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Post-Master's Certificate Admission

Admission Requirement:

Admission to the post-master's certificate option requires the student to meet the minimum admission requirements for graduate study of the university and the following requirements of the College of Nursing:

  • A master's degree in nursing from a nationally accredited nursing program
  • Current non-restricted license to practice as a registered nurse (RN) in North Carolina or a NCSBN compact state
  • A one-page personal statement describing the applicant's interest in graduate study, career goals, and the certificate's relationship to those goals
  • Three professional references, with one reference from an individual who is knowledgeable of the applicant's nursing practice
  • One year clinical experience as a RN
  • A personal interview with a member of the graduate faculty

*Please Note:

  • For Nurse Anesthesia applicants: at least one year of adult critical care experience is required, a personal interview with the Nurse Anesthesia Admissions Committee will be conducted, an acceptable score on the GRE within the past five years is required, and four professional references and completion of a supplemental admissions packet is required.
  • For Nurse-Midwifery applicants: one year of RN clinical experience (Labor & Delivery preferred).
  • For Neonatal Nurse Practitioner applicants: One year of full-time, recent practice experience in the care of critically ill newborns, infants, or children in an acute care, inpatient setting.
  • For Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist applicants: the student's transcript must reflect the completion of 4 graduate level clinical courses: Human Physiology for Advanced Nursing Practice (APN), Health Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for Advanced Practice Nursing, and Clinical Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing. If these courses have not been taken prior to admission they will be required in the concentration.

Requirements for Clinical Courses

Information regarding clinical requirements can be found in the ECU College of Nursing Graduate Student Handbook at  Upon admission, all graduate students are required to complete a criminal background check. Students will receive specific instructions from the Office of Student Services to complete this process.