Post-Graduate Certificate Program
Post Graduate Certificate Program (FNP, PMHNP)
The Post Graduate Certificate Program (FNP, PMHNP) provides advanced practice nurses with essential skills for the provision of healthcare in a variety of clinical settings. FNP and PMHNPs provide holistic, patient-centered care with a focus on the ideals of integrated systems and shared decision-making. Upon completion of the program, FNP and PHMNP program graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and for FNP only the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for baccalaureate degree and a minimum of 3.0 on all work beyond the baccalaureate level. Students without the minimum GPA requirement may be admitted provisionally per the policies listed on the Graduate Studies apply page.
- Introductory courses in statistics, research, and pharmacology will be completed prior to starting the D.N.P. program.
- Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.
- Professional Nursing License: All students in the post-baccalaureate option must have a current unencumbered license.
- Students may also need to have a valid nursing license for the state in which they will be completing the internship and D.N.P. practice courses.
- Submission of a resume or curriculum vitae.
- Submission of official transcripts of all college and university coursework.
- A letter of intent that describes how the student envisions using the D.N.P. degree to enhance his or her personal and professional goals (limit 500 words).
- Two professional references, at least one of which is from a current or former clinical supervisor.
Upon evaluation of the student transcript(s), post-M.S.N. applicants may need to verify clinical hours completed in order to enter the program. Applicants lacking in clinical hours will have the opportunity to take the Transition to Doctoral Practice course through Shepherd’s D.N.P. program. Supervised clinical hours completed in previous graduate programs may be accepted on a case by case basis.
To submit an application create an account with the Nursing Centralized Application Service (CAS), https://nursingcas.org. Once your account is created, locate Shepherd University from the drop-down list and upload the required documents.