Nursing Post-Graduate Certificate

Degree Requirements

Clinical Concentrations

Clinical Concentrations
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
Team Building
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)
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
Total Hours15-36


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.

Non-Clinical Concentrations

Non-Clinical Concentrations
Select one of the following concentrations:25
Executive Nursing Administration
Managing Healthcare Personnel
Intro to Nursing Informatics
Administrative Concepts
Resource Manag Field Study
Nursing Admin Concepts-Theory
Nursing Administration Finance
Nursing Admin Field Study
Nursing Admin Internship
Nursing Admin Seminar
Nursing Informatics
Health Data Security & Comp
Health Data Mgt/Decision Supp
Intro to Nursing Informatics
Administrative Concepts
Resource Manag Field Study
Informatics & Qual Care Improv
Clinical Informatics Pract I
Seminar in Nursing Informatics
Clinical Informatics Pract II
Nursing Administration Finance
Total Hours25

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:

  1. Integrate advanced knowledge and theories from nursing and related disciplines into a specialized area of advanced nursing practice.
  2. Demonstrate competence in advanced nursing roles to meet current and emerging health needs of a specific population or system.
  3. Use scientific inquiry to identify problems within an organization or specific patient population to improve care outcomes.
  4. Apply advanced knowledge of leadership and management to transform care delivery systems in a specialized area of advanced nursing practice.
  5. Contribute to the focus and direction of the nursing profession within a specialized area of advanced nursing practice.
  6. Demonstrate professional skills through collecting, organizing, and communicating information in professional writing and presentations.

Admission Criteria

  1. Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States of America.
  2. 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.
  3. Graduate of an approved regionally accredited master's or doctoral program with a major in nursing.
  4. A minimal grade-point average of 2.75 on all graduate work (A=4.00).
  5. Submission of a résumé which documents clinical experience.
  6. 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.
  7. Students are admitted to a specialty track and may not change their track without permission.
  8. 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.
  9. 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:

  1. Acceptance Packet
  2. Negative Drug Screen
  3. Acceptable Background Check
  4. 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.

Application Procedures

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:

  1. Completion of the Primary Application: 

    1. Primary Application submitted through Nursing Centralized Application System (NursingCAS).

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. Submission of a résumé which documents clinical experience.

  2. Completion of the Supplemental Application:

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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. 

    4. This application requires a non-refundable processing fee of $100.00.

Application Deadlines

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Students in these programs can have a maximum of two “C”s.
  3. 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.
  4. A student earning a third "C" or lower will be academically dismissed from the program.
  5. A student earning two grades of "F" in the program will be academically dismissed.
  6. Failure to show good ethical and moral character including but not limited to any of the following may result in dismissal from the program:
    1. conviction of a crime,
    2. disciplinary action against a nursing license in Alabama or any other state,
    3. positive drug test,
    4. adverse background check, or
    5. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. A student who has been academically dismissed is not eligible for readmission to the College of Nursing Graduate programs.

Program Completion

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.