Our post-master's certificate program provides nurses who already hold an M.S.N. with 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 education, clinical and management 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 D.N.P. program with an individualized plan of study.
We offer the Family Nurse Practitioner post-M.S.N. certificate. Students completing this certificate program will have fulfilled the educational requirements to seek eligibility for the Family Nurse Practitioner Certification examinations.
*Please note that federal financial aid is not available to students in non-degree seeking certificate programs. To explore degree options at the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, please visit our graduate nursing page.
Post-M.S.N. Certificate students:
- Earn a certificate online in five semesters
- Participate in cutting edge, web-based learning with highly qualified faculty
- Access all coursework and resources anywhere, anytime from any internet-connected electronic device
- Receive personal attention from caring and supportive Samford faculty and advisors
- Experience a rich tradition of high academic standards and quality education practices
- Visit Samford's beautiful campus in Birmingham, Alabama, for a required on-campus orientation
- Have opportunities to build on current skills and knowledge in order to explore new professional directions
Admission Requirements & Criteria+
Post-M.S.N. Certificate Admission Deadlines
Entry Month: August
NursingCAS Deadline: June 1
Entry Month: January
NursingCAS Deadline: September 1
To apply for a program that has a September 1 deadline, please use the 2013-2014 NursingCAS application only.
Post-M.S.N. certificate applicants should meet the following criteria:
- Master's degree in nursing from NLNAC or CCNE accredited program
- A Likelive video submission (link to this site will be provided when NursingCAS application has been submitted)
- Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (no MAT or GRE required)
- International applicants or American citizens who learned English as a second language must score at least 550 (paper), 213 (computer) or 80 (internet) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
- Minimum MAT or GRE score within the last five years
- MAT or GRE is waived if the applicant has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
- If accepted, a non-refundable fee of $750 is required to secure admission into the program. This fee is applied to the first semester's tuition.
Plan of Study & Clinical Requirements+
Post-M.S.N. Family Nurse Practitioner (five-semester) Curriculum
The Post-M.S.N. family nurse practitioner five-semester curriculum requires 30 total credit hours to complete.
Post-M.S.N. Family Nurse Practitioner (six-semester) Curriculum
The Post-M.S.N. family nurse practitioner six-semester curriculum requires 30 total credit hours to complete.