Choose your track

Entry One: Have an MSN? Become an NP.

Choose this track if you are an MSN prepared RN, looking to advance your nursing career by becoming a nurse practitioner.

  • Complete your Post-Master’s Nurse Practitioner Certificate in as few as 20 months.
  • Choose from 5 NP specializations and qualify to sit for exams to become a certified Pediatrics, Family, Women’s Health, Psychiatric Mental Health, or Adult Gerontology NP.
  • Students are eligible to transfer maximum credit hours from their prior MSN.

Entry Two: Already an NP? Expand Your Practice.

Choose this track if you are an MSN prepared NP, looking to expand your area of practice by adding an additional NP specialty.

  • Complete your Post-Master’s Nurse Practitioner Certificate in as few as 12 months.
  • Choose from 5 NP specializations to expand your practice into Pediatrics, Family, Women’s Health, Psychiatric Mental Health, or Adult Gerontology NP.
  • Students are eligible to transfer maximum credit hours from their prior MSN.

Online Post-Master’s Certificates

Across the country, a national shortage of primary care providers has set the stage for RNs to advance. As more states certify nurse practitioners as primary care providers, you can pursue a new avenue of nursing to fill meaningful voids in today’s health systems.

At Regis, you can earn a post-master’s certificate to not just prepare for advancement in nursing, but to also expand services as a primary care provider.


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Length (Entry One): 20-24 months
Total Credits: 31-40 (40 for PMHNP specialization)

Length (Entry Two): 12-20 months
Total Credits: 19-40 (40 for PMHNP specialization)

Application Deadlines:

Fall: 06/28/2021
Spring: 10/26/2021

Upcoming Start Dates:

Fall: 08/30/2021
Spring: 01/04/2022

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Program Highlights

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Designed for both MSN graduates and MSN prepared NPs

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Complete coursework 100% online

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Focus your certificate in one of five NP specialties


Regis College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).


Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

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Designated as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing

Certificate Specializations Overview

Pursue your next specialization to add dimension to your MSN and prepare to advance in your nursing career. We offer entry points for both RNs who seek NP status and nurse practitioners who seek an additional specialty and more autonomy in nursing.

Choose from 5 NP

3 out of 4 NPs licensed in an area of primary care chose these specialties
(American Association of Nurse Practitioners)

Pediatrics (PNP)
(Entry one and two)

Focus on a variety of health needs and issues in an outpatient, primary care pediatric setting.

Family (FNP)
(Entry one and and two)

Prepare to provide primary care for the entire family, with electives available to study complementary therapy, aging, and more.

Psychiatric Mental Health (PMHNP) (Entry one and two)

Take courses in contemporary psychotherapies and advanced psychopharmacology to provide primary care for psychiatric mental health clients.

Women’s Health (WHNP)
(Entry one and two)

Learn to care for women at all life stages, addressing primary care and reproductive/women’s health concerns.

Adult Gerontology (AGNP)
(Entry one and two)

Investigate sociological, political, and economic perspectives on aging, with clinical hours focused on providing primary care for adult-geriatric clients.

Qualify to Sit for NP
Certification Exams

Completing the online post-master’s certificate can help you sit for exams
from the following certification boards:

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • National Certification Corporation
  • Pediatric Nursing Certification Board

Nurse Practitioner Career Outlook

More than 87% of licensed NPs are certified in at least one area of primary care (American Association of Nurse Practitioners). Now is the time for nurse practitioners to shine. While patient populations swell — particularly aging baby boomers and newly insured individuals and families — so does trust in nurse practitioners to provide primary care. That’s why Regis helps today’s top nurses pursue additional specialties. Here, you can prepare to advance and offer more services for your patients.

Area of Primary CareNotable Trends
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • The percentage of children and adolescents affected by obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s
  • Shared data is leading to improved care and outcomes for child patients
Sources: American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • 65% of nurse practitioners specialize in family primary care, but demand continues to grow
  • The top three clinical foci for FNPs are primary care, urgent care and internal medicine
Women’s Health
Source: Office On Women’s Health
  • More than 1 in 5 women in the U.S. experienced a mental health condition in the past year
  • More than 2 in 3 women in the United States are overweight or obese
Psychiatric Mental Health
Source: National Institute for Mental Health, Alzheimer’s Association
  • An estimated 17.3 million adults in the U.S. had at least one major depressive episode in 2017
  • An estimated 5.8 million Americans of all ages are living with Alzheimer’s dementia
Adult Gerontology
Source: The United States Census, Peterson-KFF
  • By 2034, the number of adults over the age of 65 in the U.S. will reach over 77 million
  • People age 55 and over accounted for over half of total health spending in 2016


Nurse Practitioner Growth and
Salary Projections

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Between 2019-2029, the number of nurse practitioner jobs is projected to increase by 52%.

In addition to more job opportunities, nurse practitioners can also prepare for higher earnings. The average nurse practitioner earned $109,820 in 2019, with the highest average salaries reported by those employed by state, local, and private hospitals. Salaries vary by setting, location, and specialty. Below, find average earnings for NPs in different settings.

Nurse Practitioner SettingAverage Salary (2019)
Outpatient care centers$116,550
Physician’s offices$107,530
Other health practitioner offices$111,520
Educational services$100,770

  Source: Payscale

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Why Choose Regis?

As a leader in education, Regis is dedicated to offering programs with a holistic view of health care that are designed for the future of the field. Through cutting-edge coursework, industry-active faculty members, and an array of majors and graduate programs, Regis has been able to positively impact the educational community, health care landscape, and personal lives of students nationwide. When you choose Regis, you join a closely knit community with big university benefits. As a Regis student, you have the opportunity to build a solid foundation, lasting professional connections, and the specialized expertise you need to expand your skills and perspective. Prepare to enter the workplace confidently with an education of the highest standard.

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Apply with no GRE or GMAT requirement and become eligible for transfer credits

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Learn a new specialty from nursing experts who offer practical guidance

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Prepare to advance as a nurse practitioner without pausing your current work

What’s next?

You can prepare to gain more independence and authority in your nursing career — and help answer the call for more nurse practitioners and primary care providers. Earn your post-master’s certificate and prepare to enhance your knowledge and explore new professional benefits.