Post-Graduate Certificate Program (PGCP)

Program Overview

Post-Graduate Certificate Programs (PGCP) options prepare graduate nurses holding a master's or doctoral degree in nursing in a selected Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) program role and population focus. The following programs are available:

  • Academic Nursing The Post-Graduate Certificate Program in Academic Nursing provides access to an unrivaled graduate education specialty concentration designed to foster competency development in the academic nursing role.
  • Advanced Headache Diagnosis & Management The Post-Graduate Certificate Program in Advanced Headache Diagnosis and Management brings clinically important and novel information to a diverse group of clinical learners.
  • Emergency Nurse Practitioner The Emergency Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate program provides the knowledge and skills needed for the fast-paced, highly technical emergency setting.
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program prepares graduates in the care of people with mental health and psychiatric concerns throughout the lifespan across the health-illness continuum.
  • Transformative Systems Leadership The Post-Graduate Certificate Program in Transformative Systems Leadership (TSL) is designed for nurses who aspire to advance their leadership skills, build their networks, and prepare for current and future-oriented strategic leadership roles in the ever-changing health care environment.
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Programs Post-Graduate Certificate Programs in Advanced Practice are available in all nurse practitioner specialty areas and are earned in 18 credit hours. The following programs are available:

Program Outcomes

  • Integrate relevant knowledge, principles and theories from nursing and related sciences into the advanced nursing care of individuals, families and populations. (Essential I)
  • Demonstrate acumen in organizational leadership through effective collaboration, consultation, and decision-making. (Essential II)
  • Integrate research translation and evidence appraisal  into advanced nursing practice to initiate change and improve quality outcomes.(Essential IV)
  • Evaluate information science approaches and patient-centric technologies to improve health outcomes and enhance quality of care. (Essentials III, V)
  • Analyze the impact policies, economic factors, and ethical and socio-cultural dimensions have on advanced nursing practice and health care outcomes. (Essential VI)
  • Integrate the concepts of interprofessional communication, collaboration and consultation to effectively manage and coordinate care across systems.  (Essential VII)
  • Incorporate culturally-appropriate concepts in the planning and delivery of evidence-based preventive and  clinical care to communities, and populations. (Essential VIII)
  • Demonstrate expertise in a defined area of advanced practice nursing  that influences health care outcomes for individuals, populations and systems. (Essential IX)