The College of Nursing offers four post graduate certificate options: Adult Gerontology
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
(PNP) and Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
The post-graduate certificate options are designed for master's-prepared nurses who
currently hold advanced practice certification and who wish to expand their scope
through a clinical focus in family practice, pediatric practice, or psychiatric mental
- The AGACNP certificate prepares nurses to provide advanced patient-family centered
care in settings with acute and/or chronically ill patients across the adult lifespan.
Coursework emphasizes the 5 C's: coordinated care, collaborative care, comprehensive
care, consistent care, and cost-effective care.
- The FNP certificate prepares advanced practice nurses to provide primary health care
to clients, families and communities. Coursework emphasizes the care of adult, pediatric
and geriatric patients and their families.
- The PNP certificate focuses on the student's ability to demonstrate the knowledge
and skills of a beginning advanced practice nurse working with patients and their
families in a variety of ambulatory care settings from birth until early adulthood.
- The PMH certificate prepares students for the full scope of PMH practice, including
provision of primary mental health care to clients in the full range of health care
Distinctive features of the PGC programs, include:
- Two locations: Augusta and Athens
- Web-enhanced (online) instruction with limited on-campus requirements
- Faculty who are actively practicing in their fields
- Over 500 clinical hours
Our programs prepare students to the eligibility requirement for the certification
exams offered by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the American Nurses
Credentialing Center, or the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.
Nurse Practitioner End Terminal Objectives
At the end of the program of study, all NP students will be able to meet the following
End Terminal Objectives:
- Evaluate and apply theories and research findings to the advanced practice of nursing.
- Collaborate with health care providers and consumers to design and initiate strategies
to influence the nature and outcomes of health care services.
- Engage in advanced practice based on legal and ethical principles and professional
standards of practice.
- Assume a leadership role in identifying and resolving issues that have an actual or
potential impact on nursing and health care.
- Demonstrate the knowledge and skills of an advanced practice nurse in a variety of
client care situations.
- Continue to acquire knowledge and skills requisite to maintaining and enhancing advanced
Course of Study
Clinical courses emphasize the care of patients and their families. The program includes
completion of relevant specialty clinical courses with clinical experiences at a variety
of ambulatory practices in Georgia, South Carolina, or Tennessee. The program personnel
will conduct a gap analysis for each student to identify additional courses that may
be needed to meet certification and accreditation standards.
AGACNP, FNP, PNP, or PMHNP Application Deadline
April 2 (for Spring, 2018 entry)
(Applications will be reviewed upon completion)
Note: Prospective students for the Post Master Certificate programs are considered
on an individual basis requiring careful evaluation of their transcripts and clinical
backgrounds to determine specific content and courses needed to reach their professional
Jean Pawl, PhD, RN, OCN, CNE
Acting - Interim Program Director for DNP - Primary Care and NP programs
Karen Sturgill, MPA
Program Manger 2, DNP and NP Programs