Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing, Grad Certificate

College of Nursing

Program Description:

  The Post-Master’s Certificate, also known as the Nursing Certificate Program (N.U.R.C.P.), offers students who hold a master’s degree in nursing an opportunity to specialize in an area of nursing not covered in their initial master’s program.  Please refer to the College of Nursing web site for information about the concentrations currently offered as well as the basic MSN program of studies for each concentrations.

Post-master’s students must meet UNM and College of Nursing admission requirements and submit all documents requested for evaluation of previous course work prior to admission.

There are 3 distinct tracks within the post-master’s certificate program (see description below). Tracks A and B prepare nurses in one of the advanced practice specialty concentrations (Adult / Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwife). Track C prepares Nurse Educators. Students enter Track A, B or C depending on their previous educational preparation and their educational goals. An individualized program of studies is developed by the coordinator of the chosen specialty concentration and is based on consideration of previous coursework work in relation to the requirements of the chosen specialty (gap analysis) as well as recent clinical experience. Sequencing of courses is identical to that of the MSN program of studies for each concentration. Students must complete a minimum of 15 graduate credit hours in the specialty concentration, maintain a 3.0 (B) GPA, and demonstrate achievement of all concentration expected outcomes. Course work must be completed within three years.

Track A is for students who have an MSN in an area other than advanced practice (ie, and MSN in Nursing Education, Clinical Nurse Leader, Nursing Administration, Clinical Nurse Specialist) and who wish to become a nurse practitioner or nurse midwife.

Track B is for students who already have an MSN in an advanced practice concentration, as either a nurse practitioner or a nurse midwife, and who wish to expand their practice by adding an additional population focus (for example, a Nurse Midwife who wishes to become a Family Nurse Practitioner)

Track C is for students who have an MSN in an area other than Nursing Education who wish to add a nurse educator certificate to their credentials.  


Admission Requirements:

      Hold a bachelor’s degree (e.g., B.S.N.) from an accredited (N.L.N.A.C. or C.C.N.E.) nursing program, with an upper-division major in nursing. (Graduates from non-accredited programs and R.N.s with a baccalaureate degree in non-nursing fields are considered on an individual basis.) R.N.s with non-nursing baccalaureate have one opportunity to pass a Community Health test prior to the application deadline. Results of the exam must be received within 5 days of application deadline.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for baccalaureate work.
  • Registered nurse licensure (or eligibility for licensure) in New Mexico.
  • A minimum of one-year work experience as a registered nurse. (May vary with concentration.)
  • R.N.s with a non-nursing baccalaureate must pass a Community Health test prior to admission.
  • Community Health Test Guide (Click here to download the guide)
    • Note: The Community Health test is only offered by arrangement. You must have the results submitted within 5 days of the application deadline, so you must plan ahead. Please contact the advisement office for information regarding administration.
    • Cost is $35; payment must be made before the test is ordered. Contact Andrew Russell to schedule the test.AnRussell@salud.unm.edu

For Application Deadlines click here and select Master's Program.


Career Opportunities:

Nursing combines science and technology with the desire to help people. Nurses assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. Nurses may advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required. Includes advance practice nurses such as: nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists. Advanced practice nursing is practiced by RNs who have specialized formal, post-basic education and who function in highly autonomous and varied roles. 

In all states, the District of Columbia, and U.S territories, students must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass a national licensing examination, known as the NCLEX-RN, in order to obtain a nursing license. Nurses may be licensed in more than one State, either by examination or by the endorsement of a licensed issued by another State. Nursing programs range from associate degrees to graduate level programs; higher degrees typically involve a broader and more complex scope of patient care. UNM offers a variety of degree options at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. 


Contact Information:

Andrew Russell: Senior Academic Advisor
(505) 272-4223
anrussell@salud.unm.edu