Advance Your Nursing Career

Post-Master's Certification

You're committed to advancing your education. You have done it once and ready to do it again. You already have a master's degree in nursing. But now you want to specialize in another area of nursing. The Post-Master's Certificate Program at UNM College of Nursing is the program for you.

You are already excelling. Imagine if you can add to your specialties. Imagine the positive impact you will make for all New Mexicans. 

Choose Your Concentration

Students are eligible to seek certification in one of the following concentrations:

For details about each concentration, please review the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) concentration you are interested in. All the concentration majors offered by the College are available as Post-Master's concentrations, subject to admission criteria and screening for limited enrollment areas.

Why a PMC at UNM?

Hybrid learning for APRN classes. There is both synchronous, evidence based online education and hands-on teaching and simulation.

100% online learning for Nursing Education and Nursing Administration concentrations. 

Small cohorts. Intimate class sizes allow for individual attention and community building.

Customized Curriculum. We conduct a Gap Analysis to identify the right curriculum track for you.

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After Graduation

Graduates will be awarded a Post-Master's Certificate indicating the concentration completed. You will be 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.

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Apply for your PMC

And gain the knowledge to take you to the next step in your career.

Gap Analysis & Individualized Curriculum

  • 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 APRN and Nurse-Midwifery core, concentration specific courses, and clinical experiences required for certification are delineated in an individualized program of study for the incoming student.

  • 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 Education and Innovation.

We know every student comes to us with different experiences. That is why we have 3 tracks to earn your Post-Master’s Certificate. Students enter Track A, B, or C depending on their previous educational preparation and their educational goals. You will find details about each track below.


Through the Gap Analysis, Post-Master’s Certificate students must demonstrate prior successful completion of course work equivalent to the required core courses and APRN and Nurse-Midwifery core courses or must complete these courses as a part of their individualized program of study based on their chosen track and concentration.

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I chose to go to UNM College of Nursing because of the focus on the needs of the rural communities and underserved populations. I find that in working with underserved communities I am making a positive impact on future vulnerable generations.

Laura Bush, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, Family Nurse Practitioner at First Choice Community Health, MSN 2011
  • NURS 501 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice
  • NURS 503 Research in Nursing
  • NURS 505 Health Care Policy, Systems & Financing for Advanced Practice Roles
  • NURS 526 Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NURS 539 Advanced Pediatric Health & Developmental Assessment (PNP-PCs only)
    NURS 540 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
  • NURS 543 Pharmacological Principles of Clinical Therapeutics
  • NURS 553 Nurse-Midwifery Professional Practice (Nurse-Midwifery only)
    NURS 594 Advanced Practice Seminar

NOTE: Students without recent (i.e. past 3-5 years) clinical experience may be required to complete the above APRN and Midwifery core courses

  • NURS 527 Pathophysiology, Physical Assessment, and Pharmacology for Nursing Education

Track Descriptions

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

Core courses may be waived based on a review of previous master’s courses and a gap analysis with the required courses in the MSN concentration. Other than core courses, all APRN and Midwifery core and concentration specific courses, along with the full complement of clinical hours in that concentration, must be completed. Coursework must be completed within three (3) years.
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.

Note: PMC students with an MSN in nursing enrolled in the MSN Education and/or Administration concentrations do not have to complete the master’s examination. APRN concentrations’ requirements for NURS 597 Applied Examination differ depending upon their concentration. The Applied Examination is the concentration specific exam that prepares students to take national certification exams.
Track C is for students who have an MSN in an area other than Nursing Education who wish to add a nursing education certificate to their credentials.

You Will Be Prepared.

At the completion 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.

Support for Your Education

The majority of our students received some form of financial aid – scholarship, grant, loan, work study or teaching assistant position.

We also offer more than $270,000 in UNM College of Nursing scholarships. Individual scholarship amounts range from $200-$4,000 annually.

Admissions, Tuition & Financial Aid

MSN Program Contact

Master in Science of Nursing Program Director, Clinician Educator, Assistant Professor
Kristen Ostrem-Niemcewicz, DNP, RN, CNM, FNP-BC, FACNM
College of Nursing
Building 228
Room 312
1 University of New Mexico

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