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Post-Graduate APRN Certificate Programs

The Post-Graduate APRN Certificate Program is for nurse practitioners who are seeking to earn a nurse practitioner certification in another NP population. These programs can be pursued by nurse practitioners who have completed either a MSN or DNP.

Program Outcomes

Students in Fagin Hall

The graduates of the Post Graduate APRN Certificate program meet specific outcomes related to each role and patient population of interest as indicated below. These student learning outcomes align with the Essentials presented for Master’s and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs required by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Recognizing that not all the Essentials are covered in the courses taken at Penn Nursing, program directors perform a gap analysis to ensure that these core essentials are addressed and met at the completion of the MSN degree. The expected outcome upon completion of this certificate program is that the APRN will integrate theoretical and clinical expertise to demonstrate mastery of specific population-focused student learning outcomes. To achieve this expected outcome, a graduate will
  1. Formulate plans of care for population-specific diagnoses.
  2. Deliver educational and therapeutic interventions using advanced health assessment, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and genetics.
More details on this process are located on each of the individual certificate webpages.

Outcomes:

Neonatal

Pediatric Acute Care

Streamlined Adult Gerontology Acute Care

Perform a comprehensive and systematic assessment of health and illness parameters in complex situations for …

The neonate acutely ill or injured pediatric patient acutely ill or injured adult gerontological patient

To diverse, social determinant, and culturally-sensitive approaches with an understanding of physiologic processes of aging and stress that impact alterations of health to accurately assess, diagnose, manage, and evaluate (patient population) for optimal health outcomes

Neonates the acutely ill or injured pediatric patient the acutely ill or injured adult gerontological patient

Demonstrate interprofessional collaborative practices and strong communication skills to develop and sustain therapeutic relationships and partnerships with …

Neonate population (family or groups) acutely ill or injured pediatric patients (individual, family or group) acutely ill or injured adult gerontological patients (individual, family or group)

Demonstrate systems thinking and clinical decision making to design, deliver and evaluate evidence-based nursing practice and population health interventions for the (patient population) individuals or populations to improve outcomes

The neonate acutely ill or injured pediatric acutely ill or injured adult gerontological

Educate and support (patient population) through complex health and situational transitions

Neonate population (family or groups) acutely ill or injured pediatric patients (individual, family or group) acutely ill or injured adult gerontological patients (individual, family or group)

Promote sustainable evidence-based practice, health policy, fiscal resources and scholarly research for care of the (patient population)

Neonate population (family or groups) acutely ill or injured pediatric patients (individual, family or group) acutely ill or injured adult gerontological patients (individual, family or group)

Which program is right for you?

While program curricula prepare students to sit for national certification within their role and population area, APRN graduates may be required to complete additional state specific requirements before being permitted to practice.

You are a nurse practitioner who is seeking to earn a nurse practitioner certification in another NP population and the following criteria apply:

  • You have completed either a MSN or DNP for your current APRN role
  • You now want to focus on acutely ill and chronically complex patients
  • You are considering specializing in neonates, pediatrics, or adult gerontology

Select the population you wish to focus on:

Neonates population
If neonates, then choose Penn Nursing’s Neonatal NP Post Graduate Certificate Program
Pediatric population

If acute care of pediatric population, then consider your concentration and choose one of Penn Nursing’s three concentrations:

Adult Gerontological population
If acute adult gerontological patient population, choose Penn Nursing’s Streamlined Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP Post-Graduate Certificate Program

Program costs

Tuition is charged on a per course basis.

Admissions information

For information on admissions to our APRN certificate programs, please click here.