Post-Master's Certificate Programs
For individuals already holding a master's degree in nursing, options include a post-master's certificate as a FNP, which is individually designed for nurse practitioners certified in another specialty area, or a second master's degree in the FNP concentration or a post-master's certificate as an NE, both open to any master's-prepared nurse.
Second Master's Degree Curriculum (Family Nurse Practitioner)
Individuals holding a graduate degree in nursing may earn a second master's in nursing degree in the Clarion and Edinboro Universities' Family Nurse Practitioner concentration. In order to qualify for a second master's degree, regardless of where the first degree was earned, graduate students must successfully complete a minimum of 30 hours of credit in the Clarion/Edinboro program beyond the first master's degree and meet program requirements with respect to the required semester hours of credit and courses for the major.
Second master's degree students would typically have transfer credits in nursing theory and research that could apply to the requirements of NURS 605: Evolution of Nursing Theory, NURS 610: Advanced Concepts in Nursing Research, and NURS 800: Scholarly Project/Thesis. Students may petition for life experience credits for NURS 614: Health Promotion: Family and Community Perspectives and NURS 645: Nursing and Public Policy. Clinical courses and the internship are required of all degree students regardless of prior advanced education.
Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate
A Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate option is available to Master of Science in Nursing graduates. A program of study that meets all requirements for the graduate to sit for national certifying exams will be tailored to the needs of the individual.
Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Education
A post-master's certificate is available to individuals who hold a master's degree in nursing from an accredited program. This includes nurses who have graduate degrees as nurse practitioners. the purpose of this certificate program is to prepare nurses for teaching positions in nursing in both academic and non-academic settings. A minimum of 15 credits is required to earn a certificate.