Certificate After Graduate Education in Nursing (CAGE)

Online Graduate Certificate

Advance your nursing career beyond your current graduate nursing degree

The Certificate After Graduate Education in Nursing programs allows individuals who already have a master’s degree in nursing to add a different clinical emphasis. The program offers you three options: Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary-Care NP or Nurse Educator, with each program individualized for your academic needs. This program plan is individualized for each student.  A transcript review of the previous MSN courses will be completed providing an opportunity to increase nurse knowledge and clinical experience without duplicating courses previously completed.

Program Features and Benefits

  • Add an additional clinical emphasis onto your Masters Degree in Nursing
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited
  • Part-time and full-time options are available.
  • Our advanced health assessment course provides cutting edge opportunities for learning with experts.
  • Clinical faculty members are involved in clinical practice and bring current practice to the classroom.
  • Program is individualized for each student upon transcript review and emphasis selection
  • Courses are built on a Christian foundation
  • Two-week accelerated residency course may be required for some students.
  • New CAGE to DNP option available

New CAGE to DNP Option

In our CAGE to DNP program, your CAGE credits are prerequisites for your Doctor of Nursing Practice program. This allows you to use financial aid for your entire program. If this is of interest to you, please address this in your admission essay.

Family Nurse Practioner

Course Number
Course Title
Description
Credits
MSN 830Health Care Systems in ContextHealth Care Systems in Context provides introductory information regarding the currently changing health care arena and the evolution of the role of advanced practice nurse (APN) . Content includes socio-economic, political and professional issues involved in the health care delivery process.2
MSN 538 (On Campus)Advanced Health AssessmentResidency Required -Advanced Health Assessment provides in-depth study of and experience in advanced health assessment. It utilizes a systematic approach that integrates aspects of past nursing courses and learning experiences into the implementation of critical thinking. Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning guides this process from factual information, analysis, judgments/decisions to implementation (synthesis) and subsequent evaluation.3
BIO 836PathophysiologyPathophysiology explores basic mechanisms that cells possess to withstand adverse stimuli and relates these mechanisms to the etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations of common disease processes. A thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology is essential to the study of pathophysiology.3
BIO 842PharmacotherapeuticsPharmacotherapeutics is a body systems approach to the study of the etiology, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of common disease processes throughout the life span.4
COUN 843Counseling Theories and IssuesCounseling Theories and Issues provides both the historical and current perspectives of various theories of counseling, as well as introducing the student to the profession of counseling. The graduate counseling program requirements are introduced including portfolio requirements for school counseling candidates, APA writing style, and legal and ethical guidelines for counseling.3
Electives - Select One of the Following
EDG 883Selected Issues in Family LifeSelected Issues in Family Lifeexplores issues in family systems and the cycle of family life. Topics focus on issues relating to family systems and stages of family development. The course is designed to generate an understanding of the family system in biological, psychosocial, and spiritual development.3
COUN 880Family DevelopmentFamily Development explores issues in family systems and the cycle of family life. Topics focus on issues relating to family systems and stages of family development. The course is designed to generate an understanding of the family system in biological, psychological, and spiritual development.3
Clinicals
MSN 851Advanced Clinical Nursing Practicum FNP IAdvanced Clinical Nursing Practicum FNP I develops and analyzes critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary for the diagnosis and management of health promotion and disease prevention concerns for individuals . The emphasis is on the five variables of the Betty Neuman Systems Model (BNSM) during history taking, physical examination and beginning discussion of addition data collection. Students are responsible for arranging their own preceptors and clinical sites.4
MSN 852Advanced Clinical Nursing Practicum FNP IIAdvanced Clinical Nursing Practicum FNP II assesses individuals presenting health challenges. Integration of pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and pharmacotherapeutics with prevention as nursing intervention and medical supervision will be undertaken. Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate advanced knowledge of common types of needs/problems presented by clients in primary health care settings, and will utilize this knowledge to develop clinical intervention strategies for planning patient care. Students are responsible for arranging their own preceptors and clinical sites.4
MSN 853Advanced Clincal Nursing Practicum FNP IIIAdvanced Clinical Nursing Practicum FNP III is the culminating practicum that includes the preventions as intervention of health promotion, wellness retention, and identification of illness and treatment of health problems . A community focus for primary and secondary prevention as an intervention modality will be discussed. The community may include the immediate surroundings of the individual’s residence, the city/jurisdiction of address, or a country of international description. Transcultural issues will include the environment for care delivery. The Advanced Primary Nursing Care focus will be on pediatric growth and development, pediatric wellness promotion, and health care delivery to pre-menopausal women. Students are responsible for arranging their own preceptors and clinical sites.4

Adult/Gerontology Primary Care NP

Course Number
Course Title
Description
Credits
MSN 830Health Care Systems in ContextHealth Care Systems in Context provides introductory information regarding the currently changing health care arena and the evolution of the role of advanced practice nurse (APN) . Content includes socio-economic, political and professional issues involved in the health care delivery process.2
MSN 538* (On Campus)Advanced Health AssessmentResidency Required -Advanced Health Assessment provides in-depth study of and experience in advanced health assessment. It utilizes a systematic approach that integrates aspects of past nursing courses and learning experiences into the implementation of critical thinking. Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning guides this process from factual information, analysis, judgments/decisions to implementation (synthesis) and subsequent evaluation.3
BIO 836PathophysiologyPathophysiology explores basic mechanisms that cells possess to withstand adverse stimuli and relates these mechanisms to the etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations of common disease processes. A thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology is essential to the study of pathophysiology.3
BIO 842PharmacotherapeuticsPharmacotherapeutics is a body systems approach to the study of the etiology, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of common disease processes throughout the life span.4
COUN 843Counseling Theories and IssuesCounseling Theories and Issues provides both the historical and current perspectives of various theories of counseling, as well as introducing the student to the profession of counseling. The graduate counseling program requirements are introduced including portfolio requirements for school counseling candidates, APA writing style, and legal and ethical guidelines for counseling.3
Electives - Select One of the Following
EDG 883Selected Issues in Family LifeSelected Issues in Family Lifeexplores issues in family systems and the cycle of family life. Topics focus on issues relating to family systems and stages of family development. The course is designed to generate an understanding of the family system in biological, psychosocial, and spiritual development.3
COUN 880Family DevelopmentFamily Development explores issues in family systems and the cycle of family life. Topics focus on issues relating to family systems and stages of family development. The course is designed to generate an understanding of the family system in biological, psychological, and spiritual development.3
Clinicals
MSN 865Advanced Clinical Nursing Practicum ACPCNP IAdvanced Clinical Nursing Practicum ACPCNP I develops and analyzes critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary for the diagnosis and management of health promotion and disease prevention concerns for individuals . The emphasis is on the five variables of the Betty Neuman Systems Model (BNSM) during history taking, physical examination and beginning discussion of addition data collection. Students are responsible for arranging their own preceptors and clinical sites,4
MSN 866Advanced Clinical Nursing Practicum ACPCNP IIAdvanced Clinical Nursing Practicum ACPCNP II assesses individuals presenting health challenges. Integration of pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and pharmacotherapeutics with prevention as nursing intervention and medical supervision will be undertaken. Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate advanced knowledge of common types of needs/problems presented by clients in primary health care settings, and will utilize this knowledge to develop clinical intervention strategies for planning patient care. Students are responsible for arranging their own preceptors and clinical sites.4
MSN 867Advanced Clinical Nursing Practicum ACPCNP IIIAdvanced Clinical Nursing Practicum ACPCNP III is the culminating practicum that includes the preventions as intervention of health promotion, wellness retention, and identification of illness and treatment of health problems . A community focus for primary and secondary prevention as an intervention modality will be discussed. The community may include the immediate surroundings of the individual’s residence, the city/jurisdiction of address, or a country of international description. Transcultural issues will include the environment for care delivery. The Advanced Primary Nursing Care focus will be on pediatric growth and development, pediatric wellness promotion, and health care delivery to pre-menopausal women. Students are responsible for arranging their own preceptors and clinical sites.4

Nurse Educator

Course Number
Course Title
Description
Credits
MSN 830Health Care Systems in ContextHealth Care Systems in Context provides introductory information regarding the currently changing health care arena and the evolution of the role of advanced practice nurse (APN) . Content includes socio-economic, political and professional issues involved in the health care delivery process.2
MSN 538* (On Campus)Advanced Health AssessmentResidency Required -Advanced Health Assessment provides in-depth study of and experience in advanced health assessment. It utilizes a systematic approach that integrates aspects of past nursing courses and learning experiences into the implementation of critical thinking. Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning guides this process from factual information, analysis, judgments/decisions to implementation (synthesis) and subsequent evaluation.3
BIO 836PathophysiologyPathophysiology explores basic mechanisms that cells possess to withstand adverse stimuli and relates these mechanisms to the etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations of common disease processes. A thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology is essential to the study of pathophysiology.3
MSN 842Pharmacology: Concepts for Integration into Nursing Education2
EDG 807Curriculum DevelopmentCurriculum Development considers the factors that influence design, implementation, and evaluation of curriculum .Emphasis will be placed on major educational philosophies and their respective approaches to curriculum development.3
EDG 821Human Learning & MotivationHuman Learning & Motivation examines the nature of contrasting theories of learning. Emphasis will be placed on major contemporary learning theories and their respective approaches to motivation. The primary objective is to provide in-service graduate students, as well as other school personnel, with a comprehensive picture of current major educational learning theories and issues and to develop their implication for the teaching process.3
MSN 877Evaluation and Testing in NursingEvaluation and Testing in Nursing describes concepts of measurement, evaluation, and testing in nursing education . Issues in test planning, writing, and assembling of items, and analysis of results are discussed. The course includes topics in the evaluation of critical think and performance in the assessment of clinical competencies. Ethical and legal issues involved in the evaluation process are discussed. The course is useful for teachers in any setting who are involved in evaluating students, nurses, or other health care professionals.3
Clinicals
MSN 871Advanced Specialty Nursing Practice for Nurse EducatorsAdvanced Nursing Practicum I AGNP develops and analyzes critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary for the diagnosis and management of health promotion and disease prevention concerns for individuals . The emphasis is on the five variables of the Betty Neuman Systems Model (BNSM) during history taking, physical examination and beginning discussion of addition data collection.3
MSN 872Instruction Design in Nursing Education A: Classroom TeachingStudent-centered curriculum design development and related learning outcomes, learning experiences, and evaluation of learning for classroom education is the course focus.3
MSN 874Instruction Design in Nursing Education B: Clinical TeachingStudent-centered curriculum design development and related learning outcomes, learning experiences, and evaluation of learning for classroom education is the course focus.4