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School of Nursing Certificates

The School of Nursing is proud to offer five nursing certificates. Please click on certificate name below for more information.

School Nurse License Certificate

Post-Master's Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Post-Master's Nurse Educator Certificate

Post-Master's Online Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate


School Nurse License Certificate

Ohio University (OHIO) has an approved School Nurse Certificate program available to OHIO graduates. The School Nurse Certificate requires a minimum of 15 credit hours and is for students interested in obtaining an Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Pupil Service License to be a school nurse in the state of Ohio. Students who are completing the Ohio University RN to BSN program may take these courses concurrently. Students who hold a nursing baccalaureate degree (BSN) from another institution can also complete the school nurse requirements as a non-degree seeking student. See additional information here.

Certificate programs do not qualify for financial aid.

ODE is responsible for the School Nurse Licensure program which falls under Pupil Services Licenses. Nurses seeking a school nurse position must hold both a professional nursing board license, a BSN (or concurrently enrolled), and a Pupil Service License. Click the "School Nurse" heading above for additional information.

Please contact the School of Nursing by emailing nursing@ohio.edu if you have any questions.


Post-Master's Adult-Gerontology Acute-Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate

The Post-Master's AGACNP certificate is designed for those who already hold a Master's degree in nursing and wish to expand their knowledge to the advanced practice role of the AGACNP. They are expert in the care of acutely ill patients with multiple complex problems. The program of study includes track-specific content designed to meet the core competencies and clinical hour requirements for AGACNP's set forth by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), our accrediting body and can lead to specialized advanced practice certification eligibility.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the standard Graduate College admission requirements, potential MSN students must also supply/document the following:

  • Specified health status requirements (immunization status, Tb screening, etc. as delineated in the current Graduate Nursing Handbook)
  • Awarded Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from regionally accredited institution.
  • FBI/BCI background checks free from disqualifying offenses under Ohio Senate Bills 38 and 160.
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0.
  • Students must have completed the following courses or the equivalent with a minimum of a B:
    • NRSE 6210 Advanced Pathophysiology
    • NRSE 6230 Advanced Pharmacology
    • NRSE 6221 Health Appraisal for Nurse Practitioners
    • NRSE 6231, Applied Clinical Pharmacology for the AGACNP
    • NRSE 6232, Advanced Diagnostics and Procedures for Clinical Decision-Making
  • Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Resume or CV
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are knowledgeable about the applicant’s ability to complete graduate-level coursework and practice abilities. A minimum of 2 of these must be from individuals prepared at or above the Master’s level. One must be from an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse or Registered Nurse.
  • Evidence of the equivalent of two years full-time experience working as an RN within the past five years.
  • Residents of and evidence of valid, unencumbered RN licensure in one of the following states: California, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, or West Virginia.  
  • An admission interview with faculty (may be face-to-face or web-based).  

The Post-Master’s AGACNP Certificate program curriculum focuses on evidence-based instructional strategies and teaching techniques as well as role development of the AGACNP. The curriculum is offered part-time and includes:

  • 20 credit hours (three semesters to complete)
  • 550 clinical hours
  • Admits every fall semester

AGACNP Certificate Sample Schedule

Semester 1

  • NRSE 6826-AGACNP Management of Common Adult Health Problems I (200 Clinical Hours) (7 credit hours)

Semester 2

  • NRSE 6827-AGACNP Management of Common Adult Health Problems II (200 Clinical Hours) (7 credit hours)

Semester 3

  • NRSE 6721-AGACNP Practicum for Post-Master’s Certificate (150 Clinical Hours) (6 credit hours)

Apply

For more information, please contact the School of Nursing at 740.593.4494 or msn@ohio.edu.


Post-Masters Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

The Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program is designed to give active nurses the skills, confidence, and autonomy needed to become a family nurse practitioner (FNP). The program provides students with the current theory and advanced practical knowledge necessary to be able to assess and manage the health of patients ranging from children to adults. The program is designed for advanced practice nurses in other specialties, as well as those who hold a master’s degree in nursing and have at least one year of clinical nursing experience. The program prepares students for providing care to patients of all ages and in a wide array of medical settings as an FNP.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the standard Graduate College admission requirements, potential MSN students must also supply/document the following:

  • Specified health status requirements (immunization status, Tb screening, etc. as delineated in the current Graduate Nursing Handbook)
  • Awarded Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from regionally accredited institution.
  • FBI/BCI background checks free from disqualifying offenses under Ohio Senate Bills 38 and 160.
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0.
  • Students must have completed the following courses or the equivalent with a minimum of a B:
    • NRSE 6210 Advanced Pathophysiology
    • NRSE 6230 Advanced Pharmacology
    • NRSE 6221 Health Appraisal for Nurse Practitioners
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Resume or CV
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are knowledgeable about the applicant’s ability to complete graduate-level coursework and practice abilities. A minimum of 2 of these must be from individuals prepared at or above the Master’s level. One must be from an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse or Registered Nurse.
  • Evidence of the equivalent of two years full-time experience working as an RN within the past five years.
  • Residents of and evidence of valid, unencumbered RN licensure in one of the following states: California, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, or West Virginia.  
  • An admission interview with faculty (may be face-to-face or web-based).  

The Post-Master’s FNP Certificate program curriculum focuses on evidence-based instructional strategies and teaching techniques as well as role development of the FNP. The curriculum is offered part-time and includes:

  • 19 credit hours (three semesters to complete)
  • 650 Clinical Hours
  • Admits every semester (fall, spring, summer)

FNP Certificate Sample Schedule

Semester 1

  • NRSE 6820- Advanced Maternal/Child Care (150 clinical hours) (6 credit hours)

Semester 2

  • NRSE 6821-Primary Care of Adults & Older Adults (250 clinical hours) (8 credit hours)                 

Semester 3

  • NRSE 6720-FNP Practicum for Post-Master’s Certificate (150 Clinical Hours) (5 credit hours)

Apply

For more information, please contact the School of Nursing at 740.593.4494 or msn@ohio.edu.


Post-Master's Nurse Educator Certificate

The Nurse Educator (NE) Post-Master’s Certificate is intended to assist nurses with a prior graduate degree in adding a certification towards becoming nursing faculty members or staff educators at a healthcare facility. Students will learn teaching strategies, develop nursing curriculum and patient education materials, evaluate educational activities, and create staff development opportunities.

In this program, you will learn to serve in the essential role as teacher, trainer, mentor and role model for nursing students. Position yourself to expertly pass on your clinical expertise to the next generation. You will acquire advanced knowledge of the design, delivery, assessment and evaluation of nursing education programs in a variety of settings.

The program has been designed with the National League for Nursing’s (NLN) Core Competencies for Nurse Educators and will provide you with the concepts and skills needed to prepare for the NLN Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam. Eligible graduates may sit for the NLN CNE exam upon graduation. The program includes a hands-on Teaching Experience Practicum allowing you to use the evidence-based methods you've learned to solve real healthcare challenges through nursing education. You may complete this experience at an academic or professional development setting close to your home.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the standard Graduate College admission requirements, potential MSN students must also supply/document the following:

  • Specified health status requirements (immunization status, Tb screening, etc. as delineated in the current Graduate Nursing Handbook)
  • Awarded Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from regionally accredited institution.
  • FBI/BCI background checks free from disqualifying offenses under Ohio Senate Bills 38 and 160.
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0.
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Resume or CV
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are knowledgeable about the applicant’s ability to complete graduate-level coursework and practice abilities. A minimum of 2 of these must be from individuals prepared at or above the Master’s level. One must be from an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse or Registered Nurse.
  • Evidence of the equivalent of two years full-time experience working as an RN within the past five years.
  • Residents of and evidence of valid, unencumbered RN licensure in one of the following states: California, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, or West Virginia.  
  • An admission interview with faculty (may be face-to-face or web-based).  

The MSN Nurse Educator program curriculum focuses on evidence-based instructional strategies and teaching techniques as well as role development of the nurse educator. The curriculum is offered part-time and includes:

  • 15 credit hours (three semesters to complete)
  • 200 hours of teaching experience
  • One required on-campus intensive at the end of the program

NE Certificate Sample Schedule

Semester 1

  • NRSE 6610 Curriculum Development (3 credit hours)

Semester 2

  • NRSE 6630 Academic Role (3 credit hours) 

  • NRSE 6620 Teaching Strategies (3 credit hours)

Semester 3

  • NRSE 6928 Teaching Experience (4 credit hours)

  • NRSE 6934 Capstone (1 credit hour)

Apply

For more information, please contact the School of Nursing at 740.593.4494 or msn@ohio.edu.


Post-Master's Online Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Currently, many Americans do not have access to mental health services, in part due to a lack of qualified mental health professionals. The Ohio University Post-Master’s online Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) certificate is designed for the primary or acute care nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist looking to gain specialized knowledge and skill for providing care to those who are struggling with mental illnesses and addictions.

The Ohio University Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certificate builds on your previous advanced practice nursing knowledge and emphasizes knowledge and skill development in mental health assessment, diagnostic reasoning, psychopharmacology and advanced therapeutic modalities such as individual, group, and family psychotherapy. Students study the interaction among biological and neurophysiological vulnerabilities, psychological and developmental factors, and social and physical environmental stressors. Supervised clinical experiences are completed in a variety of primarily community-based agencies and programs. 

The PMHNP Post-Master’s certificate prepares graduates for national certification and advanced specialty practice with a dual emphasis on intervention through psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. PMHNP's intervene with vulnerable populations and promote mental health across the lifespan. They work with children, adolescents, adults, and older persons in a variety of settings, including:

  • Mental health clinics
  • Correctional facilities
  • Inpatient or outpatient psychiatric facilities
  • Private psychiatric practices
  • Community mental health centers
  • Domestic violence shelters
  • Residential substance abuse facilities
  • Schools
  • Counseling

Completion Requirements

  • 20 credit hours (four semesters to complete)
  • 500 clinical hours
  • One required on-campus intensive

Admission Requirements

In addition to the standard Graduate College admission requirements, potential MSN students must also supply/document the following:

  • Specified health status requirements (immunization status, Tb screening, etc. as delineated in the current Graduate Nursing Handbook)
  • Awarded Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from regionally accredited institution, including satisfactory completion of the equivalent of the following courses:
    • NRSE 6210 Advanced Pathophysiology
    • NRSE 6230 Advanced Pharmacology.
    • NRSE 6221 Advanced Health Appraisal
  • Evidence of national certification as an advanced practice nurse in a specialty.
  • FBI/BCI background checks free from disqualifying offenses under Ohio Senate Bills 38 and 160.
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0. 
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Resume or CV
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are knowledgeable about the applicant’s ability to complete graduate-level coursework and practice abilities. A minimum of 2 of these must be from individuals prepared at or above the Master’s level. One must be from an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse or Registered Nurse.
  • Evidence of the equivalent of two years full-time experience working as an RN within the past five years.
  • Residents of and evidence of valid, unencumbered RN licensure in one of the following states: California, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, or West Virginia.
  • An admission interview with faculty (may be face to face or web-based).

PMHNP Certificate Sample Schedule 

Year 1

Semester 1

  • NRSE 6411 Neurobiological and Theoretical Basis for Psychiatric Mental Health (PMH) Disorders for Advanced Nursing Practice (ANP) (1 OCI) (3 credit hours)
  • NRSE 6412 Psychotherapeutic Treatment Modalities for ANP (3 credit hours)

Semester 2

  • NRSE 6413 Assessment and Management of Mental Health Disorders for ANP I (3 credit hours)
  • NRSE 6823 PMH Practicum for ANP I (100 clinical hours) (3 credit hours)

Semester 3

  • NRSE 6414 Assessment and Management of Mental Health Disorders for APN II (3 credit hours)
  • NRSE 6824 PMH Practicum for ANP II (200 clinical hours) (3 credit hours)

Year 2

Semester 4

  • NRSE 6825 PMH Practicum for ANP III (200 clinical hours) (3 credit hours)

Apply

For more information, please contact the School of Nursing at 740.593.4494 or msn@ohio.edu