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Great Nursing Certificates for the Goal-Oriented Nurse

Gain the in-demand nursing skills you need to reach your goals with Walden’s nurse practitioner post-graduate certificates.

If you’re looking to advance your nursing skills and knowledge while continuing to work full time, Walden University can give you the support you need. From psychiatric-mental health to pediatrics to adult gerontology and more, Walden offers a selection of CCNE-accredited post-master's nurse practitioner certificate specializations designed to prepare you to become a nurse practitioner or add a new specialty to your existing nurse practitioner (NP) license. And better yet, if you already have your MSN or are already an NP, you may be eligible to transfer credit from your previous coursework to reduce the number of courses you will need to complete the post-master’s certificate program.

“Many nurses enroll in a post-master’s NP certificate because it provides new pathways to career opportunities that were previously unavailable,” says Dr. Judi Kuric, program director in Walden’s MSN program. “For example, FNPs who find themselves working with acute patients in hospital settings may decide to add on an AGACNP specialty in order to maintain their position or take on a new position within the hospital.”


Choose from five nursing certificates centered on key areas of healthcare that can enable you to reach your goals as a nursing professional.

Post-Master’s Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner
In this program specialization, students will explore how to implement and facilitate disease prevention, health promotion and maintenance, and restorative care interventions for patients across the life span. Taught by active FNPs, curriculum includes courses on pathophysiology, pharmacology, health assessment, and diagnostic reasoning; child and adolescent primary care; reproductive healthcare; and advanced nursing practice of patients in family care settings. Students will also learn to screen for gynecological disorders and advocate for women’s wellness.

Post-Master’s Certificate in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
The psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner certificate program specialization is designed for students who wish to work with individuals exhibiting mental and behavioral health disorders. Curriculum centers on the assessment and diagnosis of various mental health conditions for patients of all ages, psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological treatments, psychopathology, as well as advanced pathophysiology and pharmacology. Through cutting-edge online learning technologies, students can gain the in-depth skills they need to develop a holistic, compassionate approach to patient care.

Post-Master’s Certificate in Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Primary Care
For those interested in promoting the health and well-being of younger populations, specializing in pediatric primary care is a great choice. In this post-graduate certificate specialization, students will have the opportunity to work directly with patient groups and gain hands-on, practical experience. With coursework focused on primary care approaches, pediatric development and behavior, and management of complex and specialized pediatric disorders, students can build the pediatric skill set needed to provide continuous healthcare to patients from birth to age 21.

Post-Master’s Certificate in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Nurse practitioners must possess the competencies to provide continuous healthcare and improve patient outcomes. In this online certificate program, students will take a deep dive into the advanced practice care of adults across the life span. From preventive care and proactive diagnoses to the management of chronic and acute conditions, students will engage with a rich curriculum full of interactive simulations that cover real-world scenarios and relevant applications.

Post-Master’s Certificate in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
The adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner certificate specialization offers the clinical training practitioners need to provide lifesaving care to chronically ill patients ages 13 and older. With courses designed by practicing AGACNPs, subject areas include collaboration for improved healthcare delivery, advanced practice care of adults and frail elders, and reproductive healthcare. Students will also learn from real-world case studies on a range of topics, such as unstable chronic conditions, sudden illness, and traumatic injury.

Open Up New Opportunities and Reach Your Goals as a Nurse Practitioner

At Walden—an accredited university—you can sharpen your nursing skills and develop the in-demand credentials you need to reach your goals in an accessible online learning environment. That means you can better maintain a work-life balance as you earn your nurse practitioner post-master’s certificate while continuing to work full time. With online education, you can complete your nurse practitioner coursework at whatever time of day works best for you as you prepare to improve patient care and further your impact as a healthcare professional.

Walden University is an accredited institution offering high-quality online degree and post-graduate certificate programs in nursing. Expand your professional development and career options using a convenient, flexible learning platform that fits your busy life.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), post-graduate APRN certificate program, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Note on Certification: Walden’s post-master's nurse practitioner certificate programs are designed to provide the academic credential required to apply for national certification. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will achieve national certification, we encourage students to consult the appropriate credentialing center for the specific requirements. It is an individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification as requirements vary widely. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about certification programs, students should contact the American Nurses Credentialing Center at, or other certification websites.

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission,