Nursing Post-Master's Certificate Program

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Degree Offered: Advanced Certificate
Program Leadership:
Mary Lynch, DNP, MPH, PNP, Interim Program Director 
You may also contact the coordinator for the specialty you're interested in if you have questions.
Admissions Inquiries:
nursingadmissionssupport@ucsf.edu

Program Description

The Nursing Post-Master’s Certificate Program enables nurses with a master's degree in nursing to pursue state certification in an additional specialty area or seek a program of study that may lead to a change in role (e.g., a CNL or CNS seeking an NP specialization certificate).

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have completed and received a master of science degree in nursing, typically MS, MSN or MN.

If accepted, applicants must be licensed by the state Board of Registered Nursing and their nursing license must be recognized as valid for practice within the State of California during the complete course of study. (If your RN is from another U.S. state, or from Canada, you may qualify for Licensure by Endorsement by the BRN.)

Additional admissions requirements include:

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, including any programs in which you are currently enrolled
  • Goal statement
  • Minimum of 3 letters of recommendation
  • Resume or CV
  • English proficiency for non-native speakers
Test Type Minimum Score
TOEFL 92
ILTS 7

Some specialties may have additional requirements. Check the specialty webpages for more details.

Learning Outcomes

Advanced preparation as an NP, CNM, CNS, or population health nurse; certification at the state and national level in chosen specialty.