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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, 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 (AANP) as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

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.   

Admission Requirements

Full-Time Academic Plan – Certified, Practicing APRN

Part-Time Academic Plan – Not Certified, non-practicing APRN

Full Time Academic Plan – Not Certified, non practicing APRN

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate Program

Our Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate Program(PMHNP PGC) is founded on a holistic model of psychiatric-mental health care. Students learn to diagnose and treat simple and complex psychiatric and mental health problems across the lifespan, such as adjustment disorders to serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar illness, major depression, or anxiety disorders.

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate Program(PMHNP PGC) is 21 credits (GAP analysis required), and  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 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Students who complete the PMHNP Post-Graduate Certificate program will be prepared for a new professional path and the many roles and responsibilities. 

Upon successful completion of program requirements, a certificate is awarded and students are eligible for PMHNP certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

PMHNP PGC courses are offered online to accommodate working professionals. You do not need to come to campus to complete your certificate program.

Admission Requirements

Academic 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. 

admission requirements

Academic Plan

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Board of Nursing Professional Licensure/Certification Requirements
If you become a Bellin College student, you are responsible for checking program authorization and licensure requirements in your state of residence. Rules and regulations vary by state and are subject to change. If you move to a new state, you are responsible for ensuring our program is approved in your new state.

Board of Nursing Professional Licensure / Certification Requirements


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

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