Post-Graduate Programs

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Post-Graduate Programs

Application deadlines for fall 2023.

  • August 2022: NursingCAS and Supplemental Applications Open
  • Spring 2023: NursingCAS Application Deadline
  • Spring 2023:  Supplemental Application* Deadline

*A link to the UNC Supplemental Application will be sent to you by email within a few business days of submitting your completed NursingCAS application.


The Post-graduate Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Certificate Program is designed to provide the opportunity for MSN or DNP-prepared APRNs to pursue education and training in a new population area for career expansion or role change. Post-graduate certificate students must successfully complete all course requirements of the selected population area. Graduates of the program are eligible to take a national certification exam appropriate to their population area. Program completion and national certification qualify graduates to apply for approval to practice in North Carolina.

Certificate programs are offered in the following population areas:

Online and Part-time

On-campus and Part-time

Plans of Study

Adult-Gerontology Acute Nurse Practitioner – Now Online
YearCourseCredits
One
Summer Sessions I & IINURS 830: Acute Care Advanced Nursing Practice for the Adult-Gerontology Population I5
NURS 831: Pharmacology in the Acute Care Setting with the Adult-Gerontology Population1
FallNURS 832: Acute Care Advanced Nursing Practice for the Adult-Gerontology Population II6
SpringNURS 833: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum5
NURS 834: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Seminar1
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
YearCourseCredits
One
Fall Courses may
be required
NURS 715: Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice3
NURS 720: Pharmacotherapeutics in Advanced Nursing Practice3
NURS 750*: Advanced Health and Physical Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing — 60 lab hours4
NURS 752: Advanced Diagnostic Reasoning and Management1
SpringNURS 810*: Primary Care of Adolescents and Adults — 120 clinical hours6
SummerNURS 819*: Advanced Practicum in Primary Care Management of Adults — 120 clinical hours2
NURS 825*: Sexual and Reproductive Health2
Two
FallNURS 824*: Advanced Concepts in the Clinical Care of Older Adults — 120 clinical hours4
SpringNURS 812*: Care of Adults with Complex Health Problems — 240 clinical hours6

*Clinical hours must be taken in sequence.
Please note: Approval of course numbers and titles by the Graduate School is still pending.

Family Nurse Practitioner
YearCourseCredits
One
Fall Courses may
be required
NURS 715: Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice3
NURS 720: Pharmacotherapeutics in Advanced Nursing Practice3
NURS 752: Advanced Diagnostic Reasoning and Management1
SpringNURS 810*: Primary Care of Adolescents and Adults — 120 clinical hours6
SummerNURS 825*: Sexual and Reproductive Health — 120 clinical hours4
Two
FallNURS 827*: Primary Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents — 120 clinical hours4
SpringNURS 828*: Primary Care Across the Lifespan with Advanced Clinical Practicum — 240 clinical hours6

*Clinical hours must be taken in sequence.
Please note: Approval of course numbers and titles by the Graduate School is still pending.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care
YearCourseCredits
One
Fall Courses may
be required
NURS 715: Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice3
NURS 720: Pharmacotherapeutics in Advanced Nursing Practice3
NURS 750*: Advanced Health and Physical Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing — 60 lab hours4 (3 theory, 1 lab)
NURS 752: Advanced Diagnostic Reasoning and Management1
SpringNURS 840*: Primary Care of Children I — 120 clinical hours6
SummerNURS 849*: Advanced Clinical Practicum in the Primary Care of Children — 120 clinical hours2
Two
FallNURS 841*: Primary Care of Children II — 120 clinical hours4 (2 theory, 2 clinical)
SpringNURS 842*: Care of Children with Complex Health Conditions — 180 clinical hours6 (3 theory, 3 clinical)

*Clinical hours must be taken in sequence.
Please note: Approval of course numbers and titles by the Graduate School is still pending.

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
YearCourseCredits
One
Fall Courses may
be required
NURS 715: Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice3
NURS 720: Pharmacotherapeutics in Advanced Nursing Practice3
NURS 750*: Advanced Health and Physical Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing — 60 lab hours4
NURS 752: Advanced Diagnostic Reasoning and Management1
SpringNURS 723: Psychiatric Diagnosis and Psychopharmacology Across the Lifespan6
NURS 860*: Biopsychosocial Care 1: Psychiatric Mental Health Interventions Across the Lifespan — 120 clinical hours2
SummerNURS 865: Biopsychosocial Care 2: Psychiatric Mental Health Interventions with Children
Two
FallNURS 864*: Biopsychosocial Care 3: Psychiatric Mental Health Interventions in the Context of Relationships Across the Lifespan — 180 clinical hours4 (2 theory, 2 clinical)
SpringNURS 868*: Biopsychosocial Care 4: Management of Complex Psychiatric Mental Health Problems Across the Lifespan — 240 clinical hours6 (3 theory, 3 clinical)

Who May Apply?

Educational Background: An earned MSN or DNP from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program conferred prior to matriculation.

National Certification: All applicants must hold current certification as an APRN.

Work experience: Within the past 3 years, applicants must have obtained a minimum of one year full-time, paid clinical work experience as a Registered Nurse by the application deadline. AGACNP applicants must also have at least 6 months of acute care nursing experience (full-time) in the past 2 years.

GPA Requirement: Applicants are expected to have earned a 3.0 or better in MSN or DNP coursework.

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How Does the Program Work?

The Lead Faculty in a population area will review all prior graduate coursework completed by admitted applicants to develop an individualized plan of study. If admitted applicants have never practiced as an APRN, they will need to demonstrate successful completion of advanced pathophysiology (lifespan), advanced pharmacology (lifespan), and advanced health assessment courses in the past three years. If admitted applicants have not practiced as an APRN in greater than two years, they will be required at a minimum to retake advanced pharmacology.

Additional coursework or alternative coursework may be required based on the gap analysis. All plans of study are also reviewed and approved by the Associate Dean of the MSN/DNP Programs.

NOTE: The education requirements for NP programs and national NP certification eligibility requirements have changed over time. An applicant’s national certification status does not provide sole evidence of meeting NP core courses and required supervised hours.

How Long Does it Take to Complete the Program?

The School of Nursing admits students for the Primary Care certificate programs in fall semester each year; however, some students may not matriculate until spring depending on their individualized plan of study. The program can be completed in two academic years including one summer.

Students in the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program matriculate in the summer semester each year. The program is completed in twelve months.

How Much Does the Program Cost?

 Cost of Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program

When Should I Apply?

Admission to the Post-graduate Certificate Program is offered in the summer (AGACNP only) and fall (Primary Care certificate programs only) and requires submitting an application with NursingCAS and a supplemental application to UNC. Please see above for specific deadlines.