For nurses who want to advance in their careers, a post-graduate nursing certificate can provide the education needed to gain a first or second Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) designation. Earning an APRN designation opens up the possibility of a rewarding career as an advanced practice nurse.

Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing Admission Requirements in Pennsylvania

Although admissions requirements can vary from one school to another, they amount to basically the same thing—proving that the student is ready for the post-graduate program. Students generally have to provide transcripts, letters of application, and sometimes, test scores. At PennState's graduate school, the requirements are as follows:

  • Have a bachelor's degree or MSN
  • Submit official transcripts
  • Prove English proficiency if you are a non-native speaker

It's important to note that while PennState's certificate program will admit BSN-level nurses, most programs require a minimum of an MSN to be eligible for a post-grad nursing certificate.

Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing Classes and Courses

Post-graduate nursing programs are generally made up of advanced nursing courses. Usually, at least half of the courses directly apply to the specialty being studied but there may also be some general nursing courses. The curriculum for the Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate at Drexel University is a good example. This program requires:

  • Pharmacology for family nurse practitioners
  • Integrative practicum in family practice across the lifespan
  • Primary care of adults and older adults across the adult age spectrum I and II
  • Primary and episodic care of infants, children and adolescents
  • Primary care of the emerging family
  • Professional issues for nurse practitioners
  • Advanced health assessment & diagnostic reasoning
  • Advanced pharmacology
  • Advanced pathophysiology

Program Length

Post-graduate certificate programs can vary in length from fewer than 10 credits to as many as 30. They generally take around two years to complete, but some can be completed more quickly. Students who want to earn their certificates quickly should look for a full-time accelerated program.

Tuition and Cost of Attendance

Post-graduate students in Pennsylvania should expect to pay $900-$1000 per credit or more for their post-graduate certificates. Prices at private schools are often higher. University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing beaks down the cost of their post graduate certificate programs here.

Online Post-Graduate Nursing Certificate Programs in Pennsylvania

Online programs are in high demand by busy nurses who need to fit their coursework around their work schedules and other commitments. Fortunately, many Pennsylvania universities offer post-graduate nursing certificates online.

Featured Online School

Drexel University offers seven post-graduate nursing certificates—and every one of them is available online. Students can improve their clinical skills while earning a post-graduate certificate that will help them take their careers to a whole new level. The school offers nurse practitioner post-graduate certificates in the following specialties:

  • Women's health/gender related nurse practitioner
  • Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner
  • Pediatric primary care nurse practitioner
  • Pediatric acute care nurse practitioner
  • Family nurse practitioner (individual across the lifespan)
  • Adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner
  • Adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner

Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing Career Pathways in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania nurses have a lot of choices when it comes to post-graduate nursing certificates. Here are some of the programs available in Pennsylvania:

Post-Graduate Nursing Certificate Salary & Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for nurse practitioners are expected to increase by around 26% between 2018 and 2028, which is much higher than the average of 5% for all occupations. Nurse practitioners are well paid, with the median income coming in at $113,930. The highest-paid 10% earn over $182,750.

List of Pennsylvania Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing Programs

A post-graduate nursing certificate puts nurses on the path to a higher-paid and more fulfilling nursing career. Here are some Pennsylvania schools that offer post-graduate nursing programs.

SchoolContact Information
California University of Pennsylvania
250 University Avenue
California, PA 15419
(724) 938-4129
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Graduate Certificate Programs
909 E Wood St.
Clarion, PA 16214
(800) 672-7171
DeSales University
2755 Station Ave.
Center Valley, PA 18034
(610) 282-1100 x2838
Drexel University
3025 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(877) 215-0009
Duquesne University
Graduate Certificate Programs
600 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
(412) 396-6000
La Salle University
Graduate Certificate Programs
1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141
(215) 951-1000
Messiah College
One College Avenue
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
(717) 766-2511
Millersville University
P.O. Box 1002
Millersville, PA 17551
(717) 871-4636
Neumann University
Graduate Certificate Programs
One Neumann Drive
Aston, PA 01901
(610) 459-0905
Robert Morris University
Graduate Certificate Programs
6001 University Blvd
Moon Township, PA 15108
(800) 762-0097
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
418 Curie Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-8281
York College of Pennsylvania
Graduate Certificate Programs
443 Country Club Rd
York, PA 17403
(717) 846-7788

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