The baccalaureate nursing program and master’s/post-master’s certificate programs at Cedar Crest College located in Allentown, Pennsylvania are accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, Georgia 30326 404-975-5000
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the baccalaureate nursing program and the master’s/post-master’s certificate programs is continuing accreditation.
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The Post-Master’s Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Certificate program in Family/Individual Across the Lifespan is designed for registered nurses who hold a Master’s of Science Degree in Nursing, and are interested in specializing in another area of study. Graduates of the Post-Master’s APRN Certificate program are expected to meet the outcomes of the Master’s program, the core nurse practitioner (NP) competencies, and the population-focused competencies for the specialty NP track.
All entering Post-Master’s APRN Certificate students must show evidence of having completed three (3) separate, comprehensive graduate-level courses in advanced pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology. Post-Master’s APRN Certificate students who have not satisfactorily completed such courses will be required to complete MSN 550, 551, and 552 as part of the Certificate curriculum.
All students entering the Post-Master’s APRN Certificate program will have a gap analysis performed to determine their individuals plans of study. Graduates are eligible for national certification.
Semester 1 (Spring)
MSN 600 Primary Care of the Family & Individual Across the Lifespan I – Women & Families (3 credits; 14 weeks)
MSN 601 Clinical Practicum Primary Care of the Family & Individual Across the Lifespan I – Women & Families (2 credits [112 clock hours]; 14 weeks)
Semester 2 (Summer)
MSN 602 Primary Care of the Family &t Individual Across the Lifespan II - Infants, Children & Adolescents (3 credits; 12 weeks)
MSN 603 Clinical Practicum Primary Care of the Family & Individual Across the Lifespan II – Infants, Children & Adolescents (2 credits [112 clock hours]; 12 weeks)
Semester 3 (Fall)
MSN 604 Primary Care of the Family & Individual Across the Lifespan III - Adults & Older Adults (3 credits; 14 weeks)
MSN 605 Clinical Practicum Primary Care of the Family & Individual Across the Lifespan III – Adults & Older Adults (4 credits [224 clock hours]); 14 weeks)
Semester 4 (Spring)
MSN 606 Primary Care of the Family & Individual Across the Lifespan IV - Adults & Older Adults (3 credits; 14 weeks)
MSN 607 Clinical Practicum Primary Care of the Family & Individual Across the Lifespan IV – Adults & Older Adults (5 credits [280 clock hours]; 14 weeks)
Integrate knowledge of theory and research to develop a comprehensive and ethical approach for nursing practice, education, and administration in a global society.
Utilize advanced clinical knowledge and skill to promote, maintain, and/or restore optimum wellness to clients.
Articulate the issues and trends that affect the social, economic, political, and institutional forces that influence nursing and health care delivery.
Critically appraise and utilize scientific, expert, and other sources of knowledge to ensure quality outcomes in the context of evidence-based practice.
Develop collaborative and interprofessional relationships to improve health outcomes in a variety of settings.
Provide full scope of evidence-based primary care, utilizing both independent and collaborative approaches, to individuals and families across the lifespan.
Manage acute and chronic health problems, health promotion activities, disease prevention, and transitional support and end of life care.
Participate in evidence-based quality improvement initiatives to improve health care outcomes.
Coordinate health care teams and engage in inter-professional collaboration with members of the health care team.
Advocate for health care systems and policies that reduce health disparities, facilitate access to care, and address cultural diversity.