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Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing

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.

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 Post-Master’s Certificates in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner are designed to prepare students for advanced practice in specialty practice areas. The requirements for professional licensure or certification vary by state. Norwich University has made determinations regarding the ability of the certificates to meet the educational requirements for state licensure. Please review our Professional Licensure Disclosure. 


Next Session Start Dates: 

June 2, 2024

August 26, 2024

November 18, 2024

Certificate Options & Details

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.

To view additional program details, visit the Norwich University Course Catalog using this link.


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.

To view additional program details, visit the Norwich University Course Catalog using this link.


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.

To view additional program details, visit the Norwich University Course Catalog using this link.


At a Glance

No GRE/GMAT required Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher



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Transfer Credits

You may receive the equivalent of up to 12 semester credits for study conducted elsewhere. Norwich complies with VA regulations and guidelines as it pertains to transfer credits.
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International Admissions

Norwich University welcomes students from all countries who want to study through our online programs. You must complete all steps in the admissions process.
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Norwich Alumni Benefits

Reconnect with Norwich to complete your master's degree. As apart of our alumni community, you are eligible for a $2,500 scholarship and other benefits.
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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.

Eligibility Requirements


  • A master's degree from a nationally accredited (either by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)) undergraduate nursing program, or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution, as evaluated by a NACES approved agency. 
  • An active license as a registered nurse in your state of practice that is unencumbered.
  • 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.
  • International applicants who are not licensed as registered nurses in the U.S. must achieve a passing score on both the English and nursing sections of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) examination.
  • If a student has not successfully completed the following courses in the last 5 years they may be conditionally admitted and required to complete: Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Advanced Physical Assessment. 
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater on a 4.00 scale. (Applicants with a GPA below 3.00 must demonstrate a GPA of 3.00 or higher for the last 60 undergraduate hours of his/her nursing program.)
  • Undergraduate courses in statistics and research.
  • Graduate testing is not required.

Please Note:  All eligibility requirements are expected to be met unless noted in specific articulation agreements or memoranda of understanding (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: 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
    • 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

To contact an admissions advisor:

Call: 1-877-348-8153
Email: info@online.norwich.edu

Tuition at a Glance
Credit Hours: 18
Cost Per Credit Hour: $825
Additional fees & discounts may apply.

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Faculty & Staff

Our online Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing is led by a dedicated faculty 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. 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.

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
    Pharmaceutical manufacturers
    Nursing and rehabilitation centers
    Privately-operated doctor’s offices

* U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics