School of Nursing

Certificate of Advanced Study in Nursing - Post-Masters Certificate

The post-master's certificate is designed to meet the educational needs of the master's prepared registered nurse interested in obtaining preparation for practice in an additional specialty. Students enrolled in this program join the master's students enrolled in the respective concentrations.

Post-Master's Certificates of Advanced Study (CAS) are available in the following specialties:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the lifespan)
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

The following certificate programs are currently being revised. Admissions for these certificates will be closed until March, 2016:

  • Nursing Management
  • Clinical Nurse Leader

Required Courses may vary depending on previous course work and clinical practice.

Program Requirements for Family Nurse Practitioner

BIO 545 Advanced Pathophysiology 
NUR 601 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics 
NUR 602 Advanced Health Assessment
NUR 608 Applied Theories for Advanced Interpersonal Skills 

Clinical Concentration Courses:
NUR 664, NUR 665, NUR 666,NUR 667, NUR 668, and NUR 669     

NUR 650 Primary Care of the Adolescent
NUR 651 Women's Health in Primary Care
NUR 652 Primary Care Management of the Well Child
NUR 653 Primary Care of the Child with Episodic Illness
NUR 654 Prenatal Care in Primary Care 
NUR 690 Role Seminar 

Total Credits     38

Program Requirements for Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

BIO 545 Advanced Pathophysiology       
NUR 601 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
NUR 602 Advanced Health Assessment
NUR 608 Applied Theories for Advanced Interpersonal Skills

Clinical Concentration Courses:
NUR 664, NUR 665, NUR 666,NUR 667, NUR 668, and NUR 669 

GRN 501 Life Transitions and Health in Aging (online through UM)
GRN 502 Interventions for Care of Older Adults in Diverse Settings (online through UM)
NUR 650 Primary Care of the Adolescent
NUR 651 Women's Health in Primary Care
NUR 690 Role Seminar   

Total Credits     40

Program Requirements for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

BIO 545 Advanced Pathophysiology
NUR 601 Advance Pharmacotherapeutics
NUR 602 Advanced Health Assessment
NUR 671 Foundations of Advanced Practice Mental Health Nursing  
NUR 672 Biological and Behavioral Components of Mental Health and Illness

Clinical Concentration Courses: 
NUR 673, NUR 674, NUR 685, NUR 686,  NUR 676, and NUR 679

NUR 680 Advanced Psychopharmacology
NUR 690 Role Seminar

Total Credits     38

Graduate Nursing Policies

Applicants must adhere to the same admission criteria and process of all other graduate applicants.

In addition to the application materials, applicants to the post-master's CAS are required to submit: copies of all syllabi from initial master's program in nursing, documentation of total clinical hours, and identification of individual courses to which clinical practicum are imbedded.

Application Deadlines

Spring semester admission–October 1

Fall semester admission–April 1

Admission Information

Admission to the Master of Science degree program in nursing is on a competitive basis. The graduate program in nursing seeks candidates whose baccalaureate preparation, scholastic achievement, professional experience, interest, motivation, and references are predictive of successful graduate study.

Each student's application for admission will be evaluated based on a composite of the following recommended standards.

  • A master's degree in nursing from a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the National League for Nursing.
  • A minimum graduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a B average.
  • Current resume.
  • A personal interview with graduate faculty of the School of Nursing may be requested following a preliminary review of all required admission materials.
Application material

In addition to the materials described on the USM Graduate Admissions General  Application Instructions page, applicants for this program must submit:

  • Completed program selection form
  • Two letters of recommendation reflecting professional practice and academic achievement
  • Evidence (photocopy) of unencumbered current licensure as a registered professional nurse in Maine
  • Evidence (photocopy) of current state and national certification in specialty (if appropriate).
  •  Admission Essay:

    Please develop a 500 word essay which addresses the following topics:

  1. how adding this Certificate of Advanced Study will enhance your clinical practice and benefit your patient population 
  2. how you identified the need for this addition to your practice.

Forms and additional application information are available on the Graduate Admissions web page

 

Deadline: April 1 for fall admission, October 1 for spring admission

Admission Information and Links:

Information Sessions about this program are held on a regular basis

USM Office of Graduate Admissions