Top Online Post-Master’s NP Certificate Programs (2024)

A post-master’s nurse practitioner (NP) certificate allows master’s-prepared registered nurses to pursue an NP specialization such as family care, neonatal care, pediatric nursing, psychiatric-mental health, adult-gerontology, or women’s health.

Post-master’s NP certificate programs require a valid registered nursing license and an advanced degree such as a master of science in nursing (MSN), a doctor of nursing practice (DNP), or a PhD to enroll.

While many programs will accept any qualified MSN-prepared registered nurse (RN), others accept only advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) such as clinical nurse specialists, nurse-midwives, nurse anesthetists, or NPs. Still others are designed squarely for NPs, in rare cases requiring those NPs to have a specific specialization.

These programs are not one-size-fits-all, which also holds true for the program credit requirements. Incoming post-master’s NP certificate students are subject to a gap analysis whereby admissions personnel evaluate their specific educational background to determine the number and nature of courses and clinical hours needed to complete an NP post-master’s certificate.

Required course credits can range from approximately eight to 50, depending on the specialty and the applicant’s previous education. For example, some programs are geared toward graduates of MSN-NP programs who are already trained as nurse practitioners and want to expand their scope of practice and earn a second or third specialty. Other programs are designed for nurses who do not hold a nurse practitioner certification and require more courses and practicum hours.

While most if not all of the coursework in these programs is offered online, online post-master’s NP certificate programs require the completion of a preceptorship, a supervised clinical practicum to fulfill the program’s practice hours requirement. The preceptorship takes place during the program, and most universities offer placements near a student’s place of residence. Some programs even have services to help students connect with preceptors. Many programs also require a limited number of on-campus residencies or intensives. 

To help make the research process more accessible, NPSchools.com has compiled a comprehensive list of online post-master’s NP certificate programs that help nurses specialize in providing care for a specific population. For further detail on admissions, program requirements, online course delivery, and tuition, click on a school to view its full profile.

Online NP Certificate Program Rankings (2023-2024)

Online post-master’s NP certificate programs generally offer mostly or totally online coursework with practicums local to the students. Some programs require a limited number of campus visits as well. To be included in our rankings, programs must require nine or fewer campus visits.

The programs below are drawn from the NPSchools.com database, which contains information for 1,035 online nursing programs at the MSN, DNP, and post-master’s certificate levels, most recently updated just prior to the 2023-2024 academic year. Our mission is to ensure the accuracy of the data on our website. Should you find an error or missing program, please contact us to alert us to the issue.

To calculate credit hour requirements and tuition cost of the programs listed below, we assumed that incoming students would have to complete the full post-master’s NP certificate course load, meaning we assumed a credit requirement and tuition cost at the top of the possible range.

The NPSchools.com AdvanceU score measures a school’s Commitment to helping RNs become APRNs online.

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Tuition
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72 University of South Alabama(#1)
Post-Graduate Certificate – Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP $19,602.00 $19,602.00
Post-Graduate Certificate – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP $19,602.00 $19,602.00
Post-Graduate Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner $19,602.00 $19,602.00
Post-Graduate Certificate – Neonatal Nurse Practitioner $19,602.00 $19,602.00
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Post-Graduate Certificate – Pediatric Acute Care NP $19,602.00 $19,602.00
Post-Graduate Certificate – Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner $19,602.00 $19,602.00
Post-Graduate Certificate – Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner $19,602.00 $19,602.00
Post-Graduate Certificate – Women's Health Nurse Practitioner $19,602.00 $19,602.00
Post-Graduate Certificate – Dual Role (Family NP/Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP) $26,730.00 $26,730.00
Post-Graduate Certificate – Dual Role (Family NP/Emergency NP) $26,730.00 $26,730.00
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66 Northern Kentucky University(#2)
Post-Master's Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP Certificate $18,700.00 $18,700.00
Post-Master's Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Certificate $18,700.00 $18,700.00
Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate $19,250.00 $19,250.00
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66 Maryville University(#3)
Post-Master's Certificate – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP $24,302.00 $24,302.00
Post-Master's Certificate – Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner $26,816.00 $26,816.00
Post-Master's Certificate – Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP $29,330.00 $29,330.00
Post-Master's Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner $29,330.00 $29,330.00
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Post-Master's Certificate – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner $31,844.00 $31,844.00
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66 University of Nevada Reno(#4)
Post-Master's Certificate – Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (for APRNs) $4,961.25 $7,725.00
Post-Master's Certificate – Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (for APRNs) $5,622.75 $8,755.00
Post-Master's Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner (for APRNs) $5,622.75 $8,755.00
Post-Master's Certificate – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (for APRNs) $7,607.25 $11,845.00
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Post-Master's Certificate – Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (For Non-APRNs) $7,938.00 $12,360.00
Post-Master's Certificate – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (for Non-APRNs) $9,591.75 $14,935.00
Post-Master's Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner (for Non-APRNs) $10,914.75 $16,995.00
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65 Walden University(#5)
Post-Master's Certificate – AGACNP $28,500.00 $28,500.00
Post-Master's Certificate – AGPCNP $28,500.00 $28,500.00
Post-Master's Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner $28,500.00 $28,500.00
Post-Master's Certificate – PMHNP $32,250.00 $32,250.00
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Post-Master's Certificate – Pediatric NP (Primary Care) $32,250.00 $32,250.00
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64 Regis College(#6)
Post-Master's AGACNP Certificate – for NPs (second specialty) $18,905.00 $18,905.00
Post-Master's AGPCNP Certificate – for NPs (second specialty) $18,905.00 $18,905.00
Post-Master's FNP Certificate – for NPs (second specialty) $18,905.00 $18,905.00
Post-Master's PNP Certificate – for NPs (second specialty) $18,905.00 $18,905.00
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Post-Master's WHNP Certificate – for NPs (second specialty) $18,905.00 $18,905.00
Post-Master's AGPCNP Certificate – for MSN-prepared non-NPs $36,815.00 $36,815.00
Post-Master's FNP Certificate – for MSN-prepared non-NPs $36,815.00 $36,815.00
Post-Master's PNP Certificate – for MSN-prepared non-NPs $36,815.00 $36,815.00
Post-Master's WHNP Certificate – for MSN-prepared non-NPs $36,815.00 $36,815.00
Post-Master's PMHNP Certificate – for MSN-prepared non-NPs $39,800.00 $39,800.00
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62 University of Texas – Arlington(#7)
Post-Master's Certificate – Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner $20,928.00 $20,928.00
Post-Master's Certificate – Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner $20,928.00 $20,928.00
Post-Master's Certificate – Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner $20,928.00 $20,928.00
Post-Master's Certificate – Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner $23,544.00 $23,544.00
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Post-Master's Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner $24,198.00 $24,198.00
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62 Texas Tech University(#8)
Post-Master's Psychiatric Mental Health NP Certificate $10,991.00 $18,212.00
Post-Master's Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP Certificate $13,644.00 $22,608.00
Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate $13,644.00 $22,608.00
Post-Master's Primary Care Pediatric NP Certificate $14,023.00 $23,236.00
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Post-Master's Acute Care Pediatric NP Certificate $14,781.00 $24,492.00
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62 Saint Joseph\'s College of Maine(#9)
Post-Master's Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP Certificate $20,490.00 $20,490.00
Post-Master's Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP Certificate $20,490.00 $20,490.00
Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate $20,490.00 $20,490.00
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61 Spring Arbor University(#10)
Post-Master's Certificate – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP $13,806.00 $13,806.00
Post-Master's Certificate – Pediatric Primary Care NP $16,107.00 $16,107.00
Post-Master's Certificate – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner $16,107.00 $16,107.00
Post-Master's Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner $17,641.00 $17,641.00
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Nurse Practitioner Career and Salary

Certified nurse practitioners are in high demand and the job outlook is excellent for these roles. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), nurse practitioner positions are expected to rise 45 percent between 2022 and 2032, an increase of over 118,600 jobs (BLS 2022). This is much faster than the national average for all occupations (3 percent).

Nurse practitioners in the United States earn an average salary of $124,680 (BLS 2022). NPs play an important role in healthcare, and given their advanced practice training and their significant autonomy and practice authority, NPs can help mitigate the shortage of family practice doctors across the country.

NPs study a wide variety of subjects including courses on:

  • Healthcare policy
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Advanced nursing roles
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Pathophysiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Ethics
  • Communication
  • Informatics
  • Advanced health assessment

Nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat illnesses, administer medications, provide preventative healthcare and education, and work with patients and healthcare teams in a variety of settings including hospitals, private clinics, government facilities, long-term care facilities, research facilities, and home health care situations.