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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 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.

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

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.

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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 Certificates in Nursing program aligns with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing master’s-level education preparation standards — including the Master’s Essentials. The program curriculum also aligns with the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies.

If you have not completed courses in advanced pharmacology, advanced physical assessment, and advanced pathophysiology in the past five years, you will as part of your certificate program with Norwich.

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

AGACNPs provide a variety of medical services including the monitoring of complex health issues and development of treatment plans for adults and gerontology patients facing acute or chronic illnesses. They also work to prevent future medical events and provide healthy living advice.

Program courses in this specialty will prepare you for this field:

Family Nurse Practitioner

FNPs perform a variety of medical exams, order diagnostic tests, prescribe medications, develop treatment plans, maintain patient records, and more for patients across the lifespan.

Program courses in this specialty will prepare you for this field:

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

PMHNPs assess, diagnose, and treat patients’ mental health needs. Many PMHNPs can provide therapy, and some prescribe medications, for patients who have mental health disorders, substance use issues, and traumas. They oversee case management, coordinate care, and make referrals if necessary.

Program courses in this specialty will prepare you for this field:


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 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 $117,670, with possible increases based on years of experience, geographic location, and chosen specialty. *

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

* U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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 health care industry relies on nurses with leadership skills, compassion, and expertise. Our Online Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing seek to mold future nursing leaders within-depth knowledge in in-demand specialties. 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.

Coursework builds upon your knowledge and understanding of industry best practices, giving you the confidence to engage in frontline medicine with greater competence, clarity, accuracy, and efficiency. In this capacity, you can make a larger impact in your community by performing more effectively as a Nurse Practitioner, while exploring career advancement that aligns with your professional goals and interests.