Post Graduate Nurse Practitioner Certificates
The PLU School of Nursing offers a Post Graduate Nurse Practitioner Certificate for three advanced practice specialty areas:
- Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP)
- Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
The certificate program is designed for individuals who already hold an ARNP licensure or are doctorally prepared to add a specialty to their credentials without completing all the requirements for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. It is available for both post-master’s and post-doctoral entry options.
Use the Eligibility Chart to determine if this post-graduate certificate is the right program for you.
The Emergency Nurse Practitioner specialty is designed for certified nurse practitioners working or desiring to work in the field of emergency and urgent care. This certificate/track will provide the education and procedural skills necessary to competently and confidently work as a nurse practitioner in this unique setting. Graduates of this rigorous program will have the education and skills necessary to function as a competent nurse practitioner and leader in the emergency care setting, the skills to perform the necessary diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and be eligible for board certification as an emergency nurse practitioner. The program of study includes a minimum of 300 clinical hours and an extensive procedure lab/seminar.
The Family Nurse Practitioner specialty focuses on client-centered clinical practice, and prepares nurses to respond to the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s health care consumers, to manage direct care based on advanced assessment and diagnostic reasoning, to incorporate health promotion and disease prevention interventions into health care delivery, and to recognize their potential for professional growth, responsibility, and autonomy. Successful completion of the Family Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Certificate program qualifies students to sit for national certification examinations for Family Nurse Practitioner, making them eligible under Washington State law for Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) licensure.
The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty prepares nurses to provide comprehensive mental health, psychiatric and addictions care at the advanced practice level in hospitals, outpatient, and community settings. Scope of practice includes advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nursing assessment, psychopharmacology, group, individual and family therapy and advanced nursing interventions across the lifespan. Successful completion of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Certificate qualifies students to sit for national certification examinations for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, making them eligible under Washington State law for Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) licensure.