Earn a certificate of advanced graduate study online
Nurses who earn the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) at UMass Dartmouth will have completed the required coursework and clinical experiences for certification as Adult-Gereontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners (AGPCNP) by the American Credentialing Center (ANCC). This program track consists of 24 total credit hours and 500 hours of faculty-supervised clinical hours. Eligible applicants have a masters degree or doctoral degree in nursing.
Sample plan of study with a total of 24 credits and 500 practicum hours. Grand total of 15 credits for licensed APRNs* and 24 credits for non-APRNs*. All classes are attended 100% remotely except for the two consecutive on-campus days each semester.
Fall Year 1
- NUR 550 Pathophysiological Bases for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 cr) *
Spring Year 1
- NUR 553 Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 cr) *
Fall Year 2
- NUR 552 Advanced Health/Physical Assessment (3 cr) *
Spring Year 2
- NUR 557 Introduction to Primary Care for the Advanced Practice Nurse (2 cr)
- NUR 558 Introduction to Primary Care for the Advanced Practice Nurse-Practicum (3 cr)
Fall Year 3
- NUR 656 Primary Care II for the Advanced Practice Nurse (2 cr)
- NUR 657 Primary Care II for the Advanced Practice Nurse-Practicum (3 cr)
Spring Year 3
- NUR 658 Chronic Illness Management (2 cr)
- NUR 659 Chronic Illness Management- Practicum (3 cr)
Prerequisites: Masters or doctoral degree in nursing
* Not required for licensed advanced practice nurses (APRNs) based on transcript review.
* Course requirements may be fulfilled with transfer credit at the discretion of the DNP Admissions Committee.
Customize your education and receive the help and guidance to finish as planned:
- Value and affordability of a UMass education
- One-on-one personal advising from enrollment through graduation
- Military friendly, with leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience
- Limited class size ensures individualized interaction with professors
Applicants to the CAGS program must:
- have either a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing
- provide evidence of the following graduate level coursework
- advanced pathophysiology
- advanced pharmacology
- physical assessment across the lifespan
- submit a 1-2 page statement of purpose
- submit resume
- submit official college transcripts
- Copy of active unencumbered RN license
- Submit two references that document competence and leadership in professional nursing practice. If possible, one reference should be from a supervisor who is a professional nurse that holds a DNP and one from a nurse educator.
Pending a review of applicants’ prior coursework and with advising, these courses also may be taken as pre-requisites to the CAGS course plan.
Learning Style: Online
Online courses are taught by UMass Dartmouth faculty to provide high-quality instruction and personal attention. Students have the flexibility to accommodate work and home responsibilities within the structure of defined assignment due dates.