nursing

post-master's certificate Programs


Specializations


Adult-Older Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Adult-Older Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist
Adult-Older Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Family Nurse Practitioner
Nurse-Midwifery
Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Psychiatric Mental Health Care Nurse Practitioner
Systems Leadership and Healthcare Quality

Program Description


This program prepares the nurse who already has a master of science in nursing to become academically eligible for certification as an advanced practice nurse.

The adult-older adult acute care nurse practitioner certificate prepares the student to apply advanced clinical assessment and management skills to complex health problems. Graduates will be academically eligible to take the national certification examination for adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner.

The adult-older adult primary care nurse practitioner certificate and the adult-older adult clinical nurse specialist certificate prepares the student for the care of adults, including knowledge of human responses, health promotion and disease prevention, advanced physical assessment, diagnosis, and management of health problems. Graduates will be academically eligible to take the national certification examination for adult gerontology clinical nurse specialist or adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner.

The family nurse practitioner certificate prepares pediatric nurse practitioners or adult-older adult primary care nurse practitioners who have master's degrees to become educated as family nurse practitioners. This requires 13 credits of graduate course work. Graduates will be academically eligible to take the national family nurse practitioner certification examination.

The nurse-midwifery certificate prepares the student for independent management of essentially normal newborns and women during the antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum periods and for gynecologic care throughout the life span. Graduates will be academically eligible to take the national certification examination of the American Midwifery Certification Board,

The pediatric acute care nurse practitioner post-master's course of study is designed to provide education to nurses who have already earned a master's degree in pediatric or parent child nursing and are interested in being academically eligible for certification as an acute care pediatric nurse practitioner. The course of study for nurses with a master's degree in nursing but not in pediatric or parent/child nursing will be designed individually to meet specific learning needs and may require preparatory or additional course/clinical work beyond the standard requirements.

The pediatric primary care nurse practitioner post master's course of study is designed to provide education to nurses who have already earned a master's degree in pediatric or parent/child nursing and are interested in being academically eligible for certification as a primary care pediatric nurse practitioner. The course of study for nurses with a master's degree in nursing but not in pediatric or parent/child nursing will be designed individually to meet specific learning needs and may require preparatory or additional course/clinical work beyond the standard requirements.

The psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner post-master's course of study prepares the student to provide a wide range of mental health services to clients across the lifespan as an advanced practice registered nurse. Graduates are academically eligible to take the national certification examination for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. 

The systems leadership and healthcare quality certificate prepares the student for a variety of leadership, administrative and executive roles in health care. Graduates will be academically eligible to take the national certification examination for Nursing Administration.

Visit the Department Web Page for more detailed program information.

Application Requirements

Apply and submit all application requirements via NursingCAS: (www.nursingcas.org)

  • A completed application form and fee online.
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities.
  • A resume and written statement of professional goals, including reasons for pursuing graduate study.
  • TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency (international applicants only).
  • An interview is required for applicants to the advanced practice nursing specializations in acute care nurse practitioner, nurse-midwifery and pediatrics.
  • All applicants must be registered in the United States as a professional nurse. Graduates of nursing schools in foreign countries must successfully complete the certification program administered by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools and must be licensed in Wisconsin.
  • Upon acceptance to the graduate program, students must complete and submit the Graduate Student Health Status Report form. Information on CPR requirements, physical examination and immunization status, including results of a T.B. skin test and proof of Wisconsin R.N. licensure (or Indiana R.N. licensure for students in the adult-older adult acute care nurse practitioner - Indianapolis M.S.N.) and a criminal background check must be submitted to a program on the website castlebranch.com. Results of a T.B. skin test must be provided annually, an influenza vaccine is required annually, and a drug screen must be completed three months prior to beginning clinical practicum courses. Students are responsible for the cost of these services. The information is required for progression within the program.

Application Deadline


Feb. 15 - For fall admission

Nov. 15 - For spring admission
Post-master's certificate applicants who apply after the Feb. 15 deadline will be considered on a space-available basis for fall admission, provided their application is complete by June 1.
Post-master’s certificate applicants are not eligible for summer admission.


Financial Aid

For a comprehensive listing of merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) please visit the departmental financial aid web page. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.