Post-Graduate Certificate Programs

If you’re an experienced registered nurse with an advanced nursing degree (master’s or doctorate), Wilkes University’s online post-graduate certificate programs will help you expand your practice with an additional in-demand nursing specialty. Our post-graduate Nursing Education, Nursing Informatics or Nurse Executive certificates will qualify you for exciting new leadership opportunities!

Our 24-credit certificate programs can be completed in as little as 12 months!

Get the certifications you need: Graduates of our accredited online certificate programs are eligible to sit for national certification exams for either the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) or Nurse Executive-Board Certified (NE-BC) credential.

 

Post-Graduate Certificate Programs: How It Works

Our Nursing Education, Nursing Informatics and Nurse Executive post-graduate certificate programs consist of eight total courses, but three of those courses—Advanced Health Assessment, Advanced Pathophysiology and Advanced Pharmacology—can be waived if you have already completed them as part of your master’s or doctoral program. By transferring existing credits, you can earn a post-graduate certificate from Wilkes in only 12 months.

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Choose a Post-Graduate Certificate Program

Wilkes is excited to offer three post-graduate certificates designed for experienced registered nurses who already hold a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing, but seek additional specialization.

Nursing Education Post-Graduate Certificate:

This 24-credit post-graduate certificate concentration prepares candidates with the skills and knowledge to make a lasting impact in the profession by teaching the next generation of practitioners.
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Nursing Informatics Post-Graduate Certificate:

This post-graduate certificate concentration prepares candidates to become leaders in the field of data management and health care technology integration, for organizations of all sizes.

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Nurse Executive Post-Graduate Certificate:

This post-graduate certificate prepares candidates for leadership and management roles through an intensive grounding in relevant business concepts, advanced practice, and workplace leadership.
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Our 24-credit certificate programs can be completed 100% online* in as little as 12 months!


*All certifications require on-ground clinical work to complete the program

 
 

Nursing Education Post-Graduate Certificate

Nurse educators are experienced RNs with a passion for teaching and nurturing the next generation of health care practitioners. Get the comprehensive training you need to become a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) with an online Nursing Education post-graduate certificate from Wilkes University.

The Nursing Education post-graduate certificate is designed for experienced RNs who already have an advanced nursing degree (master’s or doctorate). This certificate curriculum can be completed in as little as 12 months and meets all of the requirements to sit for the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) Examination.

Student Learning Outcomes

In addition to meeting all of the objectives and requirements for the Nursing Education post-graduate certificate, students in this program will:

  1. Analyze theoretical and evidence-based research specific to nursing education
  2. Develop expertise in education assessment, teaching/learning strategies, evaluation and testing
  3. Design a curriculum that addresses a dynamic complex nursing environment
  4. Demonstrate leadership abilities through classroom and clinical teaching in a variety of community agencies
 

Nursing Education Post-Graduate Certificate Courses

Wilkes University’s post-graduate certificate in Nursing Education is a 24 credit-hour online program that prepares licensed RNs for new leadership roles as Certified Nurse Educators (CNE). With scheduled breaks, the Nursing Education post-graduate certificate program can be completed in as little as 12 months with these courses completed*, or 18 months without.

Nursing Education Post-Graduate Certificate Courses
24 credits
NSG 500 (3)
Advanced Health Assessment
This course presents an overview of the full and comprehensive health assessment of patients across the life span. Emphasis on multiple aspects of assessment including physical, functional, and mental health assessment along with transcultural variations, will prepare the student for advanced practice nursing. (Nurse Practitioner students are required to complete an onsite residency).
NSG 530 (3)
Advanced Pathophysiology
(Accelerated-track students will take this concurrently with NSG 533)
This course provides an overview of the normal physiologic and pathologic mechanisms of disease and serves as one primary component of the foundation for clinical assessment, decision-making, and management. The course will prepare the advanced practice nurse for interpreting changes in normal function that results in symptoms indicative of illness in patients across the lifespan.
NSG 533 (3)
Advanced Pharmacology
(Accelerated-track students will take this concurrently with NSG 530)
This course provides the basic principles of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics for broad categories of drugs. Purpose of action, common interactions and contraindications of major drug categories are highlighted. Case studies are integrated to provide students the opportunity to demonstrate application of pharmacological theory in advancing nursing practice.
NSG 540 (3)
The Nursing Curriculum: Development and Implementation
(Accelerated-track students will take this concurrently with NSG 541)
This course provides a foundation to understand the core of knowledge of educational processes which undergird nursing education. Competencies needed by nurse educators are explored; principles, philosophies and theories of learning, curriculum development, professional socialization, and accreditation as well as legal requirements for nursing programs are discussed. The relationship between curricular design and accreditation standards is described.
NSG 541 (3)
Teaching Methodologies and Strategies in Nursing
(Accelerated-track students will take this concurrently with NSG 540)
Building on knowledge of curriculum and learning, approaches to classroom and clinical teaching are explored. Learning outcomes as they relate to instructional teaching/learning interventions are developed. The use of instructional technology is included.
NSG 542 (3)
Evaluation in Nursing Education
Evaluation methodologies from selection of applicants through the meeting of graduation requirements will be explored. Testing strategies and test reliability will be discussed. Classroom and clinical achievement will be included. Faculty evaluation as well as student measurement will be discussed.
NSG 544 (3)
Classroom Practicum in Nursing Education*
This practicum provides the student an opportunity to actively participate in a faculty or staff development role within an educational setting. The student is required to obtain a mentor who will provide classroom learning experiences. (100 practicum hours required.)
Prerequisites: NSG 540, 541, 542.
NSG 545 (3)
Clinical Practicum in Nursing Education*
This practicum provides the student an opportunity to actively participate in a faculty or staff development role within an educational setting. The student is required to obtain a mentor who will provide teaching learning experiences within a clinical environment. (100 practicum hours required.)
Prerequisite: NSG 544.

Students who have already completed graduate-level courses in Advanced Health Assessment, Advanced Pathophysiology and/or Advanced Pharmacology can complete the program in 16 months. Course syllabi must be provided for these courses. If a student needs to take these courses, timeframe to completion is approximately 18 months.

*Students will be responsible for arranging their own experiences with their local college, university, or health care agency. The faculty member instructing this course will be responsible for ensuring the student experience meets Wilkes academic requirements.

 

Nurse Executive Post-Graduate Certificate

Health care organizations need strong nurse leaders who can manage diverse teams of health care workers and deliver the highest level of patient care. Get the leadership and management training you need to become Nurse Executive-Board Certified (NE-BC) with an online Nurse Executive post-graduate certificate from Wilkes University.

The Nurse Executive post-graduate certificate is designed for experienced RNs who already have an advanced nursing degree (master’s or doctorate). This certificate curriculum can be completed in as little as 12 months, and meets all of the requirements to sit for the Nurse Executive board certification examination.

 

Nurse Executive Post-Graduate Certificate Courses

Wilkes University’s post-graduate certificate in Nurse Executive is a 24 credit-hour online program that prepares licensed RNs for new leadership roles as Nurse Executive-Board Certified (NE-BC) nurses. With scheduled breaks, the Nurse Executive post-graduate certificate program can be completed online in as little as 12 months with these courses completed*, or 18 months without.

Nurse Executive Post-Graduate Certificate Courses
24 credits
NSG 500 (3)
Advanced Health Assessment
This course presents an overview of the full and comprehensive health assessment of patients across the life span. Emphasis on multiple aspects of assessment including physical, functional, and mental health assessment along with transcultural variations, will prepare the student for advanced practice nursing. (Nurse Practitioner students are required to complete an onsite residency).
NSG 530 (3)
Advanced Pathophysiology
(Accelerated-track students will take this concurrently with NSG 533)
This course provides an overview of the normal physiologic and pathologic mechanisms of disease and serves as one primary component of the foundation for clinical assessment, decision-making, and management. The course will prepare the advanced practice nurse for interpreting changes in normal function that results in symptoms indicative of illness in patients across the lifespan.
NSG 533 (3)
Advanced Pharmacology
(Accelerated-track students will take this concurrently with NSG 530)
This course provides the basic principles of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics for broad categories of drugs. Purpose of action, common interactions and contraindications of major drug categories are highlighted. Case studies are integrated to provide students the opportunity to demonstrate application of pharmacological theory in advancing nursing practice.
NSG 560 (3)
Health Care Operations for the Nurse Executive
This course prepares the nursing executive by examining the multiple administrative areas necessary for success at an executive level. The differences between US health care policy and the health care policies of various other countries will be explored. An analysis of select health care administration topics through the use of both individual and collaborative learning will prepare students to succeed in an ever-expanding, constantly changing health care environment.
NSG 561 (3)
Organizational Leadership for the Nurse Executive

This course examines the executive level leadership skills necessary to excel within the rapidly changing health care environment of the future. Emphasis is placed on understanding how the individualized leadership styles of today's health care executives shape the culture and vision of the organizations of tomorrow. This course also provides an in-depth analysis of how building an autonomous, ethical, and diverse leadership team and workforce assists the executive in developing solutions to complex organizational problems.
Note: Taken concurrently with NSG 563 for the first eight weeks.

NSG 563 (3)
Nurse Executive Practicum I *

Accelerated-track students will take this 16-week course concurrently with NSG 562 for the second eight weeks.
This practicum course synthesizes previously established theory and skill sets to further develop the student's administrative abilities. By applying theories from other sciences and utilizing interdisciplinary experiences and collaborative opportunities, the student will further enhance the skills necessary to excel as a health care executive in an evidence-based, culturally sensitive environment. The seminar component of this course is designed to supplement previous theoretical applications and stimulate critical-thinking and decision-making. (250 clinical hours.)

Prerequisite: NSG 560
Note: This 16-week course is taken concurrently with NSG 561 for the first eight weeks.

NSG 562 (3)
Advanced Leadership Topics for the Nurse Executive

This course synthesizes previously established theory and skill sets to explore select advanced topics in heath care leadership. The issues explored will assist the executive nurse in leading a health care organization during times of crisis or conflict as well as prosperity. Emphasis is placed on understanding health care as an intricate, dynamic organism which is in continual need of attention.
Prerequisite: NSG 560 and 561.
Note: Taken concurrently with NSG 564 for the first eight weeks.

NSG 564 (3)
Nurse Executive Practicum II *

Accelerated-track students will take this 16-week course concurrently with NSG 590 for the second eight weeks.
This practicum course synthesizes previously established theory and skill sets to further develop the student's leadership abilities. By applying theories from other sciences and utilizing interdisciplinary experiences and collaborative opportunities, the student will further enhance the skills necessary to excel as a health care executive in an evidence-based, culturally sensitive environment. The completion of an organizational needs assessment within this course is designed to supplement previous theoretical applications and stimulate critical-thinking and decision-making. (250 clinical hours.)
Prerequisite: NSG 561
Note: This 16-week course is taken concurrently with NSG 562 for the first eight weeks.

Students who have already completed graduate-level courses in Advanced Health Assessment, Advanced Pathophysiology and/or Advanced Pharmacology can complete the program in 16 months. Course syllabi must be provided for these courses. If a student needs to take these courses, timeframe to completion is approximately 18 months.

*Students will be responsible for arranging their own experiences with their local college, university, or health care agency. The faculty member instructing this course will be responsible for ensuring the student experience meets Wilkes academic requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

In addition to meeting all of the objectives and requirements for the Nurse Executive post-graduate certificate, students in this program will:

  1. Examine innovations for leadership and management to meet the challenges in delivering quality health care
  2. Critically analyze the challenges and issues facing nurse executives for maintaining health care workforces
  3. Discuss the role of the nurse executive as a leader in advancing nursing practice
  4. Apply evidence-based practice as an organizational leader in redesigning health care delivery systems

Nursing Informatics Post-Graduate Certificate

Nursing Informatics is a vital nursing specialty for 21st-century health care delivery. Learn how to meld your nursing knowledge with data analysis and technology for improving patient quality of care through in-depth knowledge and professional development skills.

The Nursing Informatics post-graduate certificate is designed for experienced RNs who already have an advanced nursing degree (master's or doctorate). This certificate curriculum can be completed in as little as 12 months and meets all of the requirements to sit for the RN-BC Board Certification exam.

Student Learning Outcomes

In addition to meeting all of the objectives and requirements for the Nursing Informatics post-graduate certificate, students in the program will:

  1. Discuss the role of the informatics nurse specialist in advancing nursing practice
  2. Apply informatics nurse specialist competencies as a nursing leader on health care organization interprofessional teams
  3. Integrate nursing knowledge and technology for improving patient quality of care
  4. Demonstrate an ability to incorporate data analysis and management techniques for achieving efficiency and quality in health care organizations
 

Nursing Informatics Post-Graduate Certificate Courses

Wilkes University’s post-graduate certificate in Nursing Informatics is a 24 credit-hour online program that prepares licensed RNs for new leadership roles in all types of health care organizations. With scheduled breaks, the Nursing Informatics post-graduate certificate program can be completed online in as little as 12 months with these courses completed*, or 18 months without.

Nursing Informatics Post-Graduate Certificate Courses
24 credits
NSG 500 (3)
Advanced Health Assessment
This course presents an overview of the full and comprehensive health assessment of patients across the life span. Emphasis on multiple aspects of assessment including physical, functional, and mental health assessment along with transcultural variations, will prepare the student for advanced practice nursing. (Nurse Practitioner students are required to complete an onsite residency).
NSG 530 (3)
Advanced Pathophysiology
(Accelerated-track students will take this concurrently with NSG 533)
This course provides an overview of the normal physiologic and pathologic mechanisms of disease and serves as one primary component of the foundation for clinical assessment, decision-making, and management. The course will prepare the advanced practice nurse for interpreting changes in normal function that results in symptoms indicative of illness in patients across the lifespan.
NSG 533 (3)
Advanced Pharmacology
(Accelerated-track students will take this concurrently with NSG 530)
This course provides the basic principles of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics for broad categories of drugs. Purpose of action, common interactions and contraindications of major drug categories are highlighted. Case studies are integrated to provide students the opportunity to demonstrate application of pharmacological theory in advancing nursing practice.
NSG 565 (3)
Foundations of Nursing Informatics
(Accelerated-track students will take this concurrently with NSG 566)
Students are introduced to the role, scope, and standards which form the foundation for nursing informatics practice. The theoretical basis of the course incorporates both knowledge of nursing practice and health informatics. Students will explore the framework of data, information, knowledge, and wisdom to data application in healthcare for improving patient care.
NSG 566 (3)
Data Management in Healthcare
(Accelerated-track students will take this concurrently with NSG 565)
Database application in nursing and healthcare systems will be examined in this course. Students will learn database design, implementation, and management to support clinical decision making in nursing and healthcare project design and management.
NSG 567 (3)
Nursing Informatics Leadership in Healthcare Systems and Project Designs
In this course students will explore the role of the informatics nurse specialist as nurse leader who combines knowledge of nursing practice and technology on healthcare teams. Theory and skills on performing system analysis and implementation of the systems design life cycle in project management.
NSG 568 (3)
Nursing Informatics Practicum I
This course requires students to perform in the role of an informatics nurse specialist in a healthcare organization. In collaboration with a preceptor students will apply nursing informatics theory and models in developing a project which improves the quality of nursing care delivered in a healthcare setting. (Clinical Practicum Hours: 100)
NSG 569 (3)
Nursing Informatics Practicum II
This course requires students to perform in the role of an informatics nurse specialist in a healthcare organization. In collaboration with a preceptor students will apply nursing informatics theory and models to implement the project planned in NSG 568, which improves the quality of nursing care delivered in a healthcare setting. (Clinical Practicum Hours: 100)

Students who have already completed graduate-level courses in Advanced Health Assessment, Advanced Pathophysiology and/or Advanced Pharmacology can complete the program in 16 months. Course syllabi must be provided for these courses. If a student needs to take these courses, timeframe to completion is approximately 18 months.

*Students will be responsible for arranging their own experiences with their local college, university, or health care agency. The faculty member instructing this course will be responsible for ensuring the student experience meets Wilkes academic requirements.