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Post-Masters Certificates Admission Requirements

Would you like to expand or change your advance practice nursing role?  Are you interested in an area that differs from your current specialization obtained by 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-Masters Certificates Programs is to provide an educational route for a different specialization for nurses who already hold a masters degree in nursing in another area. The program is designed to strengthen or broaden the clinical or management capabilities of masters-prepared nurses who are planning a role expansion or role change.

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

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, the state in which student plans to participate in any clinical experience
  • Nursing GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the Masters Program; students with MSN GPA lower than 3.0 may possibly be considered for exception status admission, if otherwise qualified (see Specific Admission and Progression Information below)
  • 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 for online recommendation form
  • Minimum 1-year clinical experience
  • 500 words Professional Goal Statement - This statement will include reasons for pursuing this degree and program option, past experience, career goals, and past achievements. The statement will be uploaded with your application in Apply Yourself.
  • Submission of all official transcripts to the Graduate School, 106 Hargis Hall, Auburn, AL, 36849. Transcripts sent to the School of Nursing will not be forwarded.  
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal interview with faculty member may be required.


School of Nursing Specific Admission and Progression Information

  • Applicants that meet all criteria (completed application and meet all above requirements) will be considered for approved admission.
  • If applicant is currently a student in last semester of a MSN program (at time of application), the applicant must submit a request for waiver of the MSN and NP Certification (if applicable) admission requirements to the Graduate Program Director, Dr. Barbara Wilder at for approval by the Graduate Admissions, Progression and Graduation (APG) Committee.  If the  waiver request is approved and applicant is accepted into the program, the MSN must be completed in good standing prior to enrollment and the student must obtain the NP Certification (if applicable) during the first semester of study. These applicants will be admitted under the exception status until required documentation is provided. 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 AU School of Nursing before student is considered a fully approved admission. If a waiver is obtained, these applicants will be considered based on their Nursing GPA on their current MSN transcript. 
  • Applicants may possibly be admitted under the exception status, if otherwise qualified, if the MSN Nursing GPA is less than 3.0 on 4.0 scale. Once the student has completed 9 hours of graduate credit with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, before the student is considered a fully approved admission. Failure to meet the requirement as stated will prevent progression in the School of Nursing Graduate Program.
  • The Professional Goal Statement will be evaluated using a rubric developed by the Graduate Admission, Progression, and Graduation (APG) Committee. Each statement will be evaluated by 2 members of the Graduate APG Committee and applicants to the PCNP track will have at least one NP faculty member from the APG Committee evaluate the goal statement.
  • Students must complete the Letter of Intent form sent by the School of Nursing, accept enrollment from the Graduate School by logging back into their application, and meet all credentialing requirements by the deadline indicated on the offer at admission, or their seat may be given to another applicant. 
  • Students are required to provide credentialing documentation and must complete a background check and drug screen. All credentialing documentation, background check, drug screen, and any requirements by Auburn University and/or School of Nursing must be completed by the deadline indicated, prior to enrollment into courses.
  • To progress through the program, all AU School of Nursing 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
AU School of Nursing


Jennifer Edwards
Administrative Support Specialist II
AU School of Nursing Graduate Programs