Adult/Gerontology and Family Nurse Practitioner (NP) Post Master’s, Certificate (online)
The 12- or 21-credit certificate program is designed to assist RNs who have a MS degree in nursing to acquire the knowledge and clinical experience that will prepare them to sit for national certification exams as gero, adult, or family nurse practitioners.
The primary care post master’s certificate program is part of the UMass Boston College of Nursing and Health Science Master’s of Science in Nursing program. Both prerequisite and required certificate courses are all offered online. Student clinical experiences are arranged by the student and are in agreement with the University of Massachusetts Boston. Upon completing the program, graduates receive a certificate of post master’s graduate education from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Program of Study
The 21-credit option can be completed in two semesters (full-time), or four semesters (part-time). The 12-credit option can be completed in one semester (full-time) or two semesters (part-time).
Upon acceptance, the program director will determine the appropriate program of study that will meet the student’s individual needs. Students may transfer one required graduate level course equivalent with a grade of B or better. Courses considered for transfer credit cannot be applied to a previously earned degree.
Open to RNs with a MS in nursing from an NLN or CCNE accredited program. The program of study includes nine credits of didactic study and 12 credits of clinical course work including 600 hours of clinical practice in either the adult/gerontology, or family practice.
Open to RNs with a MS in nursing and current national certification as a family, adult, pediatric, or gerontology nurse practitioner. Acute Care NPs will be considered based on their evidence of experience and course content in primary care. Students may select from programs options preparing them for the adult, gerontology or family nurse practitioner certification exams. Students must complete a minimum of six credits of didactic and six credits of clinical course work including 300 hours of clinical practice.