Post-Master's Certificates in Nursing
If you have a master's degree in nursing and are interested in pursuing study in another nursing area, you should consider a post-master's certificate.
Widener's School of Nursing offers post-master’s education in the advanced practice (APRN) roles of adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist (CNS) and family nurse practitioner (FNP). A post-master’s certificate is also available for nursing education. Depending on area of study, certificates can be completed in 18 to 24 months of part-time study.
Post-master's certificates are available for these specialty areas:
- Adult-Gerontology CNS (Gainful Employment Disclosure Report)
- Family Individual Across the Lifespan CRNP Program (Gainful Employment Disclosure Report)
- Nursing Education (Gainful Employment Disclosure Report)
Students must complete a minimum of 500 hours (CNS) or 672 hours (FNP) of faculty-supervised advanced clinical practice to meet the APRN regulatory model requirements.
Courses are available on Widener's Main campus in Chester and on Widener's Harrisburg campus (APRN programs only). Graduates are prepared to sit for certification examination through either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) for the CNS role and either the ANCC or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) for the FNP role.
For more information on how to apply, see the graduate admissions site.