Post-Graduate APRN Certificate Program

The Post-Graduate Certificate is now available in a fully online format

This program is for currently certified Master’s or doctorally-prepared nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists who wish to obtain the coursework needed to sit for certification in another specialty.

The Post-Graduate certificate consists of 18 credit hours which includes a minimum of 500 clinical hours. When applying to the Post-Graduate APRN Certificate program, please select “Graduate Certificate” in the application system. Please note that the clinical hours are “required” for national certification and cannot be waived or negotiated.

The School of Nursing offers the Post-Graduate APRN Certificate in two specialty tracks:

Download the Post-Graduate APRN Certificate Degree Plans


The Application deadline for the 2020 Cohort is February 1, 2020


The following are criteria for certificate program enrollment:

  • Applicants must follow the degree plan for their specialty area
  • Students are required to attend a week-long, on-campus Clinical Boot Camp during the summer semester prior to the starting the program (usually held at the beginning of August)
  • Satisfaction of all clinical requirements as identified by School of Nursing. All clearances must be obtained by first enrollment date. Students who do not fulfill this requirement will not progress in the program and will not be permitted to enroll in classes. Please note that completion of these requirements may delay or nullify initial program start
  • After acceptance into the program, applicants will be required to submit a criminal background check and toxicology screen (medicinal marijuana is prohibited). Failure to provide these screening items will result in dismissal and/or non-acceptance to the NMSU SON graduate program. Positive toxicology results and/or criminal background checks that do not meet the NM DOH clearance standards will mean dismissal or non-acceptance from the program

  • Apply to the Post-Graduate APRN Certificate Program through the NMSU Graduate School (https://gradschool.nmsu.edu/how-to-apply/) and upload the following documents:
    • Current CV/resume
    • Nurse practitioner or other APRN certification
    • Unofficial transcripts from nursing programs/degrees
    • A letter of intent specifying career goals and a clear statement of how the certificate will advance the applicant’s clinical practice
    • Names and contact information for three (3) references from colleagues in clinical practice
  • Official transcripts from all prior college and universities attended sent directly to the School of Nursing and to the NMSU Graduate School (2 sets)
  • After an initial review of applications, selected applicants will be invited to attend an interview with faculty (on campus or via videoconferencing)

      • Successful admission to the NMSU Graduate School
      • To be eligible for the Post-Graduate APRN Certificate Program, an applicant must possess an active and current APRN license and certification as a nurse practitioner, certified nurse midwife, certified registered nurse anesthetist or clinical nurse specialist
      • Masters degree in Nursing or DNP degree with a minimum nursing GPA of 3.0 or better
      • Completion of Advanced Health Assessment, Advanced Pathophysiology, and Advanced Pharmacology courses (must be across the life-span)
      • Admission to the Post-Graduate APRN Certificate Program is a competitive process based on the components of the application and interview
      • Students are required to obtain official documentation or letter from the MSN program that they attended clearly denoting the total number of clinical hours completed

 Distance Education Disclaimer for Out of State Students
New Mexico State University is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Members of SARA
agree to honor the regulatory requirements of each member state. If you do not plan to reside in New Mexico during your graduate nursing program, please check the SARA authorization map to check NMSU’s authorization status in your state.  Many state boards of nursing restrict online nursing programs in their state or require approval of the educational institution. If you do not plan to reside in New Mexico during your graduate nursing program, please check the National Council on State Boards of Nursing APRN Distance Education Requirements in your state and contact the SON Graduate Advisor to find out if NMSU is approved in your state.


Interested applicants should contact: