Nurses with a master's degree in nursing are eligible to continue graduate study and obtain a post-master's certificate in selected areas. Six post-MSN certificate options offer registered nurses advanced practice education, qualifying them to take national certification exams. Students complete course work in the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner concentration (NNP), the Nurse-Midwifery concentration (NM), the Nurse Anesthesia concentration (NA), Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration (A-GCNS), Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist (NCNS), or the Nursing Leadership concentration (NL). An additional post-MSN certificate is offered in Nursing Education (NEd) in which students are qualified to take the Certified Nurse Educator Exam.
The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Leadership, Nurse-Midwifery, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist (NCNS), and Nursing Education certificates are offered online. We welcome distance education students and will make every effort to accommodate their clinical placement needs. There may be times, however, when this is not possible.
Applicants for post-master's certificate options complete the Application for Admission to Graduate Degrees or Certificate Programs, which can be completed online at
the ECU Graduate School website or obtained from the Graduate School. MAT or GRE scores are not required for post-master's options except for the Post-Master's Certificate in Nurse Anesthesia. This option requires a GRE score within the past five years.
For information about the Post-Masters curriculum for a specific MSN concentration, please visit that concentration's web pages on this website.