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What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

This depends on the courses needed for the graduate certificate and part-time or full-time enrollment.

Where will I take classes?

All required coursework to earn a degree can be completed online.

Students will attend a required week-long experience on campus at the start of the program and required in-person skills testing throughout the program.

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

Students may enter the program in Fall or Spring semester. Start semester and deadlines may vary for specific specialties.


Nursing Post-master's Certificate

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Talk to a faculty member
Seth Allan Lee, PhD, APRN, NP-C
Clinical Assistant Professor
Program Director

Add expertise in a second or third nursing specialty after you’ve earned your M.S.N. or D.N.P.

The online post-master's certificate is available for:

This type of certificate will expand your career opportunities by giving you additional nursing specialty skills and expertise.

Students will attend a required week-long experience on campus at the start of the program and required in-person skills testing throughout the program.

*See the curriculum tab below for additional courses required for prerequisites.

Program Details

Applicants must have a master’s degree in nursing and an active Georgia RN License.

Applying to the post-master’s certificate program.

ALL items must be received by the nursing application deadline.

  1. Apply online through SLATE.
  2. Application Fee $50. Online payment is due by the application deadline
  3. Two letters of recommendation. The letters should be from individuals knowledgeable of your academic and/or professional abilities and include contact information. For those applicants who have been out of nursing school for less than five years, a former faculty member must submit one letter.
  4. Resume. Include education, work experience, professional development, professional, community and volunteer activities, and research and publications.
  5. Statement of purpose/goals. Include a statement of your educational and career goals.
  6. Writing sample. A two-page position paper on a social or health issue. The paper should be in APA format and include references as appropriate. Type in Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced on 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper with one-inch margins on all sides.
  7. Transcripts. For Post-Master’s Certificate applicants please submit official transcripts from all graduate-level colleges or universities attended. Transcripts are required regardless of the length of stay or if the grades are listed on another school’s transcript, including hospital schools of nursing. If you have attended Georgia State, all graduate-level transcripts, except Georgia State’s, must be sent.
  8. Entrance exam waived for post-master’s certificate applicants.
  9. Experience. One to two years of clinical practice as a registered nurse (For clinical specialties, clinical practice should be in an area related to the specialty track chosen for master’s program (for example, 1‐2 years in medical‐surgical nursing practice to apply for adult health or family nurse practitioner specialty track).
  10. International Applicants
    Additional requirements may apply if you are an international applicant. Learn more about the requirements for international applicants.
    The master’s program is in a distance learning format. Check with the International Student and Scholar Services Office or the master’s program director before applying.
  11. Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) academic scores (International applicants only). For applicants whose native language is not English. If available, include a copy of your TOEFL score in your application packet. Scores cannot be more than two years old from the desired term of entry.
  12. Certificate of Immunization is required for accepted applicants who have never attended Georgia State. If admitted, you must submit this form to Georgia State Health Services before registration. Print the form found on the Georgia State Health Clinic site.
  13. Citizenship Verification. Review the requirements to verify lawful presence in the United States.

Post-Master’s Certificate Application Checklist

A list and description of required courses for each specialty track may be found in the course catalog.

The master's program uses The Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011) as professional nursing standards and guidelines. Upon completion of the master's program and post-master’s certificate, graduates should be able to:

  • Integrate evidence-based findings from the interdisciplinary fields of sciences and humanities for the continual improvement of nursing practice across diverse settings.
  • Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership skills that promote high-quality ethical, culturally responsive and safe patient care for the practice of nursing at the master's degree level.
  • Use quality standards to improve all aspects of healthcare.
  • Translate knowledge in planning, implementing and evaluating ethical, evidence-based data and professional standards of care to effect change in nursing practice and healthcare organizations.
  • Use patient-care technologies and integrate appropriate innovations to assist in all aspects of patient care and coordination across the health care continuum.
  • Employ policy development process skills and advocacy strategies to facilitate system change and positively affect health and healthcare.
  • Demonstrate effective leadership of interdisciplinary healthcare teams and coordination of patient care.
  • Integrate broad organizational, client-centered, culturally sensitive concepts using evidence-based science for individuals, families and diverse groups with a focus on vulnerable and urban populations.
  • Integrate advanced scientifically based direct and indirect nursing interventions that will positively influence the outcomes of individuals, systems and populations.



Post-master’s certificate holders — who are required to be M.S. nursing graduates before enrollment — increase their employment opportunities over that of master of science nursing degree graduates. Both work in a variety of healthcare areas such as ambulatory and primary care, hospital and specialty settings. After passing national certification exams, nurse practitioners (NPs) deliver care in rural areas, urban community health centers, college campuses, employee health centers and other locations. NPs also work for health care technology companies (for example, pharmaceutical manufacturers), perform health care research, teach in schools and universities, and serve in governmental agencies (for example, health departments and the military, etc.). Applicants to the post-master’s certificate program are seeking a broad range of nursing expertise.


Admissions and Curriculum Inquiries

Program Director
Seth Allan Lee, PhD, APRN, NP-C
Clinical Assistant Professor

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