Post-Graduate Certificate

The Online Post-Graduate Certificate program offers students the opportunity to complete the specialty courses for a concentration.  These programs are for students who already have an MSN or doctoral degree in nursing.

The University of South Alabama offers a variety of specialty options, the newest of which is in emergency care.

Each concentration offers support courses, specialty courses and clinical hours. All coursework is presented online so that students may continue to work while completing the curriculum requirements. Clinical hours may be earned in the student’s home community or at another site selected.

Specific specialty options also require intensive clinical training at the University of South Alabama campus.

Post-graduate certificates are available in these fields:

Post-graduate subspecialty is available in these fields:

Application Procedures

Requirements for Admission to the Online Post-Graduate Certificate Pathways

  1. Graduate of an approved regionally accredited master’s or doctoral program with a major in nursing.
  2. Current registered nurse licensure with no restrictions. Nurses with any restrictions on their license, including participation in a voluntary disciplinary alternative program, cannot be admitted.
  3. A grade-point average of 3.0 on all graduate work (A=4.00). 
  4. Submission of a resume which documents clinical experience. (Note: Prior to enrolling in nurse practitioner clinical course, students are required to have at least 2 years of experience in an area appropriate to the specialty track.)
  5. After acceptance into the program, admission is contingent upon a negative drug screen, results of an acceptable background check, submission of Health Data Forms, evidence of Health Insurance, and completion of Certified Profile Medical Records Manager. Instructions provided in acceptance letter.

Post-Graduate Certificate Program Learning Outcomes

  • Integrate advanced knowledge and theories from nursing and related disciplines into a specialized area of advanced nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate competence in advanced nursing roles to meet current and emerging health needs of a specific population or system.
  • Use scientific inquiry to identify problems within an organization or specific patient population to improve care outcomes.
  • Apply advanced knowledge of leadership and management to transform care delivery systems in a specialized area of advanced nursing practice.
  • Contribute to the focus and direction of the nursing profession within a specialized area of advanced nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate professional skills through collecting, organizing, and communicating information in professional writing and presentations.

Clinical Orientation

All courses are offered completely in the on-line format, for the convenience of working nurses. Students log on anytime and anywhere to complete web-based courses that are expertly designed and highly interactive. Students may be required to come to campus once when they begin the clinical portion of their program for intensive classroom and evaluation sessions. Currently, all Nurse Practitioner specialties require students to come to campus for this intensive experience in the USA Simulation Lab. The scheduled dates will be communicated to you through the College of Nursing.

Clinical Requirements

Students complete the clinical requirements for the degree in their home communities or they may choose to travel to Mobile to complete clinicals through the USA Health System. All specialty tracks within the College of Nursing’s graduate programs require a practice component.  Students are encouraged to secure a clinical site and preceptor, however, faculty and College of Nursing administration assist students in locating appropriate practice/clinical sites if warranted. Students who are unsuccessful in being accepted by an agency in their home community may have to travel to another area to complete practice requirements.. Once students are admitted and enrolled in the programs, they will have access to the Clinical Affairs placement site and may review the list of Clinical Affiliations. If there is not a clinical site listed near you or you are interested in a site not listed, negotiations should be initiated as soon as you begin the program through the Track Coordinator for your specialty.

Applications for Post-Graduate Certificates


Applicants who are accepted into the Post-Graduate Certificate program need Physio-Pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing (NU 545), Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses (NU 578), or Advanced Nursing Assessment (NU 518). These courses must be completed before starting specialty courses in the fall semester.  Courses previously completed must have been completed within five years of starting the Post-Graduate Certificate program. Some specialties have limited availability due to high enrollment.

Please go to the MSN Application Web Page for instructions regarding how to apply to the Post-Graduate Certificate program.


▼   Program Completion Requirements for the Post-MSN Certificate Pathways
Students are required to complete all specialty courses and any support courses not previously completed. Post-Graduate Certificate students are not required to complete graduate core or research courses.
▼   MSN-DNP Adding a New Specialization

Students who have completed their MSN degree and are interested in completing a new specialization, along with the DNP degree, may apply for admission to the MSN-DNP Adding a New Specialization program. Please go to MSN to DNP Adding New Specialty Certification for additional information on this program. Applications for this program should be submitted to the DNP Office by following application procedures on the DNP Application page since the applicant is applying for admission to the doctoral program. Curriculum schedules for these programs are found under each specialty page listed below.

Contact Information

For all inquiries related to the admissions process:

For all current and continuing students: