Frequently Asked Questions
Transgender Non-Binary (Trans NB) Health Care for Advance Practice Nurses and PAs
A program leading to a Certificate of Professional Achievement (CPA) offers an organized, stand-alone curriculum of a minimum of four credit-bearing courses, totaling at least 12 credits, taken for a letter grade. Students may not receive a CPA for completing a major, minor, or concentration or for taking courses that count toward a degree or certificate.
A Certificate of Professional Achievement (CPA) in Transgender Non-Binary (Trans NB) Health Care is designed for Advanced Practice Nurses and Physician Assistants to advance their knowledge and skills to provide quality care to trans NB people. The program prepares advanced clinicians to support the health of trans NB people along the continuum, initiate and manage hormonal therapy (for trans NB people choosing to take hormones), and formulate a plan of care that addresses follow-up and ongoing care and preventative screening needs of trans NB people who have had gender-affirming surgical interventions. The program prepares clinicians to integrate mental health in the care of trans NB people and their families.
This program is only offered to advanced practices nurses (including CNMs) and physician assistants, so current students are not eligible.
Courses are offered in the Fall and Spring (2 consecutive terms). Courses are fully online and classes will be held once a week.
Courses are only offered through Columbia School of Nursing.
Course credits cannot be counted towards any other degree or certificate.
Laura Kelly PhD, APN is the program director and provides leadership.
Students must be advanced practice nurses or physician assistants and currently licensed to practice.
The students will be better prepared to treat the primary care and specialty care issues of trans NB clients.
This program is only offered online.
Yes, the clinical practicum takes place at the student's practicum site.
The courses are not eligible for the pass/fail option. A letter grade is given upon the completion of the course.
This is not a state-sanctioned degree, and therefore, students in these programs are generally not eligible for federal financial aid.