Post-Master’s Nurse Practitioner Certificate | Briar Cliff University

Post-Master's Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Do you already have your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, and want to go into an advanced practice role? Enroll in our online Post-Master's Nurse Practitioner Certificate program, and be eligible to take the certification exam for advanced practice in just two years.

Choose a program track.

Family Nurse Practitioner: Become qualified to treat patients in primary care that extend across all age spans. (26-32 credit hours)

Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner: Practice primary care in multiple settings, caring for adults and the aging population. (24-30 credit hours)

Join a tradition of nursing excellence.

CCNE Accredited

The Post-Master's Nurse Practitioner Certificate Programs at Briar Cliff University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

From our founding as a women's college in 1930 to the evolution of our highly sought online and graduate nursing degrees, at Briar Cliff we've been educating the region's most committed nurses for generations.

How does the certificate program work?

  • MSN in hand. You must have your Master of Science in Nursing degree in order to be eligible to enter the program.
  • Convenient, online courses.The Master of Science in Nursing is a three-year program where all course work outside of our summer health assessment course and clinical take place online. Students are expected to attend 6 mandatory on-site health assessment lab days on the BCU campus the first summer of the curriculum.
  • Clinicals with impact. We’ll work with you to find clinical preceptors close to home, at places where you can truly make a difference. The 540-hour clinical component also includes an experience in a rural, underserved or multicultural setting — where you’ll help provide primary care to those who need it most.
  • Caring, veteran faculty mentors. Who says an online program can’t be personal? Our instructors have decades of teaching and professional experience, and they’ll be with you at every step — never more than an email, phone call or video chat away!

Get started today.

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Class Format

Online courses

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Tuition Cost



24-32 Credit Hrs.

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