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Post-Graduate Certificates

The post-graduate certificate option is available for nurses with a master’s or doctorate of nursing practice degree in another nursing specialty. The amount of coursework required for the post-graduate APRN certificates (CNS and NP roles) and other roles is determined by a gap analysis of previously-completed course work in your master’s or doctorate of nursing practice degree, when the course work was completed, and Texas Board of Nursing requirements.

All didactic coursework is offered online. Clinical practicum and teaching practicum courses are supervised by nursing faculty and qualified preceptors. Generally, students complete their practicum and residency courses in their geographic area. If adequate resources are not available, concentrated practicum experiences are available in the Fort Worth area.

Post-Graduate Certificate Outcomes

Upon completion of the certificate program, the student will:

  1. Demonstrate competence in an advanced nursing role.
  2. Assume a leadership role in professional nursing to promote interdisciplinary care.

Admission requirements

Post-graduate APRN certificates are available in the following specialties:

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) (22 hours, 4 semesters, 1.5 years) Starts in the spring term. Upon completion, students will be eligible for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB).

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) (Adult-Gerontology and Pediatric Tracks) (18 hours, 3 semesters, 1 Year) Starts in the summer term. Upon completion, students will be eligible for national certification through the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) (Adult/Gerontology), the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Certification Corporation (Adult/Gerontology; Pediatric).

Additional post-graduate certificates are available in the following specialties:

Nursing Educator (12 hours) Starts in the summer term.
Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) (15 hours) Starts in the spring or summer terms.
Oncology (14 hours)