Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences

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Post-Master's Gainful Employment Disclosure

The post-graduate certificate program builds upon and expands the knowledge, values, and skills of the Master's prepared nurse. The College offers the option of advanced study for Primary Care Nurse Practitioner leading to a Post Masters Certificate. In addition to specialty courses which prepare for expanded clinical roles in adult and gerontological health or family health, the student is prepared for prescriptive authority in advanced pathophysiology, assessment, and pharmacology. The program is 100% online and primary care based practicum hours are set up where you reside.

Certificate Requirements

  • Completion of 25-34 credits at the graduate level (depending on previous degree and Rx authority)
  • A grade of "B" or more in all nursing courses
  • Completion of certificate requirements within six years

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all previous course work
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resumé
  • Completion of an accredited Master's degree in nursing program
  • Current unrestricted Registered Nurse License from the state where you practice during practicum rotations
  • Passing score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if your native language is not English.
  • Submission of all application materials by posted deadlines 

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Foster change in health care delivery systems through translation of evidence in practice
  • Assume leadership in fostering collaborative interprofofessional care teams to integrate care service across the health care system
  • Participate in lifelong learning to promote excellence and to design innovative models of nursing practice


Advanced Practice Nurse Core Courses - if needed

NURS 6280 Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics
NURS 6730 Advanced Health Assessment
NURS 6740 Advanced Pathophysiology
Nurse Practitioner Specialty Focus (Adult/Geriatric)
NURS 6910 Primary Care of Acute Health Conditions
NURS 6920 Primary Care of Chronic Health Conditions
NURS 6930 Foundational Principles for Elder Care
NURS 6940 Geriatric Clinical Syndromes
NURS 6980 Synthesis Practicum
Nurse Practitioner Specialty Focus (Family NP)
NURS 6900 Primary Care of Pediatric Patients
NURS 6910 Primary Care of Acute Health Conditions
NURS 6920 Primary Care of Chronic Health Conditions
NURS 6980 Synthesis Practicum

Application Procedure

Due to individual state regulations, we are accepting students from these states:

    • Arizona
    • California
    • Colorado
    • Idaho
    • Iowa
    • Kansas
    • Michigan
    • Montana
    • Nebraska
    • Nevada
    • New Mexico
    • North Dakota
    • Ohio
    • Oklahoma
    • South Dakota
    • Texas
    • Utah
    • Virginia
    • Wyoming

Admitted Students: You have been admitted to our program as a resident of the particular state in which you resided at the time of application. If you plan to move to a different state while in our program, or do any practicum hours in a different state, it is your responsibility to check our List of Approved States to make sure that you may continue in our program after moving to that state.  For more information, see http://www.cu.edu/state-authorization/professional-licensure

Professional licensure requirements vary by profession and by state. The University of Colorado has not determined whether a course, program, certificate, or degree meets requirements for professional licensure outside of Colorado. Prior to enrolling, online and distance students are strongly advised to check with the appropriate licensing board in their current or intended state of residence to ensure the online course, program, certificate, or degree will meet that state's requirements. Contact information for your state's Board of Nursing is available at: https://ncsbn.org/contact-bon.htm

Apply Online

  • Spring term application deadline is August 15th
  • Fall term application deadline is March 15th

For more information, contact Diane Busch at dbusch@uccs.edu or 719.255.4424.


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Last Updated: April 22, 2016
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