Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) with a master’s or doctoral degree may want to change their specialization or become certified in a subspecialty to advance their careers, follow their passion, or even to earn a higher salary. Many schools offer post-graduate nursing certificates to help New York nurses attain an APRN certification that can broaden their practice.

Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing Admission Requirements in New York

MSN and DNP-educated RNs who wish to complete a New York post-graduate certificate in nursing have to meet the admissions requirements of the university they attend. Most schools have an application that requires a personal statement and an application fee. Post-MSN certification programs typically ask for an MSN or DNP from an accredited program as a prerequisite.

For example, Mount Saint Mary College admissions requirements include:

  • GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0
  • Active New York RN license
  • Official transcripts of all college work to date
  • Health insurance
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Malpractice/liability insurance
  • Portfolio incorporating a current resume and other documents, such as NP certifications, showing why an applicant should be considered

Post-Graduate Certificate Nursing Classes and Courses

When a nurse pursues a post-grad nursing certificate in New York, the curriculum matches the specialization the student wishes to attain. Most nursing courses that offer these certificates have several tracks to choose from.

Upstate Medical University, for, example, has the following programs:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Educator
  • Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

UMU’s Nurse Educator certification requires the following courses:

  • NURS 565 Nurse as Educator
  • NURS 655 Curriculum and Program Development
  • NURS 665 Educational Evaluation

This nine-credit certification can be completed in one semester, but many tracts require up to 30 credits and may include clinical hours.

Program Length

The credit hours and clinical hours for a post-master’s nursing certificate vary widely. In contrast to the simple requirements of a nurse educator certificate at UMU, Molloy College has a Post-Master's Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner that requires 48 credits and 400 clinic hours. Molloy’s certificate for Adult Gerontology requires 45 credits and at least 580 clinical hours.

Tuition and Cost of Attendance

Tuition varies from school to school, and out-of-state students usually pay a hefty premium. At Wagner College, in-state post-graduate nursing students pay about $1,175 per credit hour, while students at in-state Molloy pay around the same amount at $1,195. This doesn’t include housing costs, lab fees, books and other expenses associated with attending a post-grad certificate program in New York.

Online Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing Programs in New York

Nurses can also work toward a post-graduate nursing certificate at an accredited online school. New York RNs looking for an online program can study at online colleges and universities throughout the country. Generally, most choose nearby universities to ensure they can complete their clinical hours without relocating. Certified, reputable online post-graduate certificate programs let nurses choose the hours they attend classes and complete their schoolwork.

Featured Online School

CUNY’s Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing offers a hybrid program for nurses seeking an advanced nurse practitioner certificate for Psychiatric-Mental Health.

CUNY’s courses for this program include include:

  • Epidemiology of Behavioral Health and Community Mental Health
  • Advanced Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Advanced Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology of the Brain
  • Advanced PMH Assessment and Intervention
  • Mental Health Policy and Advocacy

Working online gives students more flexibility in balancing work, family, and schoolwork.

Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing Career Pathways in New York

Advanced Practice Registered Nursing certifications expand students’ practical experience and provide the foundation to delve deeper into their specializations. This gives nurses an opportunity to change their specialization and typically leads to career advancements, leadership roles, and higher salaries.

Some certifications may also require additional licenses. Post-MSN programs in New York include:

Post-Graduate Nursing Certificate Salary and Job Outlook

New York MSNs and DNPs make an average of $117,000 per year per data available in March 2020. Education is a major factor impacting individual salaries. Location, specialization, years of experience also influence how much money students can make once they finish their post-graduate certificate program.

List of New York Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing Programs

New York nurses have a wide selection of post-graduate nursing certificate programs to choose from. Browse through the list of campus-based, online, and hybrid colleges and universities available below.

Amherst, NY

4380 Main Street
Amherst, NY 14226
(800) 462-7652

Binghamton, NY

Graduate Certificate Programs
4400 Vestal Parkway East
Binghamton, NY 13902
(607) 777-2000

Brooklyn, NY

450 Clarkson Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11203
(718) 270-1000

Brookville, NY

720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, NY 11548-1327
(516) 299-2485

Buffalo, NY

320 Porter Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14201
(716) 829-8000

Garden City, NY

One South Ave, P.O. Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530
(800) 233-5744


695 Park Ave
NY, NY 10065
(212) 772-4000

New York, NY

Graduate Certificate Programs
1 Pace Plaza
New York, NY 10038
(866) 722-3338

Newburgh, NY

330 Powell Ave.
Newburgh, NY 12550
(845) 561-0800

Riverdale, NY

6301 Riverdale Avenue
Riverdale, NY 10471
(718) 405-3200

Rochester, NY

Staten Island, NY

1 Campus Rd
Staten Island, NY 10301
(718) 390-3100

Stony Brook, NY

Syracuse, NY

Graduate Certificate Programs
1419 Salt Springs Road
Syracuse, NY 13214
(315) 445-4100

Utica, NY

100 Seymour Rd
Utica, NY 13502
(315) 792-7500

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