Certificate After Graduate Education in Nursing (CAGE: Practitioner)

Online Nursing Degree

 

Overview:

This online certification is for master’s-level nurses who want to add a new clinical emphasis to their expertise. Customize your certificate with one of these two specialized options: Family Nurse Practitioner  or Adult/Gerontology Primary Care NP. In our advanced health assessment classes, which can be part of a full- or part-time course load, you’ll learn from practicing experts with the clinical experience necessary to keep our industry’s standard of excellence.

 

We are not accepting new Graduate Nursing students from Alabama, California,  Kentucky, North Carolina, New Mexico, New York and Oklahoma.

Area of Study Nursing
Next Start Date Varies
Credits

35

Cost/Credit

$682

Total Cost

$23,870

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Goals / Objectives

  • Ability to put organizational and leadership principles, and scientific background information into practice to improve quality of care and patient safety
  • Experience with informatics and health-care technologies that improve patient care
  • Demonstrated knowledge of health-care policy and ability to advocate for quality health care for all citizens
  • Confidence to communicate and collaborate in an inter-professional health-care environment to improve the health outcomes for patients and the population as a whole
  • Skills in clinical prevention and population health at the individual and group/aggregate/population levels
  • Advanced professionalism and professional values
  • Consistent ability to perform at the highest level nursing practice reflective of the educational preparation

Career Outlook

  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Consultant
  • Researcher
  • Nursing Administrator
  • Nurse Manager

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Family Nurse Practitioner

Core Courses

Advanced Health Assessment (MSN 538) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Residency 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.
Health Policy and Issues in Advanced Nursing Roles (MSN 830) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course will explore and engage in a variety of healthcare issues facing advanced nursing practice. Students become involved at a personal and collaborative level in healthcare policy. In addition, students will analyze national and local nursing organizations and advocacy initiatives. Students will evaluate the pros and cons of public and private reimbursement policies. Additionally, students analyze healthcare quality and the influence of emerging technologies on healthcare outcomes. Ethical aspects of the United States and global healthcare will be addressed.
Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Roles and Interprofessional Collaboration (MSN 834) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Roles and Interprofessional Collaboration assists students in making clinical decision of significant gravity regarding client well-being . Scholarly inquiry into the basis for nursing practice provides the framework for answering clinical questions. Research is important for developing a body of knowledge unique to nursing. Concepts and relationships validated in the empirical arena become the foundation for theory development. A Theoretical context guides the study process from the research questions through the design, analysis interpretation and conclusion. Theories serve as heuristic devices by which new knowledge can be discovered to revise previous ways of nursing care delivery. Improved client care is the ultimate goal of theoretically guided research. Major areas of concern regarding nursing theory development are: deficient theoretical base to guide practice; proliferation of isolated studies not placed in a theoretical context and undue or premature focus on experimental research. Nursing knowledge needs to arise from practice and fold into theory which will inform practice. These three, knowledge, theory and practice, need to fit naturally into the advanced practice nurses’ experience.
Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan (MSN 836) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan 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.
Pharmacotherapeutics (BIO 842) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Pharmacotherapeutics is a body systems approach to the study of the etiology, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of common disease processes throughout the life span.
Role Transitions for Advanced Practice Nursing (MSN 845) - Credits: 2

Course Description

MSN 845 explores the history of the advanced practice nurse and the role of the nurse practitioner in providing high-value primary health care and their role as community leaders. This course explores the transition of the student from registered nurse to the advanced practice nurse role with topics that include, family-focused care, clinical education, case presentations, clinical placement, professionalism, ethics and reimbursement.
Genetics, Immunology, & Microbiology For Advanced Nursing Roles (BIO 850) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is a review of the basic concepts in the structure and function of cells and how the breakdown of these functions lead to human disease. Students will learn how central genetics is to understanding human health and disease and will gain new insights into the role and interactions between microorganisms and the human immune system.
Foundations of Healthcare Informatics (MSN 860) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is an introductory survey of fundamentals of health information technology. Topics center on how information technology enables patient care, how information technology is used by  healthcare providers and caregivers, and it’s use to fuel modern health care organizations. This course provides an overview of health informatics with emphasis on the factors that helped create and sustain this new field, the key players involved, and the impact health information technology is having on the delivery of care in a rapidly changing healthcare marketplace. We explore a range of critical health care informatics topics, including: electronic health records, health information exchange, how health information technology impacts quality of care and patient safety, big data and predictive analytics, clinical decision support and knowledge management, regulatory issues, consumerism and technology, systems integration, and virtual health. The course also explores emerging and new uses of technology.

Specialization Courses

Advanced Primary Care Clinical FNP (MSN 851) - Credits: 4

Course Description

This didactic and clinical course explores symptoms, differential diagnosis, diagnostic evaluation, and the management of common episodic and chronic health conditions throughout the life span. The course emphasizes evidence-based practice, health promotion and disease prevention as well as illness.
Advanced Primary Care Clinical II (MSN 852) - Credits: 4

Course Description

The focus is to assess individuals presenting with 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.
Advanced Primary Care Clinical III (MSN 853) - Credits: 4

Course Description

This didactic and clinical course explores symptoms, differential diagnoses, diagnostic evaluation, and the management of common episodic and chronic health conditions throughout the lifespan. Integration of theory, pathophysiology, health assessment and pharmacotherapeutics for the pediatric and older adult population along with women’s health issues will be highlighted.  This course emphasizes evidence based practice, health promotion and disease prevention.

Adult/Gerontology Primary Care NP

Core Courses

Health Policy and Issues in Advanced Nursing Roles (MSN 830) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course will explore and engage in a variety of healthcare issues facing advanced nursing practice. Students become involved at a personal and collaborative level in healthcare policy. In addition, students will analyze national and local nursing organizations and advocacy initiatives. Students will evaluate the pros and cons of public and private reimbursement policies. Additionally, students analyze healthcare quality and the influence of emerging technologies on healthcare outcomes. Ethical aspects of the United States and global healthcare will be addressed.
Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Roles and Interprofessional Collaboration (MSN 834) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Roles and Interprofessional Collaboration assists students in making clinical decision of significant gravity regarding client well-being . Scholarly inquiry into the basis for nursing practice provides the framework for answering clinical questions. Research is important for developing a body of knowledge unique to nursing. Concepts and relationships validated in the empirical arena become the foundation for theory development. A Theoretical context guides the study process from the research questions through the design, analysis interpretation and conclusion. Theories serve as heuristic devices by which new knowledge can be discovered to revise previous ways of nursing care delivery. Improved client care is the ultimate goal of theoretically guided research. Major areas of concern regarding nursing theory development are: deficient theoretical base to guide practice; proliferation of isolated studies not placed in a theoretical context and undue or premature focus on experimental research. Nursing knowledge needs to arise from practice and fold into theory which will inform practice. These three, knowledge, theory and practice, need to fit naturally into the advanced practice nurses’ experience.
Advanced Health Assessment (MSN 538) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Residency 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.
Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan (MSN 836) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan 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.
Pharmacotherapeutics (BIO 842) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Pharmacotherapeutics is a body systems approach to the study of the etiology, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of common disease processes throughout the life span.
Role Transitions for Advanced Practice Nursing (MSN 845) - Credits: 2

Course Description

MSN 845 explores the history of the advanced practice nurse and the role of the nurse practitioner in providing high-value primary health care and their role as community leaders. This course explores the transition of the student from registered nurse to the advanced practice nurse role with topics that include, family-focused care, clinical education, case presentations, clinical placement, professionalism, ethics and reimbursement.
Genetics, Immunology, & Microbiology For Advanced Nursing Roles (BIO 850) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is a review of the basic concepts in the structure and function of cells and how the breakdown of these functions lead to human disease. Students will learn how central genetics is to understanding human health and disease and will gain new insights into the role and interactions between microorganisms and the human immune system.
Foundations of Healthcare Informatics (MSN 860) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is an introductory survey of fundamentals of health information technology. Topics center on how information technology enables patient care, how information technology is used by  healthcare providers and caregivers, and it’s use to fuel modern health care organizations. This course provides an overview of health informatics with emphasis on the factors that helped create and sustain this new field, the key players involved, and the impact health information technology is having on the delivery of care in a rapidly changing healthcare marketplace. We explore a range of critical health care informatics topics, including: electronic health records, health information exchange, how health information technology impacts quality of care and patient safety, big data and predictive analytics, clinical decision support and knowledge management, regulatory issues, consumerism and technology, systems integration, and virtual health. The course also explores emerging and new uses of technology.

Specialization Courses

Advanced Advanced Primary Care Clinical I (MSN 865) - Credits: 4

Course Description

This didactic and clinical course explores symptoms, differential diagnosis, diagnostic evaluation, and the management of common episodic and chronic health conditions throughout the life span. The course emphasizes evidence-based practice, health promotion and disease prevention as well as illness.
Advanced Primary Care Clinical II (MSN 866) - Credits: 4

Course Description

The focus is to assess individuals presenting with 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.
Advanced Primary Care Clinical III (MSN 867) - Credits: 4

Course Description

This didactic and clinical course explores symptoms, differential diagnosis, diagnostic evaluation, and the management of common episodic and chronic health conditions throughout the adult lifespan. Integration of theory, pathophysiology, health assessment, and pharmacotherapeutics for the older adult in the outpatient setting will be highlighted. This course emphasizes evidence based practice, health promotion and disease prevention.

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