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Why Choose NKU's Fully Online Post-Graduate Certificate Program?

NKU’s School of Nursing offers two types of post-graduate certificate programs:  the Post-Master's of Science in Nursing certificate and the Nurse Practitioner Advancement certificate. Both are geared toward flexibility for the working nurse, with part-time and fully online curricula. Graduates of the programs are qualified to take the certification exam for their nursing specialty.

Features of the Program

Our online Post Graduate certificates offer the flexibility that most working RNs desire. Unique features of this program include:

  • Part-time or full-time curriculum designed to accommodate working nurses
  • All courses and degree programs offered online
  • Experienced faculty who are focused on student success

Program Length

Concentrations vary between 33 and 47 credit hours. Students may take courses year round (fall, spring, and summer). Students can expect to finish in two years or less depending on the concentration and full/part-time status.

Can I Work and Go to School?

Most students work full time and have family responsibilities. Our fully online Post-Master's graduate certificate provides the needed flexibility to successfully complete your degree.


The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing, postgraduate APRN certificate and Post Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Northern Kentucky University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.





The college reserves the right to change the program of study as needed to fulfill state approval, regional and national accreditation, other certification organizations, and/or college requirements.