Graduate and Post Baccalaureate Certificate Programs

Nurses can earn a certificate in less than two years*

Chamberlain's online Certificate Programs are designed for nurses looking to enhance their expertise to meet critical areas of need. Graduate Certificates are offered in the key specialties of Nursing Education, Leadership, Informatics, Healthcare Policy and Family Nurse Practitioner, as well as a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Leadership Foundations.

Students in the Graduate Certificate Programs may complete either the Educator, Informatics, Leadership or Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialty track courses, with the exception of Capstone, currently provided in Chamberlain's Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program.

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Curriculum

What will I learn?

Through the program, students gain knowledge and skills in the areas of educational theory, instructional methods, assessment and evaluation of learning and curriculum development.

Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education

Through the program, students gain knowledge and skills in the areas of educational theory, instructional methods, assessment and evaluation of learning and curriculum development.

National certification exams are available to graduates in select specialties. For more information about national certification in nursing education, visit www.nln.org/certification.

Semesters:
3 fulltime with practicum (18 credit hours)
2 fulltime without practicum (12 credit hours)

Courses for Nursing Education Certificate (Effective March 2019)

  • Curriculum Development
  • Theoretical Foundations and Instructional Strategies for the Nurse Educator
  • Advanced Pathophysiology, Health Assessment and Pharmacology for Nurse Educators: Experiential Learning
  • Assessment & Evaluation in Education
  • Nurse Educator Concluding Graduate Experience I (OPTIONAL)
  • Nurse Educator Concluding Graduate Experience II (OPTIONAL)

Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Policy

The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Policy prepares students by providing them with the foundational knowledge, skills and ability essential for nurses in healthcare policy roles including leader, researcher, change agent, advocate and activist. This certificate program allows nurses to maintain their role in organizational policy creation and implementation or advance their role into community, state, national and global healthcare policy-making within foundations, organizations and governments.

The Graduate Certificate program is responsive to the call for nurses to be prepared in content areas critical to the future of the profession.

Semesters:
3 full-time with practicum (18 credit hours)
2 full-time without practicum (12 credit hours)

Courses for Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Policy

  • Healthcare Systems, Politics & Policy  
  • Economics of Healthcare Policy  
  • Global Health  
  • The Nurse Leader & Healthcare Policy
  • Healthcare Policy Concluding Graduate Experience I (OPTIONAL)  
  • Healthcare Policy Concluding Graduate Experience II (OPTIONAL)  
Call an admission representative today at (877) 751-5783 or request more information to learn more about Chamberlain’s Graduate Certificate program.

Graduate Certificate in Nursing Leadership

By completing the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Leadership, the student will build on clinical leadership skills necessary to help advance within organizational structures through knowledge and ability for effective cross-disciplinary communication, creation and implementation of process improvement using change models, and learn negotiation and decision-making strategies.

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Leadership allows nurses to maintain current roles as informal leaders or can help advance their career from the bedside to executive levels with increasing leadership experience.

Semesters:
3 full-time with practicum (18 credit hours)
2 full-time without practicum (12 credit hours)

Courses for Graduate Certificate in Nursing Leadership

  • Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Organizations
  • Healthcare Operational Planning and Management
  • Financial Management in Healthcare Organizations
  • Healthcare Systems Management

Optional Graduate Certificate in Nursing Leadership Practicum Courses  

  • Graduate Certificate in Nurse Executive Concluding Graduate Experience I
  • Graduate Certificate in Nurse Executive Concluding Graduate Experience II

Graduate Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

The Graduate Certificate in FNP is designed to provide a pathway for nurses who already have a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing and want to become Family Nurse Practitioners. The FNP certificate offers the same FNP specialty courses, content, instruction and assessment to help prepare students to care for families in a primary care setting and sit for national certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).

Semesters: 
5 fulltime with practicum (30 credit hours)
25 hours of faculty-supervised laboratory work and 625 hours of clinical practicum work.

As part of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Graduate Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) curriculum, you’ll attend an on-ground immersion weekend and an on-ground intensive review session.

Courses for Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate

  • Population Health, Epidemiology & Statistical Principles
  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Advanced Physical Assessment
  • Leadership & Role Development of the Advance Practice Nurse
  • Differential Diagnosis & Primary Care
  • Primary Care of the Maturing & Aged Family
  • Primary Care of the Childbearing & Childrearing Family
  • Advanced Clinical Diagnosis & Practice Across the Lifespan
  • FNP Capstone Practicum and Intensive

Graduate Certificate in Nursing Informatics

In the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Informatics program, students gain knowledge and skills in the practice of nursing informatics, management of healthcare data and information, and the use of data to inform decisions to improve processes and outcomes in healthcare settings.

National certification exams are available to graduates in select specialties. For more information about national certification in nursing informatics, visit nursecredentialing.org/certification.

Semesters:
3 fulltime with practicum (18 credit hours)
1.5 fulltime without practicum (9 credit hours)

Courses for Nursing Informatics Certificate

  • Practice of Nursing Informatics
  • Managing Data & Information
  • Information Workflow in Healthcare
  • Informatics Nurse Specialist Practicum (OPTIONAL)
  • Nursing Informatics Concluding Graduate Experience I (OPTIONAL)
  • Nursing Informatics Concluding Graduate Experience II (OPTIONAL)

    Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Leadership Foundations

    By completing the Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Leadership Foundations, the student will have beginning advanced practice generalist knowledge, skills, and ability essential for nurses that want to expand their current role in healthcare and enhance their opportunities for advancement. The Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Leadership Foundations allows nurses to improve their performance in their current role related to policy, evidence-based practice, and first-level leadership.

    The Post Baccalaureate Certificate program is designed to provide a pathway into beginning advanced practice for nurses who already have a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

    Semesters:
    3 full-time without practicum (18 credit hours)

    Courses for Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Leadership Foundations

    • Foundational Concepts and Applications
    • Theoretical Basis for Advanced Nursing Practice
    • Fundamentals of Nursing Informatics
    • Healthcare Policy
    • Leadership in Nursing Practice: Role Development
    • Advanced Research Methods: Evidence-based Practice

      Graduate Certificates Course and Resource FAQ

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      Classes begin every 8 weeks.

      Admissions representatives can answer your questions, tell you more about financial aid and scholarships, and discuss with you how this option might fit into your life. Request more information or call 877-751-5783.

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      Admissions

      Certificate Programs enroll six times per year: July, September, November, January, March and May

      Graduate Certificate Admission Requirements

      • A degree in nursing at the master’s level or higher from an institution accredited by either a regional accrediting agency or an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
      • Current, active unrestricted RN license from the U.S. or from a jurisdiction that is an associate member of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)
      • Official transcripts from college or university where the master’s in nursing was earned
      • A minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the earned master’s in nursing degree
      • A cleared background and fingerprint check (FNP Certificate students only)

      Post Baccalaureate Certificate Admission Requirements

      • A degree in nursing at the baccalaureate level or higher from an institution accredited by either a regional accrediting agency or an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
      • A minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the earned bachelor in nursing degree
      • Current, active unrestricted RN license from the U.S. or from a jurisdiction that is an associate member of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)

      Our admission representatives are available to answer your questions about admission requirements and walk you through the application process. Call 877.751.5783 to speak to a representative or request more information.

      Tuition & Expenses

      What types of financial assistance are available?

      Certificate Program Costs

      Chamberlain provides you with individualized support throughout your educational journey beginning with the admissions process. Your admissions representative will work with you to build a schedule that will work with your life and finances, whether that's one class or three. Check out the Net Price Calculator for an estimate of federal and institutional aid. 

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      Financial Aid Options

      Chamberlain partners with healthcare institutions, community colleges and associations to provide accessible educational opportunities for registered nurses. Check to see if you qualify for a group-specific tuition rate because of your association with one of our healthcare partners.

      The Graduate Certificate in FNP is currently ineligible for Title IV aid, as such, Chamberlain University is unable to award or disburse Title IV federal grants or loans for students currently attending this program. Chamberlain cannot guarantee nor affect the timeframe for approval to offer Title IV aid.

      Accreditation

      Accreditation, State Authorizations & Approvals

      Chamberlain University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

      The baccalaureate degree in nursing program, master's degree in nursing program, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Chamberlain University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

      For the most updated accreditation information, visit chamberlain.edu/accreditation.

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