Post-Graduate Certificate


There are six post-graduate certificates available to students who already have a graduate degree and want to pursue programs like our master’s and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs in less time.

View plans of study for the post-graduate certificate programs below.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Post-Graduate Certificate


If you want to care for adult patients with acute, critical, or chronic illnesses, then the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) post-graduate certificate program may be the best fit for you.

You'll learn differential diagnosis, disease management, therapeutic interventions, and more.

Here’s what else you need to know about the AGACNP post-graduate certificate:

  • Comprises 18 credits and 600 clinical hours
  • Can be completed in two semesters and one summer session
  • Costs approximately $19,000

Visit the course catalog for more info on the specific courses you will take in this program.

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS) Post-Graduate Certificate


Are you driven to give direct care to adult patients and work with nursing systems and organization? Check out the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS) post-graduate certificate program.

Here’s what else you need to know about the AGCNS post-graduate certificate:

  • Comprises 16 credits and 480 clinical hours
  • Can be completed in three semesters
  • Costs approximately $17,000

Visit the course catalog for more info on the specific courses you will take in this program.

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Post-Graduate Certificate


If you enjoy working with people of all walks of life, look no further than the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) post-graduate certificate program.

Here’s what else you need to know about the FNP post-graduate certificate:

  • Comprises 21 credits and 600 clinical hours
  • Can be completed in two semesters
  • Costs approximately $22,500

Visit the course catalog for more info on the specific courses you will take in this program.

Nurse Educator (NE) Post-Graduate Certificate


Want to combine your passions for nursing and teaching? Check out the Nurse Educator (NE) post-graduate certificate program.

You'll learn how to teach in either an academic or healthcare setting, how to design your curriculum, how to be an effective instructor and evaluator—and more.

Here’s what else you need to know about the NE post-graduate certificate:

  • Comprises 12 credits and 180 clinical hours
  • Can be completed in one semester
  • Costs approximately $9,500

Visit the course catalog for more info on the specific courses you will take in this program.

Nursing & Organizational Leadership (NOL) Post-Graduate Certificate


Want to be a leader or administrator in the healthcare field? Dive into the Nursing and Organizational Leadership (NOL) post-graduate certificate program.

Here’s what else you need to know about the NOL post-graduate certificate:

  • Comprises 24 credits and 360 clinical hours
  • Can be completed in four semesters
  • Costs approximately $19,000

Visit the course catalog for more info on the specific courses you will take in this program.

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Post-Graduate Certificate


Are you passionate about helping others of all ages who have behavioral and mental health problems and disorders? The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) post-graduate certificate program may be right up your alley.

Here’s what else you need to know about the PMHNP post-graduate certificate:

  • Comprises 24 credits and 600 clinical hours
  • Can be completed in three semesters and two summer sessions
  • Costs approximately $26,000

Visit the course catalog for more info on the specific courses you will take in this program.

Graduate Special Student


Not yet accepted into WSU or the Department of Graduate Nursing but want to start taking classes now?

You can earn up to 12 credits that count toward graduation requirements and some of our programs as a Graduate Special Student.

Credit by Portfolio


Credit by Portfolio allows students to receive their degree in less time by submitting a portfolio that proves their prior learning and/or professional experiences fulfill program requirements.

Students can then earn credit for specific Graduate Nursing courses without formally enrolling in and completing those courses.

Master’s- and DNP degree-seeking students may earn up to 15% of their program credits through Credit by Portfolio. Post-Graduate Certificate students may earn no more than half of their program credits through Credit by Portfolio.

Interested students should work with their academic adviser to initiate this process. Portfolio submissions occur one semester before students would normally take the course(s) they want to substitute.

Application Deadline


For the Fall 2022 term:

  • AGACNP, FNP, and PMHNP program applications are due Oct. 1.
  • AGCNS, NE, and NOL program applications are due Feb. 1.

Interested applicants should apply through NursingCAS, our online application system.

Plans of study for our post-graduate certificates in Graduate Nursing provide detailed outlines of courses students will take.


Graduate Certificate Plans of Study

In our post-graduate certificates, we have the following expectations:

  • The number of first-time takers of national certification examinations will be at or above the national average (if certification is required for practice).
  • The majority of graduates will be employed within one year of graduation from WSU.
  • The majority of graduates will be satisfied with their graduate nursing education within one year of graduation.
  • Employers will be satisfied with graduates.
  • The majority of students admitted to a graduate certificate program will complete the certificate within four years