Robert E. Smith School of Nursing

Post-Master’s Certificate (Online)

About the Program

Students applying to the Post-Master’s Certificate program are registered nurses with a current RN license and a Master of Science in Nursing degree, but seeking another role concentration or certificate.

Program Learning [Student] Outcomes

  1. Integrate nursing, related sciences, and emerging evidence to improve health outcomes and safety for diverse populations.
  2. Utilize leadership skills to design and implement strategies that improve care delivery and outcomes.
  3. Contribute to the integration of healthcare services to improve quality and safety across the continuum of care.
  4. Translate theory and research to provide evidence based nursing practice and improve outcomes.
  5. Promote the use of information and communication technologies to provide safe, quality, and cost effective healthcare.
  6. Analyze and interpret the effects of healthcare policies, ethics, and regulatory processes to influence practice and outcomes.
  7. Employ collaborative leadership strategies to advocate, mentor, and function within inter-professional teams and partnerships.
  8. Integrate individual and population based health promotion and prevention strategies to provide equitable, efficient, and effective global healthcare.
  9. Apply advanced knowledge, skills, and competencies to design, implement, and evaluate direct and indirect care for individuals, families, and communities.

Admission Requirements

While the application deadline is February 1, you may apply to the graduate nursing program anytime throughout the year. Once your file folder is complete, you will be notified and an interview scheduled. Students considered for full admission to the graduate program in the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing must meet the following requirements by February 1:

  • Apply to Delta State University Graduate School and meet admission requirements as outlined in the Delta State University Graduate Bulletin.
  • Meet admission requirements to the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing Graduate Program as follows:
    • Master of Science degree in Nursing with a minimum GPA of 3.00 overall.
    • Completion of Robert E. Smith School of Nursing Master of Science in Nursing Program Application.
    • At least one year of continuous clinical nursing experience as a Registered Nurse for Nurse Educator.
    • At least one year of continuous clinical nursing experience with patient contact as a RN within the past three years for Nurse Practitioner.
    • Submission of a resume’ (further information included in the application packet).
    • A copy of a current unencumbered registered nurse license to practice in the state in which the student will perform clinical.
    • Three current (< 1 year) letters of professional/academic reference. At least one reference must be academic in nature.
    • Completion of an interview with Robert E. Smith School of Nursing faculty prior to admission with a score of 50 or better (application packet must be complete before an interview is scheduled).
    • A grade of “C” or better on a graduate level pathophysiology course (applies only to nurse practitioner and educator tracks).
    • A  grade of “C” or better on an introductory course in statistics.

Each student will be required to submit a completed health and immunization form provided by the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing, evidence of personal health insurance and current BLS certification (infant, child, adult) after being accepted for admission.

Applicants must comply with Mississippi legislative statues and regulations regarding criminal background checks by having fingerprints taken at an approved health care agency (not a police or sheriff’s department) and a criminal background check completed. Any cost of this requirement will be the student’s responsibility.

Applicants who want to receive credit for prior nursing course(s) taken at another institution must submit a written request with supporting documentation and credit be negotiated before admission to the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing and not after the student is enrolled.

Post-Master’s “Fast Track” Nurse Educator Certificate  – Under Revision

Students who already have a Master’s degree in Nursing may be admitted to selected courses necessary for national certification as a nurse educator.

Post-Master’s [NE] Certificate Goals

  1. Provide master-prepared nurses with the knowledge and skills to assume the advanced role as a nursing educator.
  2. Prepare master-prepared nurses to improve health outcomes at the system, population, or individual patient levels.
  3. Prepare master-prepared nurses academically to pursue education beyond the master’s level.

 

Total Program Credit Hours: Under Revision

Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Students who already have a master’s degree in nursing may be admitted to selected courses necessary for national certification as a family nurse practitioner.

Post-Master’s [FNP] Certificate Goals

  1. Provide master-prepared nurses with the knowledge and skills to assume the advanced practice role as a family nurse practitioner.
  2. Prepare master-prepared nurses to improve health outcomes at the system, population, or individual patient levels.
  3. Prepare master-prepared nurses academically to pursue education beyond the master’s level.

 

Total Program Credit Hours: 41

Course Semester Hours
NUR 602 Advanced Health Assessment 3
NUR 625 Advanced Health Assessment Practicum 3
NUR 604 Advanced Healthcare Policy & Politics 2
NUR 605 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NUR 624 Differential Diagnosis in Primary Care 2
NUR 630 Family Nurse Practice I 3
NUR 631 Family Nurse Practice I Practicum 4
NUR 634 Family Nurse Practice II 3
NUR 635 Family Nurse Practice II Practicum 5
NUR 638 Family Nurse Practice III 2
NUR 639 Family Nurse Practice III Practicum 5
NUR 620 Role Synthesis (Nurse Practitioners) 2
NUR 640 Informatics in Clinical Practice 2
NUR 680 Family Nurse Practitioner Review Course 2

Post Masters  Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate (2020-2021)

First Semester – $1205.00

Second Semester – $305.00

Third Semester – $305.00

Fourth Semester – $640.00

Total Fees: $2455.00

  • Cohort based; Fall term start
  • Clinical must be completed in Mississippi or Arkansas (FNP track only)

Contact

Department Chair

Dr. Shelby Polk
P: 662-846-4255
F: 662-846-4271
nursing@deltastate.edu

Address and Mailing

Robert E. Smith School of Nursing
DSU Box 3343 Nursing 137
Cleveland, MS 38733

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