Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing

Go Further With an A.P.R.N. Certificate

Take your nursing career to the next level with a Postgraduate Certificate from Nova Southeastern University's Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing. If you've already earned an accredited M.S.N. degree, apply to our postgraduate certification program to add more focus to your work. Our program offers the NSU edge that can transform your career.

Explore the Possibilities

As a nurse practitioner, your skills are highly respected in your field. Our program will prepare you for national certification in your chosen specialization, and you may even continue your education to the doctoral level. With your evidence-based perspective and expertise, you'll be able to lead other health care professionals and make a real impact in the industry.

Select Your Path

We offer a range of A.P.R.N. certifications to suit your interests and career goals, consisting of:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Each specialization provides you with targeted expertise, preparing you for success in your chosen field.

Why Earn an Advanced Nursing Certificate at NSU?

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Learn from nursing leaders, build professional connections, and gain skills to stand out.
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Quick Facts

Tuition
Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more information.
Delivery Options
Coursework varies online and on-site at our Miramar (PMHNP), Palm Beach (AGACNP & FNP) and Tampa Bay (FNP & PMHNP) campuses.
Application Deadlines
Applications for admission are accepted online. The deadline to complete and submit the NursingCAS application for fall admission is August 1 and for winter admission is December 1.

Admissions Information

Admission to the Postgraduate Certificate Advanced Practice Registered Nurse program requires the following:

  • Overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the candidate’s Master of Science in Nursing program.
  • M.S.N. degree from a regionally or internationally accredited university or college. (The M.S.N. degree nursing program must be accredited by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission [NLNAC] or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education [CCNE]).
  • Current active state of Florida professional nursing (R.N.) licensure. Licensure must remain current in the jurisdiction of the practicum throughout the program.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • Residence within 150 miles of the program campus.
  • 12 months of active independent clinical practice (not including position residencies or facility operations).
  • For applicants interested in AGACNP current Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certificate is required.

Admission to the Postgraduate Certificate Advanced Practice Registered Nurse program requires the following:

  • Overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the candidate’s Master of Science in Nursing program.
  • M.S.N. degree from a regionally or internationally accredited university or college. (The M.S.N. degree nursing program must be accredited by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission [NLNAC] or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education [CCNE]).
  • Current active state of Florida professional nursing (R.N.) licensure. Licensure must remain current in the jurisdiction of the practicum throughout the program.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • Residence within 150 miles of the program campus.
  • 12 months of active independent clinical practice (not including position residencies or facility operations).
  • For applicants interested in AGACNP current Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certificate is required.

Curriculum

In order to meet graduation requirements applicants must have or obtain the three separate, comprehensive graduate-level course in:

  • Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the life span
  • Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts, and approaches
  • Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents

Students with the three separate, comprehensive graduate-level courses

SEMESTER COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE COURSE CREDITS
I *NSG 5620 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care I 6
II *NSG 5630 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care II 6
III *NSG 5650 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care III 6
IV **NSG 5660 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Capstone 6
TOTAL CREDITS 24

*Requires 170 Practicum Hours
**Requires 225 Clinical Hours

Students needing the three separate, comprehensive graduate-level courses will first need to submit a non degree seeking application to complete those courses. 

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE COURSE CREDITS
NSG 5531 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NSG 5510 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NSG 5502 Advanced Health Assessment 3
TOTAL CREDITS 9

To review course descriptions, please view the HPD Catalog.

In order to meet graduation requirements applicants must have or obtain the three separate, comprehensive graduate-level course in:

  • Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the life span
  • Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts, and approaches
  • Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents

Students with the three separate, comprehensive graduate-level courses

SEMESTER COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE COURSE CREDITS
I **NSG 5542 Primary Care: Adult I 6
II **NSG 5550 Primary Care: Adult II 6
III *NSG 5560 Primary Care Women 3
III *NSG 5580 Primary Care Pediatrics 3
IV ***NSG 5590 Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone 6
TOTAL CREDITS 24

*Requires 85 Clinical Hours
**Requires 170 Clinical Hours
***Requires 255 Clinical Hours

Students needing the three separate, comprehensive graduate-level courses will first need to submit a non degree seeking application to complete those courses. 

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE COURSE CREDITS
NSG 5531 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NSG 5510 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NSG 5502 Advanced Health Assessment 3
TOTAL CREDITS 9

To review course descriptions, please view the HPD Catalog.

In order to meet graduation requirements applicants must have or obtain the three separate, comprehensive graduate-level course in:

  • Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the life span
  • Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts, and approaches
  • Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents

Students with the three separate, comprehensive graduate-level courses

SEMESTER COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE COURSE CREDITS
I NSG 5532 Neurobiology Psychopharmacology 3
II *NSG 5710 Psychiatric Management I:  Psychopathology & the DSM V 6
III *NSG 5720 Psychiatric Management II:  Developmental Theories for Child & Adolescent Mental Health 6
IV *NSG 5730 Psychiatric Management III:  Modalities of Psychotherapy 6
V **NSG 5790 Psychiatric Care Management Integration Capstone 6
TOTAL CREDITS 27

*Require 170 Clinical Hours
**Requires 255 Clinical Hours

Students needing the three separate, comprehensive graduate-level courses will first need to submit a non degree seeking application to complete those courses. 

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE COURSE CREDITS
NSG 5531 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NSG 5510 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NSG 5502 Advanced Health Assessment 3
TOTAL CREDITS 9

To review course descriptions, please view the HPD Catalog.

Ready for the Next Step?

The Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing participates in the centralized applications service called NursingCAS. NursingCAS is used for document verification but does not take part in the student selection.

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Submit a NursingCAS Application

Submit your NursingCAS application online.

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Submit Transcripts & Additional Required Documents to NursingCAS

Request all official transcripts from all previously attended institutions to be sent directly to NursingCAS.

NursingCAS
P.O. Box 9201 
Watertown, Massachusetts 02471

Coursework taken at foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. institutional equivalence by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization such as one of the services listed below.

World Education Services

Josef Silny and Associates

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.

It is the applicant's responsibility to have this coursework evaluated. An official course-by-course evaluation with a cumulative grade point average must be sent directly from the evaluation service.

Once your application and all documents have been received, the application will be processed and reviewed.

Professional Licensure Disclosure/Notification Statement Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing
Nurse Practitioner Program (S)

Degree Title Level Degree
Master of Science in Nursing Master M.S.N. APRN

At this time, we cannot confirm that the Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing (ACON) Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N. - A.P.R.N.) program meets the educational requirements for professional licensure in other states or territories outside of Florida.  Students who plan to take the licensing exam outside of Florida must check with the state in which they are seeking licensure for any additional requirements. 

ACON’s Nurse Practitioner graduates seek certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, or as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner upon completion of the APRN program.  These exams are offered through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP.)

Family Nurse Practitioner Certification (F.N.P.-B.C.)

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certification (A.G.A.C.N.P.-B.C.)

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan) Certification (P.M.H.N.P.)-B.C.)

Students may also apply for a multi-state license if their home state is part of the nurse licensure compact.  The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) allows a nurse to have a multistate license to practice in their home state and other approved compact states https://aprncompact.com/index.page

Nova Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.  The Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing, MSN Program is a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited program.

Program meets Educational Requirements Program does not meet educational requirements cannot be confirmed if program meets educational requirements
Florida   All States (Except Florida) the District of Columbia and the US protectorates, as defined in 34 CFR §600.2.

For all students, applicants, or prospective students seeking licensure in any state listed in the “Program Does Not Meet Educational Requirements” or “Cannot Be Confirmed If Program Meets Educational Requirements” columns, please see the chart below detailing these states’ licensing boards and contact information.

State

Licensing Board/Contact Information

Alabama

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/alabama-nurse-practitioner.html

Alaska

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/alaska-nurse-practitioner.html#education

Arizona

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/arizona-nurse-practitioner.html

Arkansas

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/arkansas-nurse-practitioner.html

California

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/california-nurse-practitioner.html

Colorado

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/colorado-nurse-practitioner.html

Connecticut

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/connecticut-nurse-practitioner.html

District of Columbia

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/dc-nurse-practitioner.html

Delaware

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/delaware-nurse-practitioner.html#education

Georgia

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/georgia-nurse-practitioner.html

Hawaii

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/hawaii-nurse-practitioner.html

Idaho

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/idaho-nurse-practitioner.html

Illinois

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/illinois-nurse-practitioner.html

Indiana

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/indiana-nurse-practitioner.html

Iowa

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/iowa-nurse-practitioner.html

Kansas

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-kansas.html#rn

Kentucky

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/kentucky-nurse-practitioner.html

Louisiana

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/louisiana-nurse-practitioner.html

Maine

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-maine.html

Maryland

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/maryland-nurse-practitioner.html

Massachusetts

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/massachusetts-nurse-practitioner.html

Michigan

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/michigan-nurse-practitioner.html

Minnesota

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-minnesota.html

Mississippi

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/mississippi-nurse-practitioner.html

Missouri

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/missouri-nurse-practitioner.html

Montana

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/montana-nurse-practitioner.html

Nebraska

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/nebraska-nurse-practitioner.html

Nevada

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/nevada-nurse-practitioner.html

New Hampshire

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/new-hampshire-nurse-practitioner.html

New Jersey

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/new-jersey-nurse-practitioner.html#education

New Mexico

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/new-mexico-nurse-practitioner.html

New York

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/new-york-nurse-practitioner.html

North Carolina

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/north-carolina-nurse-practitioner.html

North Dakota

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/north-dakota-nurse-practitioner.html

Ohio

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/ohio-nurse-practitioner.html

Oklahoma

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/oklahoma-nurse-practitioner.html

Oregon

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/oklahoma-nurse-practitioner.html

Pennsylvania

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/pennsylvania-nurse-practitioner.html

Rhode Island

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/rhode-island-nurse-practitioner.html#education

South Carolina

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/south-carolina-nurse-practitioner.html

South Dakota

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/south-dakota-nurse-practitioner.html

Tennessee

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/tennessee-nurse-practitioner.html

 Utah

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/utah-nurse-practitioner.html

Vermont

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/vermont-nurse-practitioner.html

Virginia

https://www.dhp.virginia.gov/Boards/Nursing/ApplicantResources/ApplyforLicense/NursePractitioner/

Washington

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/washington-nurse-practitioner.html

West Virginia

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/west-virginia-nurse-practitioner.html

Wisconsin

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-education/wisconsin-np-programs.html

Wyoming

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/np-state/wyoming-nurse-practitioner.html

American Samoa

www.board-of-nursing.com/american-samoa-board-of-nursing.php 

Guam

https://www.registerednursern.com/guam-board-of-nursing-board-of-nursing-guam-information-registered-nurse-rn/

Northern Mariana

Islands

https://nmibon.info/

US Virgin Islands

http://www.board-of-nursing.com/virgin-islands-board-of-nursing.php

To access nurse practice acts and administrative codes by state please visit the National of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) website, https://www.ncsbn.org/

If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact Dr. Susan Holland at sholland1@nova.edu.