Nursing Post-Master's Certificate Programs

Preparing the MSN to become academically eligible for certification in an advanced practice or leadership specialty. 


Choose a specialty below to learn more about each area of focus.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Care for acutely ill patients, ages 13 and up, in a variety of settings such as acute care facilities, specialty practice offices and skilled care.  


Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Care includes health promotion, advanced physical assessment, diagnosis and management of health problems in patients ages 13 and up in a clinic setting.


Nurse Educator

Prepares students to take the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam. Graduates will gain competencies in education theory, curriculum and instruction, assessment and evaluation, and teaching in a variety of platforms and environments.


Nurse Midwifery

Prepares students for independent management of  women at low risk during the antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum periods and for primary and gynecologic care of women throughout the life span.  

Nursing Health Systems Leadership

Prepare for leadership, administrative and executive roles through understanding health systems, clinical operations, and strategic thinking.


Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Prepares the student to manage complex chronically ill, acutely ill and critically ill children. 


Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Prepares the student for advanced practice as a pediatric nurse practitioner.  Graduates are prepared to independently provide health care for children and families, from simple to complex health issues, usually in primary care settings. 


Dual Primary Care and Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Practice as a dual-trained pediatric acute care/primary care nurse practitioner. Graduates are prepared to manage well children, pediatric acute and episodic illnesses, complex chronically ill, acutely ill and critically ill children.


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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.

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Application Requirements

  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities.
  • A resume and written statement of professional goals, including reasons for pursuing graduate study.
  • International applicants only: TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
  • Three letters of recommendation. If the applicant is a graduate from the Marquette Direct Entry M.S.N. program, at least one of these references must be from a clinical faculty member.
  • 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 TB skin test and proof of Wisconsin RN licensure (or Indiana RN licensure for students in the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner – Indianapolis MSN) and a criminal background check must be submitted to a program on the Castle Branch website. Results of a TB 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.

For a comprehensive listing of merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) please visit the departmental financial aid webpage. 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.