Post-Master's Certificate Program

Post-Master's Certificate Program

The Post-Master of Science in Nursing Certificate Program is offered through an affiliation with the Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master of Science in Nursing, and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791. The program is fully approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing and is accelerated, offering completion of the Post Master's Certificate in 14 weeks. This program will enhance the capabilities of existing nurse practitioners to care for patients across the lifespan. The post master's certificate program will prepare completers as Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP).


Post-Master's Certificate Candidates


If you currently hold a master's degree in nursing from a nationally accredited graduate nursing program and national certification as an Adult Nurse Practitioner, you are eligible to apply to Southeastern's Post-Master's Certificate Program.




Southeastern's Post-Master's Certificate Program, consisting of 12 graduate credit hours, is accelerated, offering completion of the Post-Master's certificate in 14 weeks. This is a unique resource for meeting the needs of Nurse Practitioners seeking to be competitive not only in Louisiana but also in the regional health care market. The program enhances the educational options for master's prepared nurses by providing an avenue for Louisiana nurse practitioners to meet their educational goals within the state of Louisiana rather than out of state. The program prepares nurse practitioners to care for patients across the lifespan, thus providing a more educated nursing workforce to meet the needs of recipients of health care and health care employers in Louisiana.


Online Learning


The didactic courses are offered online allowing for flexible coursework completion. The practicum courses have an online didactic component plus a clinical experience component of 120 hours per course, where the student works with an approved advanced practice preceptor guided by a graduate faculty. The 12 credit hour curriculum includes four courses: Family Psychosocial Health Issues or Family Health I, Family Health Practicum I, Evidence Based Care of the Family or Family Health II, and Family Health Practicum II.


Program Outcomes

 Those who earn a Southeastern Post-Master's FNP certificate will:

  1. Develop cultural competence that embraces cultural awareness, sensitivity, and clinical reasoning when caring for families, child-bearing women, infants and children.
  2. Utilize theoretical concepts to develop evidence-based treatment plans for individuals and families across the life span with biological, cognitive or psychosocial problems.
  3. Synthesize evidence for practice to assess and manage both health and illness states in the care of families, child-bearing women, infants and children.

  4. Engage in the diagnostic process using clinical reasoning, differential diagnoses, and the integration and interpretation of evidence.

  5. Plan and implement therapeutic patient-centered, culturally appropriate, evidence-based interventions including pharmacological therapies for child-bearing women, infants and children.




Southeastern Louisiana University
Graduate Coordinator
College of Nursing & Health Sciences
SLU Box 10448
Hammond, LA 70402

Office: (985) 549-5045

Fax: (985)549-5087