Certificate After Graduate Education in Nursing
The Certificate After Graduate Education in Nursing (CAGE) program allows individuals with a prior Master of Science in Nursing degree to add a different clinical emphasis. The program offers three options: Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Educator. The program curriculum is individualized for each student based on their academic needs to meet their certification goals. A transcript review of previous MSN courses will be completed, providing an opportunity to increase advanced practice nursing knowledge and clinical experience without duplicating coursework previously completed. Credit requirements for completion will vary based on prior academic work.
- The master’s degree program in nursing at Concordia University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
- All students must maintain RN licensure in the state in which they do their clinical practica while enrolled in the Advanced Practice Nursing or Nurse Educator clinical courses. It is the students’ responsibility to make sure their program of study is eligible and meets all requirements within that states' Department of Licensing & Regulation.
- Students will be expected to work with all clients assigned to them. There is the possibility of exposure to clients with communicable diseases. Students will abide by universal precautions while working with clients.
- Students must earn a B in all courses. Policies regarding progression and retention will be applied if the the student earns less than a B in any course.
- Students are expected to act with appropriate professional behavior at all times.
- The MSN FNP and AGPCNP clinical sequences are designed to provide a minimum of 720 hours of clinical time to meet the requirements for taking the appropriate certification examination. Some students may require additional hours. All students will be required to identify appropriate preceptors. CUW faculty make the final decision regarding preceptor approval.
- Once accepted to the program, students are required to begin the program at the start of the next semester.
- Students must complete all degree requirements within a five-year period from the time of taking the first course in the program.
Upon graduation the graduate student will be able to:
- Integrate liberal arts and sciences into advanced nursing roles and education.
- Analyze organizational and systems leadership principles to improve quality and patient safety in advanced nursing roles.
- Integrate evidence-based approaches into advanced nursing practice and education.
- Integrate healthcare technologies in the delivery, enhancement, and coordination of quality patient care.
- Analyze healthcare policies, finances, and regulations that impact healthcare systems.
- Integrate patient-centered care using interprofessional teams to improve health outcomes of individuals and populations.
- Integrate evidence-based, culturally appropriate knowledge in clinical prevention and population health at the individual and aggregate level.
- Assume accountability for advanced nursing practice and lifelong learning.
- Apply best evidence to assure competence in advanced nursing practice or nursing education with diverse populations.
Family and Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
|Required Core Courses|
|MSN 830||Healthcare Policy & Issues in Advanced Nursing||3|
|MSN 834||Theoretical Foundations for Adv Nursing Roles and Interprofessional Collaboration||3|
|BIO 850||Genetics, Immunology, & Microbiology for Advanced Nursing||3|
|MSN 836||Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Life Span||3|
|MSN 860||Foundations of Healthcare Informatics||3|
|MSN 845||Role Transition for APN||2|
|MSN 538||Advanced Health Assessment||3|
|Specialization Courses (FNP)|
|MSN 851||Adv Prim Care Clin I-FNP||4|
|MSN 852||Adv Prim Care Clin II-FNP||4|
|MSN 853||Adv Prim Care Clin III-FNP||4|
|Specialization Courses (AGPCNP)|
|MSN 865||Adv Prim Care Clin I-AGPCNP||4|
|MSN 866||Adv Prim Care Clin II-AGPCNP||4|
|MSN 867||Adv Prim Care Clin III-AGPCNP||4|
Note: This 9-credit or 15-credit graduate certificate provides participants with a foundation in the knowledge and skills required to teach in a nursing education program. Those who complete the program will be eligible to sit for the Certification for Nurse Educators (CNE) exam through the National League for Nursing.
|MSN 871||NE I: Role Transition for Nurse Educator||3|
|MSN 877||Eval and Testing in Nursing Ed||3|
|MSN 872||NE II Instructional Design In Nursing Education II: Classroom Teaching||3|
|Choose Two of the following courses:|
|MSN 830||Healthcare Policy & Issues in Advanced Nursing||3|
|or BIO 850||Genetics, Immunology, & Microbiology for Advanced Nursing|
|or MSN 860||Foundations of Healthcare Informatics|
|or MSN 874||Instructional Design in Nursing Education: NE III Clinical Teaching|
Entrance Requirements for the Graduate School of Nursing in Addition to Graduate School Requirements
- MSN and/or DNP degree from an accredited nursing school
- Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Science GPA is evaluated as part of the admission process
- Current licensure as a registered nurse in the USA
- Actively working in practice.
- Current CPR certification
- Ability to perform Technical Standards for Registered Nurses
Students may apply online through Concordia's direct online application at www.cuw.edu/apply. When applying directly, students will submit:
- Application form available at www.cuw.edu/apply
- Non-refundable application fee
- All official college transcripts
- An essay that addresses the following topics:
- Rationale for choosing a career as a primary care Nurse Practitioner or as a Nurse Educator
- Career goals as a primary care Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Educator
- Personal compatibility with the CUW mission
- Plans for academic success, including time management, stress management, and professional communication
- Any previous academic issues
- Professional resume and a Certified Background Check
- Three letters of reference: two must be professional and/or academic and one must be from an individual who has worked with the applicant in a professional capacity and has a minimum of a Master's degree.
- Applicants who have completed graduate level classes and wish to have them evaluated must submit these transcripts and the transfer credit form. GRE exams are not required.
The deadline for fall admission is May 1.
The deadline for spring admission is October 1.
In addition to the Graduate Admission Requirements, there may be a pre-admission telephone interview.
The admission committee will review applications and make recommendations for admission. After the recommendation for admission is approved, a formal letter of acceptance or denial is sent to the student.