Post-Master's Certificates for MSNs
Would you like to expand or change your advance practice nursing role? Are you interested in an area that is not the specialization obtained for your MSN degree? Our certificate programs offer opportunities for you to build upon your clinical skills and knowledge, allowing you to explore new professional directions.
The purpose of the post-master’s study program is to provide, for nurses who already hold a master’s degree in nursing, an educational route to specialization in an area other than that obtained in their master’s program. The program is designed to strengthen or broaden the clinical, or management capabilities of master’s-prepared nurses who are planning a role expansion or role change. You can also combine the post-master's certificate with the DNP program.
Post-master’s study programs are available in each of the following specialties:
- Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
- Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Healthcare Leadership (online)
- Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
- Nursing Informatics
- Palliative Care
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care
- Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Lifespan)
- Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
Please refer to the specific advanced practice specialty overview for a sample curriculum plan.
Post-master’s students must submit a portfolio of their credentials to the Program Director in order to facilitate planning their program of studies. The applicant portfolio should include an updated resume, copies of any national nursing certifications, and official transcript documenting conferral of prior master's degree in nursing. In addition, the regular application materials are required except post-master's applicants are not usually required to retake the Graduate Record Exam. Applicants interested in earning the DNP complete the DNP application.
For further information, please email the admissions office at VUSN-Admissions@vanderbilt.edu
The University of North Carolina Board of Governors Rules and Standards require authorization by the state of North Carolina for out-of-state post-secondary degree activity and clinical practica. All specialties in the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing MSN program are authorized. All specialties in the post-master's certificate program are authorized with the exception of the psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) and women's health nurse practitioner (WHNP). Authorization for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and the post-master's certificate in psychiatric mental health and women's health nurse practitioner specialties are in progress.