Continuing Education Programs

The Continuing Education Department for the School of Nursing focuses on the development and provision of programs that are responsive to the needs of health care providers (both individual and organizational) in our surrounding community. Courses are available for alumni and nurses in the community.


We offer these programs on a regular basis:

Faith Community Nursing

This is an eight-week online course (approximately 4–5 hours per week) concluding with a two-day retreat for an optimum educational and personal growth experience. Participants acquire knowledge, learn how to deal with common problems, reflect on personal spiritual development, develop a support system, and have the experience of a lifetime! The content includes introduction to the four major concepts of faith community nursing: the spiritual dimension, professionalism, holistic health, and community. FCN students attend worship services, present devotionals, and experience worship with emphasis on healing. The only prerequisite is that each participant be a currently licensed registered nurse.

Contact hours and fees1: 40 contact hours. Students must complete all online course work and attend the full retreat to receive the Faith Community Nursing certificate and pin that confirms they have completed the standardized core curriculum.

Dates: TBD

For questions related to this course, please contact Dr. Mary Lynne Knighten at

RN Refresher

This course is designed to prepare nurses who have been away from the nursing workforce for entry-level positions by providing the opportunity to perform and practice fundamental nursing procedures in a skills lab, to work with RN preceptors in medical-surgical nursing units to enhance knowledge and upgrade competency in clinical skills, and to orient nurses to the acute facility.

Contact hours and fees: 28 contact hours for lecture, 18 contact hours for clinical (46 total). The cost of the course is $2,450 ($2,080 for alumni).

Dates of next course: March-April 2023. Click here to view the course information sheet.

Please complete this interest form to receive more information or contact Robert Harrity

Perioperative Nursing

Operating Room Nurses provide specialty nursing care to patients undergoing surgery by preparing and maintaining the operating room for all surgical procedures including special equipment needed for daily procedures and emergencies, positioning the patient, assisting, scrubbing, and circulating. L&D nurses need these same skills to circulate during Cesarean deliveries. This 16-week course will provide basic didactic perioperative education and skills that will give the novice OR and L&D nurse the rationale and theory needed to provide safe patient care in the operating room in conjunction with a clinical preceptorship.

Contact hours and fees:58 BRN-approved contact hours of CE credit from APU + 39.8 contact hours from AORN for completion of Periop 101: A Core CurriculumTM. The cost of the course is $3,495 (includes $500 non-refundable deposit).

Dates of next course: January 21, 2023 - May 6, 2023. Click here to view the course information sheet.

Please complete this interest form to receive more information or contact Robert Harrity