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Online Nursing Certificates

School of Nursing Certificates

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

Post-GRADUATE Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Post-GRADUATE Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Post-GRADUATE Online Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Post-GRADUATE Nurse Educator Certificate

POST-GRADUATE NURSING LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATE

School Nurse License Certificate

The School of Nursing also offers an Online Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program with advanced clinical and executive practice options.


Post-Graduate Adult Gerontology-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate

The Post-Graduate AG-ACNP 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 AG-ACNP. 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 AG-ACNP'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

Prior to admission to the program, the following materials must be submitted:

  • Completion of the graduate application found here: https://www.ohio.edu/graduate/apply/;
  • Payment of non-refundable application fee;
  • Submission of all official college transcripts;

In addition to the standard Graduate College admission requirements, potential graduate nursing students must also supply or document the following:

  • Awarded Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from a regionally accredited institution;
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or equivalent calculated across all graduate transcripts;  
  • Professional Goals Statement;
  • Resume or CV;
  • Three letters of recommendation:
    • A minimum of two must be from individuals prepared at or above the Master’s level;
    • At least one must be from an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse or Registered Nurse;
  • Resident of and evidence of valid, unrestricted RN licensure in an approved state. A current list of approved states can be found on our graduate nursing application information website: https://www.ohio.edu/chsp/nursing/graduate/masters/msn-application-process:
  • 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

      *In many states, students must have completed an advanced pharmacology course within five years of applying for a new certification. If your course is more than five years old, please check with your state Board of Nursing. In most cases, you can take that course in your certificate program of study.
  • An admission interview with faculty;
  • A current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification

Prior to clinical/practicum experiences, students must also provide proof of the following:

  • Specified health status requirements (immunization status, TB screening, etc. as delineated in the current Graduate Nursing Student Handbook);
  • State and Federal background checks free from disqualifying offenses;
  • Malpractice insurance.

This certificate program starts in a clinical placement, students will need an accepted preceptor and clinical site when the semester starts. Students applying to this program should contact the School of Nursing at msn@ohio.edu for specific clinical information, paperwork, and deadlines.

The Post-Graduate AG-ACNP 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:

AG-ACNP Certificate Sample Schedule

Semester 1

  • NRSE 6826-AGACNP Management of Common Adult Health Problems I (100 Clinical Hours) (6 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 (200 Clinical Hours) (7 credit hours)

Apply

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


Post-Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

The Post-Graduate 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

Prior to admission to the program, the following materials must be submitted:

  • Completion of the graduate application found here: https://www.ohio.edu/graduate/apply/;
  • Payment of non-refundable application fee;
  • Submission of all official college transcripts;

In addition to the standard Graduate College admission requirements, potential graduate nursing students must also supply or document the following:

  • Awarded Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from a regionally accredited institution;
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or equivalent calculated across all graduate transcripts;  
  • Professional Goals Statement;
  • Resume or CV;
  • Three letters of recommendation:
    • A minimum of two must be from individuals prepared at or above the Master’s level;
    • At least one must be from an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse or Registered Nurse;
  • Resident of and evidence of valid, unrestricted RN licensure in an approved state. A current list of approved states can be found on our graduate nursing application information website: https://www.ohio.edu/chsp/nursing/graduate/masters/msn-application-process:
  • 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

      *In many states, students must have completed an advanced pharmacology course within five years of applying for a new certification. If your course is more than five years old, please check with your state Board of Nursing. In most cases, you can take that course in your certificate program of study.
  • An admission interview with faculty;

Prior to clinical/practicum experiences, students must also provide proof of the following:

  • Specified health status requirements (immunization status, TB screening, etc. as delineated in the current Graduate Nursing Student Handbook);
  • State and Federal background checks free from disqualifying offenses;
  • Malpractice insurance.

This certificate program starts in a clinical placement, students will need an accepted preceptor and clinical site when the semester starts. Students applying to this program should contact the School of Nursing at msn@ohio.edu for specific clinical information, paperwork, and deadlines.

The Post-Graduate 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 (two semesters to complete)
  • 500 Clinical Hours
  • Spring, Summer and Fall Semester start dates available

FNP Certificate Sample Schedule

Semester 1

  • NRSE 6830 - Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum I (250 clinical hours) (9 credit hours)

Semester 2

  • NRSE 6831 - Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum II (250 clinical hours) (9 credit hours)
  • NRSE 6933 - Capstone Experience for Nurse Practitioners (OCI) (1 credit hour)     

Apply

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


Post-Graduate Nurse Educator Certificate

The Post-Graduate Nurse Educator (NE) 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:

Prior to admission to the program, the following materials must be submitted:

  • Completion of the graduate application found here: https://www.ohio.edu/graduate/apply/;
  • Payment of non-refundable application fee;
  • Submission of all official college transcripts; 

In addition to the standard Graduate College admission requirements, potential graduate nursing students must also supply or document the following:

  • Awarded Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from a regionally accredited institution;
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or equivalent calculated across all graduate transcripts;  
  • Professional Goals Statement;
  • Resume or CV;
  • Three letters of recommendation:
    • A minimum of two must be from individuals prepared at or above the Master’s level;
    • At least one must be from an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse or Registered Nurse;
  • Resident of and evidence of valid, unrestricted RN licensure in an approved state. A current list of approved states can be found on our graduate nursing application information website: https://www.ohio.edu/chsp/nursing/graduate/masters/msn-application-process:
  • Students must have completed graduate-level coursework in 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
  • An admission interview with faculty;

Prior to clinical/practicum experiences, students must also provide proof of the following:

  • Specified health status requirements (immunization status, TB screening, etc. as delineated in the current Graduate Nursing Student Handbook);
  • State and Federal background checks free from disqualifying offenses;
  • Malpractice insurance.

The Post-Graduate Nurse Educator Certificate 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:

NE Certificate Sample Schedule

Semester 1

  • NRSE 6011 - Foundations for Nurse Educators (2 credit hours)

  • NRSE 6621 - Instructional and Teaching Strategies (2 credit hours)

  • NRSE 6622 - Educational Design, Assessment and Evaluation (2 credit hours)

Semester 2

  • NRSE 6928 - Teaching Experience (200 Practicum Hours) (4 credit hours)

  • NRSE 6934 - Nurse Educator Capstone Experience (OCI) (2 credit hours)

Apply

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

 


Post-Graduate Nursing Leadership Certificate

The Nursing Leadership certificate program prepares graduates for the advanced role of nursing and health care management.  This specialty is designed to prepare nurses at the graduate level to manage the delivery of nursing and health care services across the spectrum of health care settings. Graduates acquire the breadth of management knowledge and skills needed to perform effectively and assume leadership positions in health care delivery organizations. The curriculum is offered in an online format as either a full-time or part-time program of study. 

Certificate Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Synthesize knowledge derived from a scientific foundation and evidence-based practice to demonstrate expertise in advanced nursing practice.
  • Analyze health care policies to enhance and improve population health outcomes across diverse clinical practice settings.
  • Demonstrate leadership and interprofessional collaboration for improving clinical prevention and health outcomes.
  • Synthesize and apply quality improvement strategies to promote positive health outcomes.
  • Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and confidence for entry-level advanced nursing practice.
  • Integrate knowledge and skills related to healthcare informatics in the advanced nursing practice role.

Culminating Experience

  • Leadership project
  • Comprehensive certification practice exam

Opportunities upon Completion

Graduates of the Nursing Leadership certificate program are prepared to work in management positions at several levels within acute care or community-based health care agencies.  Graduates may practice in a variety of settings including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Nurse-Managed Clinics
  • Managed Care Firms
  • Community-Based Clinics
  • Ambulatory Care Centers
  • Hospitals
  • Data Management Firms
  • Practice Management Organizations
  • Corporate Organizations

Admission Requirements

Prior to admission to the program, the following materials must be submitted:

  • Completion of the graduate application found here: https://www.ohio.edu/graduate/apply/;
  • Payment of non-refundable application fee;
  • Submission of all official college transcripts;

In addition to the standard Graduate College admission requirements, potential graduate nursing students must also supply or document the following:

  • Awarded Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from a regionally accredited institution;
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or equivalent calculated across all graduate transcripts;  
  • Professional Goals Statement;
  • Resume or CV;
  • Three letters of recommendation:
    • A minimum of two must be from individuals prepared at or above the Master’s level;
    • At least one must be from an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse or Registered Nurse;
  • Resident of and evidence of valid, unrestricted RN licensure in an approved state. A current list of approved states can be found on our graduate nursing application information website: https://www.ohio.edu/chsp/nursing/graduate/masters/msn-application-process
  • 22 credit hours (five semesters to complete)
  • 400 practicum hours

Nurse Leader Certificate Sample Schedule

Year 1

Semester 1

  • NRSE 6801/7801 - Leadership in Systems and Organizations for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)

Semester 2

  • NRSE 6803 - Health Policy and Advocacy for Advanced Nursing Practice (2 credit hours)

Semester 3

  • NRSE 6804/7804 - Principles of Business and Resource Management for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)

Year 2

Semester 4

  • NRSE 6212 - Project Planning and Evaluation for Advanced Practice Nursing (100 practicum hours) (3 credit hours)
  • NRSE 6710 - Nursing Administration (3 credit hours)

Semester 5

  • NRSE 6829 – Practicum for Nurse Leaders (300 practicum hours) (6 credit hours)
  • NRSE 6935 – Capstone Experience for Nurse Leaders (2 credit hours)

This program admits once per year. For more information, please visit our Application Information page.


Post-Graduate Online Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate

The Post-Graduate PMHNP 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 PMHNP. They are experts in the care of those with mental illness, addiction and multiple complex psychiatric disorders. The program of study includes track-specific content designed to meet the core competencies and clinical hour requirements for PMHNP’s set forth by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), our accrediting body, and can lead to specialized advanced practice certification eligibility.

This certificate program starts in a clinical placement, students will need an accepted preceptor and clinical site when the semester starts. Students applying to this program should contact the School of Nursing at msn@ohio.edu for specific clinical information, paperwork, and deadlines.

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

Admission Requirements

Prior to admission to the program, the following materials must be submitted:

  • Completion of the graduate application found here: https://www.ohio.edu/graduate/apply/;
  • Payment of non-refundable application fee;
  • Submission of all official college transcripts;

In addition to the standard Graduate College admission requirements, potential graduate nursing students must also supply or document the following:

  • Awarded Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from a regionally accredited institution;
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or equivalent calculated across all graduate transcripts;  
  • Professional Goals Statement;
  • Resume or CV;
  • Three letters of recommendation:
    • A minimum of two must be from individuals prepared at or above the Master’s level;
    • At least one must be from an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse or Registered Nurse;
  • Resident of and evidence of valid, unrestricted RN licensure in an approved state. A current list of approved states can be found on our graduate nursing application information website: https://www.ohio.edu/chsp/nursing/graduate/masters/msn-application-process:
  • 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
      *In many states, students must have completed an advanced pharmacology course within five years of applying for a new certification. If your course is more than five years old, please check with your state Board of Nursing. In most cases, you can take that course in your certificate program of study.
  • An admission interview with faculty;

Prior to clinical/practicum experiences, students must also provide proof of the following:

  • Specified health status requirements (immunization status, TB screening, etc. as delineated in the current Graduate Nursing Student Handbook);
  • State and Federal background checks free from disqualifying offenses;
  • Malpractice insurance.

PMHNP Certificate Sample Schedule 

Year 1

Semester 1

  • NRSE 6832 - Psychiatric Mental Health NP Practicum I (100 clinical hours) (7 credit hours)

Semester 2

  • NRSE 6833 - Psychiatric Mental Health NP Practicum II (200 clinical hours) (6 credit hours)

Year 2

Semester 3

  • NRSE 6834 - Psychiatric Mental Health NP Practicum III (200 clinical hours) (6 credit hours)
    NRSE 6933 - Capstone Experience for Nurse Practitioners (OCI) (1 credit hour)

Apply

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

 


School Nurse License Certificate

Ohio University (OHIO) has an approved School Nurse Certificate program for OHIO graduates. The School Nurse certificate requires a minimum of 15 credit hours and is for students interested in obtaining an ODE Pupil Service License to be a School Nurse in the state of Ohio. Required courses include courses through the School of Nursing, as well as a course from psychology or health. The majority of courses are delivered online, although some elective courses could require classroom attendance. NRSE 4740 requires preceptored clinical experiences with a school nurse.

The Ohio Department of Education (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 Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (or concurrently enrolled), and a Pupil Service License.

In order to apply for a Pupil Service License as a School Nurse, you must:
  • Be a Registered Nurse in the state of Ohio
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN)
  • Complete an approved School Nurse educational program

Certificate programs do not qualify for financial aid.

The School Nurse courses are offered once a year and must be taken in sequence, as shown below. 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 requirements as a non-degree seeking student.

Course Requirements (required credit hours are in parentheses):

  1. Be enrolled in Ohio University’s RN to BSN program OR Hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited university
  2. School Nurse Role Courses (all online)
    • NRSE 4710 – Introduction to School Nursing (3 cr)
      Offered Summer Semester
    • NRSE 4741 – Caring for Children with Special Needs in the School Setting (4 cr)
      Offered Fall Semester
    • NRSE 4740 – School Nurse Clinical (requires 120 hours with a School Nurse) (5 cr)
      Offered Spring Semester
  3. Elective: Choose one of the following (may or may not be offered online)
    • EDSP 2710 – Introduction to Special Education (3 cr)
    • PSY 2420 – Educational Psychology (3 cr)
    • CFS 3601 – Human Sexualities (3 cr)
    • PSY 2720 – Psychology of Personality (3 cr)
    • PSY 2710 – Abnormal Psychology (3 cr)
    • PSY 2410 – Child Psychology (3 cr)
    • EDEC 1600 – Intro to Child Development (3 cr)
    • HLTH 2040 - Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (3 cr)

Steps to enroll in the School Nurse License Certificate:

Note: all forms can be found on the RN to BSN Knowledge Center: www.ohio.edu/rntobsn

Students currently enrolled in OHIO’s RN to BSN program:
  • Submit an Update of Program form for School Nurse Certificate to the School of Nursing
Students who have a conferred BSN from OHIO:
  • Complete a Re-enrollment form and submit to the Registrar’s Office
  • Submit an Update of Program form for School Nurse Certificate to the School of Nursing

Note: Remember to submit an online graduation application at the beginning of the spring semester when taking NRSE 4740.

Students who have a BSN from another institution:
  • Apply to Ohio University as a non-degree program student
  • Submit transcripts from all institutions attended to OHIO Undergraduate Admissions
  • Once you have been admitted to Ohio University, send an email to nursing@ohio.edu to be enrolled in the School Nurse courses

About NRSE 4740: School Nurse Clinical

This course is required for individuals seeking the School Nurse License from the Ohio Department of Education. The NRSE 4740 is the final course of the program and requires:

  1. Placement with a school nurse preceptor who works with children of the relevant age groups. Students will need to complete a total of 120 clinical hours for this course. Forty clinical hours will be required within each school-age group (early childhood, middle childhood, and late childhood).
  2. Students will complete portfolio & relevant assignments that focus on the standards of nursing practice and correlate with each of the school-aged populations. It is possible to achieve the 120 clinical hours while working as a school nurse. Although it requires planning and time management, it can be accomplished. If needed, students can attend school events with their preceptor after school hours. Some students have attended athletic events to assist with first aid, athletic physicals, record reviews, meetings, phone conferencing, etc.

APPLY

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