Nursing Post Master’s Certificates

Nursing Post Master’s Certificates

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In addition to flexible online coursework, you will benefit from the practical hands-on experience of clinical site visits where you will care for patients under the close supervision and mentorship of experienced nurses, nurse practitioners and physicians. Upon completing a certificate, you will be eligible to sit for the respective exam.

Specialized Care
Manage and improve outcomes for culturally diverse populations by gaining an additional specialty as either a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, or Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.

Online Format
The online format provides maximum access to students who would be otherwise unable to attend an on-campus program.

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The baccalaureate, master’s, certificate, and DNP programs at the University of Michigan-Flint are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Admission Requirements

You must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission:

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Applicants:

  • Master of Science in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution with an overall GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
  • Current unencumbered license as a nurse practitioner (in a specialty other than the discipline you want to study)
  • Current unencumbered RN license in the United States 
  • Minimum of one year of acute care experience or permission of program director
  • One year of full-time experience* which would be at least 2000 hours (in 12 months) experience as a registered nurse in a critical care unit such as SICU, MICU, CCU, etc. Other critical care units may be considered if the applicant has working knowledge of invasive hemodynamic monitors (e.g., pulmonary artery, central venous pressure, and arterial catheters), mechanical ventilation, and is proficient in vasopressor titration. 
    • Emergency Room experience will not be considered as longitudinally acceptable criteria for this requirement. Must be currently working in a critical care unit or have worked in a critical care unit within the past three years.
    • Submission of Verification of Completion Form for critical care experience hours will be required after admission into the program
  • Current certification as an Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider (ACLS)
  • Current certification as a Basic Life Support Provider (BLS)
  • The first and third clinical acute care practica (NUR 861 and NUR 865) must be completed in the state of Michigan – no exceptions.

*The School of Nursing will substitute the requirement of one year of full-time experience in a critical care unit and replace with: one year of full-time experience as a registered nurse with preferred experience in such units as ICU, CCU, Perioperative Unit/Pre-op/PACU, Step-down, Emergency departments, and other specialty units such as cath lab. If you have questions regarding this, please contact the SON graduate advisor, Julie Westenfeld at

Psychiatric Mental Health Applicants:

  • Master of Science in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution with an overall GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
  • Current unencumbered license as a nurse practitioner (in a specialty other than the discipline you want to study)
  • Current unencumbered RN license in the United States

State Authorization for Online Students
In recent years, the federal government has emphasized the need for universities and colleges to be in compliance with the distance education laws of each individual state. If you are an out-of-state student intending to enroll in an online program, please visit the State Authorization page to verify the status of UM-Flint with your state.

To be considered for admission, submit an online application below. Other materials can be emailed to or delivered to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library.

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Supplemental Application Form
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé
  • Copy of current Nursing License (submit either a license verification printout or a photocopy of your license)
  • Professional Goal Statement describing your career objectives and areas of clinical interest. The statement should be a one-two page typewritten document in APA format, double-spaced, that describes your reasons for pursuing the Graduate Nursing Certificate and should reflect a strong sense of career direction. The statement should relate past experiences to advancing a career in nursing. Include your:
    • purpose for undertaking or continuing graduate study        
    • reasons for wanting to study at UM-Flint            
    • professional plans and career goals
    • Also, please describe any past achievements in nursing including:
      • professional organization memberships, awards, scholarships, nominations, certifications, committee/project work, other accomplishments you wish to include
  • You also may explain any special circumstances applicable to your background and elaborate on any scholarly publications, achievements, abilities, and/or professional history
  • Three letters of recommendation are required from any combination of the following sources:
    • Faculty from a recent nursing program
    • A supervisor in an employment setting
    • An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Physician’s Assistant, MD or DO.
  • Phone/in-person interview may be required
  • International students must submit additional documentation. This program is a certificate program. Students admitted to this program are not eligible to obtain a student visa (F visa).
    International students may complete this certificate online in their home country.

Additionally, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care and Psychiatric Mental Health applicants must submit:

  • Current unencumbered license as a nurse practitioner (in a specialty other than the discipline you want to study)

Application Deadlines
To be considered for admission, submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Programs by 5 p.m. on the day of the application deadline:

  • Winter: August 15 (Psychiatric Mental Health admits for the winter semester)
  • Spring: November 1 (Adult Gerontology Acute Care admits for the spring semester)

International students are required to apply earlier than the deadlines posted here. For more information please visit the International Students page.

Enrollment Deposit
If you are selected for admission to the certificate program, you will be required to pay a $500 enrollment deposit to reserve your seat. The deadline to pay the deposit will be indicated in your letter of admission.


Adult Gerontology Acute Care
The demand for acute care providers in the adult population is increasing. Veterans’ medical centers, hospitals, emergency departments, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, and other settings need nurse practitioners with the skills to manage acute illnesses. This post-master’s certificate program enables graduates to fill open positions in acute care settings. Students in this program are required to complete clinical hours for adults. 20-29 credits completed in as few as four semesters.

Psychiatric Mental Health
Acquire the specialized knowledge, skills and experiences to provide mental health services for a diverse population of patients across their life-spans. The demand for psychiatric nurse practitioners is increasing. Offered in an online format, the post-graduate certificate in psychiatric mental health allows you to complete the required coursework in as little as four semesters while continuing to work. Students in this program are required to complete clinical hours for children, adolescents, and adults. Minimal campus or area visits (3-6) are required as part of this post-graduate certificate. 22-25 credits  completed in as few as four semesters. Students are required to meet these requirements for the total 500 hours of practicum within Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner:

  • Child age 17 and under hours 170
  • Adult age 18-65 hours 300 
  • Older adults age 65 and over hours 30