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: Advanced Health Assessment

3

NURS 540: Elementary Biostatistics and Epidemiology

3

NURS 518: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan

3

Semester total

9

Semester 2, spring

Credits

NURS 541: Community Health Nursing Practice I

3

NURS 515: Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Functional Role I

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: Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Functional Role II

4

Semester total

7

Semester 4, spring

Credits

NURS 543: Community Health Nursing Practice III

3

NURS 517: Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Functional Role III

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.

Admissions information and how to apply

Information on admissions, financial aid, housing, program costs and visiting Binghamton University's campus 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.

You may also wish to explore the Decker School's graduate tuition and funding or after graduation webpages.

Last Updated: 10/13/16