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

Post Master's Advanced Certificate Program

Application Period

Post Master's Certificate

Fall: September 1 - May 15
(Psychiatric Mental Health & Family*)

Spring: August 1 - November 1
(Family Only*)

* Clinical courses begin in the spring semester. Student matriculation may be pending on Program of Study requirements.

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
  • Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Educator

About the Program

The College of Nursing offers two post master's advanced certificate programs: Nurse Practitioner 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 200 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.