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For information related to the Post-Masters Nursing Certificate, students should consult the Graduate School section, under Certificates and Non-Degree Programs.

Post-Master’s Nursing Certification is available for persons with a master’s degree in Nursing who wish to be eligible to take the certification examinations in an advanced practice area for which they were not prepared in their original program. The plan of study will be individualized after review of official transcripts. No degree is awarded; however, awarding of the certificate will be noted on the official transcripts from UTEP. Interested students should contact the Assistant Dean for Graduate Education for more information.

Certificate Programs

In addition to the Post-Master’s Certificate for Nurse Practitioners, the SON offers three graduate certificates in Nursing Education, Evidence-Based Practice, and Health Care Leadership Management. Each certificate is nine (9) semester credit hours and consists of two or three graduate courses.

Requirements for Admission:

  1. Admission to the graduate school as a certificate student and approval of the Assistant Dean for Graduate Education in the School of Nursing.
  2. During the application process, students will be asked to enter a code identifying major or certificate they wish to complete.
  3. The code for each of the certificates is listed after the title below.
  4. The code for the Post-Master’s Certificate as a Nurse Practitioner is PMSN; in addition, Nurse Practitioner applicants will be asked to choose a concentration. (See the Nurse Practitioner major, above.)

Grade Requirement: Students must earn a B or better in each of the three courses (two courses in the Evidence-Based Practice Certificate) in order to earn the Graduate Certificate. Single courses can be taken for elective credit; however, the certificate is granted only on completion of the nine-hour sequence.

Degree Plan

Post Master's Nursing Certificate with Concentration

Required Credits: 49

Graduate Core Hours (All courses require a grade of B or better)
Required Courses:
NURS 5310Nursing Theories and Processes3
NURS 5338Health Law, Policy & Ethics3
NURS 5370Rsrch Appraisal & Application3
Advanced Practice Core Courses (All courses require a grade of B or better)
Required Courses:
NURS 5303Advanced Health Assessment3
NURS 5319Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 5362Pharmacotherapeutics3
Concentration
Select one concentration31
Total Hours49

Concentration in Acute Geriatrics

Adult-Gero NP w/Acute Care Sp (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
NURS 5254Advanced Practice Nursing Role2
NURS 5260Advanced Skills2
NURS 5302Adult & Geriatric Practm3
NURS 5361Acute & Critcl Illness Practm3
NURS 5367Advanced Diagnostics3
NURS 5461Acute & Crit Illness in Adults4
NURS 5472Advanced Practice Clinical4
NURS 5602Adult & Geriatric Health6
Total Hours27

Concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner

Family Nurse Practitioner (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
NURS 5254Advanced Practice Nursing Role2
NURS 5302Adult & Geriatric Practm3
NURS 5312Chldbear/rearing Hlth Practm3
NURS 5412Childbearing/rearing Hlth4
NURS 5472Advanced Practice Clinical4
NURS 5602Adult & Geriatric Health6
NURS 5672Advanced Practice Clinical6
Select three hours from the following graduate NURS:3
Adv Health Assessm. Practicum
Advanced FNP Skills
Special Topics
Independent Study
Advanced Health Assessment
Advanced FNP Diagnostics
FNP Adult Health
FNP Adult Health Practicum
FNP Geriatric Health
FNP Geriatric Health Practicum
FNP Pediatric Health
FNP Women's Health
FNP Women's Health Practicum
Advanced Skills
Special Topics
Independent Study
Organ. Theory & Culture
Advanced Health Assessment
Nursing Theories and Processes
Advanced Pathophysiology
Alternative Healing Methods
Management Roles & Operations
Health Care Financial Mgmt.
Health Law, Policy & Ethics
Nursing Management Residency
Curriculum Development
Effective Teaching Strategies
Evaluation of Learning
Perspectives on Border Health
Pediatric Chronic Hlth Practm
Acute Pediatric Practicum
Acute & Critcl Illness Practm
Pharmacotherapeutics
Managing Health Care Outcomes
Managing Diverse Work Teams
Advanced Diagnostics
Nursing Ed Mentored Experience
Rsrch Appraisal & Application
Integ Concpts Pathophys/Pharm
Nurs Ed Mentored Exp-Educ Role
Special Topics in Nursing
Independent Study
FNP Pedi Health Practicum
Acute & Crit Illness in Adults
GNP Certification Review
Advanced Practice Clinical
Advanced Practice Clinical
Pediatric Acute Care
Pediatric Chronic Healthcare
Total Hours31

Concentration in Pediatric Nurse Acute Care

Pediatric Nurse Acute Care (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required courses:
NURS 5254Advanced Practice Nursing Role2
NURS 5260Advanced Skills2
NURS 5312Chldbear/rearing Hlth Practm3
NURS 5359Acute Pediatric Practicum3
NURS 5367Advanced Diagnostics3
NURS 5412Childbearing/rearing Hlth4
NURS 5472Advanced Practice Clinical4
NURS 5657Pediatric Acute Care6
Total Hours27

Concentration in Pediatric Nurse Primary Care

Pediatric Nurse Primary Care (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required courses:
NURS 5254Advanced Practice Nursing Role2
NURS 5260Advanced Skills2
NURS 5312Chldbear/rearing Hlth Practm3
NURS 5358Pediatric Chronic Hlth Practm3
NURS 5367Advanced Diagnostics3
NURS 5412Childbearing/rearing Hlth4
NURS 5372Integ Concpts Pathophys/Pharm3
NURS 5658Pediatric Chronic Healthcare6
Total Hours26