Post MS AGACNP Certificate
The School of Nursing offers the post masters certificate for MS, MSN or doctorate prepared nurses. The plan of study is individualized based on academic completion and requirements using a gap analysis evaluation. This program prepares students to provide evidence-based, safe, quality patient-centered care in a variety of chronic, acute, and emergent care settings. The graduate will be eligible to take the Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification examination.
Specific Admission Requirements
Students are responsible for following all admission policies and procedures as outlined in the Graduate Studies section of the University catalog.
- Complete application to the nursing program.
- Proof of active, unrestricted Colorado or Colorado Nursing Compact State Registered Nurse license for all MS and MS-DNP emphasis options or by the end of the first semester for the BSN-DNP emphases options).
- Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from an accredited university with a 3.0 GPA, or higher (MS, BSN-DNP and associate post-masters certificate options).
- All prerequisites must be passed with a C or better (C- is not acceptable) including statistics, microbiology and chemistry. Students receiving a grade less than C in a nursing prerequisite course are not eligible for admission.
- Master’s degree in Nursing from an accredited university with a 3.0 GPA, or higher (MS-DNP Program and associate post-masters certificate options).
BSN or MS (Nursing) to DNP or Post Masters Certificate
Students are responsible for following all admission policies and procedures as outlined in the Graduate Programs section of the University catalog.
- Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an institution accredited by a regional accreditation agency (or equivalent).
- Undergraduate BSN cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher will consider courses with a graduate nursing GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Undergraduate statistics course with a grade of C or higher.
- Application for admission to graduate programs in the university Office of Admission (admission to graduate programs does not constitute admission to the nursing graduate program).
- Proof of active, unrestricted Colorado Registered Nurse license by the end of the first semester of the program.
- Background check per Colorado Law (see application).
- Current immunizations.
- Current certification in CPR (Health Care Provider – C or equivalent).
- Three letters of recommendation:
- Professional or Academic
- Letter of intent that includes:
- Brief professional history
- Reason for pursuing advanced degree
- How applicant will manage work, home, and study
- Curriculum Vitae
(Use the template located under Graduate Nursing Student Application Instructions on the website)
Preference for acceptance will be given to applicants who have:
- 2000 Hours (1 year full-time) experience as a registered nurse (AGACNP, AGACNP/FNP and PMHNP emphases only).
- One year or more of experience as a clinical adjunct instructor (Nurse Educator only)
- Residency in Southern Colorado
- Graduate from CSU-Pueblo
If accepted into a program, requirements prior to attending first class include:
- Drug screen
- Physical exam within last 12 months
- Eighty percent of graduates will:
- Complete the program within one and one-half times the length of the program
- Express satisfaction with the program
- Pass national certification exam the first time
- Be employed in role-related professional practice within six months to one year
- Eighty percent of employers’ will express satisfaction with graduates’ job performance.
Expected Student Learning Outcomes for Masters Programs
At the completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
- Integrate evidence-based practice, ethical decision making and technology into advanced nursing practice.
- Utilize interprofessional collaboration to provide safe, quality patient-centered care.
- Explore quality improvement initiatives that affect delivery of advanced nursing practice and health care services.
Specific Program Requirements
Students seeking post masters’ certificate or DNP Degree in the program who already have a nursing graduate degree are evaluated on an individual basis. Their plan of study is based on their academic credentials. A student must complete a minimum of 16 postgraduate credit hours at CSU-Pueblo to be eligible for a post masters certificate. Core courses must be completed to meet the mandates of the Colorado State Board of Nursing for Advanced Nursing Practice. A total of 585 clinical hours must be documented for each nurse practitioner emphasis. The student’s plan is developed based on the academic course work already completed.
Minimum Required Courses
|NSG 613L||ACUTE CARE SKILLS LAB I||2.00|
|NSG 614L||ACUTE CARE SKILLS LAB II||1.00|
|NSG 641||ADULT/ GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE I||3.00|
|NSG 641L||AGACNP PRACTICUM I||1.00|
|NSG 642||ADULT/ GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE II||2.00|
|NSG 642L||AGACNP PRACTICUM II||3.00|
|NSG 643||ADULT/GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE III||2.00|
|NSG 643L||AGACNP PRACTICUM III||2.00|
|NSG 644||ADULT/GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE IV||2.00|
|NSG 644L||AGACNP PRACTICUM IV||2.00|
|NSG 645||ADULT/GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE V||1.00|
|NSG 645L||AGACNP PRACTICUM V||2.00|
|NSG 646L||AGACNP PRACTICUM MS||1.00|
Minimum Required Courses
|NSG 613L||Acute Care Skills Lab I||2|
|NSG 614L||Acute Care Skills Lab II||1|
|NSG 641||Adult/ Gerontology Acute Care I||3|
|NSG 641L||AGACNP Practicum I||1|
|NSG 642||Adult/ Gerontology Acute Care II||2|
|NSG 642L||AGACNP Practicum II||3|
|NSG 643||Adult/Gerontology Acute Care III||2|
|NSG 643L||AGACNP Practicum III||2|
|NSG 644||Adult/Gerontology Acute Care IV||2|
|NSG 644L||AGACNP Practicum IV||2|
|NSG 645||Adult/Gerontology Acute Care V||1|
|NSG 645L||AGACNP Practicum V||2|
|NSG 646L||AGACNP Practicum MS||1-3|