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This five-course, 12-month capstone certificate program is designed for master’s-prepared nurses who are working in CNS-like roles without the educational preparation required for national certification as a CNS. Upon completing the certificate, students will have the education, training, and academic credentials required to sit for national certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and practice more effectively in the CNS role.
The 9-credit Nurse Educator Certificate enables experienced professional nurses to combine clinical expertise with a passion for teaching. Students who complete the certificate are eligible to sit for the National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator Examination.
This 18-credit post-graduate capstone certificate program is designed to address the growing need for psychiatric mental health services by providing the opportunity for nurses with a master’s or doctoral degree to gain additional certification and expand their practice. This certificate program provides you with the skills and knowledge to be an expert mental health practitioner in your community, no matter where your career takes you.
We offer two routes to school nursing practice. Graduates of the 18-credit School Nurse Certification Program are eligible to apply for licensure through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. BSN students may complete the program concurrently, and BSN@Home students may complete some of the requirements concurrently and the remainder after graduation. For RNs who need to take a community health course to become a school nurse, Nursing 470 is a 3-credit online course that meets this requirement.
“We are very thoughtful about the time students spend on campus so we can keep the program as open as possible. The need [for mental health care] is huge everywhere, but especially great in more remote communities.”Professor Gina Bryan, DNP, RN, director, Psychiatric Mental Health Care Certificate program
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The opioid epidemic continues to claim lives, disrupt families and challenge communities, but nurses are hardly standing idly by. In many settings, they are creating solutions, implementing new programs, and driving change for nurses, patients, health systems and communities.
The School of Nursing's Psychiatric Mental Health Care Certificate program helps health care providers throughout Wisconsin get certified to prescribe and diagnose in mental health cases.
Despite the challenges Anna Melville faces at Sennett Middle School—workload, complex conditions, limited resources—Melville sees more opportunities than limitations, and she is quick to point out that that is why she’s here.