Post-Master’s Certificate in Musculoskeletal Health/Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Prepare for advanced practice and board certification

This specialty certification in orthopedics and sports medicine will broaden the expertise of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, preparing them to care for patients with musculoskeletal complaints in the primary care and specialty settings of orthopedics and sports medicine.

How Will the USJ Post-Master’s Certificate in Musculoskeletal Health/Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Help Advance My Career?

Musculoskeletal complaints are the most frequent reasons that patients seek medical attention.  According to the United States Bone and Joint Initiative, Musculoskeletal diseases account for more than 50% of the disabling conditions reported by adults, and according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, an estimated 126.6 million Americans (1 in 2 adults) are affected by a musculoskeletal condition.  USJ’s certificate program is the only program in the Northeast and only one of two in the United States.

Program Benefits

This program will prepare advanced practice nurses and physician assistants to:

  • Evaluate and manage selected acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions across the lifespan. Outpatient, inpatient, and operative care will be emphasized.
  • Diagnose and manage selected musculoskeletal conditions across the lifespan. Building on evaluation and management, office procedures such as joint injections, casting and splinting, and radiography will be the emphasis.
  • Understand and use practice models for advanced practice nursing and orthopedic surgery. Referral patterns, collaborative and independent practice, billing and coding, and interprofessional practice for improved patient outcomes will be the emphasis.

Program Curriculum

Musculoskeletal Essentials I (3 credits) This online course will prepare advanced practice nurses to evaluate and manage selected acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions across the lifespan.  Outpatient, inpatient and operative care will be emphasized. 

Musculoskeletal Essentials II (3 credits) Building on the first essentials course, this course is designed to provide the advanced practice nurse or nursing student with the specialized knowledge needed to diagnose and manage selected musculoskeletal conditions across the lifespan.  Building on evaluation and management, office procedures such as joint injections, casting and splinting, and radiography will be the emphasis. 

Synthesis for Musculoskeletal Care (3 credits).  This course will be the culmination of the certificate program, and will emphasize the practice models for advanced practice nursing and orthopedic surgery.  Referral patterns, collaborative and independent practice, billing and coding and inter-professional practice for improved patient outcomes will be the emphasis.  

Accreditation

The University of Saint Joseph is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, The Doctor of N Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202.887.6791 (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).