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Do you hold a master's degree in nursing and wish to specialize in an area of nursing not covered in your initial master's program? The Post-Master's Certificate Program provides this opportunity at The University of New Mexico College of Nursing. Graduates are eligible to seek certification in one of the following concentrations:

To learn concentration objectives, please review the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) concentration you are interested in pursuing. Any of the concentration majors offered by the College are available as Post-Master's concentrations, subject to admission criteria and screening for limited enrollment areas.

  • The Program of Studies consists of courses in the chosen area (at least 15 graduate credit hours) designated by the Concentration Coordinator with approval from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
  • Students must demonstrate achievement of all concentration expected outcomes.
  • The sequence of courses for Post-Master's Certificate students is identical to that of the MSN Program of Studies for each concentration.
  • All required core and clinical courses must be completed prior to beginning N595 Advanced Nursing Fieldwork.
  • A 3.0 (B) average on a 4.0 GPA scale is required for progression in the Post-Master's Certificate Program.

Gap Analysis

  • All incoming Post-Master's Certificate students' records undergo a Gap Analysis (a review of previous master's courses and required courses in the chosen MSN concentration).
  • Students schedule an appointment with the faculty coordinator of chosen concentration to review the gap analysis and to develop a specific program of studies.
  • All clinical core, concentration specific courses, and clinical experiences required for certification are delineated in an individualized program of study for the incoming student.

Graduates will be awarded a Post-Master's Certificate indicating the specific concentration completed. Graduates are eligible to take a national certification exam for the Post-Master's Certificate specialty. Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) graduates, first need to pass the national certification exam to be eligible for licensure in that specialty in New Mexico. APRN Graduates are responsible for determining any additional requirements for certification and eligibility to practice in a particular state. 

Students enter Track A or Track B depending on their educational preparation.

Track A

Track A is designed for:

  • Students whose current MSN degree does not qualify them as a nurse practitioner or nurse midwife, or
  • Advanced practice clinicians seeking a post-master's certificate in nursing education.

Track A Program of Studies: Required Core Courses

Previous completion of course work equivalent to:

MSN Core Courses
N501 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice
N503 Research in Nursing I
N505 Health Care Policy, Systems & Financing for Advanced Practice Roles
MSN-APRN Core Courses
N526 Pathophysiology (3 cr)
N543 Pharmacological Principles of Clinical Therapeutics (3 cr) 
N540 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (3 cr)
OR
N539 Advanced Pediatric Health & Developmental Assessment (PNPs only)(3 cr)
N594 Advanced Practice Seminar (1 cr)
OR
N553 Nurse Midwifery Professional Practice(Nurse Midwifery only) (1 cr)
MSN-Nursing Education Core Courses
N526 Pathophysiology (3 cr) 
N543 Pharmacological Principles of Clinical Therapeutics (3 cr) 
N523 Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Educators (2 cr)*
* Students who have completed N540 Health Assessment may be exempt from taking N523

Concentration-specific courses are required of all Post-Master's Certificate Program students in Track A. Please see your individualized program of study determined by your gap analysis.

Track B

Track B is designed for nurse practitioners or nurse-midwives with an MSN who wish to expand their practice by adding an additional population focus. Most MSN Core courses are waived as long as equivalent work has been completed as part of the previous MSN degree.

  • A comprehensive exam is not required.
  • An individualized Program of Studies is developed taking into consideration:
    • Previous coursework
    • Gap analysis
    • Recent clinical experience
    • The requirements of the selected advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) concentration

Track B Program of Studies: Required Core Courses

Previous completion of course work equivalent to:

MSN Core Courses
N501 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice
N503 Research in Nursing I
N505 Health Care Policy, Systems & Financing for Advanced Practice Roles
MSN-APRN Core Courses
N526 Pathophysiology (3 cr)
N543 Pharmacological Principles of Clinical Therapeutics (3 cr)
N594 Advanced Practice Seminar (1 cr)
OR
N553 Nurse Midwifery Professional Practice (Nurse Midwifery only) (1 cr)
N540 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (3cr)
OR
N539 Advanced Pediatric Health & Developmental Assessment (PNPs only)(3cr)
NOTE: Students without recent (i.e. past 3-5 years) clinical experience may be required to complete the above courses

Concentration-specific courses are required of all students in Track B. Please see your individualized program of study determined by your gap analysis.

At the completion of either track A or track B of the Post-Master's Certificate programs in nursing, the graduate is prepared to:

  • Analyze theoretical formulations as a basis for nursing practice, education, and administration.
  • Participate in research about the nature of health/illness and the practice of nursing.
  • Utilize advanced clinical knowledge and skill to promote, maintain, and/or restore optimum wellness to client systems.
  • Assume leadership roles in nursing practice, education, or administration.
  • Assume responsibility for developing health care policy relative to social, ethical, legal, economic, and political issues that affect nursing.
  • Organize and develop collaborative relationships for the improvement of health care on an agency, organization, or legislative level.