Post Master’s Certificate Program


The Postmasters Certificate Program allows nurses who have a Master’s degree in nursing from an NLN/CCNE accredited program to pursue further post graduate study in APRN (Advanced Practice Nursing) in Adult Gerontology, family, family psychiatric/mental health, forensic and non-clinical areas in Education and Nursing Information Systems.

Admission Criteria

  • Master’s degree in Nursing from an NLN/CCNE accredited program
  • GPA of 3.0
  • Current New Jersey RN license or eligibility for RN licensure in NJ

Post Master’s Certificate Programs

Individuals holding an MSN degree may earn a Post-Master’s Certificate in the following:

  • Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner – 24 Credits
  • Family Nurse Practitioner- 24 Credits
  • Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner- 24 Credits
  • Nursing Education- 24 Credits
  • Nursing Information Systems -24 Credits

Upon completion of the Adult Gerontology NP, Family NP and Family Psychiatric/Mental Health NP programs, the graduate is eligible for the Advanced Practice Nurse Certification Examination.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Admission Criteria

  • For the organizational leadership (indirect) track, a Master’s degree in nursing from a CCNE or NLN accredited program and current licensure as an RN.
  • For the clinical leadership (direct) track, a Master’s degree in nursing with Advanced Practice specialty from a CCNE/NLN accredited program, current licensure as an RN and Advanced Practice Nurse and relevant experience in Advanced Practice.
  • GPA of 3.50.
  • Interview and completion of a writing sample.
  • Three letters of recommendations attesting to the applicant’s ability and potential for doctoral study

Bridge to the DNP

The Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health offers a bridge program to the DNP for nurses who have a Master’s degree in field other than nursing who would like to pursue the DNP degree.

Admission Criteria

Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a CCNE/NLN accredited program; current licensure as a registered nurse; Master’s degree in a field other than nursing.

The bridge program consists of 3 courses (9 credits)

  • NURS 6600: Intro to Advanced Nursing, Philosophies, Theories, Roles and Issues—3 credits  
  • NURS 7701:  Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Practice—3 credits  
  • NURS 7771:  Contemporary Issues in Nursing—3 credits  

Upon successful completion of the above courses the student is automatically admitted to the indirect track of the DNP Program