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Peer Support Specialist Micro-Credential

For Kentucky residents who have lived experiences with Substance Use Disorder and are interested in providing paraprofessional support to their peers in their journey to recovery. This micro-credential enhances community based experiential learning and helps to create a career ladder for Kentucky Adult Peer Support Specialists. 

Earn the Micro-Credential

Receive college credit. Full scholarship provided by federal grant.

Complete Three Courses:

  • HSR 102: Foundations for Recovery Support
  • HSR 103: Motivational Interviewing Skills
  • HSR 104: Practicum in Recovery Support

Format:

Each course 7 weeks and fully online.

What You Will Learn

The earner of this micro-credential will acquire the needed skills to facilitate interventions and understand diversity issues as they pertain to providing culturally sensitive service. The earner willbe able to implement the steps outlined in a Wellness Recovery Action Plan, conduct effective motivational interviews, and be a certified Kentucky Adult Peer Support Specialist.

Skills for Digital Micro-Credential:

  • Peer Support
  • Drug Substance Use and Abuse
  • Behavior Change Interventions
  • Health and Wellness
  • Drug Rehabilitation and Therapy

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OPIOID-IMPACTED FAMILY SUPPORT PARAPROFESSIONAL (OIFSP) PROGRAM

The OIFSP program will help you develop skills necessary for a career working with families impacted by addiction. Working with practitionersin the field, you will translate what you have learned in the classroom to real-life encounters, developing a professional identity in accordance with the values and responsibilities of the Human Services Profession.

In search of students interested in a career focused on working with youthand families who have been impacted by Opioid Use Disorder.

OIFSP students must be HSR majors, have at least a 2.5 GPA, and are expected to complete HSR 100, 105, 340 and 300, while maintaining a B or greater.

Receive $1,500 Scholarship and $2,500 Field Experience for 2 semesters.

Provides a partial tuition scholarship and two paid internships.

Paid full-time apprenticeships are also available to students in their senior year or post-graduation.

To learn more, please contact MindiDoolin at heraldm3@nku.edu.

Online Master of Nursing in Science

Northern Kentucky University offers a variety of Master of Science in Nursing degrees. 

MSN Concentrations

  • The Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education Concentration online program at Northern Kentucky University is designed to prepare you to teach in nursing schools, hospital education settings, and patient education programs. In this 33-credit-hour online program, you will have the opportunity to apply instructional theory and teach content to nursing students, practicing nurses, and patients. The nurse education curriculum emphasizes the development of expertise in teaching clinical nursing for a variety of educational settings; it includes didactic, online, simulation, and research-based methods of instruction. Core coursework focuses on fundamentals of theory and research for evidence-based practice, analysis and application of health data for advanced nursing practice, and healthcare policy, economics, and population health.
  • Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Executive Leadership Concentration - Sharpen your aptitude for leadership and open the door to new opportunities by earning your Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Executive Leadership Concentration degree online from Northern Kentucky University. This CCNE-accredited online program prepares you to effectively manage a variety of healthcare facilities by combining core nursing competencies with courses in business informatics, psychology, and accounting and finance. 100% online coursework includes fundamentals of theory and research for evidence-based practice and analysis and application of health data for advanced nursing practice. You will also develop your working knowledge of healthcare policy, economics, and population health. The program includes a capstone practicum, giving you an opportunity to synthesize the curriculum and demonstrate your learning in real-world experiences.
  • Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner - Equip yourself with the clinical experience, knowledge, and qualifications you need to become an advanced practice Registered Nurse by earning your Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner from Northern Kentucky University. This quality online program prepares you to provide a full range of primary healthcare services, make referrals, and serve as an educator, counselor, and advocate for patients of all ages. As a graduate, you will be eligible to take the FNP certification examination. The program's 47 credit hours of coursework emphasizes advanced healthcare standards, theory, and evidence-based practice that support delivering primary care across the life span. MSN core curriculum includes interactive courses focused on all aspects of primary care for adolescents and adults, diagnostic reasoning and advanced physical assessment, human pathophysiology, and advanced clinical pharmacology for APRNs. The FNP concentration courses cover pediatrics and adults, clinical residency, and a capstone to synthesize your learning.
  • Master of Science in Nursing – Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioner - Progress in your nursing practice and prepare to deliver healthcare services to adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients with the Master of Science in Nursing – Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioner online from Northern Kentucky University. This fully online program equips you with the specialized knowledge and clinical experience you need to become a successful primary care nurse practitioner. As a graduate, you will be eligible to take the Adult-Gero Primary Care certification examination. MSN core coursework includes fundamentals of theory and research for advanced nursing and evidence-based practice, advanced clinical pharmacology for APRNs, and analysis and application of health data as well as interactive courses covering primary care and pharmacology. You will also explore the issues today's evolving healthcare system faces. In addition to core and NP practice, this 43-credit-hour program provides a clinical residency and a capstone course to synthesize your learning.
  • Master of Science in Nursing – Adult-Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner - Develop the knowledge and clinical experience you need to provide advanced nursing care for adults throughout their life span with the Master of Science in Nursing – Adult-Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner online program from Northern Kentucky University. This fully online program equips you with specialized knowledge to manage treatment of patients from adolescence through old age with high acuity needs, including acute, chronic, and complex health conditions. As a graduate, you will be eligible to take the Adult-Gero Acute Care certification examination.MSN core coursework includes fundamentals of theory and research for advanced nursing and evidence-based practice; advanced clinical pharmacology for APRNs; analysis and application of health data; and diagnostic reasoning and advanced physical assessment. In addition to core coursework, this 46-credit-hour program's five concentration courses focus on diagnostics, advanced technologies, health promotion, and clinical decision-making in acute care. Clinical residencies and a capstone course round out the program to synthesize your learning.
  • The Master of Science in Nursing – Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner online program covers the full scope of practice, integrating the diagnosis, treatment, and management of mental health disorders for patients across the life span. You will learn to treat individuals and families with acute or chronic psychiatric needs using comprehensive assessment, psycho-social intervention, and prescription medications. Mental health nursing courses synthesize neuroscientific principles, neurophysiological theory, and a broad range of therapeutic methods—including how to incorporate variables of lifestyle, culture, religion, socio-economics, and genetics into risk assessments. Curriculum emphasizes advanced psychopharmacology and aligns with NKU's strategic mission to address a regional opioid issue and our overall commitment to be agents of change by promoting population health. Core MSN coursework includes two DNP-level courses and provides in-depth study of fundamentals of theory and research for evidence-based practice, healthcare policy, economics, and the analysis and application of health data in advanced nursing practice. Once you graduate, you will be eligible to take the ANCC NCC Psychiatric – Mental Health NP certification examination. Our nurses have an ANCC three-year pass rate of 88.94%.

Online Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care

The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care (BSRC) online program from Northern Kentucky University, one of fewer than 20 bachelor's-level accredited degree advancement programs in the U.S., is designed for the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) professional with an associate degree in respiratory care. This online program enables you to advance your credentials as a respiratory care practitioner, keeping up with evolving industry trends and increasing your earnings potential. The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) has set a goal for 80% of respiratory therapists to have, or be working toward, a bachelor's degree by 2020.

In this unique bachelor's degree online program, you will enhance your foundational skills in healthcare research and management, health informatics, pathophysiology, and advanced critical care. The curriculum features research-based capstone courses tailored to a focus area of your choice and pertinent to your worksite.

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Online Master of Science in Health Informatics

Learn the science, systems, and software behind emerging technologies and applications using health data to enhance delivery and drive innovation in healthcare with a Master of Science in Health Informatics (MHI) from Northern Kentucky University. The 100% online program offers flexibility to fit your schedule with multiple start dates and affordable tuition.

Gain the skills and knowledge to analyze, integrate, and improve healthcare information systems, healthcare processes, and the quality of care. Learn research methods, data analysis techniques, and information governance best practices to improve outcomes, support care coordination, and enable payment reform and population health. You will also learn about clinical informatics and how the integration and interoperability of healthcare systems are driving change and the move to value-based care.

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Online bachelor of arts in organizational leadership

Enhance your understanding and gain practical leadership skills with the Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership online degree program at NKU. The knowledge and skills you acquire, such as team-building, conflict resolution, ethical decision-making and leading through change, are valuable in almost any industry – including business, public service, non-profit, and more.In this affordable program, you will examine leadership in various types of organizations and across organizational levels and positions. The B.A. in Organizational Leadership program emphasizes leadership in team and group settings along with developing personal and professional leadership capacities. You will explore the unique role that human behavior plays in building relationships designed for the betterment of individuals, teams, groups, organizations and communities.

Create a degree plan that leverages your unique educational and career backgrounds with access to personalized advising. You may be eligible to earn academic credit through a variety of non-traditional methods, including: Credit for prior learning, Military Credit, internship and co-op opportunities, and credit for workplace courses and trainings approved through the American Council on Education. Plus, special opportunities may exist for students who have stepped out of school for two years or more and are now ready to complete a degree.

Also available through this program are opportunities to enhance your resume through service learning, student philanthropy, student leadership organizations and competitions, and study abroad opportunities.

NKU organizational leadership graduates have worked at top companies such as Proctor and Gamble, Fidelity, Amazon, Cintas, TriHealth, the IRS, UPS, Elizabeth Healthcare and other healthcare facilities.

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