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Online Post-Master’s Certificates

Across the country, a national shortage of primary care providers has set the stage for RNs to advance. As more states certify nurse practitioners as primary care providers, you can pursue a new avenue of nursing to fill meaningful voids in today’s health systems.

At Regis, you can earn a post-master’s certificate to not just prepare for advancement in nursing, but to also expand services as a primary care provider.

Choose your track

Entry One: Go from your MSN to NP

Complete your certificate in as few as 20 months

Choose from 5 certificates and qualify to sit for exams to become a certified Pediatrics, Family, Women’s Health, Psychiatric Mental Health, or Adult-Gerontology NP.

Entry Two: Designed for active NPs

Complete your certificate in as few as 8-12 months

Specialize in Psychiatric Mental Health* and leverage your experience to advance. NP students are eligible to transfer maximum credit hours from your MSN.

*Additional specialties to be offered

Program Highlights

  • Designed for both MSN graduates and MSN prepared NPs

  • Complete coursework 100% online

  • Focus your certificate in one of five specialties

  • Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

  • Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

  • Designated as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing

Certificate Specializations Overview

Pursue your next specialization to add dimension to your MSN and prepare to advance in your nursing career. We offer entry points for both RNs who seek NP status and nurse practitioners who seek an additional specialty and more autonomy in nursing.

Choose from 5 NP Certificate Specializations

3 out of 4 NPs licensed in an area of primary care chose these specialties
(American Association of Nurse Practitioners)

  • Pediatrics (PNP)
    (Entry one)


    Focus on primary care of the child, with elective options in care of childbearing women, contemporary psychotherapies, and more.

  • Family (FNP)
    (Entry one)


    Prepare to provide primary care for the entire family, with electives available to study complementary therapy, aging, and more.

  • Psychiatric Mental Health (PMHNP)(Entry one and two)


    Take courses in contemporary psychotherapies and advanced psychopharmacology to provide primary care for psychiatric mental health clients.

  • Women’s Health (WHNP)
    (Entry one)


    Learn to care for women at all life stages, addressing primary care and reproductive/women's health concerns.

  • Adult-Gerontology (AGNP)
    (Entry one)


    Investigate sociological, political, and economic perspectives on aging, with clinical hours focused on providing primary care for adult-geriatric clients.

Qualify to Sit for Certification Exams

Completing the online post-master's certificate can help you sit for exams
from the following certification boards:

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center

  • National Certification Corporation

  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners

  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

  • Pediatric Nursing Certification Board

Nurse Practitioner Career Outlook

More than 89% of licensed NPs are certified in at least one area of primary care (American Association of Nurse Practitioners)

Now is the time for nurse practitioners to shine. While patient populations swell — particularly aging baby boomers and newly insured individuals and families — so does trust in nurse practitioners to provide primary care. That's why Regis helps today's top nurses pursue additional specialties. Here, you can prepare to advance and offer more services for your patients.

Area of Primary Care Notable Trends
PediatricsSource: Children’s Hospital Association
  • In the past 30 years, obesity in children more than doubled
  • Shared data is leading to improved care and outcomes for child patients
FamilySources: American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Institute of Medicine
  • 55% of nurse practitioners specialize in family primary care, but demand continues to grow
  • A recent Institute of Medicine report recommended that Congress extend Medicaid physician rates to primary care nurse practitioners
Women’s HealthSource: Institute for Women’s Policy Research
  • 11% increase in mental health issues for women from 2000-2013
  • Almost 60% of women are overweight
Psychiatric Mental HealthSource: National Center for Health Statistics
  • 7.6% of people over age 12 are diagnosed with depression in any two-week period
  • In 2014, 50% of nursing home residents were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other dementias
Adult-GerontologySource: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • By 2030, it’s estimated that older adults will comprise 20% of the total U.S. population
  • 66% of the U.S. health care budget is dedicated to treating elderly populations with chronic conditions

Nurse Practitioner Growth and Salary Projections

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Between 2014 and 2024, the number of nurse practitioner jobs is projected to increase by 35%. That’s almost four times the national average for job growth in any field.

In addition to more job opportunities, nurse practitioners can also prepare for higher earnings. The average nurse practitioner earned $100,910 in 2016, with the highest average salaries reported by those employed by state, local, and private hospitals. Salaries vary by setting, location, and specialty. Below, find average earnings for NPs in different settings.

Nurse Practitioner Setting Average Salary (2016)
Hospitals $114,630
Outpatient care centers $107,090
Physician’s offices $105,840
Other health practitioner offices $102,160
Educational services $98,760

Why Choose Regis?

As a leader in education, Regis is dedicated to offering programs with a holistic view of health care that are designed for the future of the field. Through cutting-edge coursework, industry-active faculty members, and an array of majors and graduate programs, Regis has been able to positively impact the educational community, health care landscape, and personal lives of students nationwide.

When you choose Regis, you join a closely knit community with big university benefits. As a Regis student, you have the opportunity to build a solid foundation, lasting professional connections, and the specialized expertise you need to expand your skills and perspective. Prepare to enter the workplace confidently with an education of the highest standard.

Complete your coursework 100% online in a flexible learning environment

Apply with no GRE or GMAT requirement and become eligible to transfer credits

Learn a new specialty from nursing experts who offer practical guidance

Prepare to advance as a nurse practitioner without pausing your current work

What’s next?

You can prepare to gain more independence and authority in your nursing career — and help answer the call for more nurse practitioners and primary care providers. Earn your post-master's certificate and prepare to enhance your knowledge and explore new professional benefits.