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Post MSN Certificates

The Post Master's graduate certificate is a degree level that is intermediate between the Master's degree and the doctorate. It is an option designed to provide individuals who already hold a Master of Science in Nursing degree or Master of Science in a field of nursing with the core courses and clinical experiences necessary for national exam eligibility. In your continuing education pursuit, the Post Master's certificate provides a systematic and unified way to achieve your goals.

The College of Nursing offers three post MSN certificates:

  • Post Master's Family Nurse Practitioner: 
    • The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate program provides a formal program of study for Master's-prepared nurses interested in taking the national certification exam to practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner. To be eligible for the certification exam, students must "successfully complete graduate didactic and clinical requirements of a Master's nurse practitioner program through a formal Master's level Nurse Practitioner program in the desired area of practice." The FNP Certificate program offers a formal program of study to meet this need for students who already have the Master of Science in Nursing degree without requiring them to complete a second Master's degree.
  • Post Master's Nursing Administration
    • The Post Master's Certificate in Nursing Administration provides a flexible learning environment and a highly individualized experience for students who hold a Master of Science in Nursing degree in another specialty. Through this program, students will gain a strong foundation in complex systems, organizational theory, financial management, and leadership practice.
  • Post Master's Nursing Education
    • The Nursing Education Concentration is designed to prepare students to meet established nurse educator competencies in one of five advanced clinical focus areas: Adult Health Nursing; Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing; Critical Care Nursing; Women's Health & Perinatal Nursing; and Pediatric Nursing. Students acquire knowledge, develop skills, and internalize values needed for success as a nurse educator in areas such as:
      • Teaching as a faculty member in a pre-licensure program
      • Continuing education for clinical staff
      • Patient education
    • A firm foundation in teaching/learning principles, curriculum/program development and evaluation, methods to evaluate learning, and implementation of the educator role prepares graduates to assume these responsibilities with competence and confidence.



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You may also contact , in the Office of Student Services with questions related to the DNP program.

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