Decker School of Nursing

Certificate Programs

Community health primary care nurse practitioner certificate program

The Community Health Primary Care Nurse Practitioner is designed for nurses with a master's degree in nursing who seek advanced clinical preparation as a community health primary care nurse practitioner.

Graduates of the program in community health nursing are committed to aiding community members to achieve optimal health as a means of improving life. They are prepared to provide primary care to individuals in community settings; assess and diagnose actual and potential health problems of the community; work with individuals, families, groups and communities to improve and maintain health; and engage in population-based planning for groups of individuals within the community.

Supervised clinical practice is an integral part of the program. Whenever possible, clinical experience will be arranged near the student's place of residence.

Upon completion of the certificate program, graduates are eligible for certification as a community health primary care nurse practitioner in New York state and are eligible to sit for a national certification examination.

Curriculum

Below is a sample curriculum plan for the Community Health Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program. Students are encouraged to review the University Bulletin for more information, or contact the Decker graduate/advising office.

Semester 1, fall

Credits

NURS 502. Concepts in Health Assessment for
Nurses in Advanced Clinical Practice

3

NURS 540. Elements of Biostatistics and Epidemiology

3

NURS 518. Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan

3

Semester total

9

Semester 2, spring

Credits

NURS 541. Community Health Nursing Practice I

3

NURS 515. Functional Role I: Community Health Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

4

NURS 519: Advanced Pharmacology for Clinical Practice

3

Semester total

10

Semester 3, fall

Credits

NURS 542: Community Health Nursing Practice II

3

NURS 516. Functional Role II: Community Health Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

4

Semester total

7

Semester 4, spring

Credits

NURS 543: Community Health Nursing Practice III

3

NURS 517. Functional Role III: Community Health Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

4

Semester total

7

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR COMPLETION

33

Application criteria

Students holding an MS degree in nursing may enroll in the post-graduate community health primary care nurse practitioner program. Depending on prior educational preparation, several course requirements may be eligible for waiver by the graduate nursing program director with the submission of official transcripts reflecting successful completion of previous coursework (grade of B or better) and related supporting course syllabi. Graduate record examination (GRE) scores are not required for admission to this program.

Application procedures

Information on admissions, financial aid, housing, program costs and visiting Binghamton University's campus (including a virtual tour) is presented on the Graduate School website.

Complete instructions for applying to a certificate program at Binghamton University are available on the Graduate School's how to apply webpage. If you have questions regarding application submission, contact the Graduate School at 607–777–2151 or gradadmission@binghamton.edu.

Last Updated: 5/10/17