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College of Nursing


Post-Master's Certificates

The College of Nursing offers two options for nurses to become certified as a nurse practitioner in a specific practice area: primary care (family nurse practitioner), acute care (adult/gerontology acute care nurse practitioner), and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner-family. The programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Graduates will be eligible to apply for national certification exams in the specialty area. All courses are available online, but students must come to Columbia for clinical check-off with faculty.  Post-master's certificate programs can be completed online.

Plan of Study

One certificate (24-27 hours) is available to a nurse with a master’s degree while the other course of study (18 hours) is for those who are already certified as a nurse practitioner in a specialty area.

Degree Requirements

  • Complete an approved program of study.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and earn a 3.0 or better in all required classes and courses number 700 or higher. 

Contact the Nursing Graduate Studies Office

Have additional questions about Post-Master's Certificate programs? Call us at 803-777-6185, email an adviser today, or stop by our office:
Williams-Brice Building, Room 217
1601 Greene Street
Columbia, SC  29208