Post-Doctoral Nurse Practitioner Certificates

These certificates are designed for the APRN with a Ph.D. or DNP who wants to obtain a new specialty in one of three nurse practitioner specialty options. 

Students seeking a certificate program only are not eligible for financial aid. Courses taken after completion of a degree program in order to complete the certificate are not eligible for financial aid.  Students may need to reduce work hours to accommodate completion of the specialty clinical practicum (510 hours).

Course Delivery

The Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions programs blend three instructional strategies to produce an engaged learning curriculum. The first strategy is immersion: our programs include face-to-face meetings conducted at the Irvine campus. During these immersion sessions, students may receive orientation instruction; work as teams with peers and mentors; participate in demonstrations, exercises, assessments or evaluations; complete hands-on skills training in a simulation center using standardized patients and/or high-fidelity manikins. Many courses include additional real-time instruction via web conference, phone conference, or live chat sessions. The second is practical experience: our programs include internships or supervised clinical practice residencies conducted where the student lives or works. The third is self-directed study: all courses include online lectures, discussions, social networking, demonstrations, tutorials, readings, or other homework.

Students in the Certificate program are required to attend 2 immersion sessions; the first is a virtual immersion to learn how to be a virtual student and to be oriented to the resources of the University.  The second immersion is for 3 days before starting the initial precepted clinical practicum course to learn advanced practice clinical skills in the new specialty.

Attendance: Students may be dismissed from the program at the Dean’s discretion due to absence from required meetings.

Admission to the Program

Admission into the post-doctoral certificate programs is once a year in January (Spring I).

2018-2019 Application Deadlines: Post-doctoral Certificates

  • Priority application deadline for Spring I, 2019 admission is October 30, 2018.
  • Final completed application deadline for Spring I, 2019 admission is December 1, 2018.

2019-2020 Application Deadlines: Post-doctoral Certificates

  • Priority application deadline for Spring 1, 2020 admission is October 30, 2019.
  • Final completed application deadline for Spring 2, 2020 is December 1, 2019.

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete a Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions application available online at https://www.brandman.edu/nursing-health-professions.
  2. DNP or Ph.D. degree from a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or a National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) accredited program.
  3. National certification as APRN (or eligible to take National Certification Exam).
  4. Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions where post-baccalaureate coursework was completed or attempted. 
  5. Current and detailed resume or curriculum vita.
  6. *Unencumbered RN license in the State where you plan to do your precepted clinical practicum hours.
  7. *Unencumbered APRN license in your current specialty.
  8. Self-evaluation and goal statement.
  9. Three online forms (preferred) or letters of recommendation.
  10. Personal interview with the specialty Program Director.

CertifiedBackground.com 

All proof/documentation must be completed and on file within 90 days prior to the start of clinical practicum or CSP residency hours.

  1. Proof of unencumbered RN or APRN licensure in the state where the student will be completing clinical practicum and/or CSP residency hours;
  2. Proof of a current (within one year prior to the start of clinical practicum or CSP residency hours):
  •  2-step TB skin test OR
  • past 2-step TB skin test, along with a current 1 step TB OR
  • QuantiFERON Gold Blood test, which must be renewed *annually OR
  • negative chest X-ray accompanied by a signed provider checklist

*Annual renewal will require proof of one of the following: a 1 step TB Skin test OR QuantiFERON     Gold Blood test OR chest X-Ray (if positive TB skin test) accompanied by a signed provider checklist;

  1. Proof of completion of Hepatitis A immunization series or positive titer;
  2. Proof of completion of Hepatitis B immunization series or positive titer;
  3. Proof of two doses of Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) immunization or positive titer;
  4. Proof of a 2006 or later Tetanus/diphtheria/acellular pertussis (Tdap) immunization with Td booster if needed (within nine years prior to the start of clinical practicum or CSP residency hours);
  5. Proof of two doses of Chicken Pox (Varicella) immunization or positive titer;
  6. Proof of annual Influenza immunization;
  7. Background clearance through Castle Branch (up to six months prior to the start of clinical practicum or CSP residency hours);
  8. Copy of current American Heart Association Basic Life Support Provider card (ACLS alone is not acceptable);
  9. Current negative drug screen through Castle Branch (up to six months prior to the start of clinical practicum or CSP residency hours);
  10. Professional STUDENT Liability Insurance (1 mil per occurrence/3 mil aggregate) for the time that the student is engaged in clinical practicum or CSP residency and
  11. Any additional laboratory tests, immunizations, physical exam and/or documentation required by a student’s clinical practicum or CSP residency hours site.

Catalog Year

Students admitted to the Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions are admitted to the catalog year that is in effect the date when they begin the program (either Fall I, Spring I or Summer I).

As part of the application process, the Program Director of the chosen specialty will interview the applicant for admission to the specialty.  If approved for admission, the academic advisor will create an individual education plan based on the required specialty courses and additional courses determined as needed by the gap analysis.  Additional courses may be transferred up to a maximum of 12 semester graduate credits per the Transfer Credit policy (see Graduate Academic Policies and Procedures) determined by gap analysis.

National certifying bodies require that all students applying for a new certification must take 4 core courses:

Advanced Health Assessment3
Advance Pathophysiology3
Advanced Pharmacology Courses (all across the lifespan)3
Nurse Practitioner Role Course3
Total Credits12

Students are required to earn 3 credits in each of the 4 core courses to meet degree credit requirements.  If a student has earned only 2 credits in an approved program, an additional credit may be taken from Brandman University to meet the minimum credit requirements for the degree.  For students who have not taken these courses as part of their MSN, these courses are embedded within the education plan.  Upon completion of the DNP, including all courses required for the additional specialty, a student will be eligible to take the national certification exam for their chosen specialty: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) and/or the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) to apply for licensure as an APRN in the state where they plan to practice.

All courses must be passed with a grade of “B-” or higher.  Clinical practicum and residency courses are graded Pass/No Pass.  A Pass is equivalent to a “B-” grade.

A STUDENT MUST PETITION FOR THEIR SELECTED SPECIALTY BY THE END OF THE FIRST ENROLLED SESSION. THE STUDENT CANNOT BE ADMITTED INTO THE SPECIALTY UNLESS REQUIRED CERTIFIED BACKGROUND DOCUMENTS ARE UPLOADED AND ACCEPTED.