Post-Graduate Certificate (PGC) and PGC + Companion DNP Programs
OUR STREAMLINED OPTION GIVES YOU THE CHOICE TO SEAMLESSLY COMPLETE YOUR DNP
Welcome! Thank you for taking time to explore the Post-Graduate Certificate option at Frontier Nursing University. You have the choice to complete two different paths: your Post-Graduate Certificate only or complete the Post-Graduate + Companion DNP and earn your Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.
The Post-Graduate Certificate option is an excellent option if you wish to specialize in an area not obtained in your original graduate studies. FNU’s program may be a good fit for you if you wish to add a certification in one of the following specialties:
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner
- Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
You must have a master’s or higher degree in nursing and currently hold national certification in one of the following advance practice registered nurse specialties to apply to the PGC or the PGC + Companion DNP program:
- Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP)
- Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)
- Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
- Geriatric-Adult Nurse Practitioner (GANP)
- Geriatric Nurse Practitioner (GNP)
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
- Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner (WHCNP)
- Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP)
- Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)
Graduates of other types of nursing master’s programs may apply for transfer credit but are not eligible for the Post-Graduate Certificate option.
FNU offers this option to complete a Program of Study in the Post-Graduate Certificate only path, or the Post-Graduate Certificate with the additional courses needed to seamlessly progress to a Companion DNP curriculum.
Upon completing the PGC curriculum, you will be fully prepared to take the national certification exam in your given area of study to become a nurse-midwife or nurse practitioner. At this juncture, you can leave the program with your Post-Graduate Certificate or continue on to the DNP. Students who completed the PGC+Companion DNP can continue seamlessly into the Companion DNP curriculum – without having to re-enroll – to earn your Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in as little as nine month's time. Students who completed the PGC only program of study can still continue to the Companion DNP but it may require additional course requirements during the DNP.
The purpose of our PGC + Companion DNP program is to prepare nurse practitioner and nurse-midwife clinicians and leaders who will practice, evaluate and improve primary health care. Our ultimate goal is to improve health care and the health of populations and individuals, with a special focus on rural and underserved communities.
Nurse-Midwifery Curriculum (PGC + Companion DNP)
Family Nurse Practitioner Curriculum (PGC + Companion DNP)
Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner Curriculum (PGC + Companion DNP)
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Curriculum (PGC Only or PGC + Companion DNP)