Nursing Post-Master's Certificates

The Post-Master's Nursing Program educates professional nurses for advanced practice in nursing either as clinical nurse specialists in adult nursing, adult/gerontological nurse practitioners, family nurse practitioners, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners: adult or family, gerontological clinical nurse specialist or nurse practitioner. The curriculum has the integration of nursing science, concepts and theories from related disciplines, along with practice and research. Opportunity is provided to pursue individual interests with respect to clientele and health care settings. Applicants must demonstrate that all essential core courses of specified track (BIO 5777, NSG 6605, NSG 6610, NSG 6614, NSG 6627, NSG 6671, NSG 6677, NSG 8200, NSG 8675 ) are met through equivalent courses of masters in nursing program.

Post-Master's Certificate Options

Adult /Gerontological Nurse Practitioner:
BIO 5125, NSG 6633, NSG 6635, NSG 6639, NSG 6683, NSG 6687

For additional information on this certificate program in an easy-to-read format, please read our Adult / Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Gainful Employment Disclosure notice.

Family Nurse Practitioner: NSG 6629, NSG 6633, NSG 6681, NSG 6683, NSG 6685, NSG 6687.

For additional information on this certificate program in an easy-to-read format, please read our Family Nurse Practitioner Gainful Employment Disclosure notice.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Family: NSG 6662, NSG 6665, NSG 6666, NSG 6667, NSG 6668, NSG 6678, NSG 6691, NSG 8510.

For additional information on this certificate program in an easy-to-read format, please read our Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Family Gainful Employment Disclosure notice.

Nursing Informatics Certificate Program

Program Overview

This post baccalaureate certificate program focuses on the application of computerized information systems to the work processes and decision-making activities of nurses in patient care, education and research. According to the Technology Informatics Guiding Educational Reform (T.I.G.E.R.) Initiative, nurses specializing in informatics increase the accuracy and completeness of documentation, improve workflow, and manage data to improve patient safety and outcomes.


The Nursing Informatics Program is offered as an interdisciplinary program, consisting of courses from the Department of Graduate Nursing, the Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM) Department, and the Computer Information Systems (CIS) Department. The certificate offers an option for a 3.5 credit practicum course that would qualify students to sit for American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification in Informatics Nursing. The program is offered 100 percent online.

Program Outcomes

Incorporate theories, principles and concepts from appropriate sciences into informatics practice and research to improve health outcomes.
Describe the design, implementation, analysis and evaluation of informatics solutions to support patients, nurses, and other providers in their decision-making.
Integrate social, legal, regulatory, and ethical standards into an informatics solution for nursing and health care.
Promote the use of data, information, and knowledge management in health care.
Nursing Informatics Certificate Program Admission Requirements and Checklist Eligibility

Current, active R.N. license, within a state or territory of the United States.
IMPORTANT: For your application to be processed, the College must be able to validate your R.N. license. If your state does not have an online R.N. license validation process, you must submit a notarized copy of current R.N. license valid in the U.S. to Office of Graduate and Extended Studies Admissions, The College of St. Scholastica, 1200 Kenwood Avenue, Duluth, MN 55811
B.A./B.S. degree in nursing or B.A./B.S. degree in a relevant field, from an accredited college or university.
Cumulative GPA of 2.8 on required transcripts.
Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.


Applicants are expected to be ready for master's-level work by having strong writing skills.
Have proficiency in using a computer, sending and receiving emails (with and without attachments), and browsing the web.
Have access to the Internet, an Internet browser such as Google Chrome or Firefox (latest versions). Additional requirements may be required for individual courses.

Dean, School of Nursing: Marty Witrak, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN

Chair, Department of Traditional Undergraduate Nursing:
Paula Byrne, M.S.N., R.N.

Chair, Department of Post-Baccalaureate Nursing:
Sheryl Sandahl, D.N.P., R.N., C.N.P., M.P.H.

Chair, Department of Non-Traditional Nursing:
Arlene Johnson Ph.D., R.N., C.N.P., C.N.E.