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 for: 2019 and 2020


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 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

SARA Authorization Information

In order for New Mexico State University (NMSU) to enroll students residing outside of New Mexico in an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) distance education program, two conditions must be met. First, NMSU must have a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement with the state that the student physically resides in. To check your state, please refer to NMSU’s SARA map. Second, the state’s Board of Nursing must give approval or have no restrictions on APRN clinical education in the state where the student will complete their clinical training. For more information and for current APRN distance education requirements, please see the National Council on State Boards of Nursing website.

The New Mexico State University School of Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Post Graduate APRN Certificate programs are currently authorized to operate, exempt or not subject to approval in:

  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • Oregon (application pending)
  • Rhode Island
  • Texas (application pending)
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

The New Mexico State University School of Nursing will continue to monitor developments in state laws in each state in which it enrolls students and, if authorization or licensure is or becomes necessary, will obtain such additional approvals.


Interested applicants should contact: