Post-Master's Certificates for MSNs

Would you like to expand or change your advance practice nursing role? Are you interested in an area that is not the specialization obtained for your MSN degree? Our certificate programs offer opportunities for you to build upon your clinical skills and knowledge, allowing you to explore new professional directions. 

The purpose of the post-master’s study program is to provide, for nurses who already hold a master’s degree in nursing, an educational route to specialization in an area other than that obtained in their master’s program. The program is designed to strengthen or broaden the clinical, or management capabilities of master’s-prepared nurses who are planning a role expansion or role change. You can also combine the post-master's certificate with the DNP program.

Post-Master’s Study Programs

Post-master’s study programs are available in each of the following specialties:

Please refer to the specific advanced practice specialty overview for a sample curriculum plan.

Post-master’s students must submit a portfolio of their credentials to the Program Director in order to facilitate planning their program of studies. The applicant portfolio should include an updated resume, copies of any national nursing certifications, and official transcript documenting conferral of prior master's degree in nursing. In addition, the regular application materials are required except post-master's applicants are not usually required to retake the Graduate Record Exam. Applicants interested in earning the DNP complete the DNP application.

The master’s, post-master’s certificate and doctor of nursing practice nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036; (202) 887-6791.

For further information, please email the admissions office at

Vanderbilt University is a participating institution in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). North Carolina is a member of SARA, and Vanderbilt is approved to offer programs and courses, such as the MSN, PMC, DNP and PhD programs, that are in compliance with SARA policies and standards.