Nursing Post-Master's Certificate Programs

Program description and specializations

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

Choose a specialization below to learn more about each area of focus. Visit the Nursing department webpage for more detailed program information.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

This 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.

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner 

This 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.

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

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 Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist certification examination.

Dual Primary Care and Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Prepares students to 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. Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examinations for the acute care and primary care pediatric nurse practitioner specialties. One year of fulltime nursing experience in a pediatric acute care setting is required prior to beginning acute care clinical courses.

The post-master’s certificate is individually designed based on the course work documented on the transcript of the student’s master’s degree. Course work and clinical hours needed for the certificate are based on a detailed plan of study agreed upon prior to admission.

The courses listed are required in the post-master’s curriculum plan unless these courses, or their acceptable equivalents, are documented on the master’s transcript. A minimum of 12 credits is required for the post-master’s certificate. The typical credit requirement range is 27-39 credits.

Family Nurse Practitioner

This certificate prepares pediatric nurse practitioners or adult-gerontology 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.

Nurse-Midwifery

This 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.

Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

This 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.

Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner  

This 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.

Health Systems Leadership

This 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. 


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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.

Application Requirements

New Students apply through NursingCas. If you are a Graduate of Marquette's Direct Entry MSN program, please only apply directly through Marquette University Graduate School


Requirements also include:

  • 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 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 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.

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.

Ready to learn more about Marquette's nursing graduate programs? Request more information now or schedule a campus visit.

Graduate Program Recruiter and Advisor

Lizzie Kerrick

Graduate Program Recruiter

phone: (414) 288-4792

email: elizabeth.kerrick@marquette.edu


Taylor Rose Pamperin

Graduate Program Advisor

phone: (414) 288-5632

email: taylorrose.pamperin@marquette.edu