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Certificates

If you have a master's degree in nursing and are interested in pursuing study in another nursing area, a post-master's certificate can meet your needs.

Widener's School of Nursing offers training in the advanced practice (APRN) roles of clinical nurse specialist (CNS) and family nurse practitioner (FNP). Depending on area of study, certificates can be completed in 18-24 months of part-time study.

Post-master's certificates are available for these specialty areas:

  1. Adult-Gerontology CNS 
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  2. Adult-Gerontology with Emergency/Critical Care
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  3. Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) 
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  4. Nursing Education 
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Students must complete a minimum of 500 hours (CNS) or 672 hours (FNP) of faculty-supervised advanced clinical practice for certification as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Courses are available on Widener's Main Campus in Chester and on Widener's Harrisburg campus. Upon completion of the certificate program, graduates are eligible to sit for certification examination through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Critical Care Nurses for the CNS role and either ANCC or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) for the FNP role.