Dr. Anita Nivens, RN, FNP-BC
Associate Professor
Phone: 912.344.2553
Fax: 912.344.3481
Graduate Department of Nursing

Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing: Adult Nurse Practitioner

Students with a previously earned Master of Science in nursing may apply for admission to earn a Post-Master's Certificate as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. The Adult Nurse Practitioner serves many important roles in both primary care and specialty care, so there is a strong demand for capable professionals in this field. Adult nurse practitioners diagnose and manage common primary care problems for adults, and work in a variety of community-based practice settings including specialty clinics, community health clinics, correctional facilities, health maintenance organizations, and private medical practices.

Career Opportunities

As a result of market forces, driven primarily by changing reimbursement policies and managed care, opportunities for capable health care providers are growing rapidly. Adult nurse practitioners are professionals who enjoy patient care management, and are highly desired in today's health care industry.

Program Features

Savannah serves as a regional medical hub and, as such, offers varied clinical opportunities to Armstrong State University nursing students. Students have faculty-supervised practice experiences in a variety of clinical settings including hospitals, industries, schools, clinics and other community agencies. The faculty believes that positive faculty/student interactions are imperative for the development of caring and knowledgeable nurses, and research activities sponsored or guided by the graduate program in nursing are directly responsive to regional needs.

Course of Study

A program of study must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies, and a student must be admitted to Graduate Studies on a degree or limited admission basis. The program of study consists of 30 semester hours in courses including advanced health assessment, advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacotherapeutics, and major courses in adult primary health care. Students may complete an independent study.