Nursing Post-Master's Certificates

The Post-Master's Nursing Program educates professional nurses for advanced practice in nursing either as adult/gerontological nurse practitioners, family nurse practitioners, or psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, family. 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 6671, NSG 6677, NSG 8200, NSG 8215, NSG 8675) are met through equivalent courses of masters in nursing program.

Post-Master's Certificate Options

Adult /Gerontological Nurse Practitioner:

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: 

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: 

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 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 health 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 includes 200 practicum hours, which would qualify students to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification in Informatics Nursing. The program is offered 100 percent online.

Program Outcomes

  1. Incorporate theories, principles, and concepts from appropriate sciences into informatics practice and research to improve health outcomes.
  2. Describe the design, implementation, analysis, and evaluation of informatics solutions to support patients, nurses, and other providers in their decision-making.
  3. Integrate social, legal, regulatory, and ethical standards into an informatics solution for nursing and health care.
  4. Promote the utilization of data, information, and knowledge management in health care.

Nursing Informatics Certificate Program Admission Requirements

  • Current, active RN 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 RN license. If your state does not have an online RN license validation process, you must submit a notarized copy of current RN 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
  • BA/BS degree in nursing or BA/BS 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.


  • Strong writing skills.
  • Proficiency in using a computer.
  • Access to the Internet. 


Interim Chair, Department of Graduate Nursing:
Patti Senk, Ph.D., R.N.