The program of study for the post-master’s certificate is determined by an evaluation of the student's previous course work against the required MS competencies, including those specified by external certification and accrediting bodies. Each student’s course work is evaluated on an individual basis. To see what courses are required, view the MS option for which you are interested in pursuing a post-master’s certificate. You will only have to complete the courses that you have not yet received credit for in your chosen specialty option.
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The University of Colorado College of Nursing has had more than a century to establish its reputation as one of the best in the country. We are known for our pioneering initiatives, including being the birthplace of the first nurse practitioner program in the world and offering online education many years before other schools. Our master's program is ranked 15th in the U.S. in the 2011 rankings of graduate schools by U.S. News & World Report. Also ranked by the U.S. News & World Report is our pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) specialty, ranking 5th in the nation.
The adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner option prepares Advanced Practice Nurses (ANP/AGNP/FNP/GNP) to work in the specialty areas of urgent, emergent and critical care.
The adult gerontology clinical nurse specialist (CNS) option prepares nurses to become evidence-based and theory-guided advanced practice nurses providing quality care to acutely and critically ill patients, medical-surgical patients, and older adults.
Family nurse practitioners provide primary care to infants, children, adults and geriatric patients. Entry into practice as a primary care nurse practitioner demands educational preparation at a minimum of a master’s degree in nursing.
The FPMHNP program provides course work that focuses on complex psychiatric nursing assessment and interventions in children, adolescents, adults and older adults.
The field of informatics provides opportunities for health care professionals to become leaders in the forefront of health care transformation through the use of provider and patient care technologies. Our online programs prepare you to plan, select, design and implement emerging technologies that advance consumer engagement, support clinical decision making, promote safety and drive quality care.
The nurse-midwifery option prepares the graduate to provide safe, competent and satisfying care to women and their families during the childbearing years, as well as primary care health issues across the lifespan.
The Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner cares for children with complex acute, critical and chronic illness across the entire pediatric age spectrum from birth to young adulthood; and across the continuum of care settings.
The pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) specialty focuses on the delivery of primary health care to infants, children and adolescents.
Pediatric nursing leadership and special needs (PNL) is a program that prepares nurses for advanced practice in leadership positions working with children and youth, especially those with special needs.
The purpose of the special studies option is to create a pathway to obtain the MS degree for students who may already have certification in an advanced practice area.
The women's healthcare nurse practitioner option focuses on the primary health care needs of women from adolescence through the older adulthood.
The i-LEAD (innovation in leadership and administration in nursing and health care systems) program will prepare advanced practice nurses with the expertise to provide leadership for high quality health care in rural and medically under-served urban areas.