Post-Master's Certificate Programs

Why Choose a Post-Master's Certificate Program?

Would you like to expand or change your advanced practice nursing role? Our Post-Master’s Certificate programs offer opportunities for you to build upon your clinical skills and knowledge, allowing you to take your career in a new direction.

The post-master’s certificate is designed to provide nurses who already have a master’s degree a way to specialize in another area or become a nurse practitioner.

Your plan of study will be individualized based on your prior clinical coursework and what is necessary to complete the program. Some clinical hours can be transferred from your prior master’s degree or earned through supervised clinical hours in the specialty.

Explore our specialties below to learn more about specific curriculums.

Available Post-Master's Certificate Specialties

Program eligibility requirements include:

  • Bachelor's degree in nursing from a regionally-accredited school
  • Master's degree requirements for: 
    • Post-Master's Nurse Practitioner Certificate Programs: Completion of a master’s degree as an advanced practice nurse (Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, CRNA, or Certified Nurse Midwife) from an accredited school of nursing
    • Post-Master’s PNP/NNP – a master’s in maternal-infant or maternal-child health or pediatrics is required
    • Post-Master’s CNL or Nursing Education Certificate Program: Completion of any master's degree in nursing or related field
  • RN licensure within the United States or U.S. territory
  • CPR certification (professional course must be taken with the American Heart Association or American Red Cross)
  • statistics course with a grade of C or above. (For those who do not currently meet the requirement, we offer an online, self-paced statistics course which can be completed in as little as four weeks)

To complete your online application you will need the following:

  • current RN license
  • official transcripts from all schools attended, including prerequisites (cumulative GPA of 3.0 preferred)
  • two letters of reference
  • professional goal statement
  • resume or CV
  • writing sample (academic paper, clinical document, or publication)
  • for international students, TOEFL with a minimum score of 560 (paper-based), 230 (computer-based) or 88 (iBT)
We do not require any standardized test scores as admission criteria. Please send all supplemental application materials to:
Admissions Office
University of Rochester School of Nursing
601 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14642

Application Deadlines

Students can enroll in the Post-Master’s Certificate programs in September, January, or May.
  • For a September start date
    The application deadline is the prior April 1.
  • For a January start date
    The application deadline is the prior September 1.
  • For a May start date
    The application deadline is the prior January 2.
  • The fee for applying is $50