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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)