Post Master's Advanced Certificate Program

Semester Begin Dates

  • Fall Semester – late August
  • Spring Semester – early January
  • Summer Semester – early May

The Post Master's Advanced Certificate Program is designed for RNs with a clinical master's degree from an accredited nursing program who want to become certified as:

  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Medical Surgical Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Nurse Educator
  • Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

About the Program

The College of Nursing offers three post master's advanced certificate programs: Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Educator.

These two-, three- and four-semester programs prepare nurses for career opportunities available only to nurses with specialized education.

Expert faculty guide clinical learning under the preceptorship of experienced nurses, nurse practitioners and physicians in settings throughout Central New York. The College of Nursing has clinical contracts with more than 100 institutions and agencies. Students arrange their own preceptored sites with advisement from our faculty.

The College will accommodate student's interests as long as the settings and preceptors meet the requirements of the post master's program.

Although every effort is made to accommodate work and family schedules, applicants should enter the program when they have adequate time to fulfill the required clinical hours.

Margaret Wells, PhD, RN, APN- BC
Margaret Wells, PhD, RN, APN- BC
Director of Post Master's Advanced Certificate Program

Scott Jessie
“The best advice I ever received was to go back to school. Benefits from working at Upstate University Hospital allowed me to earn my BS and MS in Nursing for free. An advanced Nursing education opens new doors, gives you a much more comprehensive skill set and dramatically improves your practice.”

— Scott Jessie RN, MS, CCNS, CCRN, BS (2003); MS (2007) RN Critical Care Nurse Manager Surgical/Trauma ICU