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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing/ master’s degree program in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Oakland University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
The Post Master’s APRN Certificate for the Adult/Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) track prepares the current MSN graduate as an advanced practice nurse in the care of the acute and/or critical care patients, from young adults to older adults.
Required coursework is based on a GAP analysis that compares prior MSN didactic and clinical experience with the AGACNP national certification requirements to determine the courses for the Plan of Study. Graduates of the Post-Master’s APRN Certificate in Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner will be prepared to sit for the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) certification exam.
Admission terms and application deadlines
Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in NursingCAS by the deadline listed below. Incomplete applications will not be sent to departments for admission review.
All applicants to this program are admitted for the fall semester only. The application deadlines are:
- February 15th for admission to the following fall semester
- International students: April 15th for admission to the following fall semester (see additional requirements below)
To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all Graduate Application Requirements and additional department requirements by the published application deadlines.
Applicants do not submit an online Oakland University Graduate Application. A completed application and required materials must be submitted through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS). Information and instructions for applying through the NursingCAS can be found at the School of Nursing website.
Additional department application requirements
- Applicants for admission to the Post Master APRN Certificate of Science in Nursing program must have completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing degree with an overall undergraduate cumulative grade point average of B (3.0) or above from an institution accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
- Applicants must submit ALL transcripts from previously attended institutions.
- Proof of a current unrestricted Registered Nurse license in the United States or its territories.
- A minimum of one year of clinical experience as an R.N. (at time of application deadline) is required during which time the applicant must have functioned as an independent decision maker and demonstrated advanced psychomotor skills.
- Two (2) Recommendations must be completed by healthcare professionals in nursing, leadership, administration/management, or education and are able to attest to the applicant’s nursing skills and/or abilities. One reference must be from a colleague who is familiar with the applicant’s work.
- Post MSN Nurse Practitioner tracks: Professional statement of 500 to 1,000 words. The professional statement should focus on the consensus model within the APRN scope of practice, the applicant’s career goals after completion of the program, how recent clinical experiences have prepared him/her for an advanced practice role, and plans for professional development.
- International students are encouraged to contact The Graduate School (www.oakland.edu/grad) to determine what additional documentation is required for admission eligibility.
Admission review and assessment
Admission to graduate school at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to Oakland University Graduate School, each department assesses the potential of applicants for success in the program by examining their undergraduate records, professional statement, letters of recommendation, prerequisite courses and any other admission requirements established by the academic department.
Qualified applicants will be selected for an individual interview with a School of Nursing faculty. The interview will be scheduled after all application materials have been submitted.