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College of Nursing


Certificates of Graduate Study

The College of Nursing offers three options for Certificates of Graduate Study in Advanced Practice Nursing. Concentrations allow nurses to become certified as a nurse practitioner in a specific practice area: primary care (family nurse practitioner concentration), acute care (adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner concentration), and psychiatric care (psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner concentration).  

Additionally, a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Nursing Administration is also offered.  

All certificate of graduate studies applicants must hold a master of nursing (MSN) to be eligible for admission. Graduates will be eligible to apply for national certification exams in the specialty area. All courses are available online, however students in advance practice program specialties may be required to come to campus a minimum of twice a semester during clinical rotations.

Plans of Study

The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner* program prepares the nurse to provide health care services to acutely ill adults and gerontology patients with complex health problems.

The Family Nurse Practitioner* program prepares the nurse to provide primary health care across the lifespan.

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner* program prepares the nurse to provide psychiatric mental health services to clients/patients across the lifespan in various settings.

The Nursing Administration program prepares nurses to be key leaders in health organizations.

Name changes to these programs are pending CHE and SACS approval.

Degree Requirements (upon degree completion)

  • Complete an approved program of study.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and earn a 3.0 or better in all required classes and courses number 700 or higher.
  • Complete clinical hours.

Cost Information

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Contact the Nursing Graduate Studies Office

Have additional questions about Post-Master's programs?  Call us at 803-777-7412.

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Stop by our office:
Williams-Brice Building, Room 208
1601 Greene Street
Columbia, SC  29208