Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Programs



Subspecialty Programs

Admission Criteria



The Post-Master’s Certificate Program is a non-degree, certificate program for nurses with a Master’s Degree in Nursing who are seeking Nurse Practitioner certification in New York and nationally. Post- Master’s students are considered matriculated students in the SON. They are subject to the same rules of the University of Rochester as outlined in the Regulations and University Policies Concerning Graduate Studies. The Post-Master’s Certificate Program is registered with the New York State Education Department and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission.

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Semester to Begin Program

Application Deadline

Notification to Applicant By

September (Fall)

May 1st


January (Spring)

September 1st


May (Summer)

January 2nd


Subspecialty Programs

Plans of study are developed on a case by case basis using the student's prior coursework to determine what will be needed. The following links will take you to the regular MS requirements in each specialty.

The following specialties offered in the Master's Program are available for Post-Master's study:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
    • Plan of Study
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Content includes New York State and federal laws and regulations related to prescription and record keeping as required for NYS certification as a nurse practitioner. Post-Master’s students must complete a minimum of 500 clinical hours in the specialty program, either via supervised clinical hours in the post-master’s specialty, or by transferring in clinical hours from their prior master’s programs. Some specialties may require more than the minimum of 500 clinical hours. The Post-Master’s student’s prior clinical and academic background in advanced practice nursing will determine the exact number of clinical hours required at the University of Rochester School of Nursing. Nurse practitioners and/or physicians serve as clinical preceptors in the specialty courses. In the Post-Master’s Certificate Program, completion of course work is recorded on an official UR transcript. The SON awards a certificate of completion.

Admission Criteria

  • Completion of a Master's Degree in Nursing from an accredited school of nursing. (For PostMasters NNP, masters in maternal-infant or maternal-child health or pediatrics)

  • RN licensure within the United States or U.S. territory.

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 in baccalaureate nursing program preferred.

  • Statistics course with a grade of C or above.

  • Professional goal statement.

  • Two letters of reference.

  • Personal interview with faculty member is at the discretion of the program faculty.

  • Clinical experience: 1 year ACNP (med/surg experience required); CCF (pediatric experience preferred), PNP/NNP (2 years NICU experience required).

  • Declare specialty area when applying.

  • For international students, TOEFL with a minimum score of 560 (paper-based), 230 (computer-based) or 88 (“i-based”)

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