Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing

Expand Your Knowledge and Skills in the Nursing Profession

Navigating the complex modern health care environment requires a solid understanding of the latest in research theory, proven best practices, and a commitment to succeed through personal and professional accomplishment.

With this mindset, Norwich empowers leadership in nursing with online Post-Master's Certificates (PMC) that deepen your knowledge in specialty practice areas.

Norwich offers its Post-Master’s APRN Certificates in three tracks:

  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

These online certificates can expand your capabilities in providing expert care in niche areas within a larger patient population.

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No GRE/GMAT required

No GRE/GMAT required

Convenient online classes

Convenient online classes

Four start dates throughout the year

Choose from four start dates throughout the year

Online Post-Master's Certificates in Nursing At a Glance

Credit Hours:  

Hours of Clinical Practice and Experiential Learning:  

Maximum Number of Students Per Class:  

Cost Per Credit Hour:  
$550 per credit hour for military, veterans, first responders and some Federal employees


Next Start Date:
Fall: August 26, 2024

Application Deadline:
Fall: August 16, 2024

Why Choose Norwich University’s Online Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing?

  • Flexible online platform allows you to continue working as you study
  • Learn from an experienced staff of doctoral-level faculty
  • Receive 660 hours of clinical practice and experiential learning
  • Experience personal attention with classes capped at approximately 15 students
  • Study with a curriculum that’s carefully matched to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Master’s Education

What Certifications Can Your Post-Master's Certificate Prepare You For?

Our experienced faculty of nursing professionals help you explore the latest in research theory and proven methodologies to elevate your skills to function as a nurse practitioner with a profound depth of knowledge in your chosen practice area.

Through completion of a curricular courses and a clinical placement, graduates from a certificate program are prepared for the following certification exams:

  • The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner board certification exam, administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
  • The Family Nurse Practitioner national certification board exam, offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner board certification exam, administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center

Certificate Options

What Can You Do with a Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing?

As health organizations work toward early detection and treatment of diseases and mental health issues through solutions-based therapy and long-term treatment options, the demand for clinical knowledge and expertise continues to rise — along with the potential benefits for highly skilled nurse practitioners.

In fact, the average salary for a nurse practitioner is approximately $121,610, with possible increases based on years of experience, geographic location, and chosen specialty, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Along with a higher salary, additional credentials, and increased professional respect, program graduates can experience career mobility, increased autonomy, and greater flexibility in the workplace. Due to the highly specialized nature of your chosen field, nurse practitioners are well positioned to pursue fulfilling and secure roles that are highly sought by health care organizations including:

  • Hospitals
  • The U.S. Armed Forces and Veterans Administration
  • Urgent care facilities
  • State- or locally operated health departments
  • Colleges/universities
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturers
  • Nursing and rehabilitation centers
  • Privately-operated doctor’s offices

What Are the Admission Requirements?

  • A current, unencumbered RN license in your state of practice.
  • A Master of Science in Nursing degree from a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) nationally accredited program with a GPA of 3.0 or better required.
  • Prerequisite courses completed within the past five years and prior to enrolling in certificate courses: NR548: Advanced Pathophysiology, NR552: Advanced Pharmacology, and NR553: Advanced Physical Assessment.
  • Letter of intent and letter of recommendation (deferred if Norwich graduate).

What Is the Application Process?

A complete application consists of the following:

  • Application form
  • RN license
  • Resume
  • Official transcript of your conferred undergraduate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited university
  • Letter of intent (deferred if Norwich graduate)
    • This letter should include an introduction of yourself and your professional goals. In addition, it should cover the following areas: Current area of nursing practice, Reason for pursuing additional education, Ways you plan to apply your degree
  • One letter of recommendation from a nurse leader/manager or supervisor that can attest to your readiness for all graduate-level work (deferred if Norwich graduate)
    • The letter of recommendation should be submitted on professional letterhead
    • An additional letter of recommendation may be requested by the Program Director during the application review process

A Tradition of Serving Those Who Serve

At Norwich, we’re proud of our strong military heritage. We understand the unique needs of military personnel, military spouses, and first responders, so we’ve tailored our program to meet those needs.

Our substantially discounted tuition rates and dedicated military support help ensure that you can receive the best possible education, regardless of your background.

For non-military individuals, our program offers an opportunity to learn from experienced faculty and gain valuable skills in the healthcare field.

Learn more about our proud military history.


Tuition Assistance Point of Contact at Norwich University

Shaun McCaughey
Associate Registrar
Phone: 802-485-3305
Fax: 802-485-2533

Accreditation & Recognition

New England Commission of Higher Education

Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The master's degree program in nursing and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Norwich University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (


Our online MSN programs are led by dedicated faculty members who are subject matter experts in a variety of advanced nursing fields. Through their scholarly insight and practical, real-world experience, you’ll learn methods for safe and effective assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation in caring for individuals and groups while collaborating with other professionals.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

The Master of Science in Nursing, with specializations in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, is designed to prepare students for advanced practice. The requirements for professional licensure or certification vary by state. Norwich University has determined that the Norwich nursing program meets or does not meet the educational requirements for state licensure. Please review our Professional Licensure Disclosure.

Nursing Student Handbook

Norwich offers online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs and online Post-Master’s Certificate (PMC) programs. To learn more about each program, follow the links above or review the MSN and PMC Student Handbook.