Graduate Certificate Programs in Nursing

The School of Nursing offers Post-Master’s Certificate programs in three areas: Health Professions Educator, Leadership, and Advanced Practice. In the Leadership and Advanced Practice categories, some prerequisite courses and other requirements are required beyond simply holding the MS degree in nursing.

Information about costs for Title IV-Federal Student Financial Aid eligible certificates, Nurse Midwifery and Psychiatric/Mental Health, are available at http://www.kumc.edu/allied/GEDT/Midwife-Gedt.html and http://www.kumc.edu/allied/GEDT/PMH-Gedt.html, respectfully.

Health Professions Educator

This interdisciplinary certificate (12 credit hours) affords graduate-prepared nurses and other health professionals broader opportunities and the necessary skill to find positions in education at the various levels and become leaders in their field. Paired with faculty mentors throughout the program, students complete applied teaching projects in each educator course, including a final student teaching capstone. Students may complete the health professions educator certificate within their master's program or as post-master's study. All courses are online.

NRSG 870Designing a Student Learning Environment3
NRSG 871Curriculum/Program Planning and Evaluation3
NRSG 873Teaching with Technologies3
NRSG 874Nurse Educator Preceptorship3
 

Leadership

Students choose one course from the Leadership core, as part of their course requirements for each program.

Prerequisite Leadership Core (11)
Select one of the following:
NRSG 808The Social Context for Health Care Policy2
NRSG 820Program, Project, and Communication Planning2
NRSG 826Global Perspective and Diversity in Healthcare2
NRSG 880Organizational Foundations for Leading Change3
NRSG 885Evaluation and Analysis for Healthcare Effectiveness2
 
 

Healthcare Informatics

This certificate (17 to 18 credit hours) prepares clinicians and health care managers with skills in analysis, design, implementation, and evaluation of information systems that support a full range of clinical and patient care functions. The graduate is prepared for entry- and mid-level positions in IT departments, advanced clinical departments, and as consultants and/or staff in organizations that specialize in computer operations and knowledge management. All NRSG courses are online.

Prerequisite: Leadership Core elective course (2 or 3 credit hours)2-3
NRSG 853Abstraction and Modeling of Healthcare Information3
NRSG 854Knowledge Management in Healthcare3
NRSG 856Health Informatics Practicum3
NRSG 857Transforming Health Care through Use of Information Systems and Technology3
NRSG 858Health Data: Theory and Practice3
 
 
 

Clinical Research Management

No Leadership Core prerequisite is required.

The Post-Master's Certificate (12 credit hours) in Clinical Research Management prepares graduates for entry- to mid-level clinical management positions, working as research leaders with potential for promotion to executive-level positions in a variety of research settings. This program is suited for novice or advanced beginner managers and advanced practice clinicians who have potential for clinical research leadership at the advanced level.

The University of Kansas School of Nursing's Clinical Research Management specialty within the Master of Science in nursing program is a certificate program that prepares clinical research professionals with competencies and skills related to Good Clinical Practice (GCP) standards and research related to conducting clinical trials, institutional review boards and regulations, and ethical issues. The Clinical Research Management Certificate program is available to post-master’s students.

NRSG 823Research Clinical Trial Management: Pre-Study Activities3
NRSG 824Research Clinical Trial Management: During Study Activities3
NRSG 825Research Clinical Trial Management: Post-Study Activities and Practicum Experience3
NRSG 833Managing Clinical Research Projects3
 

Advanced Practice

The Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwife, Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, and Adult/Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist certificate programs require that students have earned a master's degree in nursing from a nationally accredited school of nursing. More specifically, the AP certificates require that students have completed an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) educational program from a nationally accredited school of nursing. Applicants must also have completed the following AP prerequisite courses, either as part of their previous graduate degree or as post-graduate study through an accredited university:  advanced health assessment, advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, and health promotion. Additional eligibility requirements may include licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse.

Prerequisites include the following courses or their equivalents from another institution:

NRSG 801Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning3
NRSG 809Health Promotion and Complementary Therapeutics3
NRSG 812Advanced Pathophysiology3
NRSG 813Applied Drug Therapy3

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

This certificate (24 credit hours) program prepares advanced practice nurses to diagnose and treat common mental health conditions in general medical settings and to deliver more effective psychiatric care in mental health settings. Students are prepared to apply knowledge and skills in interpersonal, psychotherapeutic, and psychopharmacologic interventions for individuals, groups, and families with psychiatric disorders. All courses are online and offered in sequence every other year. Spring 2016 begins the next available course sequence.

NRSG 844Advanced Psychiatric Assessment3
NRSG 845Psychotherapeutics I: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner3
NRSG 846Psychotherapeutics I: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum2
NRSG 847Psycotherapeutic Interventions II: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner3
NRSG 848Psychotherapeutics II: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum4
NRSG 849Psychotherapeutics III: Practicum3
NRSG 850Mental Health Assessment of Infants, Children and Adolescents3
NRSG 851Psychopharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice3
 
 

Nurse Midwifery

This certificate (19 credit hours) prepares advanced practice nurses to focus on the care and management of well women's primary and reproductive health care needs throughout the life span. The program content is family-centered, respectful of individual and cultural variations, and promotes health through individual choice and participation. Courses are offered online and on the KU Medical Center campus.

NRSG 830Care of Women in the Antepartal Period2
NRSG 831Care of Women in The Antepartal Period Practicum2
NRSG 832Nurse Midwifery in the Postpartum and Newborn Period1
NRSG 835Primary Care of Women Across the Lifespan3
NRSG 836Nurse Midwifery in the Intrapartum Period3
NRSG 837Childbearing Family Practicum: Intrapartum, Postpartum, and Newborn2
NRSG 838Primary Care of Women Across the Lifespan Practicum2
NRSG 840Nurse-Midwifery Integration Practicum4
 

Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner

This certificate program (15 credit hours) prepares advanced practice nurses to transition to the role of adult/gerontological nurse practitioner in collaboration with other professionals to coordinate and improve health care. Students acquire knowledge, skills, and competencies to manage primary health care needs of adult clients. The courses include adult/gerontological theory courses, practice-focused clinical courses, and an intensive preceptorship experience. Courses are offered online and on the KU Medical Center campus.

NRSG 862Adult/Gerontological Health Care I3
NRSG 864Adult/Gerontological Health Care I: Practicum - NP2
NRSG 865Adult/Gerontological Health Care II3
NRSG 867Adult/Gerontological Health Care II: Practicum - NP4
NRSG 869Adult/Gerontological Health Care III: Preceptorship - NP3
 
 

Adult/Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist

This certificate program (15 credit hours) prepares advanced practice nurses to transition to the role of adult/gerontological clinical nurse specialist in collaboration with other professionals to coordinate and improve health care. Students acquire knowledge, skills, and competencies to manage health care needs of adult clients. The courses include adult/gerontological theory courses, practice-focused clinical courses, and an intensive preceptorship experience. Courses are offered online and on the KU Medical Center campus.

NRSG 862Adult/Gerontological Health Care I3
NRSG 863Adult/Gerontological Health Care I: Practicum - CNS2
NRSG 865Adult/Gerontological Health Care II3
NRSG 866Adult/Gerontological Health Care II: Practicum - CNS4
NRSG 868Adult/Gerontological Health Care III: Preceptorship - CNS3
 

Admission Criteria

The Advanced Practice Clinical Certificate Programs require that students have completed an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) educational program from a nationally accredited school of nursing. Applicants must also have completed the following advanced practice prerequisite courses, either as part of their previous graduate degree or as post-graduate study through an accredited university: advanced health assessment, advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, and health promotion.

  • Adult/Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist Certificate
  • Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Certificate
  • Nurse-Midwifery Certificate
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate

The Leadership Certificate Programs require applicants to have earned a master's in nursing or DNP degree, or a graduate degree in a health-related discipline.

  • Clinical Research Management
  • Healthcare Informatics Certificate
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The Health Professions Educator Certificate can be completed as additional hours within a student's graduate program or as post-master's study.

All post-MS certificate programs require a minimum 3.0 grade-point average in both undergraduate and graduate programs.

For KU programs to maintain accreditation status, all persons, employees, volunteers and students involved in patient care activities must have background checks.  This status is very important to healthcare organizations to demonstrate to patients and professionals that they meet the highest of standards for patient care. The background check will be done at the applicant's expense after provisional acceptance has been granted. The information from this report is held in confidence by the school.

Contact the School of Nursing at soninfo@kumc.edu for additional application information.