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Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing

Expand your knowledge and skills in the nursing profession

Navigating the complex nature of modern health care requires a solid understanding of the latest in research theory, proven best practices, and a natural-born commitment to succeed through personal and professional accomplishment. With this mindset, Norwich empowers leadership in nursing by extending nursing foundations with certificates that deepen knowledge in specialty areas.

The online Post-Master’s APRN Certificate provides you with an opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills into new areas of pursuit. Norwich will offer its Post-Master’s Certificate with tracks in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Guided by your own experience and resolve to be the best nurse that you can be, we can help you expand your ability to provide expert care in a niche area to a larger patient population.

Our experienced faculty of nursing professionals help you explore the latest in research theory and proven methodologies to elevate your capacity to function as a nurse practitioner and possess a profound depth of knowledge within an advanced practice area. In addition to a solid curricular underpinning and clinical placement, graduates from the program gain the knowledge and skills required to be prepared to sit for the following certification exam:

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

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. 

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Why Norwich

Founded in 1819, Norwich University serves students with varied work schedules and lifestyles.

Complete an online degree program, certificate, or professional development offerings at your convenience via our virtual learning platform.

Connect with Norwich’s exceptional faculty and students from across the country and around the world.

Accreditation & Recognition

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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.).

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The master's degree program in nursing at Norwich University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

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Recognized for academic excellence, U.S. News & World Report ranks Norwich University in the top 100 for Regional Universities in the North. Rankings are based on undergraduate programs.


Scholarship Opportunities

Norwich Alumni Scholarship

Norwich University alumni and their spouses, parents, and children are eligible to receive our Alumni Scholarship. The scholarship is award for each term of enrollment at $425 per term.

Active Duty Military Scholarship

Active duty, National Guard, and Reserve personnel are eligible to receive a $250 award for each term of enrollment in an online master’s degree program.

Help us learn more about your experience and see if you qualify for a Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing.


Core Curriculum

The curriculum model adopted by our Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing program aligns with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Master-Level education preparation standards — including the Master’s Essentials. The program curriculum is also aligned with the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies. If you have not completed the Advanced Pharmacology, Advanced Physical Assessment, and Advanced Pathophysiology within the last five years, you will complete the needed courses as part of your certificate program with Norwich.

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Family Nurse Practitioner

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


At a Glance

  • No GMAT or GRE required
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better preferred

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Hold a current, unencumbered RN license in your state of practice.
  • Hold a Master of Science in Nursing degree from a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education nationally-accredited program.
  • If English is not your first language, proof of English language proficiency is required. This can be demonstrated in one of three ways:
    • TOEFL - a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (Internet-based test) is required.*
    • IELTS – a minimum composite score of 6.5 is required.*
    • The applicant holds a baccalaureate or master’s degree from a college/university/institution in which the primary language of instruction was English.

Please Note:  All eligibility requirements are expected to be met unless noted in specific articulation agreements or memoranda of understand (MOUs).

Application Process

We encourage you to contact an admissions advisor (see below) if you need help at any stage of the application process. You will be required to submit the following items:

  • Application form
  • RN license
  • Resume
  • Official transcript of your conferred undergraduate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited university
  • Letter of intent
  • One letter of recommendation from a nurse leader/manager or supervisor that can attest to your readiness for all graduate-level work
    • 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
  • Proof of English language proficiency if applicable (TOEFL)

To contact an admissions advisor:

Phone: 1-877.348.8153


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Non-Discrimination Statement

Norwich University, in compliance with Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, or physical handicap in any of its policies, practices, or procedures.

Tuition & Fees

2021-22 Tuition and Fee Schedule - Certificates

Rate Per Credit
Additional Expenses Total
$1,600 - $3,200
  • Technology - $300/term
  • Library - $75/term

Careers & Outcomes

As a growing number of health organizations work toward early detection and treatment of diseases 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 $94,300, with significant increases based on years of experience and geographic location.*

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 the field, nurse practitioners are well positioned to pursue fulfilling and secure roles, and are highly sought by organizations, including:

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


Faculty & Staff

Our online Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing is led by a dedicated faculty who are doctoral degree holders and 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.

Staff members offer additional support with choosing classes, financial aid and other issues from day one to graduation. Each faculty member is committed to helping you achieve your academic, professional, and personal goals. Our in-house instructional design team works hand-in-hand with program faculty and staff to ensure an efficient and interactive online learning experience for each course.

Make a Difference

The healthcare industry relies on nurses with leadership skills, compassion, and expertise. Our online Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing seeks to mold these leaders, providing in-depth knowledge in niche areas of care. The program allows master’s-level nurses who seek career enhancement and mobility to develop the necessary supplemental knowledge and skills in a specific area of expertise. With guidance from our experienced faculty, you’ll develop the essential skills to explore professional growth and pursue career advancement or enhancement as a highly specialized nurse practitioner (NP).

Coursework builds upon your knowledge and understanding of industry best practices, giving you the confidence to engage frontline medicine with greater competence, clarity, accuracy, and efficiency. In this capacity, your ability to make a larger impact in your community is underscored by the principles of commitment and dedication that you’ll find here at Norwich. This ideology can help you perform more effectively as an NP, while exploring career advancement that aligns with your professional goals and interests.