Delaware Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing Programs
Nurses that obtain a post-graduate certificate in nursing advance their careers, and typically earn a higher salary, compared to nurses with a BSN or MSN degree. Gain specialized knowledge, or cross over from your current concentration to a new specialty area when you receive your Delaware Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing.
Colleges that offer a Delaware Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing program have admission requirements that nurses must meet by a given deadline date. Students wishing to apply to the Post MSN Nursing Leadership Graduate Certificate at Wilmington University are required to submit a $35 non-refundable application fee with their admission documents. Admission requirements are similar to that of other schools, including that students:
- Meet with an admissions specialist
- Submit official transcripts for Bachelor's and Master's degrees electronically or send by mail directly from previous schools attended
- Submit a resume
- Complete all requirements for the college and the program by the deadline date.
Classes in a post-graduate certificate in nursing program follow the particular specialization chosen, along with other required courses. The Post-Master’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Delaware requires that nurses complete courses that permit nurse clinicians to combine evidence-based practices, theory, neuroscience and other modalities. The required classes help prepare nurses for providing psychotherapy and medication management.
Nurses become leaders in integrated healthcare delivery models as they take courses that include:
- NURS 668: Advanced Clinical Neuroscience
- NURS 669: Advanced Psychopharmacology
- NURS 671: Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner I
- NURS 672: Psychiatric/Mental Health NP Practicum I
Students take several other courses, and complete ‘NURS 921: Clinical Immersion’ if needed.
The length of Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing in Delaware programs depends on the specialization, and sometimes the school's specific program format. One example is the track for the Post MSN Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate offered at Wilmington University.
The Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner track requires completion of 30 credits, with each course taken in sequence. Students also complete 500 clinical hours. Compare this to the Adult Nurse Practitioner, Seeking Family Nurse Practitioner track, which is 18 credits, and 500 clinical hours.
Some schools allow students to complete their post-graduate certificate in nursing program on a part-time basis, while others require full-time study.
Check with each Delaware Nursing School for specific program length.
Tuition and Cost of Attendance
Tuition at most colleges include only the cost of instruction, and does not include fees, admission costs, or the costs of books or supplies – all expenses that prospective students should account for.
Nurses that choose to complete a post-graduate certificate in nursing online have the advantage of not having to commute to the school, which saves time and commuting costs.
Enroll in an online program while you continue working and tending to family responsibilities.
Featured Online School
The Wilmington University Post-MSN Nurse Practitioner – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track is offered in an online format. The school indicates that the program prepares nurses to provide ‘comprehensive' mental health services to patients in primary care settings.
Nurses have several options to complete the required practicum.
There are many specializations for nurses completing a Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing in Delaware. Nurses pursue a program concentration leading to career titles such as:
- Family nurse practitioner
- Nurse educator
- Nurse leader
- Pediatric nurse practitioner
- Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner
Contact each school for information on other possible career pathways.
Post-Graduate Nursing Certificate Salary and Job Outlook
The job outlook for nurses with a post-graduate nursing certificate is among the best for all careers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics explains that the job outlook shows an anticipated addition of 62,000 jobs for nurse practitioners and other nurses that provide specialty healthcare.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that the median annual salary for nurse practitioners was $107,030 in 2018, with some variation, depending on the place of employment. Nurse practitioners working in a hospital had an average median salary of $120,540. Nurse practitioners employed at physician's offices averaged $111,440 in annual pay.
The Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing Programs in Delaware prepares nurses for advanced nursing practice, improved career opportunities, and an increase in salary.
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