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Postgraduate Certificates in Nursing

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About the Program

Expand your knowledge and credentials with a postgraduate certificate. Prepare for advanced practice in leadership, education and clinical practice.

We feature collaboration and placement with over 200 established partnerships in a variety of local and regional clinical settings. Our clinical preceptors are engaged, caring healthcare professionals who provide an invaluable piece of our students’ clinical education.

The APRN-C program option, which is the one certificate accreditation option available through CCNE, allows students with a master's or doctorate degree in nursing to obtain further education to qualify for FNP certification.

Certificate Options and Curriculum Plans

Clinical Nurse Leader (online program)

Enhance your career with an online clinical nurse leader postgraduate certificate. The clinical nurse leader certificate program prepares graduates for coordination of care and clinical leadership in all health care settings. Graduates of SDState's clinical nurse leader certificate program are eligible to sit for the clinical nurse leader certification exam.

The program of study is individualized. Interested applicants are advised to contact the graduate nursing department to discuss options.

For required courses and more information, see the curriculum plan.

Nurse Educator (online program)

If you desire to help develop a nursing workforce committed to healthcare quality and safety, this graduate certificate program provides the opportunity to take the next, and perhaps most rewarding, step in your career. Graduates of SDState's online nurse educator certificate program are eligible to sit for the Certified Nurse Educator examination. 

The postgraduate nursing education certification program of study is individualized. Interested applicants are advised to contact the graduate nursing department to discuss options.

For required courses and more information, see the curriculum plan.

Family Nurse Practitioner (blended face-to-face and online program)

Graduates of the postgraduate Family Nurse Practitioner certificate program are prepared to deliver evidence-based direct patient care at an advanced practice level to individuals across the lifespan in primary care settings with an emphasis on rural healthcare. A blend of online and face-to-face course delivery ensures convenience and accessibility.

Students complete a minimum of 1000 hours of clinical practice preceptorship.

Certification Eligibility

The South Dakota State University postgraduate certificate family nurse practitioner program meets ANCC's certification eligibility educational requirements. Students who complete these programs have the educational preparation to sit for the ANCC certification in the respective role and population. Applicants must also meet any additional eligibility criteria in effect when they apply for certification.

For required courses and more information, see the curriculum plan.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (online program)

The postgraduate psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner certificate will prepare you to effectively care for patients with complex psychiatric and physical health needs. Graduates of the online Postgraduate psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner certificate program are eligible to write the certification examinations in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

For required courses and more information, see the curriculum plan.

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Program Outcomes

To prepare clinical nurse leaders, nurse educators, family nurse practitioners and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners who:
  • apply knowledge of evidence-based practice,
  • engage in life-long learning, and
  • serve South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world in urban, rural and frontier health care settings.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the program, the graduate will successfully demonstrate the following outcomes:
  • Display competence within the legal scope of practice for chosen specialization. 
  • Evaluate and utilize research within advanced nursing practice. 
  • Integrate cultural learning into nursing practice to effectively tailor health care to the diverse lifestyles of clients. 

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