Graduate Certificates

Nursing Leadership

DNP students at the WSU College of Nursing take the required course work for this certificate as part of their studies; they may apply for the certificate at the same time they apply to graduate. Other graduate students or working nurses may apply to take part in the program. Please contact the Graduate Education program office for more information.

Admission Criteria

  • Applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing or a bachelor’s degree in another field AND a master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • GRE is not required
  • Successful completion of a general statistics course
  • Favorable recommendations regarding practice and potential for graduate work in nursing
  • Students must hold a current, unencumbered RN license in each state or United States territory where practice or clinical experiences occur.
  • Written goal statement congruent with program’s philosophy and focus
  • Completion of a written interview
  • Minimum of 1 year of nursing practice preferred

Course Work

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
NURS 553*Practicum in Organizational Systems and Leadership3
NURS 565Information Management for Clinical Practice3
NURS 576Organizational Systems and Leadership3
NURS 591Mixed Methods for Program Planning, Implementation and Outcome Evaluation3
Total12

Outcomes

  • Students will be able to recognize the need to address ethics, diversity & inclusiveness through community engagement.
  • Students will be able to develop collaborative community relationships to address resource scarcity.
  • Students will be able to apply change theory and data informatics systems to policy development and best practices.
  • Students will develop a philosophy of leadership that guides the foundation for leadership skill applications across the health care systems.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to incorporate steps for strategic, long-term success in an ever-changing healthcare environment.

Nursing Education

MN students at the WSU College of Nursing take the required course work for this certificate as part of their studies; they may apply for the certificate at the same time they apply to graduate. Other graduate students or working nurses may apply to take part in the program. Please contact the Graduate Education program office for more information.

Admission Criteria

  • Applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing or a bachelor’s degree in another field AND a master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • GRE is not required
  • Successful completion of a general statistics course
  • Favorable recommendations regarding practice and potential for graduate work in nursing
  • Students must hold a current, unencumbered RN license in each state or United States territory where practice or clinical experiences occur.
  • Written goal statement congruent with program’s philosophy and focus
  • Completion of a written interview
  • Minimum of 1 year of nursing practice preferred

Course Work

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
NURS 521*Teaching, Learning, and Evaluation in Nursing3
NURS 523*Educational Issues and Curriculum Analysis3
NURS 533*Issues and Trends in Healthcare Education: Workforce Diversity & Delivery Methods3
NURS 542Population Focused Clinical Foundations for Healthcare Educators4
NURS 583**Advanced Population Practicum -OR- Internship2
Total12
*All students must complete 2 graded courses (6 credits) from menu of 3 Nurse Ed courses—NURS 521, NURS 523 or NURS 533.
**Practicum courses require the completion of a minimum of 2 credits (120 hours) of experience with a preceptor who has completed a Master’s degree in nursing or related field.

Outcomes

  • Students will have gained an overall perspective on course development and learning evaluation strategies.
  • Students will develop skills in the use of educational tools and learning management systems.
  • Students will be able to apply pedagogical and educational theories to course and curriculum development that are in line with diverse cultural backgrounds and learning needs.
  • Student will be able to integrate program and course competencies with processes that are required by accreditation agencies and state regulatory requirements.

Public Health

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health provides advanced education in skills and topics relevant to the growing field of public health. Trained public health professionals, including nurses, are needed to serve diverse populations in our state and region, particularly in rural and resource-poor areas. The Certificate in Public Health addresses this growing demand.

The certificate uses distance delivery and a flexible curriculum, and includes course work that can be applied to future graduate studies at WSU.

General Public Health Nurse

Currently, there is no certification specific to public health nursing at the generalist level. However, nurses with a baccalaureate degree and at least five years of public health experience can obtain the Certification in Public Health (CPH).  See more information on the CPH.

Admission Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Admitted to the MN program, any WSU graduate health program, or for graduate certificate
  • A minimum 3.00 grade point average in undergraduate work (exceptions may be made based on substantial evidence of extra-scholastic qualifications)
  • Successful completion of a basic statistics course
  • Favorable recommendations regarding practice and potential for graduate work in nursing
  • RN license to practice nursing in Washington state or state of residency (for nursing students)
  • Written goal statement congruent with program’s philosophy and focus
  • Complete a written interview

Course Work

CourseTitleCreditsSemester Offered
NURS 584Health Care Law, Policy and Analysis3Spring
NURS 554Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Health Professions3Spring
NURS 471 or 492Foundations of Occupational and Environmental Health Practice

Note: Nurs 492 Disaster Preparedness for Health Professions may substitute for NURS 471
3471 fall semesters, 492 summer semesters
NURS 564*

OR

NURS 566*
Health Promotion
OR
Community Analysis & Grant Development

(*Need 1 of the above 2 courses)

(Other WSU graduate (500-level) courses will be considered based on student interests (e.g., health management, advanced biostatistics)
3

OR

2
Fall
NURS 597
Capstone
Advanced Topics in Nursing (includes 60 hours of practicum)1Fall, spring, summer
Total Credits12-13

Outcomes

  1. Student will apply appropriate analytic techniques to manage, interpret, and communicate data for evidence-based population health.
  2. Students will be able to demonstrate systems thinking in population health program development and oversight.
  3. Students will be able to demonstrate how epidemiology contributes to the identification, assessment, evaluation, and prevention of disease at the population level.
  4. Student will apply basic public health principles (mitigation, primary prevention) guided by social determinants of health and health policy processes across a diverse field of public health settings.