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Post-Master's Certificates Admission Requirements

Would you like to expand or change your advance practice nursing role?  Are you interested in an area that is not the specialization obtained for your MSN degree?  Our certificate programs offer opportunities for you to build upon your clinical skills and knowledge, allowing you to explore new professional directions.

The purpose of the post-master's study program is to provide, for nurses who already hold a master's degree in nursing, an educational route to specialization in an area other than that obtained in their master's program.  The program is designed to strengthen or broaden the clinical or management capabilities of master's-prepared nurses who are planning a role expansion or role change.

Applications are accepted year round for a Summer Semester Admission

Application deadlines are as follows:
Summer Semester - March 1st 
Fall Semester - June 1st 
Spring Semester - October 1st 

Admission Criteria

  • Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Masters in Nursing (MN or MS) from an accredited nursing program
  • Current unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the United States
  • Nursing GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the Masters Program
  • Good academic standing from the last university attended
  • Successful completion of Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Physical Assessment with 3.0 or higher within the last 5 years
  • Successful completion (C or better) of an undergraduate statistics course
  • Three professional references (online form)
  • Minimum 1-year clinical experience
  • Professional goal statement - 500 words
  • Submission of all official transcripts 


School of Nursing Specific Admission and Progression Information

  • Students who meet all criteria for approved admission (packet completed and meet above criteria) will be considered for admission.
  • If applicant is currently a student in a MSN program (at time of application), the applicant must submit a request for waiver of the MSN and NP Certification admission requirements to the Graduate Program Director. If waiver is approved, the applicant must complete the MSN in good standing before admission and must obtain the NP Certification during the first semester of study. These students will be admitted as provisional/conditional until the NP Certification is obtained. An official transcript indicating completion of the MSN must be submitted directly to the Graduate School and documentation of NP Certification must be submitted to AUSON in order to remove the provisional/conditional status. If a waiver is obtained, these applicants will be considered based on their GPA on their current transcript.
  • Students may be interviewed by the Graduate Admission, Progression, and Graduation (APG) Committee and other faculty and/or community members.
  • Students must complete the letter of intent form and required materials by the date indicated on the offer at admission or their seat may be given to another applicant. 
  • Students are required to provide credentialing documents including a background check and drug screen. All credentialing materials required by Auburn University and the School of Nursing must be completed by the date indicated.
  • To progress through the program, all AUSON graduate students must receive a grade of at least a B in all courses. Students earning any two course grades of less than a B will be dismissed from the graduate program. 


For additional information or to discuss any specific aspect of the program or admission requirements contact:

Barbara Wilder, PhD, CRNP
Wells Fargo Endowed Professor
Graduate Program Director
Auburn University