Post-Graduate Certification Tracks

If you have Master of Science (MS or MSN) degree in the field of nursing and wish to take your career to a higher level with a post master’s graduate certificate in a focused field of study, Mount Carmel College of Nursing offers a certification through the following track options:

Mount Carmel College of Nursing’s Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) Certificate Program is designed for Master's prepared registered nurses who wish to pursue an acute care focused, advanced practice nursing role. The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner provides health care services to adult patients with complex acute, critical and chronic health conditions in high acuity settings that require intensive monitoring and therapeutic intervention.

These advanced professionals are typically employed in hospital settings, including intensive care, sub-acute care and emergency care but may also be employed in ambulatory, outpatient and rehabilitative settings to provide population-based care across the healthcare continuum for the purpose of restoring individuals to their maximal health potential, following an acute care episode. The program is offered in a hybrid model, with both online and face-to-face coursework.

Upon completion of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program track, graduates will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Deliver competent healthcare to diverse young adult, adult and older adult populations for individuals, communities and systems
  • Use epidemiological, social and environmental data to draw inferences to effectively assist patients in achieving and/or maintaining optimum health or to stabilize chronic health conditions
  • Facilitate and demonstrate the use of evidence-based practice in nursing
  • Design health promotion and disease prevention clinical programs for young adult, adult and older adult populations experiencing acute, critical, and chronically ill diseases
  • Evaluate nursing practice and health care to produce quality outcomes of evidence-based acute and chronic care services for individuals, communities and systems
  • Enhance leadership in clinical practice
  • Use ethical decision making in the delivery of acute, critical, and chronically ill care services for vulnerable populations
  • Collaborate with intra- and interdisciplinary professionals to achieve quality outcomes in advanced nursing practice
  • Demonstrate scholarly inquiry through verbal and written communication in clinical scholarship

Application Deadlines

Post-Master’s Certificate Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner classes begin Summer Term.

  • Application deadline February 1

Post-Graduate Certificate: Accelerated Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Mount Carmel College of Nursing's accelerated online Post-Graduate Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) Certificate Program is designed for experienced Advanced Practice Nurses. Eligible APRN's are those with at least 12 months of experience who are currently working in critical or acute care settings and hold an active, unrestricted APRN license.

These advanced professionals are typically employed in hospital settings, including intensive care, sub-acute care, and emergency rooms but may also be employed in ambulatory, outpatient and rehabilitative settings to provide population-based care across the health care continuum for the purpose of restoring individuals to their maximal health potential, following an acute care episode. The program is offered online.

The Post-Graduate Certificate Program will meet the professional standards set forth by the American Nurse Credentialing Center and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. In only two semesters, (20 semester hours) you will be eligible for your certification as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.

Plan of Study

Dependent upon Master's degree courses previously completed.

Application Deadlines

Post-Master’s Certificate Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner classes begin Summer Term.

  • Application deadline February 1

Transfer Credit

For those students who already hold a national nurse practitioner certification and seek a second nurse practitioner area of focus, their transcripts will be evaluated for clinical practicum hours and courses. Our AG-ACNP nurse practitioner programs require the attainment of 650 clinical practicum hours. It is possible that a certified nurse practitioner will be given transfer credit for 150 hours of our 650 clinical practicum hour requirement because national AG-ACNP and FNP certification exams require a minimum of 500 clinical practicum hours.

Program Completion

The certificate programs are approximately 2-4 semesters in length depending on the candidate's transfer credit. However, all students must successfully complete specialty track coursework, achieve 650 clinical practicum hours and maintain a 3.0 GPA to earn a program certificate.

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Mount Carmel College of Nursing’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate Program is designed for Master's prepared registered nurses who wish to pursue a primary care focused, advanced practice nursing role. The Family Nurse Practitioner provides comprehensive primary healthcare to individuals from infancy to adulthood. FNPs are prepared to provide care to individuals with acute illnesses such as bronchitis or minor infections and chronic illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. Preventative health services, patient education, disease management and other health initiatives are provided to heal the body, mind and spirit within the context of family and community. The program is offered in a hybrid format with online and face-to-face coursework.

Upon completion of the Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program, graduates will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Deliver competent healthcare to diverse populations within the community
  • Use epidemiological, social and environmental data to draw inferences to effectively assist patients in achieving and/or maintaining optimum health or to stabilize chronic health conditions
  • Facilitate and demonstrate the use of evidence-based practice in nursing
  • Design health promotion and disease prevention clinical programs for individuals and families in primary care settings
  • Evaluate nursing practice and health care to produce quality outcomes of evidence-based primary care services throughout the community
  • Enhance leadership in clinical practice
  • Use ethical decision making in the delivery of primary care services for populations, especially vulnerable populations
  • Collaborate with intra- and interdisciplinary professionals to achieve quality outcomes in advanced nursing practice
  • Demonstrate scholarly inquiry through verbal and written communication in clinical scholarship

Application Deadlines

Post-Master’s Certificate Family Nurse Practitioner classes begin Summer Term.

  • Application deadline February 1

Program Completion

The certificate programs are approximately 3 semesters in length depending on the candidate's transfer credit. The certificate program of study is dependent on the previous graduate course work and courses may be waived or additional courses required. However, all students must successfully complete specialty track coursework, achieve 650 clinical practicum hours and maintain a 3.0 GPA to earn a program certificate.

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Plan of Study

Dependent upon Master's degree courses previously completed.

Transfer Credit

For those students who already hold a national nurse practitioner certification and seek a second nurse practitioner area of focus, their transcripts will be evaluated for clinical practicum hours and courses. Our Master’s nurse practitioner programs require the attainment of 650 clinical practicum hours. It is possible that a certified nurse practitioner will be given transfer credit for 150 hours of our 650 clinical practicum hour requirement because national AG-ACNP and FNP certification exams require a minimum of 500 clinical practicum hours.

Mount Carmel College of Nursing’s Nursing Education Certificate Program, offered online, prepares the Master's prepared registered nurse to enter the academic classroom and institutional staff development department as faculty to educate the next generation of nurses or to take on staff development responsibilities in a healthcare setting. This advanced professional will apply relevant research in nursing education and understand the ethical and legal issues associated with the role of an educator in nursing. The program will conclude with a practicum learning experience.

Upon completion of the Nursing Education track, graduates will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Develop appropriate programs that respond to the educational and healthcare needs of diverse populations
  • Use epidemiological, social and environmental data to draw inferences for the development of nursing education programs
  • Facilitate the use of evidence-based practice in nursing curricula
  • Design health promotion or disease prevention educational programs
  • Evaluate nursing programs and policies to assure quality outcomes in nursing education
  • Enhance leadership in nursing education
  • Use ethical decision making in relevant practice and education roles
  • Collaborate with other disciplines to achieve quality outcomes in nursing education, in both institutions of higher learning and healthcare institutions
  • Demonstrate scholarly inquiry about nursing and health systems through verbal and written communication in educational scholarship

Application Deadlines

Post-Master’s Certificate Nursing Education classes begin Spring Semester.

  • Application deadline November 1

Program Completion

The certificate programs are approximately 3 semesters in length depending on the candidate's transfer credit. However, all students must successfully complete specialty track coursework, complete 150 educational practicum hours and maintain a 3.0 GPA to earn a program certificate.

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Plan of Study

Dependent upon Master's degree courses previously completed.

Mount Carmel College of Nursing’s Master of Science Program Nursing Leadership - Clinical Operations is a dynamic program designed for career-minded nurses who are ready to expand their knowledge and expertise in nursing leadership. The online program focuses on developing core leadership skills of practicing nurses and prepares them to act and think strategically, lead organizations through improvement and innovation efforts while participating in policy decisions. Course work covers a variety of business functions relative to clinical operations management such as safety, quality, and risk management; patient and population health advocacy; clinical care delivery and optimal patient outcomes; healthy work environments; strategic, financial, and human resource management; legal and regulatory compliance; networking, partnering, and collaborating; and, accountability/advocacy for employees.

Upon completion of the Nursing Leadership in Clinical Operations, graduates will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Demonstrate leadership involvement within the practice setting, profession, health system, and society.
  • Promote communication that result in the effective exchange of information, relationship building, and shared decision-making.
  • Demonstrate effective partnership and interpersonal collaboration with diverse stakeholders to advance nursing practice, population health, and healthcare transformation.
  • Integrate and apply current knowledge, evidence, and research findings into practice contributing to systems-based, quality, and safety improvements.
  • Apply business skills to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate evidence-based services that are person-centered, culturally appropriate, and fiscally responsible.

Application Deadlines

Post-Master’s Certificate Nursing Leadership - Clinical Operations classes begin Fall Semester.

  • Application deadline February 1

Program Completion

The certificate programs are approximately 3 semesters in length depending on the candidate's transfer credit. However, all students must successfully complete specialty track coursework, complete 150 educational practicum hours and maintain a 3.0 GPA to earn a program certificate.

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Admissions Criteria: Post-Graduate Certification

The admission requirements for each program include:

  • Completed application ($30 fee)
  • Master’s degree in nursing (MS or MSN) from an accredited program; accreditation by either the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (formally NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Current, unrestricted APRN license or eligibility for Ohio APRN licensure as indicated
  • Current APRN specialty certification
  • Two letters of recommendation (from individuals such as work supervisor, professional colleagues, and former faculty members who hold a minimum of a Master’s degree)
  • A typed statement of purpose written by the applicant that outlines applicant's goals and objectives for pursuit of graduate studies in the Certificate Program
  • A cumulative graduate point average (GPA) of 3.0, on a 4.0 scale
  • Interview at the discretion of the interview committee
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Note:
    • Two years clinical experience in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or similar high-acuity within the last five years is recommended for Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP)
    • Recent clinical experience is recommended for Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Two years of clinical experience is recommended for Nursing Education and Nursing Administration
  • Please refer to individual Master’s tracks for admission criteria and materials

Application Materials

  • Completed Application
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • One-page typed statement of purpose written by the applicant that outlines applicant's goals and objectives for pursuit of graduate studies in the specialty track
  • Current, unrestricted Ohio RN license or eligibility for Ohio Registered Nurse (RN) licensure
  • Two recommendation letters (from individuals such as: work supervisors, professional colleagues, and former faculty members who hold a minimum of a Master’s level degree)
  • Official TOEFL scores for students for whom English is not the native language; minimum required TOEFL score of 550 (paper based}, 213 (computer-based) or 79-80 (Internet based); TOEFL scores are valid two years from the test date. To learn more about the TOEFL, visit www.ets.org/toefl.
  • Official transcripts from all previous colleges/universities

Note: MCCN distance education program cannot currently admit students from the state of Colorado. . Out-of-state admissions are subject to verification of regulations in the student's state of residence and may affect the student's ability matriculate.

Important Note for Prospective Students

If you are considering an online program that leads to a professional license in a state other than Ohio, it is highly recommended that you contact the appropriate licensing agency in your state to seek information and additional guidance before beginning the program. For licensing board contact information, licensure requirements and program approval status. State nursing board contact information is available through NCSBN.

For More Information

View our Graduate Handbook for more information about the graduate program at MCCN, or contact Admissions at 614-234-4CON or admissions@mccn.edu

For more information about our post-master’s certification completion rates, the median debt of students who have completed the program, and other important information, please visit: www.mccn.edu/ge-disclosures


The baccalaureate, master’s and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Mount Carmel College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.