The Postmasters Certificate Program allows nurses who have a Master’s degree in nursing from an NLN/CCNE accredited program to pursue further post graduate study in APRN (Advanced Practice Nursing) in adult gerontology primary care, psychiatric/mental health, forensic and non-clinical areas in education and nursing information systems.

Admission Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Nursing from an NLN/CCNE accredited program
  • GPA of 3.2
  • Current New Jersey RN license or eligibility for RN licensure in NJ

Post Master’s Certificate Programs

Individuals holding an MSN degree may earn a Post-Master’s Certificate in the following:

  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (24 Credits)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (24 Credits)
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (24 Credits)
  • Nursing Education (25 Credits)
  • Nursing Information Systems (24 Credits) [Best Nursing Informatics Programs In 2020]

Upon completion of the Adult Gerontology Primary Care NP, Family NP and Psychiatric/Mental Health NP programs, the graduate is eligible for the Advanced Practice Nurse Certification Examination.

Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (24 credits)

The ANPG post master’s certificate program includes didactic and clinical experiences that focus on the primary care needs of families and communities. Designed for MSN prepared nurses, who are interested in becoming Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners, graduates are eligible for national certification.

Required Courses:

(Note: NURS6615 must have been taken within five years of entry into the Program; NURS7702, NURS6620, NURS6621 must have been completed within ten years of entry into the Program)

NURS6615  Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)
NURS7702  Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits) 
NURS6620  Advanced Health Assessment (2 credits) 
NURS6621  Advanced Health Assessment Practicum (2 credits) 
NURS6682  Advanced Nursing: Primary Care I Lecture (3 credits)
NURS6683  Advanced Nursing: Primary Care I Practicum (1 credit)
NURS7735  Advanced Nursing: Primary Care II: Lecture (3 credits)
NURS7736  Advanced Nursing: Primary Care II: Practicum (1 credit)
NURS7759  Advanced Nursing: Primary Care III: Lecture (3 credits)
NURS7760  Advanced Nursing: Primary Care III: Practicum 1 credit
NURS7813  ANP practicum 2-10 credits

Total credits required is determined on an individual basis after gap analysis of prior education and certification.

Post Master’s Certificate Program (PMCP)

NURS6615 Advanced Pharmacology (must have been taken within five years of entry into the Program)
NURS7702 Advanced Pathophysiology and NURS6620/6621 (must have been completed within ten years of entry into the Program.)

Total clinical hours: 555 hours completed in the program

Family Nurse Practitioner (24 Credits)

The FNP post master’s certificate program includes didactic and clinical experiences that focus on the primary care needs of families and communities. Designed for MSN prepared nurses, who are interested in becoming Nurse Practitioners, graduates are eligible for national certification.

Required Courses:

(Note: NURS6615 must have been taken within five years of entry into the Program; NURS7702, NURS6620, NURS6621 must have been completed within ten years of entry into the Program)

NURS6615  Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)
NURS7702  Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)
NURS6620  Advanced Health Assessment (2 credits)
NURS6621  Advanced Health Assessment Practicum (2 credits)
NURS6682  Advanced Nursing: Adult Primary Care I Lecture (3 credits)
NURS6683  Advanced Nursing: Adult Primary Care I Practicum (1 credit)
NURS7735  Advanced Nursing: Adult Primary Care II Lecture (3 credits)
NURS7736  Advanced Nursing: Adult Primary Care II Practicum (1 credit)
NURS7794  Advanced Nursing: Family Primary Care I Lecture (3 credits)
NURS7795  Advanced Nursing: Family Primary Care I Practicum (1 credit)
NURS7810  Advanced Nursing: Family Primary Care II: Lecture (3 credits)
NURS7811  Advanced Nursing: Family Primary Care II: Practicum (1 credit)
NURS7812  Family Systems (3 credits)
NURS7813  APN practicum (2-10 credits)

Total credits required is determined on an individual basis after gap analysis of prior education and certification. If student is not a Nurse Practitioner, then they must complete Primary Care I and II as well as Family Primary Care I and II.

NURS 6615 Advanced Pharmacology (must have been taken within five years of entry into the Program.)
NURS 7702 Advanced Pathophysiology and NURS 6620/6621 (must have been completed within ten years of entry into the Program.)

Total clinical hours: 650 hours to be completed in the program; 250 for each Family Primary Care Course for Graduates of our Nurse Practitioner program

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (24 Credits)

As a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, graduates of the program will be qualified to diagnose and treat clients with a wide variety of mental illnesses. Students are eligible to take the family psychiatric/mental health practitioner examination (ANCC) to become certified in the field.

(Note: NURS6615 must have been taken within five years of entry into the Program; NURS7702, NURS6620, NURS6621 must have been completed within ten years of entry into the Program)

  • NURS6615  Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • NURS7702  Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)
  • NURS6620  Advanced Health Assessment (2 credits)
  • NURS6621  Advanced Health Assessment Practicum (2 credits)
  • NURS6701  Psychopharmacology (3 credits)
  • NURS7812  Family Systems (3 credits)
  • NURS7815  Advanced Practice Role Development (3 credits)
  • NURS6501  Advanced Psych I /Family & Children (3 credits)
  • NURS6502  Advanced Psych I /Fam & Child: Practicum (2 credits)
  • NURS6503  Advanced Psych II /Adults (3 credits)
  • NURS6504  Advanced Psych II/Adults Practicum (2 credits)
  • NURS6505  Advanced Psych III/Geriatrics (3 credits)
  • NURS6506  Advanced Psych III/Geriatrics Practicum (2 credits)
  • NURS7813  APN Practicum (2 – 10 credits)

Total clinical hours: 555 hours completed in the program

Nursing Education (25 Credits)

Individuals holding an MSN degree may earn a Post Master’s Certificate in the Nurse Educator Program. The Nurse Educator Post Master’s Certificate Program provides formal education for teaching, skills and strategies. It addresses the core competencies of the Nurse Educator, identified by the AACN (American Association of Colleges of Nursing)

Required Courses:

(Note: NURS6615 must have been taken within five years of entry into the Program; NURS7702, NURS6620, NURS6621 must have been completed within ten years of entry into the Program)

NURS6615 Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)
NURS6620 Advanced Health Assessment (2 credits)
NURS6621 Advanced Health Assessment Practicum (2 credits)
NURS7702 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)
NURS7705 Educational Learning Theories (3 credits)
NURS7706 Teaching Strategies (3 credits)
NURS7713 Curriculum Development (3 credits)
NURS7714 Outcome Assessment (3 credits)
NURS7722/7771 Advanced Nursing Care Practicum and Seminar in Nursing Ed combined (3 credits)

Total credits required is determined on an individual basis after gap analysis of prior education and certification.

Post Master’s Certificate Program (PMCP)

NURS6615 Advanced Pharmacology (must have been taken within five years of entry into the Program.)
NURS7702 Advanced Pathophysiology and NURS6620/6621 (must have been completed within ten years of entry into the Program.)

Total Teaching Practicum: 120 hours to be completed in the program.

Nursing Information Systems (24 Credits) 

Individuals holding an MSN degree may earn a Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Information Systems. The Nursing Information Systems Specialist is able to combine their knowledge of computer, information and nursing sciences, to assist in the management and processing of nursing data, to support practice and improve patient outcomes.

Required Courses:

NURS6640  Nursing Information Systems & Applications (3 credits)
NURS7740  Nursing Informatics Roles and Theory (3 credits)
NURS7741  Project Management (3 credits)
NURS7745  Practicum in Nursing Informatics I (3 credits)
NURS7746  Practicum in Nursing Informatics II (3 credits)
CSCI5505   Introduction to Computer Programming 3 credit
CSCI5525   Intro to Computer Science (3 credits)
CSCI6720   Management Information Systems (3 credits)

Total credits required is determined on an individual basis after gap analysis of prior education and certification.

Total clinical hours: 200 hours to be completed in the program.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Admission Requirements

  • For the organizational leadership (indirect) track, a Master’s degree in nursing from a CCNE or NLN accredited program and current licensure as an RN.
  • For the clinical leadership (direct) track, a Master’s degree in nursing with Advanced Practice specialty from a CCNE/NLN accredited program, current licensure as an RN and Advanced Practice Nurse and relevant experience in Advanced Practice.
  • GPA of 3.50.
  • Interview and completion of a writing sample.
  • Three letters of recommendations attesting to the applicant’s ability and potential for doctoral study

Bridge to the DNP

The Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health offers a bridge program to the DNP for nurses who have a Master’s degree in field other than nursing who would like to pursue the DNP degree.

Admission Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a CCNE/NLN accredited program; current licensure as a registered nurse; Master’s degree in a field other than nursing.

The bridge program consists of 3 courses (9 credits)

  • NURS 6600: Intro to Advanced Nursing, Philosophies, Theories, Roles and Issues—3 credits
  • NURS 7701:  Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Practice—3 credits
  • NURS 7771:  Contemporary Issues in Nursing—3 credits

Upon successful completion of the above courses the student is automatically admitted to the indirect track of the DNP Program

CCNE Accredited“The (baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master’s degree program in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program and/or post-graduate APRN certificate program) at Fairleigh Dickinson University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).”

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