Post-Graduate Certificate Programs

Left Photo of Nursing Staudent and Doctor Walking Photo right Doctor Teaching Nursing Students

Post-graduate nursing certificates, also referred to as post-master's nursing certificates, are obtained by nurses who have a master’s degree or higher and want to obtain formal education in a specialized area of practice. Post-graduate nursing certificates prepare nurses in advanced practice roles, such as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse midwives, and nurse anesthetists. Other post-graduate certificates prepare nurses to be nurse administrators or educators. Most post-graduate certificate programs can be completed in 1-2 years, many require additional clinical hours, and ultimately prepare graduates to take national certification exams in the specialty area.

Post-Graduate Nurse Educator Certificate 

To address the shortage of nursing faculty in the United States, the Wellstar School of Nursing expanded its graduate programs to include a Post-Graduate Certificate with courses beginning in January 2024. The Post-Graduate Nurse Educator Certificate program is a twelve-credit program that can be completed in two to four semesters, depending upon the number of courses taken during the same semester.

Applicants should be registered nurses and possess a master’s degree in another advanced nursing specialty, a DNP, or a PhD. Other admissions requirements include:

  • GPA of at least 3.0 from an accredited institution.
  • Current unincumbered RN licensure in the state of Georgia. A copy should be submitted with the application.
  • A formal statement of personal goals for the program.

Left photo doctor instructing nursing students using a patient mannequin arm. Right photo doctor teaching nursing students using a patient mannequin leg.

Request More information

Prospective students may contact Dr. Anne White, Program Coordinator, via email ( for more information.