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Post-Master's Certificate Programs

In addition to our BSN, RN-BSN, MSN, PhD, and DNP programs, Kramer School of Nursing at Oklahoma City University also offers the following Post-Master’s Certificate Programs:

Keep scrolling for more information about general certificate admission, as well as these specific programs, or use the links above to jump to a specific certificate program for more information.

Program Learning Outcomes & Program Outcome Data

The Post Master's Certificate graduate of the Kramer School of Nursing will function as a professional nurse, able to:

  1. Demonstrate the capacity to develop environments promoting professional, ethical, and legal nursing practice.
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate comprehensive programs based upon advanced theoretical knowledge that promote health, restore wellness, prevent illness, and incorporate self-care activities.
  3. Synthesize nursing research findings and integrate evidence based processes to develop critical thinking frameworks for problem solving and making effective clinical, educational, and administrative judgments.
  4. Demonstrate leadership in the promotion of physical, mental, social, and spiritual health across the life span within diverse cultures.
  5. Provide collaborative and innovative leadership to coordinate and delegate care of clients and to manage health care systems.
  6. Develop practice environments that exemplify the caring behaviors of acceptance, respect, and empathy.

Click here to view the Post Master's Certificate - Advanced Practice program outcome data.

Certificates Admissions and Advisement

There are lots of ways to learn more about OCU certificate programs. Click on the following options for more information, or keep scrolling for information about specific Certificate Programs.

2021 Post-Master's Certificate Advisement Sessions

Click on the date to register for a virtual advisement session.

  • February 2nd
    • 4:00 p.m. – MSN, PhD and PMC - Education and Leadership
    • 5:00 p.m. PMC – FNP, AGACNP, PMHNP
  • March 2nd
    • 5:00 p.m. MSN in Community-Based Public Health
  • April 6th
    • 4:00 p.m. – MSN, PhD and PMC-Education and Leadership
    • 5:00 p.m. – all DNP, PMC – FNP, AGACNP, PMHNP
  • May 4th
    • 4:00 p.m. – MSN, PhD and PMC-Education and Leadership
    • 5:00 p.m. – all DNP, PMC – FNP, AGACNP, PMHNP

Graduate Admissions can be reached at gadmissions@okcu.edu or call (405) 208-5094.

Contact OCU Graduate Admissions

Graduate Admissions can be reached at gadmissions@okcu.edu or call (405) 208-5094.

Post-Master's Certificate Programs in Nursing

Nursing Education / Nurse Leadership

Post-Master’s Certificates in Nursing Education (12 credits) or Leadership (15 credits) are intended for nurses with Master’s Degrees in Nursing who wish to acquire additional knowledge for roles as a nurse educator or nurse leader.

Coursework may begin in fall, spring, or summer.

Admission Requirements & Prerequisites

The Post-Master’s Certificate Programs admit once a year. In order to be admitted, applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • Admission to the university
  • Current active licensure with Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in Oklahoma as an Adult APRN, Pediatric APRN, Acute Care APRN, or other Advanced Practice role with current national certification; evaluation on a case-by-case basis
  • A master’s degree in nursing with graduate level coursework in Advanced Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Advanced Assessment from a nursing program accredited by ACNE or CCNE
  • Graduate GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • A personally written essay of 750 words or less describing how the Post-Master’s Nurse Practitioner Speciality Certificate will help achieve life and career goals
  • A current curriculum vitae

Applicants to the Post-Master’s Certificates in Nursing Education or Leadership, submit a brief OCU Supplemental Application by clicking here. In addition, applicants must submit a full NursingCAS application by clicking here.

The following items must be sent directly to NursingCAS to complete your application:

  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Two Recommendations
  • Official Transcripts from all institutions attended

Curriculum

Nursing Education Certificate

  • NURS 5203 Curriculum Development in Nursing Education
  • NURS 5222 Technology Strategies in Digital and Online Courses
  • NURS 5232 Teaching Strategies for Simulation in Nursing Education
  • NURS 5402 Teaching Strategies for Nursing Education
  • NURS 6153 Nursing Education Evaluation Strategies
Credit Hours: 12

Nursing Leadership Certificate

  • NURS 5302 Quality Improvement and Safety in Nursing Healthcare Leadership
  • NURS 6303 Contemporary Healthcare Organizations
  • NURS 6314 Healthcare Economics and Financial Management
  • NURS 6403 Evolving Healthcare Systems
  • NURS 6413 Emerging Complex Healthcare Systems

Credit Hours: 15

For More Information (Contact)

For more information about Post-Master's Certificates in Nursing Education or Nurse Leadership, please contact Dr. Vanessa Wright, MSN Program Coordinator at vfwright@okcu.edu or (405) 208-5964

Advanced Practice Certificates: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

Advanced Practice certificates are designed for advanced practice nurses who want to obtain education and certification in another advanced practice role. The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate is 20 credit hours, while the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) is 22 credit hours. The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) track is 23 credit hours.

FNP certificate coursework begins in fall, the AGACNP certificate coursework begins in spring and the PMHNP certificate coursework begins in the summer.

Admission Requirements & Prerequisites

The Post-Master’s Certificate Programs admit once a year. In order to be admitted, applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • Admission to the university
  • Current active licensure with Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in Oklahoma as an Adult APRN, Pediatric APRN, Acute Care APRN, or other Advanced Practice role with current national certification; evaluation on a case-by-case basis
  • A master’s degree in nursing with graduate level coursework in Advanced Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Advanced Assessment from a nursing program accredited by ACNE or CCNE
  • Graduate GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • A personally written essay of 750 words or less describing how the Post-Master’s Nurse Practitioner Speciality Certificate will help achieve life and career goals
  • A current curriculum vitae

Summer applicants to the PMC in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Fall applicants to the PMC in Family Nurse Practitioner and Spring applicants to the PMC in Adult Gerontology Acute Care, submit a brief OCU Supplemental Application by clicking here. In addition, applicants must submit a full NursingCAS application by clicking here.

The following items must be sent directly to NursingCAS to complete your application:

  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Two Recommendations
  • Official Transcripts from all institutions attended

The deadline for applying to the PMC PMHNP track for summer 2021 is March 2, 2021.

The application for PMC in Adult Gerontology Acute Care application for will open July 1, 2021.


Curriculum

Family Nurse Practitioner Track

  • Health Promotion & Primary Care of Adults
  • Adult and Geriatric Primary Care I
  • Health Promotion & Primary Care of Women
  • Health Promotion & Primary Care of Children
  • Primary Health Care in Advanced Practice Settings
  • Women’s Primary Care
  • Children’s Primary Care
  • Adult and Geriatric Primary Care II

Credit Hours: 20

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track

  • Management of Adult-Gerontological Health Problems I
  • Management of Adult-Gerontological Health Problems II
  • Management of Adult-Gerontological Health Problems III
  • Adult-Gerontological Advanced Practice I
  • Adult-Gerontological Advanced Practice II
  • Adult-Gerontological Advanced Practice III
  • Adult-Gerontological Advanced Practicum

Credit Hours: 22

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

  • Advanced Psychopharmacology
  • Foundations of Psychiatric Mental Health for Advanced Practice
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing for Advanced Practice I
  • Psychiatric Mental Health for Advanced Practice Practicum I
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing for Advanced Practice II
  • Psychiatric Mental Health for Advanced Practice Practicum II
  • Psychiatric Mental Health for Advanced Practice Practicum III

Credit Hours: 23



For More Information (Contact)

For more information about the Post Master's Certificate Advanced Practice program, please contact Karen Wiley, Administrative Assistant, kwiley@okcu.edu or call (405) 208-5900 for more information.