Post-Graduate Certificates

The Post-Graduate Certificate program at the Duke University School of Nursing provides opportunities for students who already have a master's degree to gain specialized knowledge within any of the majors offered by the School of Nursing. The program is open to registered nurses who possess a master's degree from an NLNAC- or CCNE-accredited nursing school, or who possess a master's degree in another discipline acceptable to the specialty faculty. The number of credits required to complete the certificate program varies by major; the student must successfully complete the required courses in the chosen nursing major.


The Post-Graduate Certificate program at the Duke University School of Nursing is available to registered nurses who:

  • Possess a master's degree from an NLNAC- or CCNE-accredited nursing school, or

  • Possess a master's degree in another discipline acceptable to the specialty faculty

In addition, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Licensure or eligibility for licensure as a professional nurse in North Carolina, unless your license is from a "compact state"; and that is your primary state of residence (your declared fixed permanent and principal home for legal purposes; domicile) or you are a distance-based student who will not be practicing in North Carolina while enrolled in school and have licensure or eligibility for licensure in your primary state of residence.

  • Completion of application for the certificate program including one copy of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts. The bachelor's or post-bachelor's course work must include satisfactory completion of a course in descriptive and inferential statistics.

  • Nursing experience requirements may vary by specialty. It is recommended that applicants have a minimum of one year of nursing experience before matriculation.

  • Must possess physical and mental skills and abilities necessary to successfully complete School of Nursing Curriculum.

  • Three letters of academic and/or professional reference.

  • Personal interview. Other arrangements will be made when distance is a factor.

Certificate Students

To apply for federal student loans:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  2. Using 2016 income tax information

  3. DUSON School Code: 002920

Additional FAFSA Instructions For Post-Bachelor’s Certificate in Health Informatics students ONLY:

  • In the "Current Grade Level" field, type "5th year undergraduate."

  • Please note that parent information may be required for the FAFSA if the federal government determines that you are a dependent student (based on questions asked on FAFSA pertaining to age, marital status, etc.).

Report any outside funding sources (i.e. Duke employee or other tuition benefits, military or veterans funding, outside scholarships, etc.) to the DUSON Financial Aid Office.

Financial Aid Award Timeline

We recommend completing the FAFSA after applying for admission but before receiving acceptance. Financial aid awards for newly admitted students will be emailed within two weeks of acceptance and may also be viewed within Applicant Self-Service.

Continuing student financial aid awards will be emailed and available on the Duke Hub by the end of June.

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information

The US Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The information provided here is the best available to us and we hope it is helpful to our current and prospective students as they make their educational and career choices. If you have any questions regarding the data provided and what it means to you as a student, please feel free to contact the Office of Financial Aid (

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information for Duke University School of Nursing (Disclosure Period 7/1/17-6/30/18)

Embracing Diversity For An Engaged Community

Embracing diversity is a crucial component for engaging with students, faculty, and the world. We think of it as diversity with a global perspective. Creating a learning climate where creativity, robust yet respectful debate, and a genuine respect for others can flourish. Fostering international research collaborations, developing global health initiatives, and coordinating access to health care for under-served populations. Educating next-generation nurses for leadership and service in the global community.

Diversity with a global perspective assures a warm welcome—not mere tolerance—for differences in national origin, race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status.

We provide a safe haven where diversity can spawn intellectual engagement and collaborative partnerships.

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