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1 School of Nursing Post MSN and Post BSN Certificate Programs Admission and Progression Criteria Admission criteria are as follows: Ohio licensure or eligibility for Ohio licensure (out of state applicants). Hold an MSN degree from a professionally accredited nursing program (clinical masters preferred). o For applicants holding a non-clinical MSN, additional prerequisite coursework may be required. o For applicants holding a clinical MSN in a specialty different from the track of application, additional coursework may be required. Recent completion of the following prerequisite courses: graduate pathophysiology; advanced assessment; advanced pharmacology; pediatric nutrition (Child & Adolescent track only) and; health promotion (Family Psychiatric Mental Health track only). Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all graduate work. Minimum of two to three years of recent clinical experience. Complete an application to The University of Akron Graduate School. Submit an essay describing professional goals. Submit a resume outlining prior educational and work related experiences. Additional track-specific criteria requirements Progression in the program: Any student who does not maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher will be placed on probation. Any student who receives two course grades of C or lower may be dismissed from the program. Any student who is unsatisfactory in the clinical portion of a course will fail the course. Annual completion of health requirements and state and federal background checks. For additional information please contact the Graduate Program Office at or *One credit hour of practicum requires 75 clinical practice hours per semester. Each applicant will be evaluated using a GAP analysis to identify additional coursework that may be required.

2 POST MSN CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Post-MSN The Post-MSN certificate program is designed to prepare Adult/Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialists to complete additional course work required to sit for Nurse Practitioner certification. The Post-MSN Adult/Gero NP Certification Program prepares graduates to assume advanced practice positions as providers of primary health care to adults and older adults. Adult/Gero NP Post Masters Prerequisite Courses: 8200:610 Advanced Adult/Gerontological Assessment :612 Advanced Clinical Pharmacology 3 Adult/Gero NP Post Masters Curriculum 8200:620 Adult/Gero Health Nursing NP I :627 Adult/Gero Health Nursing NP I Practicum 2* 8200:628 Adult/Gero Health Nursing NP II Practicum 2* 8200:622 Adult/Gero Health Nursing NP III :629 Adult/Gero Health Nursing NP III Practicum 2* 8200:631 Adult/Gero Health Nursing NP IV Practicum 2* 8200:690 Clinical Management I :692 Clinical Management II :694 Clinical Management III 3 Total 22 Psychiatric Family Nurse Practitioner Post MSN This post- masters certificate program is designed for the primary and acute care Nurse Practitioner as well as Clinical Nurse Specialist who is looking to enhance their knowledge and skill set to effectively care for individuals with complex psychiatric and mental health needs. The program is designed to prepare participants to sit for the ANCC certification examination for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.This certificate offers the opportunity to augment your master s degree with additional nursing specialty area knowledge and skills. The coursework needed is dependent upon the coursework that was completed in your previous master s degree. A gap analysis will be completed with you to identify the specific courses that will be needed to complete this certificate. This is a hybrid curriculum with most classes meeting one evening a week with web-enhancement. Psychiatric Family NP Post Masters Prerequisite: Masters Degree in Nursing Psychiatric Family NP Post Masters Curriculum 8200:650 Adv. Pediatric/Adolescent Assessment :663 Psychiatric Mental Health Internship (required) 1-4* 8200:589 ST: Adv. Concepts for Psychiatric Mental Hlth. NP :605 Child/Family Interventions 3 Total 13 Elective Courses 5600:662 Play Therapy 5600:732 Addictions Counseling 5600:648 Individual & Family Development 5600:660 Counseling of Children

3 Child and Adolescent Health Nurse Practitioner Primary Care Post-MSN The Post-MSN Child and Adolescent Health Nurse Practitioner certificate program is designed for those nurses who hold the Master of Science in Nursing degree and are seeking preparation for the role of the pediatric nurse practitioner. Upon completion of the 17 credit hour program, the students are eligible to sit for the pediatric nurse practitioner certification examination. CAH Post Masters Prerequisite Courses: 7760:585 Nutrition for Pediatric Nurse Practitioner :650 Advanced Pediatric/Adolescent Assessment 3 CAH Post Masters Curriculum 8200:651 Child and Adolescent Health Nursing I :652 Child and Adolescent Health Nursing I Practicum 2* 8200:653 Child and Adolescent Health Nursing II Practicum 2* 8200:655 Child and Adolescent Health Nursing II :656 Pharmacology for Child and Adolescent Health Nursing :658 Child and Adolescent NP Internship (required 4 credits) 1-4* Total 17 Child and Adolescent Health Nurse Practitioner-Acute Care Post-MSN The Post-MSN Child and Adolescent Health Nursing-Acute Care Certificate program is designed for pediatric primary care nurse practitioners who hold the Master of Science in Nursing degree and are seeking preparation as pediatric acute care nurse practitioners. Post MSN students will be assessed on an individual basis and may be required to complete additional courses from the Child and Adolescent Health Nursing track in order to achieve the competencies required to sit for certification as a pediatric acute care nurse practitioner. Note: Due to the limited availability of acute care clinical sites, completed applications for a post-master s certificate in the Acute Care PNP program are due by March 15 th annually to be considered for the class starting the fall of the same year. Child/Adol Acute Care Post Masters Prerequisite Courses: 7760:585 Nutrition for Pediatric Nurse Practitioner :650 Advanced Pediatric/Adolescent Assessment :656 Pharmacology for Child and Adolescent Health Nursing 3 Child/Adol Acute Care Post Masters Courses: 8200:685 Child/Adol Acute Care III :686 Child/Adol Acute Care III Pract. 2* 8200:687 Child/Adol Acute Care IV :688 Child/Adol Acute Care IV Pract. 2* Total 10

4 Adult/Gerontological Health Nursing Clinical Nurse Specialist Post MSN The Post-MSN certificate program of credit hours is designed for those nurses with a Masters degree in Nursing who want to complete the additional course work required to site for national certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in medical Surgical Nursing or Gerontological Nursing. The Post-MSN Adult/Gero Health Nursing CNS certification program prepares nurses to assume advanced practice positions in a variety of complex health systems environments providing leadership in interdisciplinary care. Post MSN students who do not have a clinical masters will be assessed on an individual basis and may be required to take additional clinical course work to achieve competencies required to be eligible to sit for certification Adult/Gero CNS Post Masters Prerequisite Courses: 8200:610 Advanced Adult/Gerontological Assessment :612 Advanced Clinical Pharmacology 3 Adult/Gero CNS Post Masters Curriculum: 8200:677 Adult/Gero Health Nursing CNS III :678 Adult/Gero Health Nursing CNS III Practicum 2* 8200:673 Adult/Gero Health Nursing CNS IV :679 Adult/Gero health Nursing CNS IV Practicum 3* 8200:636 Adult/Gero Health Nursing CNS Residency 2-4* Total Post MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program for Adult and/or Gerontological NPs The Post-MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program is designed for those nurses who hold the Master s degree in Adult and/or Gerontological Nursing, are certified as Adult or gerontological Nurse Practitioners, and are seeking preparation to practice as a family nurse practitioner. Upon completion of the credit hour program, students are eligible to sit for the family nurse practitioner certification examination. Family NP for Adult/Gero NPs Curriculum 8200:651 Child/Adol Health Nursing I :655 Child/Adol Health Nursing II :658 Child/Adol NP Residency 1-4* 5600:648 Individual & Family Development Across the Life Span :625 Primary Care of the Obsterical Patient/FNP :616 Adv. Pediatric/Adol. Assessment/FNP :617 Adv. Pharmacology Child/Adol. Health Nursing FNP 2 Total 15-18

5 Post MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program for Certified PNPs The Post-MSN Family Nurse Practitioner certificate program is designed for those nurses who hold the Master s degree in Child and Adolescent Health or Pediatric Nursing, are certified as Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and are seeking preparation to practice as a family nurse practitioner. Upon completion of the credit hour program, students are eligible to sit for the family nurse practitioner certification examination. Family NP for PNPs Prerequisite Courses 5600:648 Individual and Family Development Across the Life-Span :602 Advanced Adult/Gero Assessment :612 Advanced Clinical Pharmacology 3 Family NP for PNPs Curriculum 8200:620 Advanced Adult/Gero NP I :622 Advanced Adult/Gero NP III :625 Primary Care of the OB Patient/FNP :690 Clinical Management I :692 Clinical Management II :694 Clinical Management III :626 Adult/Gero NP Residency 3-4* Total Post MSN Nurse Anesthesia Certificate The Post-Master s Nurse Anesthesia certificate program trains the Master s prepared Registered Nurses to become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and requires 27 months of concentrated theory and clinical practice. The program is built upon a core of biophysical sciences, pharmacology, principles of anesthesia, and professional role issues. Graduates of the program are prepared to deliver all types of perioperative anesthesia care to patients of all ages in a wide variety of health care settings. The program consists of 46 credits of graduate-level course work and approximately hours of direct anesthetic management. Students are eligible to sit for the national nurse anesthesia certification examination upon completion of the program. 561 Adv. Physiological Concepts in Health Care I Adv. Physiological Concepts in Health Care II Adv. Pathophysiology for Nurse Anesthetist Nurse Anesthesia Residency I Scientific Components of Nurse Anesthesia Adv. Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthesia I Intro. to Nurse Anesthesia Adv. Health Assessment and Principles of Nurse Anesthesia I Adv. Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthesia II Adv. Health Assessment and Principles of Nurse Anesthesia II Nurse Anesthesia Residency II Professional Role Seminar Nurse Anesthesia Residency III Nurse Anesthesia Residency IV 4 Total 46

6 CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS The Nursing Education and Nursing Management and Business Non-degree Certificate programs may be taken by current MSN and PhD students, and may also be taken as Post BSN. Nursing Education Certificate Program The nursing education curriculum is designed to prepare student to implement the academic role and responsibilities of the nurse educator in a variety of educational settings. The student develops competence in program and curriculum development, teaching strategies, and methods of evaluating learning in a variety of settings, including program evaluation. The capstone of nursing education is a practicum which allows the student opportunity to synthesize previous learning and to function in the full academic role. 8200:703 Classroom Teaching :704 Clinical Teaching & Evaluation :711 Nursing Curriculum & Development 2 Total 10 Nursing Management and Business Certificate Program The Nursing Management and Business certificate program curriculum is designed to prepare post-baccalaureate nurses and post-master s advanced practice nurses (i.e., clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, and certified nurse midwives) and/or current MSN and PhD student with the knowledge and skills needed to function effectively as patient care managers and leaders in a variety of organizational settings. Building on core and advanced practice courses, the student develops an understanding of leadership and organizational behavior theories plus competence in fiscal management, business strategies, human resource management, project/program planning and evaluation. Business plan development provides a framework for synthesizing the learning and experiences contained in all four certificate courses. 8200:630 Resource Management in Nursing Settings :632 Fiscal Management in Nursing Administration :634 Nursing Leadership in Organizations II :635 Organization Behavior in Nursing Settings 3 Total 12 See The University of Akron Graduate School Bulletin for course descriptions. Revised 5.15

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