Academics

Graduate Nursing Programs

Take your nursing degree to the next level with a Master of Science in Nursing or post-graduate nursing certificate.

Master of Science in Nursing        Post-graduate Nursing Certificates

MSN

Master of Science in Nursing 

A great way to continue your nursing education is with Bellin College’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. The program is fully accredited and prepares graduates with enhanced knowledge and practice expertise that builds and expands on baccalaureate nursing education to prepare nurses for leadership roles in advanced nursing practice. Our program emphasizes the importance of life-long learning and provides a foundation for doctoral study.

MSN PROGRAM TRACKS:

Family Nurse Practitioner

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track is a 47-credit program designed to prepare graduates to function as licensed independent practitioners in primary care. Students complete courses that focus on the provision of the full spectrum of health care services across a lifespan. Students learn to use advanced health assessment skills, screening and diagnostic strategies, and prescriptive practices to manage the health/illness status of patients and families. Practicum experiences that total 680 hours are completed in a variety of primary care healthcare settings. Graduates are eligible to take American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and/or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Boards (AANPCB) family nurse practitioner certification exams.

Full-Time Plan  Part-Time Plan

Nurse Educator (Delivered 100% Online)

The Nurse Educator track is a 39-credit program designed to prepare graduates for the nurse educator role across various academic and clinical settings. Students integrate core MSN coursework and education specialty courses that focus on evidence-based teaching and learning principles, curriculum development and evaluation, instructional design and technology, assessment of educational outcomes, and nurse educator role development. Students will integrate knowledge and skills into the educational and practice setting in a 255-hour practicum experience.

Program Highlights:

  • Program is delivered 100% online with full-time and part-time options
  • Strong instructional design and technology preparation
  • Preparation for successful integration to the NE role in academic and practice settings
  • Hands-on faculty with dedication to student interaction and engagement
  • Graduates are eligible to take the Certified Nurse Educator™ Exam upon completion

Full-Time Plan  Part-Time Plan

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track is available in full-time and part-time options and offers a combination of online, face-to-face, and hybrid classes that are delivered in a 15-week semester.

The Nurse Educator (NE) track is available in full-time and part-time options, and classes are 100% online, delivered in a 15-week semester.

Program Outcomes
At the conclusion of the program, the graduate is able to:

  • Demonstrate accountability for professional practice and behaviors that use critical and reflective thinking in education and health care settings.
  • Demonstrate leadership knowledge, skills, and attitudes in education and healthcare settings.
  • Synthesize, critique, evaluate, and use theory from nursing and related disciplines to guide advanced nursing roles.
  • Use information technology and evidence-based practice for implementation and evaluation of strategies for quality and safety.
  • Analyze ethical, legal, and societal factors that influence populations and health outcomes.
  • Collaborate and consult with intra- and inter-professional teams to improve outcomes.
  • Exhibit competency in advanced nursing practice role across diverse populations in a variety of settings.

 


Post-Graduate Nursing Certificates

Are you looking to expand or change your advanced practice nursing role? Our post-graduate certificates allow nurses who already hold a master’s degree, the opportunity to specialize in an area other than that obtained in their master’s program.   

POST-GRADUATE NURSING CERTIFICATE OPTIONS:

Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate Program

The Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate (FNP PGC) program is available to registered nurses who hold a Master of Science in Nursing or Doctor of Nursing Practice degree who desires to continue their education and expand their skillset to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. Students who complete the FNP Post-Graduate Certificate program will be prepared for a new professional path and the many roles and responsibilities of a primary care provider.

The FNP Post-Graduate Certificate is a variable credit-hour program, ranging from 15 to 32 credits, dependent on prior education and certification. A GAP analysis that considers prior education and experience will be conducted for each applicant in order to determine an individual course of study.

The program can be completed in approximately 24 to 36 months.

Upon successful completion of program requirements, a certificate is awarded and students are eligible to apply for American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Boards (AANPCB) Family Nurse Practitioner certification.

Gap Analysis

In accordance with the 2016 Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs report, applicants who hold a graduate degree in nursing can apply to the FNP Post-Graduate Certificate program where previous education and practice (as applicable) will be used to determine an individual course of study. The completion of required didactic courses and clinical hours can be flexible depending upon waived credits hours.

Each student who is admitted as a candidate for the FNP Post-Graduate Certificate program will complete a Gap Analysis. Plans of study will be individualized according to academic didactic and clinical needs. See Gap Analysis Form.

Post graduate FNP certificate GAP Analysis

Certified, Practicing APRNs:
Full-Time Plan  Part-Time Plan

Non-APRN or Non-practicing APRN:
Full-Time Plan  Part-Time Plan

Nurse Educator Post-Graduate Certificate Program (Delivered 100% Online)

In the 11-credit Nurse Educator Post-Graduate (NE PGC) Certificate program, students master the knowledge and skills required to competently serve in the nurse educator role. Coursework is 100% online and focuses on curriculum design, teaching, and evaluation, nurse educator role transition and culminates in a 255-hour practicum. Graduates are eligible to take the Certified Nurse Educator™ Exam upon completion. 

Program of Study


 

 

Accreditation

Bellin College’s nursing programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through 2018 and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools through 2024.

 

For more information about our graduate nursing programs, please contact Admissions at admissions@bellincollege.edu or (920) 433-6650.

 

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