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Post Master's Graduate Certificates

If you have already earned an MSN degree, earning a Post Master's Graduate Certificate (PMGC) from the College of Nursing allows you to gain certification in another clinical specialty, healthcare leadership, or informatics.

Advanced practice nurses are in high demand. Expand your nursing career at USC College of Nursing. 

As the health care field rapidly grows and becomes more complex, master’s-prepared nurses with specialized training in leadership or informatics are also sought after to improve team management and care delivery on a systemic level.  

The post master's graduate certificate programs’ online course format allows you to earn while you learn and study with online flexibility.

Upon graduation, you will be eligible to apply for national certification exams in your specialty area of study.

The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program prepares the nurse to provide health care services to acutely ill adults and gerontology patients with complex health problems.

The Post Master's Graduate Certificate in Advanced Practice Nursing AGACNP  program is a minimum of 18 credits (31 for non-APRNs) and takes a minimum of three semesters (five semesters for non-APRNs) to complete. Program includes didactic, clinical and immersion requirements.

Semester 1

  • NURS 702 - Pharmacological Management of Pediatric, Adult and Gerontological Patients Across the Lifespan ^
  • NURS 707 - Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurses ^

Semester 2

  • NURS 704 - Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning  ^+ 
  • NURS 718 - Diagnostic Interpretation and Therapeutic Modalities ^
  • NURS 772 - Introduction of Acute Care Adult and Gerontological Health Problems + 

Semester 3

  • NURS 773 - Principles of Acute Care Adult and Gerontological Health Problems I

Semester 4

  • NURS 774 - Principles of Acute Care Adult and Gerontological Complex Health Problems II *

Semester 5

  • NURS 778 - Advanced Practice Role:  Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP (AGACNP)
  • NURS 778A - Practicum of Advanced Practice Role:  Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP (AGACNP) ^*

+ On campus immersion
* Course requires clinical hours (672 total clinical hours required)

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program prepares the nurse to provide primary health care across the lifespan.

The Post Master's Graduate Certificate in Advanced Practice Nursing FNP program is a minimum of 18 credits (32 for non-APRNs) and takes a minimum of three semesters (six semesters for non-APRNs) to complete. The program includes didactic, clinical and immersion requirements.

Semester 1

  • NURS 702 - Pharmacological Management of Pediatric, Adult and Gerontological Patients Across the Lifespan ^
  • NURS 707 - Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurses ^

Semester 2

  • NURS 704 - Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning  ^
  • NURS 718 - Diagnostic Interpretation and Therapeutic Modalities ^

Semester 3

  • NURS 756 - Advanced Primary Care of Children for the FNP
  • NURS 757 - Advanced Primary Care of Women for the FNP +

Semester 4

  • NURS 758 - Acute Problems in Primary Care for the FNP *

Semester 5

  • NURS 759 - Management of Common Chronic Health Problems for the FNP +* 

Semester 6

  • NURS 760 - Family Nurse Practitioner Legal, Ethical, and Role Transition
  • NURS 760A - Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum ^*

+ On campus immersion
* Course requires clinical hours (672 total hours required)

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program prepares the nurse to provide psychiatric mental health services to clients/patients across the lifespan in various settings.

The Post Master's Graduate Certificate in Advanced Practice Nursing PMHNP  program is a minimum of 18 credits (32 for non-APRNs) and takes a minimum of four semesters (six semesters for non-APRNs) to complete. The program includes didactic, clinical and immersion requirements.

Semester 1

  • NURS 702 - Pharmacological Management of Pediatric, Adult and Gerontological Patients Across the Lifespan ^
  • NURS 707 - Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurses ^

Semester 2

  • NURS 704 - Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning  ^
  • NURS 718 - Diagnostic Interpretation and Therapeutic Modalities ^ 

Semester 3

  • NURS 761 - Neurological Basis of Behavior and Psychopharmacological Treatment

Semester 4

  • NURS 763 - Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practicum I: Management of Psychiatric/Mental Health Conditions*

 Semester 5

  • NURS 764 - Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practicum II: Management of Complex Psychiatric/Mental Health Conditions * 

Semester 6

  • NURS 768 - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: Legal, Ethical, and Role Transition*
  • NURS 768A - Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practicum III: Role Development ^*

+ On campus immersion
* Course requires clinical hours (672 total hours required)

The Healthcare Leadership program prepares the nurse to be a key leader in health organizations.

The Post Master's Graduate Certificate Healthcare Leadership program can be completed within one year, either through full-time or part-time study.

  • Full-time: two courses per seven-week term; two terms per academic semester
  • Part-time: one course per seven-week term; two terms per academic semester 

Projected Curriculum

  • NURS 720 - Clinical Application of Population Analysis
  • NURS 734 - Conceptual Basis of Health Systems
  • NURS 738 - Financing Health Care
  • NURS 740 - Facilitative Processes in Health Care Leadership (Pre-requisite to NURS 741)
  • NURS 741 - Coordinating Processes in Health Care Leadership* (Pre-requisite to NURS 742)
  • NURS 742 - Integrative Processes in Healthcare Leadership*

* NURS 741 and NURS 742 require a precepted leadership experience of 112 hours each in an approved clinical or other healthcare organizational setting, for a total of 224 hours.

The Nursing Education program prepares the graduate nurse to work in nursing academics or in clinical nursing education. 

The Post Master's Graduate Certificate Nursing Education program can be completed in five semesters and 27 credit hours for the nurse with a graduate degree that did not include Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology or Advanced Assessment. Those who have successfully completed those courses above with a B or better, may complete the program in five semester and 18 credit hours.

Fall semester 1

  • NURS 707 – Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NURS 710 – Role of the Nurse Educator B

Spring semester 2

  • NURS 702 – Pharmacological Management of Pediatric, Adult and Gerontological Patients Across the Lifespan
  • NURS 724 – Education in Nursing B

Summer semester 3

  • NURS 704 – Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning +
  • NURS 725 – Nursing Education: Curriculum and Evaluation

Fall semester 4

  • NURS 739 – Online Instruction and Technology in Nursing Education 
  • NURS 743 – Advanced Nursing Practicum for the Educator *

Spring semester 5

  • NURS 727 – Nurse Educator Practicum *

TOTAL 27 credit hours / 500 clinical hours

Aindicates A term, Bindicates B term. If not noted, full semester course.                                                                                                                              +on campus immersion                                                                                    *course requires  clinical hours 

Projected Curriculum:  Accelerated PMGC NE (5 semesters, 18 credit hours)**

(**for those with advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology and health/physical assessment)

Fall semester 1

  • NURS 710 – Role of the Nurse Educator B

Spring semester 2

  • NURS 724 – Education in Nursing B

Summer semester 3

  • NURS 725 – Nursing Education: Curriculum and Evaluation 

Fall semester 4

  • NURS 739 – Online Instruction and Technology in Nursing Education 
  • NURS 743 – Advanced Nursing Practicum for the Educator *

Spring semester 5

  • NURS 727 – Nurse Educator Practicum *

TOTAL 18 credit hours / 500 clinical hours

Aindicates A term, Bindicates B term. If not noted, full semester course.                                                                                                                              +on campus immersion                                                                                    *course requires  clinical hours 

The Nursing Informatics program prepares the nurse to identify and manage health care data to support clinicians and patients in decision making and improve health outcomes.

The Post Master's Graduate Certificate Nursing Informatics program is a total of 18 credits and takes four semesters to complete.

Fall Year 1

  • NURS 775 - Foundations in Nursing Informatics
  • ITEC 764 - Project Management for Health Information Systems

Spring Year 2

  • ITEC 770 - Health Database Systems
  • NURS 738 - Financing Health Care

Summer Year 2

  • NURS 734 - Conceptual Basis of Health Systems

Fall Year 2

  • NURS 777 - Nursing Informatics Practicum*

PMGC program costs depend on several factors. For estimated costs, view Graduate Programs Cost Estimates 2021-2022. For the most up-to-date cost information, visit the Bursar’s Office Tuition and Fees website.

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation. The Graduate School provides these details about the College of Nursing’s Post Masters Graduate Certificate programs.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degrees from a nationally accredited program and evidence of credentialing within the applicant’s specialty
  • Preferred cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for graduate coursework (official transcripts for all graduate coursework are required). Applicants who attend(ed) a graduate program that issued pass or fail grades for all classes will not be considered competitive applicants.
  • Preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate coursework (official transcripts for all nursing coursework are required). Applicants who attended a BSN or MSN program that issued pass or fail grades for all classes will not be considered competitive applicants.
  • AGACNP and FNP applicants: preferred clinical experience in an acute care setting (ICU, critical care, medical/surgical or emergency department). PMHNP applicants: preferred clinical experience includes psych or related field.
  • Submit a personal statement addressing the following: Describe the advanced practice role (FNP, AGACNP, PMHNP) and scope for which you are seeking certification. Describe how this program will advance your professional goals.
  • Current CV or Resume (In addition to your education and professional experiences, include any certifications, leadership experiences, experiences with diverse or underserved population, paid or volunteer healthcare experiences.)
  • Provide evidence of completion of graduate level courses in Health/Physical Assessment (across the lifespan), Physiology/Pathophysiology (across the lifespan) and pharmacology (broad categories of drugs). These must be three separate courses that meet current criteria for content based on the Consensus Model for APRN regulation (AACN, 2008).
  • Three (3) recommendations that attest to the applicant’s academic ability, professional competency and personal character. These letters must be from master’s- or doctoral-prepared health care professionals.
  • AGACNP program applicants: current BLS and ACLS.
  • FNP and PMHNP program applicants: current BLS.
  • Copy of current APRN specialty certification.
  • Unencumbered, active advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) license in state where clinical experiences will occur.
  • GRE not required.
  • BSN and MSN degree from a nationally accredited program.
  • Preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for graduate coursework (official transcripts for all graduate coursework are required). Applicants who attend a graduate program that issued pass or fail grades for all classes will not be considered competitive applicants.
  • Preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate coursework (official transcripts for all post-secondary school coursework are required). Applicants who attended a BSN or MSN program that issued pass or fail grades for all classes will not be considered competitive applicants.
  • AGACNP and FNP applicants: preferred clinical experience in an acute care setting (ICU, critical care, medical/surgical or emergency department). PMHNP applicants:  preferred clinical experience includes psych or related field.
  • Submit a personal statement addressing the following: Describe the advanced practice role (FNP, AGACNP, PMHNP) and scope for which you are seeking certification. Describe how this program will advance your professional goals.
  • Current CV or Resume (In addition to your education and professional experiences, include any certifications, leadership experiences, experiences with diverse or underserved population, paid or volunteer healthcare experiences.)
  • Three (3) recommendations that attest to the applicant’s academic ability, professional competency and personal character. These letters must be from a master’s- or doctoral- prepared health care professional.
  • AGACNP program applicants: current BLS and ACLS.
  • FNP and PMHNP program applicants: current BLS.
  • Unencumbered, active registered nurse license in state where clinical experiences will occur. This includes telehealth visits (South Carolina) for PMHNP Certificate of Graduate Studies.
  • GRE not required.
  • BSN and MSN degree from a nationally accredited program and evidence of credentialing within the applicant’s specialty.
  • Preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for graduate coursework (official transcripts for all graduate coursework are required). Applicants who attend(ed) a graduate program that issued pass or fail grades for all classes will not be considered competitive applicants.
  • Preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate coursework (official transcripts for all nursing coursework are required). Applicants who attended a BSN or MSN program that issued pass or fail grades for all classes will not be considered competitive applicants.
  • Submit a personal statement that addresses the following: Describe your plan for obtaining a preceptor and/or project site. In addition, describe your plan for your project.
  • Current CV or Resume (In addition to your education and professional experiences, include any certifications, leadership experiences, experiences with diverse or underserved population, paid or volunteer healthcare experiences.)
  • Three (3) recommendations that attest to the applicant’s academic ability, professional competency and personal character. These letters must be from a master’s- or doctoral- prepared health care professional.
  • Unencumbered, active registered nurse (RN) license in state where clinical experiences will occur.
  • GRE not required.
  • BSN and MSN degree from a nationally accredited program.
  • Preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for graduate coursework (official transcripts for all graduate coursework are required). Applicants who attend(ed) a graduate program that issued pass or fail grades for all classes will not be considered competitive applicants.
  • Preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate coursework (official transcripts for all nursing coursework are required). Applicants who attended a BSN or MSN program that issued pass or fail grades for all classes will not be considered competitive applicants.
  • Submit a personal statement addressing the following: Describe your plan for obtaining a preceptor and/or project site. In addition, describe your plan for your project. Describe what interests you in nursing education and why want to pursue an advanced role and scope in nursing education (NE). Be sure to indicate how the USC NE program will advance your professional goals and how your past experiences have informed and prepared you for applying for this program. Describe your experience with educational roles if any. Please address any obstacles you encountered in your academic career and how you overcame these obstacles. Please keep this brief but professional; please limit your personal statement to two pages.
  • Current CV or Resume. Include your record of employment, academic history, certifications, awards, honors, honorary or professional organization membership, teaching and/or leadership experience, volunteer, or community service. Also mention experience with diverse and/or underserved populations and paid/volunteer healthcare experiences.
  • Three (3) recommendations that attest to the applicant’s academic ability, professional competency and personal character. These letters must be from a master’s- or doctoral- prepared health care professional.
  • Unencumbered, active registered nurse (RN) license in state where clinical experiences will occur.
  • GRE not required.
  • BSN and MSN degree from a nationally accredited program and evidence of credentialing within the applicant’s specialty.
  • Preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for graduate coursework (official transcripts for all graduate coursework are required). Applicants who attend(ed) a graduate program that issued pass or fail grades for all classes will not be considered competitive applicants.
  • Preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate coursework (official transcripts for all nursing coursework are required). Applicants who attended a BSN or MSN program that issued pass or fail grades for all classes will not be considered competitive applicants.
  • Submit a personal statement that reflects certificate program outcomes.
  • Current CV or Resume (In addition to your education and professional experiences, include any certifications, leadership experiences, experiences with diverse or underserved population, paid or volunteer healthcare experiences.)
  • Three (3) recommendations that attest to the applicant’s academic ability, professional competency and personal character. These letters must be from a master’s- or doctoral- prepared health care professional.
  • Unencumbered, active registered nurse (RN) license in state where clinical experiences will occur.
  • GRE not required.

Students pursuing the Post Master's Graduate Certificate in Advanced Practice Nursing who are certified, practicing and meet the LACE components as Advanced Practice Nurses may not be required to take one or all these courses. Determination will be done after admission via GAP Analysis.^

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Williams-Brice Building, Room 208
1601 Greene St.
Columbia, SC 29208

803-777-9080
NURSGRAD@mailbox.sc.edu

 

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