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The purpose of the PMC is to prepare nurses for advanced practice, leadership or administration in a second specialty.

Post-Master's Certificate Options

A PMC can be earned in any of our MSN specialty track choices:

Adult–Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Adult–Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Family Nurse Practitioner
Pediatrics Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
Nurse Leader/Administrator/Executive

PMC completion qualifies students to apply to take the appropriate Nurse Practitioner (NP) or Nurse Leader/Administrator/Executive board certification exam as noted in the section on certification.

Second-specialty PMC course flexibility based on your MSN background, nursing experience and career goals.

Depending on previous coursework in your MSN program, you may be able to tailor your PMC course of study. A faculty advisor in your new chosen specialty can provide guidance based on your MSN classroom/clinical training, your experience as a practicing nurse, and your professional goals. 

Admission Requirements

Please know that admission is competitive and capacity is limited. Applicants with strong educational backgrounds are considered first. Acceptance is based on the following criteria.

  1. Online application
  2. Official transcripts: Students must arrange to have official transcripts of all college work sent directly to NursingCAS.
    Complete transcripts showing:
    • All BSN education — sent directly by your college/university institution(s).
    • U.S. students: BSN degree from a school accredited by CCNE or NLNAC.
    • International students: Equivalent of BSN degree.
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale) — equivalent for international students.
    • Expected as part of your BSN curriculum:
      1. a nursing research course (nurses with research experience may challenge this provision)
      2. a health assessment course — or equivalent. Fulfillment determined by each MSN specialty track. Not required for Nurse Leader Executive track.
  3. Three letters of reference: For example: from your nursing position manager, faculty member, advanced practice nurse.
  4. Other documents and provisions
    • Biographical sketch: including goals for your nursing career.
    • U.S. students: prior to admission — RN licensure in one of the 50 states.
    • International students: prior to admission: eligible to practice nursing in your country of residence — and RN licensure in one of the 50 states in the United States. We suggest the same state in which you will fulfill your MSN clinical/research requirements (see next bullet point below.)
    • RN licensure in state(s) where you will satisfy clinical requirements or conduct research, if applicable to your course of study.
  5. An interview: Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview with a graduate faculty member(s) in your specialty interest. This is an opportunity to talk about your background, career goals, questions — and whether there is a match between your objectives and our program.

Note: The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required

Online Application

Applicants complete an online application through the Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs (NursingCAS) at:

Supplemental materials will be completed by the applicant and sent directly to the College of Nursing. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required documents are received by the published deadlines.  Applications and supplemental materials received by the published deadlines will be given full consideration.

Admission Deadlines

These MSN/PMC specialty tracks admit students once annually. 

MSN/PMC Specialty Application Opens Application Due Program Start
Adult-Gerontological NP October 15 February 1 August
Family NP October 15 February 1 August
Pediatric NP October 15 February 1 August
Psychiatric Mental Health NP October 15 February 1 August

These MSN/PMC specialty tracks admit students twice annually.

MSN/PMC Specialty Application Opens Application Due Program Start
Nurse Leader/Executive and Women's Health NP October 15 February 1 August
Nurse Leader/Executive and Women's Health NP April 1 August 1 January

(NP = Nurse Practitioner)

Additional Information Resources

Additional information regarding the PMC Program is available at the College of Nursing website at: