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.

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.

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*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.

Why Samford?

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: April 1

Post-M.S.N. certificate applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Master's degree in nursing from CCNE, CNEA, or ACEN (formerly NLNAC) accredited program
  • A  video submission (a link to this site will be provided when application has been submitted)
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in nursing courses
  • International applicants (applicants who are not United States citizens or permanent residents) must contact the director of graduate student services for detailed program requirements.
  • American citizens or permanent residents 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).
  • 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.
  • Should any of the above conditions not be met, the applicant may be considered on an individual basis.

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 Five-Semester Plan of Study

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