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  Nov 19, 2017
 
 
    
Semester Catalog 2017-2018

Post-Master’s Certificate for Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist


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Post-Master's Certificate Programs


The School of Nursing offers  post-master’s Certificate Programs for nurses who have a master’s degree in Nursing and who would like to take existing courses within the Master of Science degree in Nursing. The post-master’s certificates have different requirements for students admitted with a Master’s degree with a nurse practitioner specialty and who is certified as a Nurse Practitioner compared with those students who hold other nursing master’s degree. At the completion of the course work, individuals who are not currently Nurse Practitioners and complete one of the Nurse Practitioner certificates will qualify to apply to the California Board of Registered Nursing for state certification as nurse practitioners.  All who complete a Nurse Practitioner certificate program will be eligible to sit for a national certification examination in that Nurse Practitioner specialty.  Nurses who are currently Certified Nurse Practitioners and have been working in that role will only be required to take the specialty classes for a new specialty. They will also have to meet the required clinical hours mandated by the national organization that certifies their specialty.  Nurses who are not currently Nurse Practitioners and who wish to pursue one of the Nurse Practitioner options will be required to take the advance practice core prior to taking the specialty courses.

Admission Requirements for all Post-Master’s Certificate Programs:

  • Current California Registered Nurse License
  • Master’s degree in Nursing (MSN or MN)
  • Completion of a second application to the School of Nursing including 2 references and an essay
  • Completion of a basic recent (within five years) physical assessment course unless currently certified and practicing as a nurse practitioner
  • Satisfactory background check

Prior to entering the first clinical lab, students must have University liability insurance, a satisfactory background check, a current American Heart Association CPR card, a satisfactory annual physical examination, proof of immunity to specified infectious diseases, an initial 2 step Mantoux skin test and a chest X-ray if there is evidence of a positive TB skin test. Drug screening may be requested depending on agency requirements.

Specific Requirements for Post-Master's Nurse Practitioner Certificate Programs


(Required for all post-master’s nurse practitioner certificates)

Prerequisites


Nurse Practitioner Advanced Practice Core Courses (12 units)


Prerequisites to entry for Certified Nurse Practitioners, Required for nurses with other Master’s degrees.

Common Core Course (3 units)

Post-Master’s Certificate for Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist


The School of Nursing offers a post-master’s Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist certificate. This program is for nurses who have a master’s degree in nursing and who would like to take courses in the Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist option within the Master of Science Degree in Nursing.

Requirements for Award of the Certificate (47 units)


Students will qualify for the award of the post-master’s certificate after they have successfully completed the required certificate program course with a 3.0 or higher GPA. This program consists of common core course (3 units), advanced practice core courses clinical nurse specialist (24 units) and required option courses (20 units) for a total of 47 units. This will enable the graduate of this program to obtain state certification from the BRN as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS).

Common Core Course (3 units)


Required Option Courses (20 units)


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