family NP Prac II|
|Family NP Pract III|
|Family NP III|
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
|Intro to Neonatal NP|
|HPDP NNP/Peds Acute NP|
|Neonatal NP I|
|Neonatal NP Pract I|
|Neonatal NP II|
|Neonatal NP Prac II|
|Neonatal NP Pract III|
|Neonatal NP III|
Pediatric Acute Nurse Practitioner
|Intro Pediatric Acute Care NP|
|Pediatric Acute Care NP I|
|Ped Acute Care NP Prac I|
|Pediatric Acute Care NP II|
|Ped Acute Care NP Prac II|
|Ped Acute Care NP Pract III|
|Pediatric Acute Care NP III|
|HPDP NNP/Peds Acute NP|
Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
|Intro to Ped Primary Care NP|
|HPDP Pediatric Primary Care NP|
|Pediatric Prim Care NP I|
|Ped Prim Care NP Prac I|
|Pediatric Primary Care NP II|
|Ped Prim Care NP Prac II|
|Ped Prim Care NP Pract III|
|Pediatric Primary Care NP III|
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
|Introduction to PMHNP|
|HPDP & Issues for the PMHNP|
|PMHNP Practicum I|
|PMHNP Practicum II|
|PMHNP Practicum III|
Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
|Intro to Women's Health NP|
|HPDP Women's Health NP|
|Women's Health NP I|
|Women's Health NP Pract I|
|Women's Health NP II|
|Women's Health NP Pract II|
|Women's Health NP Prac III|
|Women's Health NP III|
May be added to Family NP, Dual Role (Family NP/Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP), or taken as a Post Graduate Certificate if already Family NP certified.
|Select one of the following concentrations:||25|
Executive Nursing Administration
|Managing Healthcare Personnel|
|Intro to Nursing Informatics|
|Resource Manag Field Study|
|Nursing Admin Concepts-Theory|
|Nursing Administration Finance|
|Nursing Admin Field Study|
|Nursing Admin Internship|
|Nursing Admin Seminar|
|Health Data Security & Comp|
|Health Data Mgt/Decision Supp|
|Intro to Nursing Informatics|
|Resource Manag Field Study|
|Informatics & Qual Care Improv|
|Clinical Informatics Pract I|
|Seminar in Nursing Informatics|
|Clinical Informatics Pract II|
|Nursing Administration Finance|
Nursing Post-Graduate Certificate Program
The Nursing Post-Graduate Certificate Program is designed for registered nurses with a graduate degree in nursing who seek academic preparation in a new specialty or subspecialty area of advanced practice nursing. Nursing Post-graduate certificate students can select any of the specialty options offered by the program. Each certificate program is designed to be in compliance with national certification requirements including required support courses, didactic specialty courses, and clinical hours.
Nursing Post-Graduate Certificate Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Nursing Post-Graduate Certificate Program, graduates should be able to:
- Integrate advanced knowledge and theories from nursing and related disciplines into a specialized area of advanced nursing practice.
- Demonstrate competence in advanced nursing roles to meet current and emerging health needs of a specific population or system.
- Use scientific inquiry to identify problems within an organization or specific patient population to improve care outcomes.
- Apply advanced knowledge of leadership and management to transform care delivery systems in a specialized area of advanced nursing practice.
- Contribute to the focus and direction of the nursing profession within a specialized area of advanced nursing practice.
- Demonstrate professional skills through collecting, organizing, and communicating information in professional writing and presentations.
- Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States of America.
- Current registered nurse licensure with no restrictions. Nurses with any restrictions on their license, including participation in a voluntary disciplinary alternative program, cannot be admitted.
- Graduate of an approved regionally accredited master's or doctoral program with a major in nursing.
- A minimal grade-point average of 2.75 on all graduate work (A=4.00).
- Submission of a résumé which documents clinical experience.
- Prior to enrolling in nurse practitioner clinical course, students are required to have at least 2 years of experience in an area appropriate to the specialty track.
- Students are admitted to a specialty track and may not change their track without permission.
- Students must be in good standing with all academic institutions/nursing programs that they have attended in order to be admitted to the Post-Graduate Certificate program.
- Enrollment in selective courses may not be available to non- degree students due to class size or required prerequisite.
Contingency for Admission and Initial Registration
Admission and initial registration is contingent on completion of the following requirements:
- Acceptance Packet
- Negative Drug Screen
- Acceptable Background Check
- All Health Requirements as outlined in the Medical Documents Manager.
Notification of missing documents will be sent to your JagMail email account. Only students who have successfully completed the Acceptance Packet in its entirety, have a negative drug screen and acceptable background check, and completed all required portions of the Medical Documents Manager will be permitted to register for classes.
Admission to the program is limited and selective. Application forms and other information may be obtained from the College of Nursing's website or by contacting the college directly at:
College of Nursing
University of South Alabama
Mobile, Alabama 36688
Telephone: (251) 445-9400
To be considered for admission to the Post Graduate Certificate program, the applicant must submite the following requirements:
Completion of the Primary Application:
Primary Application submitted through Nursing Centralized Application System (NursingCAS).
Official transcripts of all college and university studies, regardless of the outcome of enrollment, must be sent directly from the home institution to the NursingCAS. These documents become the property of the NursingCAS and will not be returned to the applicant. Applicants are responsible for any fees required by NursingCAS for their services.
Personal Goal Statement is required. The Personal Goal Statement is a description of the applicant's purpose for completing the graduate degree. This essay serves as a writing sample to be reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee to determine the applicant’s scholarly writing skills.
Submission of a résumé which documents clinical experience.
Completion of the Supplemental Application:
The Supplemental Application is submitted electronically directly to the MSN Office at the USA College of Nursing. Under Academic Information please select the appropriate semester for admission. Select "graduate" under both student type and academic level of interest. A new option will appear asking if you are applying for a graduate nursing program, select "yes" and this will take you into the nursing application.
Please note that the Supplemental Application should be completed AFTER you have completed your NursingCAS application and it has moved through the following stages: received, complete then VERIFIED. Once it is verified you may complete the Supplemental Application.
Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their completed Supplemental Application is submitted by the deadline for the semester for which they are applying. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
This application requires a non-refundable processing fee of $100.00.
Applications are accepted year round, and must adhere to the following application deadlines:
- Fall Semester Deadline is March 1
- Spring Semester Deadline is July 15
- Summer Semester Deadline is December 1
Academic Progression Requirements for the Nursing Post-Graduate Certificate
Students in the Nursing Post-Graduate Certificate program must meet the following requirements to progress in the program:
- Maintain an overall GPA of 3.0. Any term in which a graduate student drops below a 3.0 Program GPA, the student is placed on probationary status and has a period of two terms to attain a 3.0 Program GPA or be dismissed.
- Students in these programs can have a maximum of two “C”s.
- A maximum of two (2) courses with a grade of "C" can be counted towards a degree; however, only one (1) "C" is permitted in support or specialization courses. If a second "C" or lower is earned in a support or specialization course, the course in which the second "C" or lower is obtained must be repeated before a student may move forward with a specialty course. All corresponding specialty clinical and didactic courses must be taken in sequence.
- A student earning a third "C" or lower will be academically dismissed from the program.
- A student earning two grades of "F" in the program will be academically dismissed.
- Failure to show good ethical and moral character including but not limited to any of the following may result in dismissal from the program:
- conviction of a crime,
- disciplinary action against a nursing license in Alabama or any other state,
- positive drug test,
- adverse background check, or
- disruptive behavior, including online behavior.
All student must notify the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or the Dean of the College of Nursing immediately or no later than 48 hours of any of the above stated incidents.
- All students must notify the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or the Dean of the College of Nursing immediately or no later than 48 hours following an arrest. Failure to report an arrest may result in removal from the program.
- All students are subject to testing for controlled substances and must submit to random drug testing as requested. A positive test or refusal to submit to testing will result in removal from the program.
- All students are subject to a background check and must submit to additional background checks as requested. An adverse finding or refusal to submit to a background check may result in removal from the program.
- A student who has been academically dismissed is not eligible for readmission to the College of Nursing Graduate programs.
Students in the Nursing Post Graduate Certificate Pathway are required to complete all specialty courses and any support courses not previously completed. Nursing Post-Graduate certificate students are not required to complete graduate core or research courses (see the previous section on MSN Curriculum for the BSN-prepared RN for a listing of courses for each specialty area). The Nursing Post-Graduate Certificates Program must be completed within 2 years from the semester the specialty option coursework begins.