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Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificates

Post-Master's Nurse Practitioner Certificates are available to students who already hold a master's degree in nursing and would like to pursue a different specialty area or who wish to receive advanced or additional clinical training in a specific area. Program plans vary, requiring from 16 to 33 credits, and can be completed in up to four semesters of study. Each program features supervised clinical practice as a central component of its curriculum. Graduates of each of the following programs are eligible for certification (in the designated certificate area) as a Nurse Practitioner in New York State. 

Binghamton University offers nurse practitioner post-master's certificates in four specialty areas:

  • Community Health Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate program: Prepares students to provide primary care to individuals in community settings and engage in population based planning for groups of individuals within the community.
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate program: Trains graduates to provide primary care to families.
  • Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Certificate program: Prepares students to provide care to older persons in community and institutional settings.
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program: Designed for students who want to pursue an advanced role as a Nurse Practitioner across the lifespan in the field of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.

Graduate Degrees Offered

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Application Deadlines

The certificate application deadline is rolling.

Admission Requirements*

Applicants must submit the Graduate School's required admission materials:

  • Online graduate degree application and application fee
  • Official transcript(s) from each college/university at which you earned a degree (Current Binghamton University graduate students or individuals also applying to a master's or doctoral program at Binghamton University do not need to submit transcripts with their certificate application.)

Important note: Funding is not available to non-degree students completing certificate programs. Certificate students are not automatically admitted to master's or doctoral programs. They must meet the admissions requirements of those degree programs and be accepted. Students may concurrently apply for a certificate and a Binghamton University graduate degree program. However, a student cannot be awarded a certificate twice, nor can a student apply work for one certificate to a different certificate. Learn more about graduate certificate programs.

Applicant Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited school of nursing
  • Master's degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited school of nursing
  • Current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered professional nurse
  • Two academic or professional references
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
  • Personal statement (2-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing additional graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee
  • Computer literacy skills

*This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to keep it accurate and up-to-date, we recommend you contact the department for program-specific requirements.

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Jennie Orton, Senior Academic Adviser for Graduate Nursing Programs

Decker School of Nursing website

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Last Updated: 5/6/15