Post-master’s students must meet UNM and College of Nursing admission requirements and submit all documents requested for evaluation of previous course work prior to admission.
There are 3 distinct tracks within the post-master’s certificate program (see description below). Tracks A and B prepare nurses in one of the advanced practice specialty concentrations (Adult / Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwife). Track C prepares Nurse Educators. Students enter Track A, B or C depending on their previous educational preparation and their educational goals. An individualized program of studies is developed by the coordinator of the chosen specialty concentration and is based on consideration of previous coursework work in relation to the requirements of the chosen specialty (gap analysis) as well as recent clinical experience. Sequencing of courses is identical to that of the MSN program of studies for each concentration. Students must complete a minimum of 15 graduate credit hours in the specialty concentration, maintain a 3.0 (B) GPA, and demonstrate achievement of all concentration expected outcomes. Course work must be completed within three years.
Track A is for students who have an MSN in an area other than advanced practice (ie, and MSN in Nursing Education, Clinical Nurse Leader, Nursing Administration, Clinical Nurse Specialist) and who wish to become a nurse practitioner or nurse midwife.
Track B is for students who already have an MSN in an advanced practice concentration, as either a nurse practitioner or a nurse midwife, and who wish to expand their practice by adding an additional population focus (for example, a Nurse Midwife who wishes to become a Family Nurse Practitioner)
Track C is for students who have an MSN in an area other than Nursing Education who wish to add a nurse educator certificate to their credentials.
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Nursing combines science and technology with the desire to help people. Nurses assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. Nurses may advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required. Includes advance practice nurses such as: nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists. Advanced practice nursing is practiced by RNs who have specialized formal, post-basic education and who function in highly autonomous and varied roles.
In all states, the District of Columbia, and U.S territories, students must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass a national licensing examination, known as the NCLEX-RN, in order to obtain a nursing license. Nurses may be licensed in more than one State, either by examination or by the endorsement of a licensed issued by another State. Nursing programs range from associate degrees to graduate level programs; higher degrees typically involve a broader and more complex scope of patient care. UNM offers a variety of degree options at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels.