Your Path to Post-Graduate Certificate Education
Lead the way for improved patient care and nurse collaboration with a Post-Graduate Nursing Certificate. Nurses are now able to expand their skills without being required to complete an additional degree. That means Master of Science (MSN) or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree holders can focus on the courses in their desired specialization.
A combination of online courses and local clinicals provide the advanced experience critical in today’s nursing environment. Our online courses are not only flexible, but are also designed with Empowered Learning™, allowing you to:
- Manage your own pace with no weekly deadlines
- Learn through real-world projects
- Stay connected with faculty and peers
Springboard from your current MSN or DNP degree to a Post-Graduate Nursing Certificate that fits your goals.
Currently, this program is not eligible for participation in Title IV federal student aid programs. This program is not available in all states.
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Post-Graduate Nursing Certificates
You can help shape the future of nursing with your choice of specialization. Your clinicals allow you to dive right into your new specialty, often with field experience in your current workplace or community.
Nursing Leadership and Administration
- An interest in leadership and the business side of nursing
- A passion for clinical excellence, innovative nursing practices and improved patient care
- Readiness to impact management and policy discussions
- Nursing leadership
- Administration and interdisciplinary collaboration
- Human resources/performance management
- Chief nursing officer
- Director of nursing
- Nurse manager
- Nurse administrator
- Nurse executive
- Nurse compliance inspector
- Case manager
- Advanced Nursing Leadership // NGR 6801
- Focus on the abilities, strategies and decision-making skills that guide advanced nursing leadership.
- Meaningful Communication and Collaboration // NGR 6250
- Emphasize the importance of effective communication and building relationships to help facilitate leadership.
- The Business Side of Nursing // NGR 6100
- Provide the tools to evaluate healthcare economics as an essential part of nursing leadership development.
- Leadership and Management in Advanced Nursing Practice // NGR 6117
- Utilize newly-developed leadership knowledge and skills at an advanced nursing practice level in an indirect-care practicum.
- A passion to train and educate current and future nurses for a role in hospital or academic settings
- A desire to assist in the career growth of current and future nurses, and help address nursing shortages
- Nursing leadership within an educational setting
- How to build pathways to create transformational learning
- Effective curriculum design
- Creative teaching strategies
- Director of education
- Nursing faculty
- Academic leadership
- Staff development leader in healthcare organizations
- The Role of the Nurse Educator // NGR 6701
- Learn the essential foundations of the nurse educator role and how to foster a positive learning environment.
- Curriculum Design and Program Evaluation // NGR 6300
- Analyze how to build a successful curriculum, evaluate programs, and align with evidence-based nursing education strategies and national guidelines.
- Nursing Education in the Classroom // NGR 6050
- Implement strategies to improve levels of achievement, with a practicum focusing on the role of the nurse educator and applying creative teaching strategies.
- Nursing Education in the Clinical Setting // NGR 6150
- Focus on the role of a clinical nurse educator, with a practicum centered on teaching strategies in a clinical environment.
Healthcare Technology, Simulation and Informatics
- A passion to transform healthcare through innovation
- A desire to improve quality care via better preparation
- A belief that data, simulation and technology innovation can grow nursing best practices and patient interactions
- The use of simulation in healthcare and nursing education
- Evolving opportunities in nursing informatics, where data and technology are leveraged to drive desired outcomes
- The latest and emerging healthcare-advancing technologies
- Chief nursing informatics officer
- Director of clinical Informatics
- Clinical analyst
- Nursing/clinical informatics specialist
- Clinical educator
- Simulation education specialist
- Simulation coordinator or technologist
- Director of innovation
- Innovation specialist
- Healthcare Technology // NGR 6820
- Examine the use of current health technology and consider the direction of future innovation.
- Simulation in Healthcare // NGR 6716
- Review best practices for simulation-based education (SBE), with the opportunity to design components of simulation experiences and operations.
- Informatics in Advanced Nursing Practice // NGR 6870
- Learn the foundations of nursing informatics, including standards of professional practice and use of evidence and theories specific to informatics.
- Integrating Technology // NGR 6840
- Show your skills in an indirect-care practicum experience. Take part in analyzing internal and external evidence, and provide solutions to real problems.
“Pursuing a specialization provides an excellent opportunity for nurses to pause and ask: What is it about the job that I love, and what are the challenges? Would a shift in focus lead to my long-term success and satisfaction?”
Dr. Josh Hamilton, RN/PMH-BC, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, CTMH, CNE, FAANP
Assistant Vice President & Dean, Post-Licensure Nursing Programs
Built for Working Nurses
You can continue working while you earn your Post-Graduate Nursing Certificate. Check in on your smartphone and complete tasks on your tablet or laptop. With four start dates per year, you can start when it works for you.
Learning on Your Schedule
Online Empowered Learning courses allow you to learn by doing and manage your pace. Go faster when you can, and slower when you need to with no weekly deadlines.
Support at Every Turn
From 24/7 tech support, experienced faculty, graduate services advisors and career services to library and learning services with over 400,000 ebooks and electronic reference materials, we’re dedicated to a robust learning community.
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Your Nursing Career Path
With the many Nursing programs at Rasmussen University, you can easily move from one level to the next, saving you time and money. In order to enroll for your Post-Graduate Nursing Certificate, you’ll need your MSN or DNP degree. If you don’t have one yet, let us help you get started.
Post-Graduate Nursing Certificate
Next step if:
You want to pursue a new area of interest, increase your mobility between specialties and take your next step as a nursing leader.
Choose the specialization that best aligns with your interests and career goals:
- Nursing Leadership and Administration
- Nursing Education
- Healthcare Technology, Simulation and Informatics
Finish in as few as:
Career Path Examples:
Nursing Instructors and Teachers3
- $41,930 (10th Percentile)
- $57,660 (25th Percentile)
- $75,470 (50th Percentile)
Other Sample Job Titles:
- Director of Nursing
- Director of Education
- Clinical Nursing Informatics Officer
- Chief Nursing Officer
Tuition & Savings
Do the Math
We are committed to providing affordable tuition. Let’s break down the numbers so that you can see that your goals are achievable. With four start dates per year and a total of four courses, full-time students can finish their Post-Graduate Nursing Certificate in as few as six months1 for as low as $5,000.2
$260 cost per credit
x 16 total credits
$4,160 total tuition
+ $820 total fees
$4,980 estimated total program cost
Other Ways to Save
Higher education should be a manageable investment. Talk to an admissions advisor and learn how our online Post-Graduate Nursing Certificates can be more affordable with grants, scholarship opportunities and military grants for those who qualify. Your employer may provide tuition support or reimbursement to help you fund your education.
Students must hold an MSN or DNP from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher, possess a current unencumbered RN license that is valid in the United States and provide two professional letters of reference. This program is not available to residents of all states. Please speak with an admissions advisor to determine your eligibility for enrollment. A cleared background check will be required for participation at practicum sites.
What Should I Know Before I Enroll?
Help Paying for College
You’re not alone figuring out how to pay for college. Our admissions advisors can help you find ways to save through loans, scholarships and more.
Support at Every Turn
You’ll find the support you need to grow as a nurse from mentors and faculty in this program. Our library services, academic support and career planning teams are ready to help.
Dedicated Career Services
Job-search strategies, resume building, interview practice and employer networking—online and available anytime.
Where Can I Find a Post-Graduate Nursing Certificate Near Me?
Our Post-Graduate Nursing Certificates are offered to residents in many states, but not all. Request more information to see if this program is available in your state.
Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
Rasmussen University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
- Completion time is dependent on the number of courses completed each term.
- Program cost breakdown: 16 Post-Graduate Nursing Certificate credits at $260 per credit ($4,160) and $820 in fees = total program cost of $4,980. Program availability varies by state. Please see Rasmussen University catalog for details.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed July 2022] www.bls.gov/oes/. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed July 2022] www.bls.gov/ooh/. BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary.