Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificates

For nurses with a master's degree in nursing or a master's degree in another discipline, graduate certificate programs are offered in Nursing Leadership and Nursing Education. Each requires 11-12 semester hours of work and can generally be completed in 9 months. The certificates are designed to provide relevant transfer credit into other graduate programs. Additionally, a certificate program is offered in Nurse Anesthesia for nurses with a MSN in another specialty.

Nursing Leadership

The Graduate Nursing Leadership Certificate is an alternative for individuals who desire leadership and administrative knowledge but are not necessarily interested in completing another graduate degree. The courses included in the certificate are:

  • NUR 610: Leadership Foundations (3 semester hours)
  • NUR 611: Leadership and Organizational Behavior (3 semester hours)
  • NUR 617: Financial Tools for Leaders and Organizations (3 semester hours)
  • NUR 680: Leadership Seminar (3 semester hours)

Nursing Education

The Graduate Nursing Education Certificate is an alternative for individuals who desire the knowledge, skills and ability to teach in a variety of settings, but are not necessarily interested in completing another graduate degree. The courses included in the certificate are:

  • NUR 640: Perspectives on Teaching and Learning (3 semester hours)
  • NUR 643: Curriculum Design (3 semester hours)
  • NUR 645: Assessment and Evaluation in Healthcare Education (3 semester hours)
  • NUR 690: Practicum in Advanced Nursing Roles (2 semester hours)

Nurse Anesthesia

The Graduate Nurse Anesthesia Certificate (GNAC) program is designed for nurses who have a Master's Degree in Nursing with a concentration in areas other than nurse anesthesia and want the knowledge, skills and ability to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and provide anesthesia in the clinical setting. The GNAC program is an alternative for those individuals who desire nurse anesthesia knowledge, but are not necessarily interested in completing another Master's Degree in Nursing. Nurses interested in this certificate program will take the entire anesthesia related curriculum, including Clinical Practicum I – VII and one course related to professional aspects of Nurse Anesthesia. Potential candidates must successfully complete the application and selection process for admission into the program. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be awarded a certificate of completion in Nurse Anesthesia and be able to sit for the National Certification Examination. An additional Master's or higher degree will NOT be awarded.

Gainful Employment Opportunities

Students who are accepted into the GNAC program will be certified for employment as a Certified Nurse Anesthetist after passing the National Certification Examination. Learn more about program costs and employment opportunities for students who graduate with the GNAC.

GNAC Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the GNAC program must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Graduation from a nationally accredited MSN nursing program
  • A Master’s degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited college or university. Degree must be completed and final transcripts submitted prior to the application deadline
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Course content and a grade of 3.0 or better within the last 10 years in: Anatomy & Physiology, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry
  • A current, unrestricted license as a registered nurse in any state
  • A minimum of 2 years (within the last five years) as a Registered Nurse (RN) in a critical care area prior to matriculation
  • Current BLS, ACLS, and PALS
  • Current CCRN
  • Statement of purpose(max. 500 words) answering the following:
    • why you have chosen nurse anesthesia as a profession
    • why you have chosen a faith based institution
    • why you have chosen Lourdes University
  • Three letters of recommendation utilizing the Lourdes University recommender form. Recommendations must be from the following individuals:
    • An anesthesia provider, either a CRNA or anesthesiologist
    • An immediate supervisor
    • A physician the applicant has worked closely with in the critical care area
  • A minimum shadowing experience of 1-2 days (8-16 hours) with a CRNA or anesthesiologist
  • Current curriculum vitae or resume
  • Completed application
  • Successful completion of interview process (interview is by invitation only)
  • Accepted candidates must complete a graduate level statistics course prior to matriculation

Complete Admissions requirements can be found in the Academic Catalog.

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Melissa Bergfeld
Admissions Assistant
Toll Free: 1-800-878-3210, ext. 3517

Tara Hanna
Director of Graduate Admissions
Toll Free: 800-878-3210 ext. 8908

Dawn AuBuchon, M.S., C.R.N.A.
Administrator, Nurse Anesthesia Program

Rebecca Zechman, M.S.N., R.N.
Associate Professor
M.S.N. Recruiter/Advisor