Post Master's Nurse Practitioner Certificate


We are currently not accepting applications for the Adult/Gerontological (AGNP) specialization.

This 12 or 21 credit certificate program is designed to assist RNs who have Master's degrees in nursing to acquire the knowledge and clinical experience that will prepare them to sit for a gerontological, adult, or family nurse practitioner certification examination.

Applicants who have not yet completed the required prerequisites can search for course availability here.

Program Highlights:

  • Prepare RNs with MS degrees to sit for national certification exams as gero, adult, or family nurse practitioners.
  • The 21-credit option can be completed in two semesters (full-time), or four semesters (part-time)

Learn more about this program:
To receive more information and connect with the program manager, please click on inquire now .

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Please see Fee Schedule below.

Type of Fee Amount
Fee per credit $575
Returned Check Fee per semester** $28
Total for course*** $1,725 (575 x 3 credits = 1725)

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*applicable when you register after deadline; non-refundable unless course has been cancelled

** applicable when checks returned unpaid

*** Courses can vary from one to six credits; this total represents a standard 3 credit course


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Nurses holding current nurse practitioner certification may apply for the 12-credit option. Nurse Practitioner's who have a Master's in nursing from an accredited institution may apply for the 21-credit certificate program. Prerequisites include evidence of graduate course work in advanced health assessment, advanced pathophysiology and advanced pharmacology.


Prerequisites for either program includes evidence of graduate course work in advanced health assessment, advanced pathophysiology and advanced pharmacology. Interested applicants who do show evidence of these pre-requisite courses should consult the College of Nursing and Health Sciences course schedule.

Clinical Experiences

All students in the 21-credit option must complete 560 hours of documented clinical experience. Students in the 12-credit option must complete 280 hours of clinical experience in the in the chosen specialty. All practicum experiences are subject to the approval of the certificate program coordinator and the agency providing must be under contract with the UMass Boston College of Nursing. Students are advised that preceptors must be either Master's prepared NPs, or MDs with current licensure.

Students need to contact the program director in order to arrange their practicum. Prior to beginning the clinical practicum all students are subject to clinical clearance required of all students in the generic master's program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should indicate in their statement of interests and intent whether they are applying to the Family or Gerontology/Adult Nurse program of study 12 or 21 credit options. Only currently certified NPs can be considered for acceptance into the 12-credit option. A personal interview may be required; the Chair of the Graduate Admissions Committee will inform applicants of their admission to the program.

In addition to the general admission requirements for all graduate studies programs listed in the "Admissions" section of the Graduate Admission Application (pdf), prospective students applying to the post-master's nurse certificate programs must also meet the following requirements:

  1. A master's degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE approved graduate program in nursing.
  2. A minimum cumulative grade point average in undergraduate work of 2.75.
  3. A minimum cumulative grade point average in graduate work of 3.0.
  4. Evidence of passing grades of B or better in graduate level courses in Advanced Health Assessment, Advanced Pharmacology and Advanced Health Assessment within the past 7 years.
  5. A current unrestricted Massachusetts license in nursing or a current license in another state in which the student lives or is doing their clinical practicum.
  6. Evidence of at least two years of strong professional nursing experience.
  7. Evidence of clinical placement commitments (necessary to fulfill the clinical objectives of the certificate) for master's-prepared nurse practitioners.
  8. Evidence of national certifications in advanced practice nursing specialty.
  9. Applicants are not required to submit Graduate Record Examination Scores.
Financial Aid: 

Availability of financial aid varies depending on matriculation and course status. Please check with your program manager or advisor to determine your eligibility. Generally, if you are matriculated in a degree program and are enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits each semester, you may qualify for financial aid. Please review our Financial Aid Checklist below.

  1. Fill out the FAFSA form at It is important to list the University of Massachusetts Boston school code number 002222.
  2. For more information or if you have further questions, please contact Financial Aid Services at 617.287.6300 or at


For more information or if you have further questions, please contact Financial Aid Services at 617.287.6300 or at

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Deborah Aloe, PhD, FNP-BC, CPNP & Tamika Dowling, RN, DNP, FNP-C, PCCN
12 or 21
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