Post-Graduate Certificates

Our Post-Graduate Certificate program provides opportunities for students who already have a master's degree to gain specialized knowledge within any of the majors we offer. The program is open to registered nurses who possess a master's degree from an ACEN- 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.

Certificate Offerings
  • Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care

  • Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care

  • Family Nurse Practitioner

  • Health Informatics

  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

  • Nursing and Healthcare Leadership

  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care

  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care

  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

  • Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

  • Nursing Education


Our Post-Graduate Certificate program is available to registered nurses who:

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

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

  • Board certified nurse practitioners actively practicing outside of their area of certification

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.

  • Prerequisite: General Statistics or Introductory Statistics with a grade of C or better is required. 3 credit course required.

  • 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 the IRS Data Retrieval tool to import 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 notifications for newly admitted students will be emailed within two weeks of acceptance.

Continuing student financial aid notifications will be emailed and available on the DukeHub by the end of June.

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