Why UM-Flint

What Sets UM-Flint's Nursing Certificates Apart?

In addition to flexible online coursework, you will benefit from the practical hands-on experience of clinical site visits where you will care for actual patients under the close supervision and mentorship of experienced nurses and physicians. Upon completing either certificate, you will be eligible to sit for the respective practitioner exam. 

Psychiatric Mental Health

Acquire the specialized skills and experiences to provide mental health services for a diverse population of patients across their life-spans. Offered in a online format, the post-graduate certificate in psychiatric mental health allows you to complete the required coursework in as little as four semesters while continuing to work.

Adult Gerontology Acute Care

The demand for acute care providers in the adult population is increasing. Veterans’ medical centers, emergency departments, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, and other settings need employees with the skills to manage acute illness. This post-master’s certificate program enables graduates to fill open positions in acute care settings.

Both programs

ONLINE Format

The online format provides maximum access to students who would be otherwise unable to attend an on-campus program.

Adult Gerontology Acute Care: 29 credits completed in as little as four semesters.

Psychiatric Mental Health: 25 credits completed in as few as four semesters.

SPECIALIZED CARE 

Manage and improve outcomes for culturally diverse populations of patients by gaining an additional specialty as either a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner or an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. The UM-Flint certificates will provide students with the skills needed to assess, plan, develop, implement, and evaluate health care for patients.

EXPERT FACULTY

Throughout the post-graduate certificate programs, you will receive practical instruction from faculty who are experts in the field of nursing. Your faculty mentors remain available and accessible to support and guide you online as well as in person.

ACCREDITATION

The baccalaureate, master’s, certificate, and DNP programs at the University of Michigan-Flint are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Courses

Additional information on the certificate programs including course descriptions can be found in the catalog

Psychiatric Mental Health Certificate in Nursing

A total of 22-25 credits is required for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate program.  Admission to the Post-Graduate Certificate program is available to certified licensed nurse practitioners, seeking licensure as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners.

Year 1

Winter Semester

  • NUR 753 - Medication Management for Psychiatric Mental Health NP Theory/Practicum (2-3) (elected for 3 credits)
  • NUR 780 - Advanced Practice Nursing Care of Persons across the Life Span with Psychiatric Mental Health Concerns I - Theory (3)

Spring/Summer Semester

  • NUR 532 - Leadership, Informatics & Policy for Advanced Practice (3) (may be waived if equivalent courses have been taken within the last five years)
  • NUR 781 - Advanced Practice Nursing Care of Persons Across the Life Span with Psychiatric Mental Health Concerns I - Practicum (3)
  • NUR 782 - Clinical Practicum I (1) *1

Year 2

Fall Semester

  • NUR 750 - Advanced Practice Nursing with Families and Care of Psychiatric/Mental Health Community Needs (3)
  • NUR 751 - Special Populations in Mental Health Nursing (2) (elected for 2 credits)
  • NUR 790 - Advanced Practice Nursing Care of Persons Across the Life Span with Psychiatric Mental Health Concerns II - Theory (3)
  • NUR 792 - Clinical Practicum II (1) *1

Winter Semester

  • NUR 791 - Advanced Practice Nursing Care of Persons Across the Life Span with Psychiatric Mental Health Concerns II - Practicum (3)
  • NUR 793 - Clinical Practicum lll (1) *1

Note

*1 Students must complete two courses from any combination of:

  • NUR 782 - Clinical Practicum I (1)
  • NUR 792 - Clinical Practicum II (1)
  • NUR 793 - Clinical Practicum lll (1)

Transfer Credit

Transfer/waiver of credits for courses other than NUR 532 is not permitted for students who have been accepted into the Post-Graduate Certificate Program.

Adult Gerontology Acute Care

A total of 20-29 credits is required for the Post-Graduate Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate program.  Admission to the Post-Graduate Certificate program is available to certified licensed nurse practitioners, seeking licensure as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. 

Year 1

Fall Semester

  • NUR 720 - Primary Health Care of Adolescents/Adults/Elders I - Theory (3)
  • NUR 860 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care I-Theory (3)
  • NUR 861 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care I-Practicum (2)

Winter Semester

  • NUR 721 - Primary Health Care of Adolescents/Adults/Elders II - Theory (3)
  • NUR 862 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care II-Theory (2)
  • NUR 863 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care II-Practicum (3)

Spring/Summer Semester

  • NUR 532 - Leadership, Informatics & Policy for Advanced Practice (3)
  • NUR 864 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care III-Theory (2)
  • NUR 865 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care III-Practicum (3)

Year 2

Fall Semester

  • NUR 866 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care IV-Theory (2)
  • NUR 867 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care IV-Practicum (3)

Note

These courses maybe waived if equivalent courses have been taken within the last five years.

  • NUR 532 - Leadership, Informatics & Policy for Advanced Practice (3)
  • NUR 720 - Primary Health Care of Adolescents/Adults/Elders I - Theory (3)
  • NUR 721 - Primary Health Care of Adolescents/Adults/Elders II - Theory (3)

Transfer Credit

Transfer/Waiver of credit for courses other than NUR 532, NUR 720 and NUR 721 will not be permitted of students that have been accepted into the Post-Graduate Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate program.

Transfer Credit

Transfer/waiver of credits is not permitted for the Post-Graduate Nurse Educator Certificate Program.

Additional information on the certificate programs including course descriptions can be found in the catalog

Admission

Requirements

You must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission:

  • Completion of a Nurse Practitioner program with a Master of Science from a regionally accredited college or university with an overall GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
  • Current unencumbered RN license in the United States 
  • Current unencumbered license as a nurse practitioner 
  • Current certification as a nurse practitioner in a specialty other than the discipline you want to study
  • Minimum of one year of acute care experience or permission of program director (Adult Gerontology Acute Care only)
STATE AUTHORIZATION FOR ONLINE STUDENTS

The federal government requires universities and colleges to be in compliance with the distance education laws of each individual state. If you are an out-of-state student intending to enroll in an online program, especially if it leads to professional licensure, please visit umflint.edu/oel/online-state-authorization to verify the status of UM-Flint with your state.

Applying

To be considered for admission, submit the following to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library:

  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé
  • Copy of current Nursing License (submit either a license verification printout or a photocopy of your license)
  • Copy of NP License
  • Copy of NP Certification
  • Professional Goal Statement* describing your career objectives and areas of clinical interest. The statement should be a one-two page typewritten document that describes your reasons for pursuing the Graduate Nursing Certificate and should reflect a strong sense of career direction. The statement should relate past experiences to advancing a career in nursing. Include your:
    • purpose for undertaking or continuing graduate study        
    • reasons for wanting to study at UM-Flint                
    • professional plans and career goals
    • Also, please describe any past achievements in nursing including:
      • professional organization memberships, awards, scholarships, nominations, certifications, committee/project work, other accomplishments you wish to include
  • You also may explain any special circumstances applicable to your background and elaborate on any scholarly publications, achievements, abilities, and/or professional history
  • Three recommendations are required from any combination of the following sources:
    • Faculty from a recent nursing program
    • A supervisor in an employment setting
    • An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Physician’s Assistant, MD or DO.
  • Phone/in-person interview may be required
  • International Students: Submit additional documentation. Visit umflint.edu/international for details. This program is an online certificate program. Students admitted to this program are not eligible to obtain a student visa (F visa). Students with all other visa types are eligible.

*Not required of UM-Flint MSN or DNP current students or graduates.

Application Deadlines

To be considered for admission, submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Programs by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the application deadline:

  • Fall: July 1 (both programs)
  • Winter: November 1 (Psychiatric Mental Health only)
  • Spring: March 15 (Psychiatric Mental Health only)

International students are required to apply earlier than the deadlines posted here. For more information please visit the International Students page.

Enrollment Deposit

If you are selected for admission to the certificate program, you will be required to pay a $500 enrollment deposit to reserve your seat. The deadline to pay the deposit will be indicated in your letter of admission.