The purpose of the post-master’s certificate program is to provide an educational route to specialization in an area other than that obtained in their master’s or doctoral program for nurses who already hold a master’s degree in nursing. The program is designed to strengthen or broaden the clinical, or management capabilities of master’s prepared nurses who are planning a role expansion or role change.
Post-master’s certificate (PMC) students must successfully complete all didactic and clinical requirements of the desired area of practice. In order to obtain a PMC in the family nurse practitioner specialty, students are required to complete a minimum of 560 supervised hours in direct patient care. The program of study includes academic and clinical courses and completion results in awarding a certificate of academic achievement of post-master’s study. Completion of the requirements for the PMC is posted on the student’s official University of Mobile transcript with a noted concentration of Family Nurse Practitioner.
The Family Nurse Practitioner will be prepared to promote the health and education of patients who may be encountered as individuals, groups and/or families. Students will experience an online program with intensives interspersed once each semester, allowing students an opportunity to be face-to-face with faculty and time to network with other nursing professionals. Cutting-edge simulation and technology in the new Center for Excellence in Healthcare Practice will be utilized to develop clinical expertise.