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2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing Education Post-Master’s Certificate

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Post-Master’s Certificate

The Nursing Education Certificate program provides a formal program of study for masters prepared nurses interested in obtaining a credential allowing them to teach in the College of Nursing. The program provides them with content necessary to teach nursing students in a specific area of nursing. Once students complete the certificate, they would be eligible to sit for the national certification exam in this area.


The following prerequisite courses must be completed at the master’s level with a grade of “B” or better prior to admission.

  1. Advanced Health Assessment, (3 credit hours)
  2. Advanced Health Assessment, Clinical or Lab (4 credit hours)
  3. Advanced Pathophysiology, (3 credit hours)
  4. Advanced Pharmacology, (3 credit hours)

Program Admission

Admission to the program is based on competitive selection from the pool of applicants who meet the College of Graduate Studies admission requirements.

Additional admission requirements for the Nursing Education Post Masters Certificate Program include:

  1. A Master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program (NLNAC or CCNE).
  2. Satisfactory completion (B or better) of the following courses at the Master’s level:
    1. Advanced Health Assessment : 3 semester hours
    2. Advanced Health Assessment - Clinical or lab : 1 semester hour
    3. Advanced Pathophysiology : 3 semester hours
    4. Advanced Pharmacology : 3 semester hours
  3. Eligibility to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee or in an approved state in which clinical assignments are completed. Appropriate licensure/authorization must be obtained during the first semester following admission to the program.
  4. Overall G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  5. Applicants for whom English is not their primary language are required to meet the University’s minimum required TOEFL score.
  6. A written document prepared by the applicant that includes a resume, a discussion of prior professional experience, future career goals, and reasons for pursuing graduate study.
  7. Letters of recommendation from at least three persons familiar with the applicant’s academic and/or professional background and experience in nursing practice, specifying in detail the applicant’s capabilities for graduate study and for future practice as an advanced practice nurse.


Retention requirements are the same as for the MSN degree. All requirements for the post master certificate must be completed in 5 calendar years

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