Nursing and Health-related Professions Education, Advanced Certificate
Advanced Certificate Program
This program is intended for nurses and other health care professionals such as occupational therapists, physical therapists, dietitians and physician assistants who wish to seek a position as a faculty/teacher, clinical instructor, in-service educator or clinical education coordinator. Those who have attained a master’s or doctoral degree in a clinical specialty, or who do not have an educational background, will benefit by attending, as will those currently in a teaching position who desire to update their knowledge and skills in educational theories, trends and resources.
Nursing and Health Related Professions
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This course is an overview of past and present curricular trends and development processes.
Principles and techniques of curriculum design, development, implementation, and evaluation
in educational programs are explored.
Synthesis of learning acquired in clinical, field experience, education, and research
courses. The art, principles and strategies of teaching in higher education and other
healthcare organizations are explored.Emphasis is placed on class, clinical, and other
learning experiences and evaluation of students, course outcomes, and program outcomes.
This course involves observation, participation, and practice in teaching. Nursing
students and other healthcare students will be placed in appropriate teaching situations.
Weekly discussions enable students to synthesize previous learning and discuss teaching
strategies, clinical/field evaluation, and problems associated with college/healthcare
facilities teaching. A total of 150 hours is required.
Total required for Certificate in Nursing and Health Related Professions: 9
The admission requirements common to all certificate programs are listed here. Requirements that are specific to a given certificate program are included under each program’s listing. Action on an application begins when the application, application fee and the official transcripts have been received. In addition to the application procedure, all candidates must demonstrate evidence of capability to succeed in a graduate program as shown by one of the following (all grade point averages (G.P.A.) are based on a 4.0 system):
- A cumulative undergraduate G.P.A. of at least 3.0
- A cumulative undergraduate G.P.A. of at least 2.7 with a 3.0 or better in the second half of undergraduate work
- A cumulative undergraduate G.P.A. of at least 2.7 with a 3.0 or better in the major field.
Candidates must have earned a baccalaureate degree in a health care discipline or education.
School of Nursing
The undergraduate and graduate programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The basic professional program leads to the bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N.) degree in four academic years and prepares the student for the NCLEX-RN Examinations. The program has a strong liberal arts foundation preparatory to and correlated with professional courses. Students begin clinical coursework in their Sophomore year and complete a variety of clinical experiences before graduation.
A special curriculum (R.N. to B.S.N.) is available for R.N. students with an associate degree or diploma in nursing. The curriculum, offered completely online, is designed to capitalize on the knowledge and experience gained from practicing as a professional nurse and from previous college coursework.
Graduate nursing programs are offered leading to a master’s of science in nursing including psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner degrees. These programs are 40 credits and a thesis or a project option is available in each.
All programs include a focus on evidence based practice, interdisciplinary health care studies and collaboration and partnerships with clients, health care professionals and agencies.
Graduates are prepared for careers in a multitude of health care settings including primary care, community and home health nursing, hospital nursing, long-term care nursing and new independent roles in managed care settings. Employment opportunities vary by specific programs.