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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 an 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.

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.

21-credit certificate

Open to RNs with an 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 practice in either an adult/gerontology or family practice. In family practice, the 600 hours will include 220 pediatric hours and 80 ob/gyn hours.

12-credit certificate

Open to RNs with an 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 program 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 coursework, including 300 hours of clinical practice.

A total of 12 credits satisfies the requirement for a post master’s certificate from UMass Boston. Following admission to the program, the student’s MS transcript will be reviewed. Students will be advised of the missing required content/clinical practice areas and sent an individualized program of study for review. Some students may need more courses determined by the NP program advisor’s review of the prior MS degree transcript. The total supervised clinical hours that must be validated in writing from your previous program of study is 300. The UMass Boston total patient contact is 300 supervised clinical hours. The total hours required to by the program of study is a minimum of 300 from the prior program in which you are certified and 300 hours completed while at UMass Boston. A total of 600 supervised clinical hours.


Graduates are eligible to take national certification exams and apply for licensure in advanced practice nursing (APN) in their areas of concentration. We offer three APN concentrations:
• The Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration focuses chiefly on the care of the family in primary and community settings.
• The Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Concentration focuses on care of adults and older adults in ambulatory, community, and institutional settings. 
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• The Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist focuses on acute or critical care of adults in multiple settings.


Student Learning Outcomes


Upon completion of the MS programs, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competence in the advanced nursing practice and management of health and illness for individuals, family, and aggregate populations using critical thinking and evidenced-based clinical decision making.
  • Promote individual/family relationships that facilitate positive health care outcomes for diverse populations.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate educational programs for individuals, professionals, and communities.
  • Plan comprehensive continuous care through interdisciplinary collaboration across health care settings with an emphasis on diverse and urban populations.
  • Monitor and ensure the quality of nursing and health care practices utilizing advocacy and ethical decision-making.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate evidenced-based care in relation to ethno-cultural and spiritual beliefs within diverse populations.
  • Apply theories from nursing and other disciplines to the advanced nursing practice for individuals and families from diverse populations.
  • Identify researchable health care problems and continually appraise relevant literature.
  • Communicate and consult with health care providers and others to influence policy change.
  • Demonstrate competency in professional oral and written communication.

Are You Eligible for Online Nursing Studies ?

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