Graduate Certificates in Nursing

  • Overview

    Saint Joseph’s College offers a number of graduate certificates in nursing.

    The courses in each area can be used toward credit fulfillment of the Master of Science in Nursing degree. Students must earn 18 semester-hour credits, six of which may be transferred from an accredited institution.

  • Curriculum

    Graduate Certificate in Nursing & Health Care Education

    This certificate is intended for health care professionals who wish to formalize their knowledge and skills relative to health care education. It is suitable for professionals who are responsible for staff education, and for nursing and health care faculty in formal educational settings. This is not intended to prepare and certify health educators or certify people to teach in secondary schools. Contact your state office for those certification requirements.

    Graduate Certificate in Nursing Administration & Leadership

    The graduate certificate in nursing administration and leadership is intended for registered nurses who want to enhance their knowledge and skills in nursing administration/leadership. It is appropriate for nurses who are seeking management positions and for new nurse managers.

    Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study: Interdisciplinary Studies

    This 18-credit certificate of advanced graduate study is for the student who already holds a master's degree and wishes to continue their studies. Some career tracks recognize the CAGS for compensation rewards beyond the Masters. This certificate allows for students to self design their learning. All credits must be earned at Saint Joseph’s College. The first five courses will be taken from at least three graduate program areas (theology, nursing, education, health administration, business).  

    Students can choose any combination from the courses listed; the design is interdisciplinary. The final course is always the CAG 600 Interdisciplinary capstone course, but the student will request which program area or faculty they wish to have supervise that final course. *Tuition costs vary depending on program areas.

    Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

    The Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate is a 28-credit post-graduate program designed to prepare RNs with an undergraduate and graduate degree in nursing for a career as a Family Nurse Practitioner. This certificate program prepares the graduate to sit for the national FNP certification exam.

    This program has a very competitive admissions process and successful applicants must meet all prescribed requirements.

  • Some of our faculty

    • Lynette A. Hamlin

      Associate Dean, Department of Nursing

      PhD, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

      MSN, Loyola University–Chicago

      BSN, Loyola University–Chicago

    • Kathleen Cross

      MSN, Saint Joseph's College

      BSN, Loyola College

    • Brian Higgerson

      DNSc, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

      FNP-BC, Mississippi University

      BSN, Union University

    Lynette A. Hamlin

    Associate Dean, Department of Nursing

    PhD, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

    MSN, Loyola University–Chicago

    BSN, Loyola University–Chicago

    Kathleen Cross

    MSN, Saint Joseph's College

    BSN, Loyola College

    Brian Higgerson

    DNSc, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

    FNP-BC, Mississippi University

    BSN, Union University

  • Student Stories

    • Kim Gourley, Registered Nurse, Ellsworth, Maine

      “My education at Saint Joseph's College has been everything I hoped and more. Thank you!”

    • Joshua Sheehan, Education Coordinator, Phoenix, Arizona

      "Saint Joseph's College is changing my life!"

  • Career Moves

    Registered nurses (RNs) constitute the largest healthcare occupation, with 2.6 million jobs. About 60 percent of RN jobs are in hospitals.

    Employment of RNs is expected to grow much faster than the average and, because the occupation is very large, 581,500 new jobs will result, among the largest number of new jobs for any occupation. Additionally, hundreds of thousands of job openings will result from the need to replace experienced nurses who leave the occupation. Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow by 22 percent from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations.

    The MSN (regardless of track) is now the required degree for teaching in RN preparation programs. In some states, the MSN is required for staff development roles as well.