Post Doctoral Certificate, Family/Across the Lifespan NP

Post Doctoral Certificate, Family/Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner

Career outlook is excellent for nurse practitioners and executives during the next decade, with jobs not only available in traditional hospitals and clinics, but also with government agencies, information technology vendors, consultancies, nonprofit organizations and insurers. The demand for advanced practice nurses is growing rapidly with the biggest demand existing in the family care sector according to Nurse Journal [1]. Students who attain their post-doctoral certificates often find increased career opportunities in the field by expanding their portfolios of expertise.

Why Family Nursing at Brandman?

Brandman University’s post-doctoral certificates are designed for advanced practice nurses who want to expand their expertise and career opportunities by adding family nursing to their practices. Uniquely designed to foster inter-professional collaborative professional behavior, students will learn to identify their values and ethics, understand roles and responsibilities, and develop effective communication and teamwork skills. Course work includes case studies with standardized patients, training them to appropriately assess and improve healthcare needs of patients and populations. Program curriculum covers advanced principles of assessment and development issues in families as they relate to managing common, complex, acute and chronic across the lifespan. Students graduating from this program will be eligible to take the national certification examination for the family nursing specialty.


Brandman’s School of Nursing and Health Professions utilizes a blend of the following three instructional strategies to optimize the student experience:

  • Immersion: Students in the post-doctoral certificate programs are required to attend three immersion sessions throughout their studies. The first event is conducted fully online in January and will introduce new students to the online learning experience and orient them with the resources of the university. The second and third immersion sessions, each spanning three to four days in length, will be held at Brandman University’s high-tech Immersive Learning and Simulation Center in Irvine, California, where students will work through their clinical practicum courses.
  • Practical Experience: Fostered through internships and clinical practice residencies conducted where students live and work, students have opportunities to directly translate their teachings to real-world scenarios. Brandman doctoral students are able to apply concepts directly to their work environments that aim to ultimately improve their health care systems.
  • Self-Directed Study: With much of the course work delivered fully online, the post-doctoral certificate programs are designed to offer flexibility to students with full-time commitments. Online components include virtual lectures, discussions, social networking, demonstrations, tutorials, readings, and/or other homework. The school’s esteemed scholar-practitioner faculty members will also be available to help guide students through their programs.

Students seeking a certificate program only are not eligible for financial aid. Courses taken after completion of a degree program in order to complete the certificate are not eligible for financial aid.




Admission Requirements

Applicants intending on enrolling in this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  1. DNP or Ph.D. degree from a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or a National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) accredited program
  2. National certification as APRN (or eligible to take National Certification Exam)
  3. Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions where post-baccalaureate coursework was completed or attempted
  4. Unencumbered RN license in the State where you plan to do your precepted clinical practicum hours
  5. Unencumbered APRN license in your current specialty
    • Three recommendation forms
    • Self evaluation
    • Goal statement
  6. Personal interview as needed


*NURU 603 Advanced Health Assessment across Lifespan and Cultures 3
NURU 605 Advanced Pathophysiology across the Lifespan 3
NURU 606 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics across the Lifespan 3
NURU 610 Synthesis of Advanced Practice Management, Role and EB 3
NURU 671 Foundations of Interprofessional Collaborative Practice 3
*NURU 672 Management of Common and Acute Problems in Family/Across the Lifespan Care 3
*NURU 673 Practicum in Common and Acute Problems in Family/Across the Lifespan Care (255 hours) 3
*NURU 674 Management of Complex and Chronic Problems in Family/Across the Lifespan Care 3
*NURU 675 Practicum in Complex and Chronic Problems in Family/Across the Lifespan Care (255 hours) 3


Total Credits 27

* Students in these courses are required to attend a face-to-face immersion on the Irvine campus.

If a student does not complete the required 255 clinical hours during the initial specialty course clinical  session/s  (NURU  673  and  NURU  675)  ,  s/he  will be  enrolled  in  a  NURU  699  Independent Practicum for Clinical Hours completion (0 credits) and required to pay a Continuing Clinical fee, per each course and session, until the student receives a “P” in the specialty clinical course or until the student’s seven year program completion timeline has expired.

Note: Students graduating from this program will be eligible to take the national certification examination of their chosen specialty: American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) and/or National Certification Corporation (NCC) and apply for licensure as an APRN in the state where they plan to practice.

Some programs available to California residents only
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