Post-Master's Certificate Programs

Post-Master’s Certificates in Nursing Education

Become an effective nurse educator and help prepare the next generation of nurses

We offer two advanced certificate options (post-master's certificate programs) for experienced nurses who already have a master’s degree and seek further education and professional development in nursing education. Both advanced certificate programs prepare nurses to work as nursing educators or nursing faculty in a wide variety of academic and clinical settings.

This advanced coursework will build upon your previous degree to prepare you as an evidence-based and student-centered nurse educator.

Both advanced certificate programs are offered in a hybrid online (part online, part face-to-face) format.


Post-Master's Certificate with an Education Focus (PMC-E)

This Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education has a focus on the teaching, learning, and education of nursing students, as well as new graduates, nursing, and health care personnel. 

This certificate program is designed for APRN’s — including NP, CNS, CNM, CRNA, or CNL graduates – who want additional coursework in education, teaching, and learning in order to function effectively as a clinical or academic faculty; preceptor; or staff or patient educator.

This 15-credit, five education course sequence can be completed in four semesters. Graduates of this certificate program are eligible to sit for the NLN's CNEcl certification exam. 

See PMC-E Course Plan

Post-Master's Certificate with a Clinical Focus (PMC-C)

This Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education has a focus on the clinical aspect of master’s nursing practice and features three clinical courses to augment previous coursework. 

This certificate program is designed for nurses holding a baccalaureate degree in nursing and a master’s degree in education (MEd) who want the required clinical content to function effectively as clinical or academic faculty and teach clinical courses in a college or clinical setting.

This 10-credit, three clinical course sequence can be completed in three semesters. 

Graduates of this certificate program are eligible to sit for NLN's CNEcl certification exam. 

See PMC-C Course Plan

How to Apply

Review the eligibility and application requirements for these Post-Master's Certificate programs before starting your online application

Program eligibility requirements include:

  • Bachelor's degree in nursing from an accredited school
  • Master's degree requirements for: 
    • PMC-Education Focus: completion of any master's degree for advanced practice registered nurses (NP, CNS, CNM, or CRNA), or clinical nurse leaders (CNL) from an accredited school of nursing
    • PMC-Clinical Focus: completion of a master's degree in education
  • RN licensure within the United States or U.S. territory
  • CPR certification (professional course must be taken with the American Heart Association)

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
Box SON
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.

 

Related Programs

You can also earn a degree from the UR School of Nursing with these related programs:

Kris LoBello, RN, MS
"The Post-Master's in Nursing Education gave me what I needed to succeed as a new nursing instructor. I'm fulfilling the dream I didn't know I had. I'm helping the next generation of nurses become somebody I want to work next to."
Kris LoBello, RN, MS
Nursing Instructor, Genesee Community College
Staff Nurse, Unit 63600 Strong Memorial Hospital
Post-Master's in Nursing Education (Education focus) '18