Certificate Programs

Certificate programs available

Post-graduate nurse practitioner certificate programs

Post-graduate certificate programs are available to students already holding a master's degree in nursing who desire preparation as a nurse practitioner (NP). Students are expected to be competent in research and knowledgeable about nursing theory and professional issues.

Certificate programs can help students achieve professional goals through immersion in unique areas of nursing study. Practicing NPs will find that the post-graduate NP certificate programs enable them to expand their scope of practice and client base by acquiring requisite clinical hours and course content necessary to practice in an additional NP specialty area. Program requirements vary from 16–33 credits depending on the certificate selected, and can be completed in up to four semesters of study.

 Advanced certificate programs

The certificate programs in disaster management and nursing education are open to both matriculated graduate and post-master's graduate students in the Decker School of Nursing, while the certificate program in forensic health is open to all students who have a baccalaureate degree and are interested in forensics.

Application criteria

All students wishing to pursue a post-graduate nurse practitioner certificate must satisfy the general conditions and procedures for admission to Binghamton University's Graduate School.

In addition, the following are required and will be evaluated for admission:

NOTE: For complete information about application criteria and other requirements, applicants are encouraged to review the University Bulletin (select "Nursing-Graduate" under "Graduate Fields of Study by Department"). The rules and regulations posted in the University Bulletin at the time of a student's matriculation into the University are the ones to which that student is held.

  • A master's degree in nursing from an ACEN- or CCNE-accredited school of nursing program
  • A bachelor's degree in nursing from an ACEN- or CCNE-accredited school of nursing program
  • A current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered professional nurse in the U.S.
  • Prior to beginning clinical experiences in a New York clinical facility, students must submit a copy of their current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse in New York; this is required by the New York State Department of Education Office of the Professions
  • Two satisfactory academic or professional references are required; letters of recommendation from professional referents may not be personal friends or family members of the applicant, it is expected that a professional referent is a current or former supervisor to the applicant
  • Submission of a 500-word personal statement that addresses: why the student is seeking advanced education in general and specifically at Binghamton University; unique aspects of the student's background that will contribute to the DSON graduate community (for example, extracurricular, work or volunteer experiences); and goals the student hopes to achieve upon completion of the program
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Copies of course syllabi and official academic transcripts reflective of successful completion with a grade of B or better are required of any applicant who seeks a waiver of previously completed, nonclinical graduate nursing coursework such as the "3 Ps" (i.e., Concepts in Health Assessment for Nursing in Advanced Clinical Practice, Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan, Advanced Pharmacology for Clinical Practice)

If you have a felony or child abuse conviction
Students who have a felony or child abuse conviction are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of the Decker School of Nursing and/or to meet licensure requirements for nursing or advanced practice licensure. If you have concerns about this, you are advised to contact the Decker Academic Advising and Student Services Office, the undergraduate or graduate program director or the Dean's Office. You are required to report felony convictions while enrolled in the Decker School of Nursing as it may change your progression and ability to be placed in a clinical agency. To learn if felony/child abuse convictions will negatively impact your ability for licensure, check with the State Board of Nursing in the state in which you plan to practice.