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Expand your practice with a specialization as a Family or Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner in primary care.

Program Type

Graduate Certificate

Semester Start

Fall, Spring, Summer

Study Options

Online

Minimum Duration

4 Months

UMass Boston’s Nursing Post-Master’s Certificate (PMC) focuses on preparing you to earn your certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) in primary care. It’s designed for master’s prepared Registered Nurses (RNs) who want to become an FNP or AGNP in primary care and Nurse Practitioners (NPs) who want to add a second certification as an FNP or AGNP to their résumé. Interactive online learning and clinical coursework will help you develop and expand your skill sets. Use these skills to improve the quality of care you provide and expand your practice so you can provide health care to all populations.

The Nursing PMC program has 12-credit and 21-credit options*. The 12-credit option is open to RNs with MS degrees in nursing and current national certification as family, adult, and pediatric nurse practitioners. Those with women’s health, nurse midwife, neonatal, or acute care NP certifications are considered individually by the program director based on prior master’s level didactic and clinical course work. 

The 21-credit option is open to RNs and other certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), including Certified Nurse-midwives (CNMs) and Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS); Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners (WHNPs); and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (AGACNPs) with a Nursing MS degree.

Tuition: 12-Credit Program

  • The 12-credit option consists of two 3-credit courses, and one 6-credit practicum which includes 300 hours of supervised clinical practice.
  • Online tuition is $575 per credit.
  • College of Nursing Fee per semester is $700/Fall & Spring.
  • Other fees as applicable.
  • Estimated total program cost* is $7,600.

Tuition: 21-Credit Program

  • The 21-credit program consists of three 3-credit courses and two 6-credit practicums which include 600 total hours of supervised clinical practice.
  • Online tuition is $575 per credit.
  • College of Nursing Fee per semester is $700/Fall & Spring.
  • Other fees as applicable.
  • Estimated total program cost* is $13,475.

* Estimate is based on completing the program by minimum duration. Other fees may apply. Request Info to connect with a program representative for further details.

Deadlines

  • Applications to start in the summer are due March 31
  • Applications to start in the fall are due June 15
  • Applications to start in the spring are due November 15

Application Checklist

  • Prerequisites
    Prerequisites for either program includes evidence of graduate course work in advanced health assessment, advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology and role of the advanced practice nurse. Interested applicants who do show evidence of these pre-requisite courses should consult the College of Nursing and Health Sciences course schedule. If the applicant’s coursework in advanced pharmacology took place more than 5 years ago, they will need to repeat the course.
  • Applications
    • Indicate in your statement of interests and intent whether you are applying to the Family or Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (NP) Post Master’s Certificate program of study 12- or 21-credit options. Only Master’s prepared currently certified adult, pediatric, or gerontology NPs can be considered for acceptance into the 12-credit option. A personal telephone interview may be required. The UMass Boston Graduate Admissions Director will inform applicants of their admission to the program. Following admission, students should contact the Director of the Post Master’s Certificate program by email
  • Applicants must have or submit:
    • A master’s degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE approved graduate program in nursing.
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average in undergraduate work of 2.75.
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average in graduate work of 3.0.
    • A GPA of B 3.0 in undergraduate and or graduate level science courses.
    • Evidence of passing grades of B or better in graduate level courses in Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology (within 5 years), and Advanced Health Assessment, within the past 7 years for non NPs or non certified NPs.
    • Evidence of B or better in Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse or evidence of integration within the prior master’s in nursing program.
    • A current unrestricted Massachusetts license in nursing or a current license in another state in which the student lives or is doing their clinical practicum.
    • References: Two professional references describing your clinical practice skills, ethics, and reliability for the most recent two years of your clinical practice experience; one academic reference describing your academic performance, and reliability as a student.
    • Written essay of 500 words describing the nature of your professional goals and time frame for the completing the program of study; evidence supporting the nature of the clinical placement commitments (necessary to fulfill the clinical objectives of the specialty certificate desired).
    • Current professional résumé indicating all higher education institutions attended and professional work experience.
    • Evidence of national certification in advanced practice nursing specialty if applying to the 12 credit option.
    • Applicants are not required to submit Graduate Record Examination Scores.

*Please note that the Nursing PMC program is not available for residents in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming.

12-credit Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate Program

Required Course:

  • Mental and Psychosocial Health of the Urban Family (NURSNG637)
    In this course, you’ll consider multicultural individuals and families at risk for mental and psychosocial problems within the context of urban living. You’ll apply nursing theory and research to developing processes of care for individuals across the lifespan with mental health and psychosocial problems. You’ll learn evidence-based care, including cognitive-behavioral, psychopharmacological, and non-traditional approaches to psychosocial and related physical problems. You’ll also investigate research related to environmental, psychosocial, genetic, economic, family systems, developmental risk factors, drug efficacy, and nonpharmacological approaches for individuals with mental and psychosocial illness. You’ll also explore the impact of contemporary health care policy and legislative proposals on quality, cost, and access to care.

Choose one of two tracks, Primary Care of the Adult or Primary Care of the Childbearing Family:

  • Primary Care of Adults (NURSNG639)
    This course provides you with knowledge related to the assessment and management of patients with acute and chronic health care problems encountered by nurse practitioners in family practice and adult/gerontological primary care settings. You’ll analyze the direct and indirect components of the nurse practitioner role related to primary health care. You’ll apply evidence-based guidelines and research to support diagnostic, therapeutic, and pharmacological regimens. Emphasis will continue to be placed on the application of culturally sensitive nursing care to a diverse population, where diversity includes age, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, sexual orientation, abilities, and socioeconomic status.
  • Primary Care of the Adult Practicum (NURSNG670)
    Refine your advanced practice skills with further attention to the application of theory and evidence-based knowledge to the role of the family or adult/gerontological nurse practitioner. You’ll examine the assessment, diagnostic, therapeutic, evaluative, consultative, and teaching functions of the nurse practitioner role within a professional, ethical, and legal framework. You’ll continue to gain experience in the assessment and management of health promotion and episodic and chronic illness problems in adults with the supervision of nurse practitioner or physician preceptors, and faculty support. Seminar discussions include an exploration of special topics in disease management to improve quality, access, and cost of primary health care for diverse populations. You’ll also discuss diversity, health care disparities, and ethical issues as they relate to the clinical topics. This practicum includes 300 clinical hours in internal medicine or family practice.

OR

  • Primary Care of the Childbearing Family (NURSNG681)
    This course builds on human growth and development to focus on acquiring knowledge related to the assessment and management of patients with acute and chronic health care problems encountered by nurse practitioners in family practice and pediatric primary care settings. You’ll analyze problems of pregnant women, infants, children and adolescents within a family nurse practitioner framework for practice. You’ll apply evidence-based laboratory, diagnostic, therapeutic, and pharmacological plans of care to problem management. Continued emphasis is placed on application of culturally sensitive nursing care to a diverse population where diversity includes age, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, sexual orientation, abilities, and socioeconomic status.
  • Primary Care of the Childbearing Family Practicum (NURSNG682)
    Further refine your skills in critical thinking and clinical reasoning. You’ll apply assessment, diagnostic, therapeutic, and health teaching strategies to a continuum of health promotion/illness problems of women, infants, and children. Seminars are grounded in learning the application of theory and research to the domains of practice of the family nurse practitioner with emphasis on the management of patient health and illness and the teaching-coaching function of the nurse practitioner in the specialty of pediatrics and obstetrics. You’ll develop role competencies under the supervision of nurse practitioner preceptors and faculty in urban health care settings. Seminar discussions include an exploration of special topics in disease management to improve quality, access, and cost of primary health care for diverse populations (or communities) with an emphasis on underserved populations where diversity includes age, gender, race/ethnicity, culture, religion, language, sexual orientation, abilities, and socioeconomic status. This practicum includes 220 clinical hours in pediatrics and 80 hours in OB.

12-credit Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) Certificate Program

Required Course:

  • Mental and Psychosocial Health of the Urban Family (NURSNG637)
    In this course, you’ll consider multicultural individuals and families at risk for mental and psychosocial problems within the context of urban living. You’ll apply nursing theory and research to developing processes of care for individuals across the lifespan with mental health and psychosocial problems. You’ll learn evidence-based care, including cognitive-behavioral, psychopharmacological, and non-traditional approaches to psychosocial and related physical problems. You’ll also investigate research related to environmental, psychosocial, genetic, economic, family systems, developmental risk factors, drug efficacy, and nonpharmacological approaches for individuals with mental and psychosocial illness. You’ll also explore the impact of contemporary health care policy and legislative proposals on quality, cost, and access to care.

Choose one of two tracks, Primary Care of Adults or Primary Care of Older Adults:

  • Primary Care of Adults (NURSNG639)
    This course provides you with knowledge related to the assessment and management of patients with acute and chronic health care problems encountered by nurse practitioners in family practice and adult/gerontological primary care settings. You’ll analyze the direct and indirect components of the nurse practitioner role related to primary health care. You’ll apply evidence-based guidelines and research to support diagnostic, therapeutic, and pharmacological regimens. Emphasis will continue to be placed on the application of culturally sensitive nursing care to a diverse population, where diversity includes age, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, sexual orientation, abilities, and socioeconomic status.
  • Primary Care of the Adult Practicum (NURSNG670)
    Refine your advanced practice skills with further attention to the application of theory and evidence-based knowledge to the role of the family or adult/gerontological nurse practitioner. You’ll examine the assessment, diagnostic, therapeutic, evaluative, consultative, and teaching functions of the nurse practitioner role within a professional, ethical, and legal framework. You’ll continue to gain experience in the assessment and management of health promotion and episodic and chronic illness problems in adults with the supervision of nurse practitioner or physician preceptors, and faculty support. Seminar discussions include an exploration of special topics in disease management to improve quality, access, and cost of primary health care for diverse populations. You’ll also discuss diversity, health care disparities, and ethical issues as they relate to the clinical topics. This practicum includes 300 clinical hours in internal medicine or family practice.

OR

  • Primary Care of the Older Adult (NURSNG671)
    In this course, you’ll focus on the health care issues and needs of elders across the care continuum of acute, chronic, community, and long-term care settings. You’ll explore aspects of physical, emotional, cultural, and social aging across the lifespan utilizing various theoretical perspectives and models. The assessment, teaching-coaching, and management roles of the advanced practice gerontological nurse in relation to acute and chronic health conditions of the older adult are emphasized.
  • Primary Care of the Older Adult Practicum (NURSNG672)
    Further refine your skills in critical thinking and clinical reasoning in the application of theory and research to practice. Apply assessment, diagnostic, therapeutic, and health teaching strategies to a continuum of health promotion/illness problems with a focus on the primary care of adults and older adults across the continuum of care. Build skills in seeing increasingly complex patients with a combination of higher risk, acute illness, and chronic health problems where atypical disease presentation and challenges to disease treatment exist. Seminars are grounded in learning the application of theory and research to the domains of practice of the adult/gerontological nurse practitioner, including the management of patient health and illness, the teaching-coaching function of the nurse practitioner, and ensuring the quality of health care services. You’ll develop interdisciplinary collaborative practice skills. You’ll also develop role competencies under the supervision of nurse practitioner or physician preceptors and faculty in a variety of health care settings. Seminar discussions include an exploration of special topics in disease management to improve quality, access and cost of primary health care for diverse populations (or communities) with an emphasis on underserved populations where diversity includes age, gender, race/ethnicity, culture, religion, language, sexual orientation, abilities, and socioeconomic status. This practicum includes 300 clinical hours in internal medicine.

21-credit Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate Program

  • Mental and Psychosocial Health of the Urban Family (NURSNG637)
    In this course, you’ll consider multicultural individuals and families at risk for mental and psychosocial problems within the context of urban living. You’ll apply nursing theory and research to developing processes of care for individuals across the lifespan with mental health and psychosocial problems. You’ll learn evidence-based care, including cognitive-behavioral, psychopharmacological, and non-traditional approaches to psychosocial and related physical problems. You’ll also investigate research related to environmental, psychosocial, genetic, economic, family systems, developmental risk factors, drug efficacy, and nonpharmacological approaches for individuals with mental and psychosocial illness. You’ll also explore the impact of contemporary health care policy and legislative proposals on quality, cost, and access to care.
  • Primary Care of Adults (NURSNG639)
    This course provides you with knowledge related to the assessment and management of patients with acute and chronic health care problems encountered by nurse practitioners in family practice and adult/gerontological primary care settings. You’ll analyze the direct and indirect components of the nurse practitioner role related to primary health care. You’ll apply evidence-based guidelines and research to support diagnostic, therapeutic, and pharmacological regimens. Emphasis will continue to be placed on the application of culturally sensitive nursing care to a diverse population, where diversity includes age, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, sexual orientation, abilities, and socioeconomic status.
  • Primary Care of the Adult Practicum (NURSNG670)
    Refine your advanced practice skills with further attention to the application of theory and evidence-based knowledge to the role of the family or adult/gerontological nurse practitioner. You’ll examine the assessment, diagnostic, therapeutic, evaluative, consultative, and teaching functions of the nurse practitioner role within a professional, ethical, and legal framework. You’ll continue to gain experience in the assessment and management of health promotion and episodic and chronic illness problems in adults with the supervision of nurse practitioner or physician preceptors, and faculty support. Seminar discussions include an exploration of special topics in disease management to improve quality, access, and cost of primary health care for diverse populations. You’ll also discuss diversity, health care disparities, and ethical issues as they relate to the clinical topics. This practicum includes 300 clinical hours in internal medicine or family practice.
  • Primary Care of the Childbearing Family (NURSNG681)
    This course builds on human growth and development to focus on acquiring knowledge related to the assessment and management of patients with acute and chronic health care problems encountered by nurse practitioners in family practice and pediatric primary care settings. You’ll analyze problems of pregnant women, infants, children and adolescents within a family nurse practitioner framework for practice. You’ll apply evidence-based laboratory, diagnostic, therapeutic, and pharmacological plans of care to problem management. Continued emphasis is placed on application of culturally sensitive nursing care to a diverse population where diversity includes age, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, sexual orientation, abilities, and socioeconomic status.
  • Primary Care of the Childbearing Family Practicum (NURSNG682)
    Further refine your skills in critical thinking and clinical reasoning. You’ll apply assessment, diagnostic, therapeutic, and health teaching strategies to a continuum of health promotion/illness problems of women, infants, and children. Seminars are grounded in learning the application of theory and research to the domains of practice of the family nurse practitioner with emphasis on the management of patient health and illness and the teaching-coaching function of the nurse practitioner in the specialty of pediatrics and obstetrics. You’ll develop role competencies under the supervision of nurse practitioner preceptors and faculty in urban health care settings. Seminar discussions include an exploration of special topics in disease management to improve quality, access, and cost of primary health care for diverse populations (or communities) with an emphasis on underserved populations where diversity includes age, gender, race/ethnicity, culture, religion, language, sexual orientation, abilities, and socioeconomic status. This practicum includes 220 clinical hours in pediatrics and 80 hours in OB.

21-credit Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) Certificate Program

  • Mental and Psychosocial Health of the Urban Family (NURSNG637)
    In this course, you’ll consider multicultural individuals and families at risk for mental and psychosocial problems within the context of urban living. You’ll apply nursing theory and research to developing processes of care for individuals across the lifespan with mental health and psychosocial problems. You’ll learn evidence-based care, including cognitive-behavioral, psychopharmacological, and non-traditional approaches to psychosocial and related physical problems. You’ll also investigate research related to environmental, psychosocial, genetic, economic, family systems, developmental risk factors, drug efficacy, and nonpharmacological approaches for individuals with mental and psychosocial illness. You’ll also explore the impact of contemporary health care policy and legislative proposals on quality, cost, and access to care.
  • Primary Care of Adults (NURSNG639)
    This course provides you with knowledge related to the assessment and management of patients with acute and chronic health care problems encountered by nurse practitioners in family practice and adult/gerontological primary care settings. You’ll analyze the direct and indirect components of the nurse practitioner role related to primary health care. You’ll apply evidence-based guidelines and research to support diagnostic, therapeutic, and pharmacological regimens. Emphasis will continue to be placed on the application of culturally sensitive nursing care to a diverse population, where diversity includes age, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, sexual orientation, abilities, and socioeconomic status.
  • Primary Care of the Adult Practicum (NURSNG670)
    Refine your advanced practice skills with further attention to the application of theory and evidence-based knowledge to the role of the family or adult/gerontological nurse practitioner. You’ll examine the assessment, diagnostic, therapeutic, evaluative, consultative, and teaching functions of the nurse practitioner role within a professional, ethical, and legal framework. You’ll continue to gain experience in the assessment and management of health promotion and episodic and chronic illness problems in adults with the supervision of nurse practitioner or physician preceptors, and faculty support. Seminar discussions include an exploration of special topics in disease management to improve quality, access, and cost of primary health care for diverse populations. You’ll also discuss diversity, health care disparities, and ethical issues as they relate to the clinical topics. This practicum includes 300 clinical hours in internal medicine or family practice.
  • Primary Care of the Older Adult (NURSNG671)
    In this course, you’ll focus on the health care issues and needs of elders across the care continuum of acute, chronic, community, and long-term care settings. You’ll explore aspects of physical, emotional, cultural, and social aging across the lifespan utilizing various theoretical perspectives and models. The assessment, teaching-coaching, and management roles of the advanced practice gerontological nurse in relation to acute and chronic health conditions of the older adult are emphasized.
  • Primary Care of the Older Adult Practicum (NURSNG672)
    Further refine your skills in critical thinking and clinical reasoning in the application of theory and research to practice. Apply assessment, diagnostic, therapeutic, and health teaching strategies to a continuum of health promotion/illness problems with a focus on the primary care of adults and older adults across the continuum of care. Build skills in seeing increasingly complex patients with a combination of higher risk, acute illness, and chronic health problems where atypical disease presentation and challenges to disease treatment exist. Seminars are grounded in learning the application of theory and research to the domains of practice of the adult/gerontological nurse practitioner, including the management of patient health and illness, the teaching-coaching function of the nurse practitioner, and ensuring the quality of health care services. You’ll develop interdisciplinary collaborative practice skills. You’ll also develop role competencies under the supervision of nurse practitioner or physician preceptors and faculty in a variety of health care settings. Seminar discussions include an exploration of special topics in disease management to improve quality, access and cost of primary health care for diverse populations (or communities) with an emphasis on underserved populations where diversity includes age, gender, race/ethnicity, culture, religion, language, sexual orientation, abilities, and socioeconomic status. This practicum includes 300 clinical hours in internal medicine.

At the end of this four- to eight-month program, you’ll be awarded a post-master’s certificate in Nursing. The certificate will demonstrate your expertise in the field on your résumé, as well as in interviews and workplace evaluations. Apply the skills learned in the program to get certified* as a Family Nurse Practitioner or Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner in primary care.

*Please note that the Nursing PMC program is not available for residents in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming.

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